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Old 08-04-2020, 10:19 AM   #1
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As anyone successfully installed a Cruiserlift on a 2004 Monaco Diplomat?

I just purchased a 2004 Monaco Diplomat and wanted to install a Cruiserlift on the back for my motorcycle. I talked with the Cruiserlift people and they said it can be done but it takes some work because the original hitch receiver can't be removed because it's part of the motor mount. Thought I would reach out and see if anyone has done it successfully and how you went about doing it?

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Old 08-04-2020, 01:07 PM   #2
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Several questions about the lifts have come through in the past few months.

First , it's important to know if your chassis has enough load carrying capacity remaining on the rear axle to handle the weight; to avoid overloading the axle and rear tires; because of the level action involved the lift actually adds more weight to the rear axle than the weight of the lift and motorcycle.
Formula is in one of the posts in this thread ( link below)
So it's important to have your current loaded for travel axle weights before you begin.

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Old 08-04-2020, 03:17 PM   #3
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How much does the bike weigh and what’s your rear axle weight? Even with a 20K rear axle you’ll likely overload it if it’s a heavy bike as you’re going to put close to 2000 lbs on the rear axle.

IF your weights work out (not likely) you’ll have to weld 2 receivers to the outside edges of the current hitch for the lift.
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If it has a rear radiator like my 04 Endeavor I would find out if it is ok to put a motorcycle behind the radiator.. My owners book has a page in it say do not mount a motorcycle on the rear... Over heating can occur.
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I saw that in my owners manual also. The Cruiserlift people said that is a non issue for overheating because of air flow blockage. Thank you for the reply.
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not sure what frame your '04 has. My '08 Dip has the Roadmaster RR8R and the receiver is NOT part of the engine mount. It was, however, welded to the frame and had to be cut out/modified to install the Cruiserlift receiver.
Having had the lift installed and using it to haul a Goldwing for several trips ... I would opt for a dual trailer instead.
While it worked fine, I feel the front end is unloaded too much, and bad roads lead to scary bike movements. After the last trip through Louisiana, I had to replace a bike mirror due to violent oscillation caused the mirror housing to impact the coach. (Yes, I had secured the bike properly)
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Probably not what you want to hear but you would be better off with a tag axle side radiator coach for this application.
Unless this coach has sentimental value, I would start looking for a Monaco Dynasty, Executive, Signature, Holiday Rambler Navigator, Beaver Patriot, or Marquis.
With these coaches you can easily adjust the tag axle airbag pressure and balance the load.
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