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Old 12-07-2015, 01:50 PM   #1
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Need tandem tow solution

I just picked up my dream motorcycle (HD Ultra Glide Classic) and now need to figure out how to tandem tow it along with my car.

The car is a 2007 Jeep Liberty and has a curb weight of 4,000 pounds. The motorcycle weighs 800 pounds.

The motor home that will be towing it is a 2005 Itasca Suncrusier with the Vortec 8.1 engine on a Workhorse chassis. The tow hitch on the Suncruiser is rated at 5,000 pounds. Here are the specs on the motor home weights:

GVWR (GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHT RATING) = 22,000
UVW (UNLOADED VEHICLE WEIGHT) = 19,576
CCC (CARGO CARRY CAPACITY) = 877
GCWR(GROSS COMBINATION WEIGHT RATING) = 26,000

I am willing to upgrade the hitch if needed.

What are my options to get both the bike and car towed behind my motor home??

Thanks!
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Old 12-07-2015, 03:04 PM   #2
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I'd look at something like this

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Old 12-07-2015, 04:07 PM   #3
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Something like this The Carrier and Lift Store – motorcycle trailers
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Old 12-07-2015, 05:13 PM   #4
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This is the same issue we had. We could pull a dolly/car OR mtcyls in trailer but not both. 34 foot 454 Workhorse chassis jus' didn't have enough to pull up into the mountains with the tow weight. We thought of the tandem dolly as well...but adding hundreds of pounds towing wouldn't improve the situation enough so we converted to a 42' toy hauler and a diesel p/u truck. But we did have a great time with the class A unit. Now it's for sale. Sometimes you don't know what you want/need until you jump in and get wet...then find you need to refine the equipment. It's all good.
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Thanks for the idea. I don't know if the weight question is resolved with this approach.
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Old 12-07-2015, 05:38 PM   #6
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With your weight allowances there is NO way you can carry the MC on the back of the MH. You have a CCC of 877 lbs, your MC weighs 800 lbs. and the lift will way over 200lbs or more. The only way I can see you hauling your MC is what I plan on doing and that's hauling it in the bed of a pickup. With a towing capacity of only 4000lbs, 90% of that even is taken up with the Jeep alone.
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Old 12-07-2015, 06:24 PM   #7
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Do a Google search on Tandem Tow Dolly. By Cruiserlift. You can adjust the balance on the placement of the car dolly to adjust the tongue weigh, but your combinded tow weight (Jeep, bike, and trailer) will probably exceed your limits.
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With the motorhome you currently have, either of the lift systems are completely out of the picture (you would grossly overload your rear axle) and the jeep you are currently towing is either at or exceeds the recommended tow weight that your manufacturer has set for your unit. The only short term solution is either the motorcycle or the jeep, not both until you get yourself something more robust to haul them. Your weight limits preclude the Tandem Tow as well.

Most diesel coaches have a much higher towing limit so you could scrap the jeep and get a pickup. Use the bed of the truck to haul the Harley.

If you want to use a motorcycle lift, look for coaches with a tag axle as they are the only ones that can handle the extra weight safely. Single axle diesel pushers do not have the rear axle capacity for lifts.
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Enclosed trailer. or open bed type. Use a Trailer Toad 3500HD and then you have zero tongue weight. The additional braking on both axles of the trailer will make it EZ towing with no issues, other than the additional stuff you can now bring with you.
We have over 1000 customers, most of them hauling 8000 to 10,000 lb trailers with gas Class A and Class C coaches. Get a good brake controller and use common sense and enjoy the travels.

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Enclosed trailer. or open bed type. Use a Trailer Toad 3500HD and then you have zero tongue weight. The additional braking on both axles of the trailer will make it EZ towing with no issues, other than the additional stuff you can now bring with you.
We have over 1000 customers, most of them hauling 8000 to 10,000 lb trailers with gas Class A and Class C coaches. Get a good brake controller and use common sense and enjoy the travels.

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Can you back up with one of those on your motor home/trailer?
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Looks like you need a trip to the scales to see what you weigh now...

If you're loaded anywhere near your gvwr...then you don't have the capability to take all that weight with you without exceeding gcvwr.
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Thanks for all the replies. Much to think about and the trailertoad looks promising...
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OSGOOR; Your Jeep is right @ 4000lbs which is your MAX tow rating. How could you add the trailertoad unit, trailer, and motorcycle too. Your tow weight will be WAY OVER your max tow capacity by at least 1500lbs. The plain and short of it is there's no way you can haul and 800 lb. Motorcycle with your current motorhome and your Jeep, you'll need to settle on one or the other.
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