Originally Posted by iquilt888
Checked out the new Buddy 170i scooters this afternoon. The salesman told me that there are "bike" racks made for hauling the scooter. Am wondering if anyone out there has heard of such a thing and where might they be available.
Plus, what is the general opinion of getting a scooter to do short trip run-arounds compared to towing a car/truck? According to the brochure this scooter gets approximately 100 mpg and will travel at 55 mph or better.
Need any and all advice.
Your first mistake here is, LISTENING TO A SALES PERSON! But, in your defense, going to one of them ( a sales person) might be your only resource for the info you're aiming at. There are quite a few folks out there in RV land that have and do, haul various forms of scooters and small motorcycles.
Now, as has been suggested, you may need to do a little homework on your present RV to see what, if any, or, how much extra weight you can add, to the very rear of the coach. Find your "GVWR" and the GAWR of both the front and rear. You more than likely have plenty of left over weight carrying capability in your rig but, do check to be sure.
Now, there's a zillion types and sizes of "scooters" out there so, in my opinion, don't just jump on the first one you see because the "salesman" coerced you into it. Obviously a more powered one will be larger and more heavy. You can never have enough power. You'll have to determine what's important to you.
As for carrying it, well, you'll have to be careful there. Stronger is always better. A single receiver rack is, in my opinion, not a very good route to go. There's way too much potential for movement and unstable operations. A "three-receiver" unit is considerably more stable and safe. Yep, they cost a tad more but, in the end, it's the stronger and way more safe way to go.
I've hauled small and large motorcycles on racks, lifts, trailers and now, in the back of our toad, a full sized GMC Sierra 1500 4x4 Extended Cab. But, I'm hauling a 900 lb. Honda Goldwing so, that's a bit different from what you're trying to haul around. In the end, you want to be sure your little run-a-round scooter is safely loaded, tied down correctly and of course is, easily loaded and unloaded.