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Old 11-07-2010, 03:58 PM   #1
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Scooter Carrier

We have a Four Winds 31P on a Ford F450, will we be able to carry our Honda Helix scooter on a hitch mount carrier? The hitch is rated for 500 lbs, the scooter weighs 350 and the carrier weighs 100lbs. The seller of the carrier says his product is rated sufficently for our scooter. Will this have an effect on the steering? Will it make the motor home sit too low so that it will drag on crubs? We need help on this one??

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Old 11-08-2010, 07:44 PM   #2
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We just purchased a class C 27' and are looking into carrying a motorcycle on the back hitch. My worry is the added weight suspended that far behind the rear axle will have severe effects on the balance and stability causing severe sway. I have yet to find anyone who has done it other than pulling a small bike trailer behind. I'll keep doing research and maybe we can figure this out.
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450# hanging off the back bumper will unload the front axle and cause steering problems. It may also put you over on rear axle rating. A 31' class C on that chassis will have you pretty well at your axle limits when loaded without the scooter. You would do much better to haul it on a small utility trailer.

More than likely your fresh water tank is in the rear and you certainly will not be able to carry much fresh water.

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That rear-axle loading issue was why we decided to get our signature rig instead of a 31-foot Forester on the E450 chassis. Our earlier rig, a 26' Class C on the E350 frame had three ball hitches on the back, one on the centerline and two more, each in line with the auxilairy frame extensions.

The previous owner hauled a snowmobile in winter and a Harley in summer and had a single wheel trailer with two hitches that lined up with the outer ones on the RV. The trailer had a single castering wheel on the centerline at the rear with an adjustable shock absorber system that he could use air pressure to level the trailer floor.

It was a commercially available trailer back then (12 years ago?), but there may still be something similar in production nowadays. I thought it was a clever way to tow without putting a heavy bending load on the auxiliary extension frame, since the two ball joints would only transmit a "tongue weight" to the RV rather than the full weight of the bike. The single wheel would handle most of the weight.
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Old 11-10-2010, 08:23 PM   #5
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Thanks for your ideas on putting the Honda on the back of our motorhome. Based on your comments we are not going to put a carrier on the rear of the MH. I am glad we asked for help on this one, it saved us a lot of trouble, buying something that wouldn't work

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Old 12-23-2010, 06:23 PM   #6
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Thanks for your ideas on putting the Honda on the back of our motorhome. Based on your comments we are not going to put a carrier on the rear of the MH. I am glad we asked for help on this one, it saved us a lot of trouble, buying something that wouldn't work

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what about a carrier up front? Off the front bumper somehow??
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If you need a great scooter hauler, we are using "Versa Haul"... we liked it because it was using a separate ramp to load the scooter while the "hauler" stayed still. Some haulers actually tilt so you can get scooter up on it... very unstable locking when all done and you want to motor down the highway..... the versahaul is solid and therefore very stable....
Looks like too much for your setup.... but, it is a great hauler!!!
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We just bought a 2007 allegro tga 34. Any problem putting a honda helix (350#) on a small rack like the versa hauler?
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