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Old 05-01-2022, 07:01 PM   #1
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Carrying a Harley with Roadmaster 8 air bag system

i seek advice on bringing a heavy motorcycle. I have a 39' MONACO w/
the roadmaster 8 air bag suspension system. Like many of these older units it often leaks air when parked for a while, but not always. I wanted to build or buy a hitch carrying system to travel with. But unsure if thats the best idea. I could lift just the front wheel onto the hitch and tow it on the rear wheel. There is also a small 2 wheel trailer available to me. If anyone is up on any advice for me, I would like to hear from you. My Harley goes about 850 lbs, and mpg is important at these diesel prices. Thanks from Ric , new to this group.
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Old 05-01-2022, 07:09 PM   #2
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Ive been hauling my bikes for a while.. I would use and enclosed trailer, its handy, gives so extra storage and bike stays clean. I would not entertain one wheel elevated.
I now use a 24' enclosed, haul a Jeep and 2 harleys. I found having only the bike along on extended trips that it was a pain for getting groceries or if it was raining.
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Welcome to iRV2.

Many of your questions about a motorcycle lift are discussed in this link.

http://www.irv2.com/forums/f258/moto...er-446942.html

JMHO: A small trailer would be easiest on the chassis
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Not sure what model Harley you have but I would ask a dealer about towing it all over the country with the rear wheel down and front secured.

We have traveled full time with our Harley about every way possible except a rear hydrolic lift system. The worse method I ever used was the open trailer and I only did it for a year before getting the bike enclosed again.

The best way IMHO is to get an enclosed trailer. You protect the bike, it can be utilized as a "garage" while camped, plus you will still have the ability to back your RV up.
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Welcome to the forum:

Great answers for you already.

For those that tow those enclosed trailers with their jeeps or whatever inside, is it a real pain to find a place in an RV park to disconnect etc?

My parents towed a trailer with a small pickup inside for years but they basically traveled like snow birds, having to load and unload just a few times a year. Traveling full time would require a lot of work one would think.

I will follow Skips link and get some answers there of course.
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I pull an enclosed 12'x7' single axle cargo trailer. I carry either 2 Harleys or a Dyna and golf cart.
I have Harbor Freight motorcycle chocks permanently mounted to the floor. Easy peasy.
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What make/model/year coach do you have?


I know some people who have mounted a lift on the back of their rigs but you have to be careful with carrying capacity. Your rig may be limited to the point that it can't handle the weight. It will depend on the overall weight of your rig and what the rear axle can carry.

I know with my rig we have to watch what we carry, we don't have a lot of extra capacity. I actually owned a Class C that had more carrying capacity.



You probably have plenty of towing capacity so pulling a trailer is an option, I pull a 2005 Jeep GC. You could also consider pulling a pickup with the HD in the back. More money but lots of flexibility.
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i seek advice on bringing a heavy motorcycle. I have a 39' MONACO w/
the roadmaster 8 air bag suspension system. Like many of these older units it often leaks air when parked for a while, but not always. I wanted to build or buy a hitch carrying system to travel with. But unsure if thats the best idea. I could lift just the front wheel onto the hitch and tow it on the rear wheel. There is also a small 2 wheel trailer available to me. If anyone is up on any advice for me, I would like to hear from you. My Harley goes about 850 lbs, and mpg is important at these diesel prices. Thanks from Ric , new to this group.
Rix,
As you can see and read, there's plenty of available ways to do what you're thinking of. I'll start off by saying that, we've done the same exact thing. And we've done it multiple ways. Enclosed trailer, Hydralift (not "hydolic"), open trailer and finally, tow a pickup with the bike in the back.

The first way was the enclosed trailer. But, while the trailer was a 7' x 14' V-nose and was actually quite nice, it was only big enough for our '08 Goldwing and, some bicycles, and some odds and ends. If on a trip, inclement weather would attack us, we had no way of getting around or to go to the store to purchase supplies, food, whatever.

