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Old 04-04-2015, 07:09 PM   #1
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Overbilt Motorcycle Lift Experiences

I hope this is the right forum for this. I am taking delivery on a 2016 Itasca Solei 38R pusher in a few weeks and want to put an Overbuilt motorcycle carrier on it rather than towing a trailer. The lift plus my Gold Wing tags in a 1,300 lbs. Overbuilt says it's no problem for the frame to handle and the dealer says the unit can handle it also. BUT, here's what I'm looking for.

What happens to the control characteristics of the coach? The math doesn't change ... the rear wheels are a fulcrum and the more weight you put behind them, the lighter the front end becomes. The question is how much? Does this negatively impact control or are the effects negligible? I've checked a variety of forums and what I am looking for but can't seem to find is someone who owned a motorhome, drove it for a while and then put one of these things on. Lots of opinions and generalities but no hard facts (at least that i could find).

Long story, simple question: did the installation of this unit make your diesel pusher noticeably "lighter" in the front end?


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Old 04-05-2015, 03:12 AM   #2
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To determine the weight difference, first with the bike off, weigh the front axle alone and then the rear. Repeat the process again with the motorcycle on. This will tell you how much weight was taken off the steering tires and how much weight was added to the rear tires. Good info to know to determine proper tire pressures.

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Old 04-05-2015, 04:46 AM   #3
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Your rear wheels are so far back that I doubt you will notice. The main thing to worry about is the stuff that will get on your GW while you drive. Anyway, if you use this form to figure the weight added to your rear tires - it will be more than you stated weight of 1300 pounds - the extra weight over the 1300 comes from the front end from the fulcrum effect you described.

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I have the same concerns since we don't have a tag axle either.
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