RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Newmar Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 03-20-2020, 07:46 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Newmar Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 14
Anyone install a motorcycle carrier/ramp on their Bay Star?

I have a 2014 Newmar Bay Star Sport 2903 with upgraded F-53 20,500 chassis. I also have a 650lbs motorcycle I would like to haul on the back of my unit using a Class V receiver hitch.

Anyone have any experience with this? No, I haven't weighed by rig just yet (newby)
Kunkies is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 03-20-2020, 08:33 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
mfredm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 298
The tongue weight is rated at 500 lb. i have a black widow carrier on the back for my bike but it only weighs 200lb. The max weight for a hitch carrier ive seen is 600lb. Unfortunately for heavy bikes like harleys, the only options are cruiserlifts or trailers, both in the thousands. another factor is that the hitch on a baystar is really high, making loading and unloading difficult. i use drop down receivers to manage it, but its a fine line between height and bottoming out.
__________________
2011 Bay Star 2902
mfredm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-01-2020, 02:18 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Newmar Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 14
Thanks Fred, agree.

My 2014 BMW R1200RT is 610lbs and I'm looking at the CruiserLift product. I'm in the process of using a formula to determine whether or not my Bay Star Sport 2904 (upgraded 20,500 lbs., F-53 chassis) will support it adding an extra receiver or two. Nice thing about the CruiserLift is it raises/lowers the ramp using a winch system and electric (not hydraulic) motor.

My fall-back plan is a Suzuki Burgman 400 ABS which weighs ~490lbs
Kunkies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2020, 07:27 AM   #4
Junior Member
 
Newmar Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 14
Update.

Weighed my Bay Star Sport 2903 with full tank of fuel and fresh water. After the formula from CruiserLift, I have about 600 lbs. of weight remaining on the rear axle to support the lift/bike.

Any opinions on how much stuff I can put in the rear of my RV before I max out the gross [rear] axle weight rating (GAWR) of 13,500 lbs.?

I'm also considering some rear axle suspension and steering modifications in support of the Cruiserlift, like these:
1. SumoSprings for 2014 Ford F-53 Part # SSR-187-54-1
2. Roadmaster Rear Anti-sway Bar for 2014 Ford F-53 Part # RM-1139-145, and
3. Roadmaster Reflex Steering Stabilizer Part # RM-RBK22-RSSA
Kunkies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2020, 07:40 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
FLJOE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Full Timing From SW Florida
Posts: 1,707
How about just purchasing a TandemTow. You can haul your motorcycle plus a FWD vehicle. If the dolly plate is adjusted correctly for your car/truck/SUV on the dolly you can have around 400 pounds of tongue weight.
__________________
2017 Newmar 4369 Ventana
Toad: Tandem Tow (Harley & KIA Sportage SX)
U.S. Army: VN 71-72 (64B20)
FLJOE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2020, 08:29 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
mfredm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Posts: 298
Yes, looking at that tandem tow, it seems like a good option for carrying a bike and towing a car. cost is high, $4K, and delivery requires use of a forklift. As a aside, i decided to tow dolly my car, for health reasons, and there was no combination of hitch receivers that would let me carry the bike and the dolly. The bike carrier always extended over the dolly hitch, making it impossible to unhook the dolly. So, I sold the bike. Luckily, i got what i wanted for it.
__________________
2011 Bay Star 2902
mfredm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2020, 07:45 AM   #7
Junior Member
 
Newmar Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 14
Angry

Update: installed the CruiserLift.

After filling my 80 gal fuel tank and my 75 gal water tank with my 605 Lbs. motorcycle on the lift, I had ~50 Lbs.. remaining on the rear axle, a far cry from the 600 Lbs. determined when I used the CruiserLift formula. As it stands, I do not have enough carrying weight to support clothes, shoes/boots, food & other items.

Oddly enough when I drove to the nearest weigh station with my motorcycle on the CruiserLift and with the new SumoSprings installed the coach drove like a dream, with no excess sag. A testament to the SumoSprings product.