So, I purchased and installed a *Hydralift* on the back of our coach. Our coach is an '04 Itasca Horizon 36GD with the CAT C-7 330HP and that coach performed absolutely FLAWLESS with that lift and our 900 lb. Goldwing on it. No wandering, no porpoising, no ill handling what so ever. It also rode at the EXACT SAME HEIGHT with or without the lift and Wing on it. We also towed our Jeep Rubicon while carrying that Wing. We did it for well over 8,000 miles with that setup and had a ball.

But, without a doubt, yes, I was over weight of the GAWR of the rear. In fact I was quite a bit over. But, again, no one died. But, in an effort to lessen the potential issue(s), we changed our *M.O* as the cops say. I sold the Hydralift and purchased a 2011 GMC Sierra 1500 Extended Cab 4x4. I also purchased and am still using to this day, a Rampage motorcycle lift/carrier.

The Rampage gets installed in the back of the truck in a matter of minutes and, then the bike is loaded, all by pushing a button. The truck carries all the weight and loading and unloading is a snap. And, we have the truck for any and all purposes that the bike can't handle. We have the best of both worlds.

The truck weighs right at 5,300 with a full tank (I know, I weighed it) and our new to us, 2018 Honda Goldwing Tour DCT Air Bag, hovers close to 848 lbs. So, all in all, we're towing behind our coach, somewhere in the close neighborhood of 6,700 lbs. It all works ultra slick.

Now, one more thing. You DON'T want to do the "rear wheel rolling" thing. That's a very, very bad solution and could VERY EASILY, turn into a catastrophe and you'd never know it 'till it's waaaaaaaaaay too late. Not to mention, you'd be putting a zillion miles on just the rear of that bike, NOT GOOD!

A *Hitch mounted* system can work. But, and this is extremely important, for a full sized Harley or Wing or any other monster touring machine, you need THREE RECEIVERS, not just one or even two. And a three receiver system must be designed so that ALL THREE are supporting the same amount of weight. This is not an easy task but is quite doable. In any case, you'll need one of the many marketed lift/carriers out there too. You want and need, a secure system so that, your Harley is STILL there at the end of a days travel.

Without a doubt, an enclosed trailer is a great way to go. It's a great way to go IF, you can maybe haul another mode of transportation if and when the weather goes south. It's a great way to go IF, you can find parking for it at the many RV parks and campgrounds that do not have additional parking. Yep, it's a great way because, it can haul your nice bike without getting it dirty and mucked up with rain and back wash and all that. And, it's a great secured parking spot for it when your bike's not in use. No doubt about it.

So, in the end, you have to think about what's the best method for you. What are you willing to do? Build a system for the back of the coach? Get a pickup with a lift in the back so it carries all the weight? An enclosed or open trailer? ANYTHING but carry the front wheel only!

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Well,
I guess the OP is not too worried about answers. Oh well.
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I guess the OP is not too worried about answers. Oh well.
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Now Scott ; be nice ; ; the OP thanked me for posting the link ( #3 ) and said he'd shifted his focus to finding a suitable trailer .
He hasn't been into the forums since the 7th ; not like you and I , who are here every couple of hours; so probably out riding his Harley with no wifi .
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Now Scott ; be nice ; ; the OP thanked me for posting the link ( #3 ) and said he'd shifted his focus to finding a suitable trailer .
He hasn't been into the forums since the 7th ; not like you and I , who are here every couple of hours; so probably out riding his Harley with no wifi .
Or broke down and walking back home, just kidding. Somehow I missed his response. A trailer is a nice way to go.
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Thank you all for sharing your wisdom on hauling a Harley. As a Rookie in a DP I will probably reach out with plenty more questions Knowing this group knows their ---- . As we embark through our 48 state tour, we are glad to have joined this group. We appreciate all of you . From Ric & Lorri
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