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Old 08-20-2013, 11:42 AM   #1
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Can enybody tell me if its possible to haul a motorcycle on the back
end of a 40 ft 5 th wheel

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Old 08-20-2013, 11:55 AM   #2
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Motorcycle weight

Absolutely not! A 150lb generator throws the handling off , I know, it's now in the TV bed. You'd be out of control with the weight of a bike.

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Old 08-20-2013, 06:23 PM   #3
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Depends all upon the placement of the 5th wheel axles and the GVWR of the trailer (all provided the frame is strong enough to withstand the bike back there). Balance is key to keeping the recommended 15% hitch weight. Also, is it a lightweight dirt bike? Scooter? OR, a 850 lb tour bike? Toyhauler 5th wheels can tote more than 2,000 lbs in the garage area. My bumper pull Toyhauler can go 2,000 lbs!

If you want to tote a big bike around, do it right and trade to a Toyhauler. SAFER loading/unloading, and hauling for you and the bike. Smaller scooter or trail bike under 350 lbs and a U channel rail properly mounted to BOTH frame rails should be ok provided the added weight doesn't fulcrum the necessary 15% hitch weight too low. Axles on Toyhaulers are generally located 3/4 way to the rear of the trailer. Keeps the necessary hitch weight where it belongs. Trailers with axles less than 3/4 back and the added weight on the rear of the trailer, removes hitch weight faster and more of it.

Is it possible to add the weight of your bike to the rear of your trailer with sand bags or something else and weight it to check your MGWR and hitch weight?
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:39 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by duce87 View Post
Can enybody tell me if its possible to haul a motorcycle on the back
end of a 40 ft 5 th wheel
Yes it is possible. This is my setup.
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:20 PM   #5
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Can enybody tell me if its possible to haul a motorcycle on the back end of a 40 ft 5 th wheel
Of course it's possible. Whether it's smart depends on several factors.

First factor is a carrier strong enough to handle the weight of the bike without bending or breaking the carrier or the frame of the trailer. Any good welder should be able to fabricate extensions to your frame and add junk iron under the rear end of the trailer that would do the job.

As others haven mentioned, you want to have a minimum of 15% hitch weight (pin weight) when wet and loaded for the road, including the bike on the back of the 5er. I would determine your percentage of hitch weight now without the weight of the bike and carrier. If it's over 17%, then you have a prayer at adding the bike on the rear of the trailer and still have 15% hitch weight. The typical 40-footer has around 20% hitch weight, so it probably will work out okay.

If you cannot add the weight of the bike on the back of the trailer and still have at least 15% pin weight, then try something else. Such as a deck with dolly that plugs into the rear hitch and has one or two tires that carry some of the weight of the bike. For example:
Blue Ox - Sport Carrier II

Or maybe a special motorcycle trailer, like this one?
- Ultra-Tow Single-Rail Folding Motorcycle Trailer, Model# 3806S084 - Amazon.com
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