Now to decide whether or not I'll stick with the CruiserLift and limit how much water I put in my fresh tank and/or transport a lighter motorcycle/scooter, or punt to a 5' x 8' enclosed motorcycle trailer.
Kunkies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2020, 08:20 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Geo19Irv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: USA
Posts: 166
Hydralift MC lift

Hydralift-usa.com
I have gone 8000 miles and no problems.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC02927s.jpg
Views:	9
Size:	790.8 KB
ID:	299647   Click image for larger version

Name:	DSC02928.JPG
Views:	7
Size:	649.6 KB
ID:	299648  

__________________
24' trailer, 29' trailer, two small class C, 33' class A, 38' class A
Geo19Irv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2020, 05:07 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: North Tx
Posts: 400
Quote:
Originally Posted by Geo19Irv View Post
Hydralift-usa.com
I have gone 8000 miles and no problems.
His BayStar will not handle a hydralift. Or a cruiser lift for that matter.
__________________
2020 Newmar Ventana 4369
GCSuper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2020, 07:36 AM   #10
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Location: Dana Point, Ca
Posts: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by Geo19Irv View Post
Hydralift-usa.com
I have gone 8000 miles and no problems.
Still happy with your lift ?
4ESCAPE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2020, 11:35 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
hohenwald48's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Nashville, TN area
Posts: 3,903
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kunkies View Post
Update: installed the CruiserLift.

After filling my 80 gal fuel tank and my 75 gal water tank with my 605 Lbs. motorcycle on the lift, I had ~50 Lbs.. remaining on the rear axle, a far cry from the 600 Lbs. determined when I used the CruiserLift formula. As it stands, I do not have enough carrying weight to support clothes, shoes/boots, food & other items.

Oddly enough when I drove to the nearest weigh station with my motorcycle on the CruiserLift and with the new SumoSprings installed the coach drove like a dream, with no excess sag. A testament to the SumoSprings product.

Now to decide whether or not I'll stick with the CruiserLift and limit how much water I put in my fresh tank and/or transport a lighter motorcycle/scooter, or punt to a 5' x 8' enclosed motorcycle trailer.
So, with the weight of the CruisLift and the motorcycle you're about 200 pounds over the 500 pound weight rating of the hitch?
__________________
When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
2019 Newmar Canyon Star 3627 on a 2018 F-53 26K chassis w/6 speed transmission
2017 Jeep Wrangler JKU with Ready Brute tow system
Nashville, TN or Titusville, FL when not on the road
hohenwald48 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2020, 07:38 AM   #12
Junior Member
 
Newmar Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Carolina Campers
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 14
No. My 2014 Newmar Bay Star Sport 2903 came with a class III receiver hitch with a 500 Lbs tongue weight capacity. As part of installing the CruiserLift, I had the receiver hitch upgraded to a class IV (1,000 Lbs tongue weight max capacity) receiver hitch.
Kunkies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2020, 02:04 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
hohenwald48's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Nashville, TN area
Posts: 3,903
I didn't know that installing a more robust receiver would increase the manufacturers load rating. I thought the hitch rating was limited by the capacity of the frame extensions and not by the receiver itself. My mistake.
__________________
When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
2019 Newmar Canyon Star 3627 on a 2018 F-53 26K chassis w/6 speed transmission
2017 Jeep Wrangler JKU with Ready Brute tow system
Nashville, TN or Titusville, FL when not on the road
hohenwald48 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2020, 08:03 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
RI Expat's Avatar


 
Thor Owners Club
Join Date: Jan 2019
Posts: 351
Before I got my current RV, I used an enclosed cargo trailer for my bike. Loved that setup as the bike was out of the elements and secured, even at campgrounds. The only drawback was the lack of a toad for bad weather days.

Even though I now have a class A toyhauler, I have kept the trailer. It doesn't cost anything to feed it and I can use it to haul the bike in for service or even the lawn mower. Several friends have used it with their RVs when we have gone on group trips where we used the RVs as base of operations for some interesting rides.

You didn't describe any potential toad for your setup. If you have a pickup, you can consider putting the bike in the bed and tow it all!
__________________
2015 Thor Outlaw 37 LS
2013 Ford C-Max w/Invis-a-Brake
2016 HD Freewheeler
RI Expat is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bay star, install



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best Dog Ramp for Bay Star? RoamerDFW Newmar Owner's Forum 4 12-28-2018 09:44 PM
Has anyone upgraded the shower control in their Bay Star? Jtrving Newmar Owner's Forum 32 01-17-2018 08:41 PM
Husker finally found a RV she liked but needs a dog ramp, Solvit RV Dog Ramp reviews? G-JLD9 RV'ing with Pets 4 02-25-2017 10:45 AM
Motorcycle Carrier Ramp volvik Class A Motorhome Discussions 24 01-31-2014 06:22 AM
Anyone using the Blu Ox Motorcycle carrier? SargeW Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 4 11-16-2006 01:44 AM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:14 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.