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Old 04-06-2013, 09:42 AM   #1
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Advice Needed on Carrying or Towing (2) Large Scooters

We will be purchasing a 2004 28' Class C Coachmen in a few days and have (2) large scooters we would prefer to carry on the back of the RV instead of towing them behind us. Has anyone successfully used VersaHaulers or any other carriers that use the rear hitch on the RV to carry these size of bikes? Each bike has a 50.2" wheelbase, is 29.1" high and weighs 265 lbs. Thanks!
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I've seen such things on the back of Class As..pulling no toad (think it was a way to avoid the weight that would require bolt or welds to the frame).

Actually say this on the back of a fifth wheel a couple of weeks ago. My only concern was length and cornering in town or campgrounds.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:02 AM   #3
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yes there are more then one carriers that will work. any of the one rated at 600lbs will work. the way that some do it is a small enclosed trailer that way they are out of the whether and they have mover room to store stuff. but the carriers work just watch out for big dips in driveways because it will drag as you go in. hope this helps.
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Large? Silverwing or the like? You are adding a lot of weight with little support. Look under the coach to see if the there has been a stinger attached to the original frame rail. If so, I would not add a lot of weight. Also, it will increase the overhang behind the drive axle and that might increase the risk of dragging the carrier.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:06 AM   #5
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No experience with scooters, just motorcycles. I don't think hanging 600lbs on the rear of that Class C is going to work. I bet if you look at the specs of your hitch, you're limited to no more than 500lbs, maybe less. You could easily exceed the GVWR for the vehicle or the rear GAWR, either is not good.
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I can't recall the name of them, but I meet a guy a couple times a year who uses a nifty carrier that has a large single caster to take half the weight. The caster is a pair of 8" trailer tires. It is certainly big enough to hold 2 scooters since he carries a gold wing on it.
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I made racks for the front and the back. Used three receiver hitches on each end, mounted with the same dimensions so any thing I make can fit on the front or rear.


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We will be purchasing a 2004 28' Class C Coachmen in a few days and have (2) large scooters we would prefer to carry on the back of the RV instead of towing them behind us. Has anyone successfully used VersaHaulers or any other carriers that use the rear hitch on the RV to carry these size of bikes? Each bike has a 50.2" wheelbase, is 29.1" high and weighs 265 lbs. Thanks!
you probably are planning on carrying too much weight for your moho. your hitch is likely rated for 350-500 lbs.
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I would be concerned with all that weight on the rear changing the handling dynamics of the motorhome. I think you would find the rig a little light in the front end, which could be an issue in rainstorms or windy conditions. I think a trailer would be the way to go.
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I made my own rack for my large scooter that attaches to the receiver. They are fairly difficult to load due to the height of the scooter off the ground. I would recommend a small trailer for two scooters, get one with a drop ramp, ride them up and tie them down.
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I put a receiver hitch on the front to carry whatever I wanted to carry and on the back of my jeep toad I have a hitch also. At times I carry two trail bikes and the jeep. One on the front of MH and one on back of jeep. I use a cargo basket if I need to haul more stuff on the front hitch. Any number of things you can do.

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We will be purchasing a 2004 28' Class C Coachmen in a few days and have (2) large scooters we would prefer to carry on the back of the RV instead of towing them behind us. Has anyone successfully used VersaHaulers or any other carriers that use the rear hitch on the RV to carry these size of bikes? Each bike has a 50.2" wheelbase, is 29.1" high and weighs 265 lbs. Thanks!


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M wondering if this would work for your scooters. Found it at campingworld.com
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We will be purchasing a 2004 28' Class C Coachmen in a few days and have (2) large scooters we would prefer to carry on the back of the RV instead of towing them behind us. Has anyone successfully used VersaHaulers or any other carriers that use the rear hitch on the RV to carry these size of bikes? Each bike has a 50.2" wheelbase, is 29.1" high and weighs 265 lbs. Thanks!
On our previous Class A a rack system worked fine. But when we moved down to a Class C, in addition to the weight issues, the overhang was just to much. So I switched to a trailer I had custom made at a local trailer dealer. Once I got used to it, it is easier than towing a toad on all 4. You can at least back up...
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