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Old 09-27-2010, 05:35 PM   #1
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motorcycle carrier

I have a 1998 innebago Chieftain.
It is on a Freightliner chassis with full air ride and brakes and a pumpted up 5.9 with Allison.
I want to build a motorcycle carrier to carry my Harley softail and mount it to my hitch receiver plus add two more receivers off the frame for additional strength and stability.
I'm wondering if that will be to much weight back there, the Bike weighs about 700 lbs and I estimate another 200 lbs or less in the carrier.
If anyone has any insights to my concern I would appreciate a reply.
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Old 09-27-2010, 11:05 PM   #2
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There are a few manufacturers of lifts. Cruiserlift is one and I believe Blue OX makes one also. If you do a search on the web you can probably find them. One of them has a formula to determine the added weight on the rear axle to see if your coach can handle it. I was reluctant to add that much weight to the back of our coach, so I found a loader (Cruiser Ramp) that installs in our pickup toad to carry the bike. It works very well. We have traveled with the bike several times.

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Old 09-27-2010, 11:26 PM   #3
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The exact answer will depend on your wheelbase and the distance from your rear axle to the center of the bike carrier. However, given those weights, I'd estimate that you'll need at least 1200lb capacity on your rear axle, maybe 1400lb. What's your current rear axle weight and what's the GAWR for the rear axle?

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