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Old 02-10-2014, 08:43 AM   #1
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Motorcycle Hitch Carrier

Looking for one that winches down to the ground and strong enough to carry a Harley.

Any Ideas?

Thanks, Jim
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Old 02-10-2014, 03:21 PM   #2
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My VTX is currently on the back using a CrusierLift. Works fine but must be welded directly to the frame. CrusierLift and HydraLift are two prime units. Significant cost difference. Both are rated for1,000 lbs. check their website for the form to calculate rear axle load. This much weight, that far behind the axle shifts weight off the front. My 750 lb VTX plus the unit itself added about 1,800 to the rear axle.
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Old 02-10-2014, 03:23 PM   #3
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Also, you don't show your mh info but these are for DP only. Frame isn't strong enough on gassers
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I have used an older style of Blue Ox Sport Lift, that is a full flat decked platform. It is about 3 1/2' x 7', steel tread plate and lowers to the ground for simple loading and unloading. It also works well to carry the huge patio BBQ when doing a party set up at the lake, would work for scooters or ?

It is rated to carry 1,000#, and allowed me to flat tow up to 5,000#. I have sold the bike, a BMW R1200GSA, that was over 700#. We towed our Saturn wagon, and enjoyed having the bike and toad. We have also upgraded to a newer coach and are going to sell the lift and Saturn.

The heavy duty lifts either have their own design of attachment system or, as this one a system bracket for the 3 2" receivers. I just had two more 2" receivers welded on and used my coach's trailer hitch 2" receiver.

Here is a link to photos of the lift and more.
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Looking for one that winches down to the ground and strong enough to carry a Harley.

Any Ideas?

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Jim,
As has been stated, you need to tell us more info on the type of rig, engine, length etc. you have in order for us to help with a more educated answer. I installed a Hydralift on the back of our '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330HP. The Hydralift is by far, the best lift/carrier on the market but, it's also the most pricey. They want in the name of $4500 for one and that does not include shipping and tax. Then, if you're not doing the install, add quite a bit to that.

I got ours off E-bay for less than half price and did the install myself. It worked absolutely flawless. I carried an '08 Honda GL1800 Goldwing on it for over 8,000 miles without one single problem.

I was however, overweight on the rear axle. I knew that before I did the install. I knew the rig, suspension etc. could handle it so I went ahead with my plan. But, after a while, we changed our minds on type of toad so, we purchased a truck and, a Rampage lift for it and now, we carry the bike in the back of the truck.

Anyway, if you're running a gasser, unless it's one of late, extra heavy duty gassers with the 22.5" wheels and heavy duty frame, you're asking a bit much of it. Even with the heavy duty ones, you're still asking a lot of a gas rig with that kind of extra weight added to the rear.

You need to know what the rear GAWR is. Then you need to have your rig weighed, front, back and total. That will tell you what you've got left over in terms of weight carrying capability. Once you've determined that, you can make the decision to go forth with your plan. If you've already done all that homework and know your limits, then, most likely the Hydralift or a Cruiserlift will work best. Overbuilt makes one too. I'm not a fan of the cable operated ones because in my opinion, too many points of potential breakdown. But, again, that's just my opinion.,

When I installed the lift and loaded the bike on our rig, based on preliminary weight of the front end, before the install, the weight of the bike and the lift, removed exactly 100 lbs. off the front end, big deal.

So, hope some of this info helps. Good luck.
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Jim,
Thanks for getting back to us on this. A 38' DP is quite capable of any of those lifts I've mentioned. But, the big lifts like Hydralift etc. sound like a way overkill in terms of what kind of scooter you pan on hauling. It would make seriously easier to load and unload because all that's needed is for you to ride it on to the lift, strap a couple of straps and push a button and up your lift and scooter go. And, they're capable of towing just about any toad.

But, as stated, way over kill for just a scooter. I also used a home built unit that's commonly referred to as a "Joe Hauler" and other brands. I hauled a Yamaha TW 200 around on it and still towed our Jeep Wrangler. You just have to manually load it up a ramp and secure it. Not as easy as pushing a button but, considerably less expensive.

But, as I previously stated, you really should find out your rear GAWR and, then get your rig weighed, just as it would be, rolling down the road with a full fuel tank, full water tank and all the gear that you would normally be traveling with. Then you can find out what's left in terms of weight carrying capability in that tail end.
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