Originally Posted by jameshawk
Am looking to carry a 500lb scooter/motorcycle on the back of a capable DP. This Versa Lift 1500NR looks to be sufficient and is priced at 1/2 the Blue Ox sport lift lll and the cruiserlift .
Any experience with this product or company?
Well Sir, there's a few things to consider before you jump into this venture. Some of which I'll mention, you may have already done your homework on. But, I'll take a chance you haven't and just mention them.
One, make sure your coach is actually ok, to add whatever kind of weight you'll be adding back there. And that means get your GVWR, GAWR (REAR) AND, GAWR (FRONT).
Then, load the coach in such a manor that it's the same as you'd load it while on a trip. Then, go get it weighed. Don't go crazy with the "side to side or, four corner thing) Just do the front, back and total. Then, take that rear weight and, subtract it from the GAWR rear and, see what you've got left. Sometimes, Diesel coaches are closer to the max rear weight when loaded with all the traveling junk, than you'd think. So, an ACTUAL WEIGHT is warranted.
Now, you're armed with good info to begin your venture. Assuming you have plenty of extra weight carrying capability, the most important point about what you want to do is, do it safely. That is, you say you're going to haul a "500" lb. bike (scooter) back there. Well, 500 lbs. is not all that light of a scooter. Many street motorcycles tip the scales at that weight.
Don't get me wrong here. I'm not lecturing you on procedure. I'm just trying to convey a bunch of experience on toting a few motorcycles on various kinds of lifts and, issues with the process. Static weight is just that, sitting weight with no bounce. But, in your case, as well as any other one that carries "cantelilevered" weight BEHIND the rear of a coach, you will have bounce. And that means, your 500 lb. "scooter" will, at times, exceed that weight by much more, momentarily.
So, what all this means is, don't buy your lift/carrier based on price. Buy it based on how well it's built and, will withstand any tormentation of the stress of that scooter/bike back there stressing on it, while motoring down our "less than perfect" American roads out there. Let's face it, many of Americas roads out there are less than desirable and, can put a coaches suspension to some rigorous tests and that means, it will also test your lift/carrier on the back of your coach.
I've seen many-a-lift/carriers, at many camp grounds, cracked or broken due to inefficient fabrication or, poorly mounted and, carrying too much weight based on their setups. I don't think you'd like that. What you want is simple. You want a trouble free experience with carrying your scooter, consistently, day in and day out.
I've carried smaller bikes, as in TW 200 Yamahas on a three point, sideways, ramp-up carrier, all the way up to what we carry now, a Honda GL 1800 Goldwing, (900 lbs.) on a Hydralift, on the back of our present coach, an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the C-7 330 CAT. So, needless to say, I've got some time carrying bikes on coaches. But, do take your time, research which ones will be strong enough, and have a good mounting system, will carry the bike well with good support and equally important, have multiple tie-down points.
And, one more thing, you want it to be SAFE in loading and unloading it. So, please keep all that in mind so you can have a good time, when you arrive at your many destinations with intention of utilizing your scooter. Good luck.