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Old 05-25-2015, 10:06 PM   #1
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Hydralift Trike with car setup.

I have a trike Hydra lift system and getting ready to tow a jeep cherokee.

Started laying out the parts such as tow bar, hydra lift extension receiver, and hydra lift main receiver. All told looks like 8' between coach and toad.

The trike platform overhangs the hydra lift extension receiver around a foot.

Concern is, making a left turn the driver side of car gets awfully close to trike platform and overall length of extensions looks intense.

I will also need a 3" lift receiver to line up the tow bar properly.

Been using the trike lift around a year now so car is a new adventure.

Once base plates are installed (in around 3 weeks) I can post some completed pics of this install.

Anyone else with this setup?
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Think your going to need at least a 1' extension...that is where I'm at and I have plenty of clearance with the F-150 4X4. Not sure how much wider the trike platform is compared to the standard Hydralift "wings". 1.5' may be better.
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I have a trike Hydra lift system and getting ready to tow a jeep cherokee.

Started laying out the parts such as tow bar, hydra lift extension receiver, and hydra lift main receiver. All told looks like 8' between coach and toad.

The trike platform overhangs the hydra lift extension receiver around a foot.

Concern is, making a left turn the driver side of car gets awfully close to trike platform and overall length of extensions looks intense.

I will also need a 3" lift receiver to line up the tow bar properly.

Been using the trike lift around a year now so car is a new adventure.

Once base plates are installed (in around 3 weeks) I can post some completed pics of this install.

Anyone else with this setup?
gamechanger,
Well,
While I didn't have your exact same setup, mine was close in some of the dimensions and, clearances. We have an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330HP CAT and, used a Hydralift to carry our '08 Honda GL 1800 Goldwing and, tow an '04 lifted Jeep Rubicon. Now, while the lift is a standard Hydralift, I did however, have what's called the "Garage floor" on it. That Aluminum Diamond deck floor, really projected out farther than the standard support/tie-down arms.

What that meant was, I had to be concerned about the corners of the Jeeps hood and front fenders when cornering and or, cornering and traversing dips. That can be imagined by thinking about your coach entering or leaving a gas station that has elevation differences between the road and the parking lot it's situated on.

I had my son ride in the Jeep when we first hooked everything up and observe just how close things got when I made corners and dips. Well, it was pretty close in those dip/corners to be sure. But, I knew I would remedy this situation when I added the Ready Brake system to our tow bar/receiver components. And, it did in fact, remedy it quite well. That Ready Brake unit, added about 12"-14" to the total length which, moved the Jeep back enough so that no worry was had for all of the adventures we had towing it and carrying the bike.

But, I'd sure as heck like to see pics of your trike on the Hydralift on the back of your coach, that's for sure.
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