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Old 06-26-2014, 12:18 PM   #15
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I can tell there is ~600 back there, but it's a non issue handling or otherwise.
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The Harley Ultra will crowd 1000lbs.
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Old 06-27-2014, 06:46 AM   #17
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I looked the specs up, mine is 502lbs + 20lbs for accessories, so 522 fueled and oiled. Harley says 879 road ready. I don't believe the 1/2 ton will notice the 357lb difference. IMHO
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:39 PM   #18
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Well Gang,
Our truck/toad, as stated, is the 2011 GMC 1500 Sierra 4x4 Extended bed. The payload on it is, 1,512 lbs. The Golding, hovers at or near, 900 lbs. and the Rampage lift/carrier, is somewhere around 275 lbs. So, that's, plus or minus, 1,175-1,200 lbs. So, while I'm close to the max, it's not at it or, over it so, it's handling that kind of weight, just fine. I won't do a lot of road racing when the Wing is in the back of the truck. While I can tell it's back there, it's not over bearing on the truck. The truck corners fine, stops fine, accelerates great, so, while I don't do much driving with the bike in the back, it's just fine when we need to.
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Good feed back ........ Fireup.....
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Keep in mind I'm a liiiiiittle anal retentive, but I would suggest either putting air bags in the rear of a 1/2 ton or just getting a 3/4 ton (your coach isn't going to know the difference, I assure you.) While you'll technically be a bit under your payload capacity for your 1/2 ton, you'll be carrying it for extended periods of time. This can eventually lead to spring fatigue and you'll find over time, the sag is greater and the return is not.

I'd really suggest dropping a set of helper bags in the back, which are relatively inexpensive, or bump up to the 3/4 ton.

Just my .02 -- and congrats on the new rig!
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I agree LindyT
After speaking with many.... the 3/4 ton will be my choice. I would prefer Ford but I understand you can only tow 4 down if the truck has a manual transfer case selector.
I will speak to Ford to verify.
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:25 AM   #22
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I have a Honda GW and am thinking about getting this system for my F150:

Motorcycle Loader

I saw one in action in Moab back in April and I was impressed. I have just not dropped the dollars yet.

Anyone else here purchased one?
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:03 PM   #23
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I agree LindyT
After speaking with many.... the 3/4 ton will be my choice. I would prefer Ford but I understand you can only tow 4 down if the truck has a manual transfer case selector.
I will speak to Ford to verify.
The 3/4 tons are capable trucks, for sure. I owned a 3/4 Ford when I lived in Meeker, although I had to add helper springs to it. A GMC 6.5TD/5 speed 1 ton Dual wheel, and 2 Duramax/Allison. All 4x4.

One thing to consider is the weight. Your tow bar choices narrow down as you get heavier. The Duramax/Allison 4dr 4x4 short bed weighed ~7200lbs on the scale. The 1/2 ton tows easy on the Ready Brute Elite. I got tired of the big trucks and use my scooter for primary transportation. The wife loves her 1/2 ton.

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I agree LindyT
After speaking with many.... the 3/4 ton will be my choice. I would prefer Ford but I understand you can only tow 4 down if the truck has a manual transfer case selector.
I will speak to Ford to verify.
I can confirm for you that Ford IS capable of being towed four down - I've towed mine several thousand miles at this point. The key is 2012 models and newer with 4x4, it does NOT have to be a manual transmission or manual transfer case.

Case in point - mine is a 2012 FX4, FWD, with automatic transmission and automatic (rotary dial) transfer case. To put it in tow mode is a simple process outlined in the owners manual and takes less than a minute. It's referred to as "Neutral Tow" by Ford. Simple things like battery discharge are not an issue either as the ignition switch stays in a position that draws no power when towing.

Be careful who you talk to at Ford. My experience was that less than 1 out of 5-6 people at Ford (especially in sales) even knew the capability was there. It was only after showing them that it not only existed, but why, that the sales people could understand why I would even be interested.

Lastly, I agree with the previous comment about the tow package itself. Although I don't recommend any one product over another, I have (and am) used a Blackhawk Off Road heavy duty (10,000 pound) tow bar for several years now and have towed everything from a full size Hummer, a Jeep, and now the FX4.

Good luck on your choice and feel free to ask any Ford related questions about the TOAD process.

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I tow a Silverado 1500 with the Rampage Lift & a Harley Road King, the lift is great & the pickup handles just fine.
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I have a Honda GW and am thinking about getting this system for my F150:

Motorcycle Loader

I saw one in action in Moab back in April and I was impressed. I have just not dropped the dollars yet.

Anyone else here purchased one?
I have a buddy in AZ who has one now. He previously had the Rampage system. He told me that the only real difference was money and weight. He has an F250 for his Ultra.
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research one more loader ; its called the triple d loader. Really easy to load and unload goldwing. Has built in straps to. Easy mount in truck and power plugs in 7 pin trailer connector. I did alot of research and couldnt find a less complicated system. Make sure you dont get a short bed.
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Did you mean Triple D?

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Looks like it is about $3500.
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