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Old 11-04-2018, 04:30 PM   #1
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Hydralift Motorcycle Lift

Any coach owners, especially 2017 Dutch Star on a Spartan chassis, who have had a Hydralift motorcycle lift installed willing to share their tips/tricks/cautions and installation information? I'm scheduling an install for December with the folks at NIRVC in Dallas.
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Any coach owners, especially 2017 Dutch Star on a Spartan chassis, who have had a Hydralift motorcycle lift installed willing to share their tips/tricks/cautions and installation information? I'm scheduling an install for December with the folks at NIRVC in Dallas.


I have no experience but have done some prelim research on my own. Just curious what kind of bike are you hauling? Iím trying to convince the wife to let me bring along a Suzuki drz400sm when we head out west after the holidays... I had initially looked at a hydraulic lift but the costs are more than the bike! Iíll probably just end up with a rack and ramp on the back and push it up. Itís not too heavy!
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Any coach owners, especially 2017 Dutch Star on a Spartan chassis, who have had a Hydralift motorcycle lift installed willing to share their tips/tricks/cautions and installation information? I'm scheduling an install for December with the folks at NIRVC in Dallas.

On my previous coach, 2011 Winnebago Tour 42 QD I had one. My advice would be to install using the bolt on method as oppose too welding and all the hoses have made with quick-connects, reason being is in case the engine needs repaired the lift would not be in the way. Brackets were welded to the frame however.

I also installed a 2"x2" aluminum square running the length of the lift along with one in the front. I then installed an E Tract to make it easier to tie my 2016 Harley Ultra Limited down. The other benefit was the added height of 2" helped me load and unload the bike. I also ordered the brake light option as well.

Good luck and use plenty o straps in case you are forced into an emergence maneuver. I am quite anal in how I strapped the bike down and used lots of straps
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I have the Golf Cart version on my Ventana, loaded the golf cart first time today, tomorrow 200 miles, 400 on Tuesday. I'll let you know my opinion on Wednesday....
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I built my own lift. It was a fun project and it likely saved me a lot of money.
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I have the Golf Cart version on my Ventana, loaded the golf cart first time today, tomorrow 200 miles, 400 on Tuesday. I'll let you know my opinion on Wednesday....
I'll be curious how it all works out. Would the Golf Cart model work for a Harley Trike (weight approx. 1,200 pounds)?

A buddy who stays in the same winter CG as us has the hydrolift for his 2-wheel Harley and travels constantly during the year. He has had really good luck with it and it loads and unloads easily.

Thinking down the road we may get rid of our enclosed trailer and look at something different to haul the Trike and a car.
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Did the first drive of 600 miles the last 2 days with the Golf Cart on the lift and here are my observations:

1. While I could see the top of my Jeep through the rear camera, the primary rear view was the roof of the golf cart moving every time there was a dip in the road.

2. Piece of advice "Don't look at the camera"

3. Made it without any real issues, just visual panic attacks.

4. Well worth the $ expended to be able to carry the golf cart without a trailer or pickup truck in tow.
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Thanks for the report Bob. I had heard elsewhere not to watch the camera
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Bob, did you see much difference in the receiver height for you tow bar? Did you need an extension to help move the tow bar back?
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Bob, did you see much difference in the receiver height for you tow bar? Did you need an extension to help move the tow bar back?
The golf cart lift came with and extension to help support the lift. Having said that I might even add a few more inches, while it worked on the way home, I'm not positive that in sharp turn the jeep wouldn't hit the lift. The lift is actual higher than the fenders, but not higher that the roof. I have been considering another 2-4" extension to be safe, but haven't gone that route yet. As far as tow bar height, with the whole thing connected I noticed a little drag in on spot at my dealers (went to show them the golf cart on the lift on the way home) that we never had an issue with this coach or our Canyon Star.
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