Hitch Hauler

Discussion in 'Toy Haulers\Trailers' started by Dave.Smtih, Oct 27, 2017.

  1. Dave.Smtih

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    Started using one this year. Anyone recognize the really faded bumper sticker?

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    I like the added receivers, did you ad those?
     
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    Yes, and the lights.
    I like the stability and not having to deal with an anti-wobble plate.
     
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    Looks cool but what's in the bed? They look like a good idea but I've just always been leery of those things. I think you additional supports is the way to go though.
     
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    when I had a van, I thought about adding receivers and a dual bike carrier, but very rarely needed to carry more than one bike. I had a versahaul single bike carrier which is very strong. I also added the upright and arm from the add-a-bike hauler which made it bullet proof. you didn't even need straps (I still used them for insurance)
     
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    After adding an aluminum tool box to the bed it was time to try out another way to haul the bike.
     
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    Looks good. My Wrangler has a smittybilt hitch. It is a class II receiver hitch. Is it fine to put a hitch motorcycle hauler without adding extra receivers? What do you think?
     
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    Are you sure it's a class II? they are usually 1 1/4" not 2"

    Class II hitches are weight carrying (WC) hitches rated up to 3500 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) of 300 lbs. A Class II hitch usually has a 1-1/4" square receiver opening. A higher class drawbar does not increase the towing capacity of the hitch.

    Class III hitches used for weight distributing are rated up to 10,000 lbs. gross trailer weight (GTW) with a 1000 lbs. maximum trailer tongue weight (TW) ... A Class III hitch usually has a 2" square receiver opening.

    so if your hitch is a class II, in theory you are good for 300lbs tongue weight. but keep in mind the further back from the reciever the motorcycle sits, the lower that tongue weight number becomes. This weight also includes the bike carrier itself.
     
  9. mtdirtbag

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    I did the 3 receiver on my 5th wheel in the early 2000's, my carrier was a 6" aluminum channel so everything was home-built. It pretty well held the motion to a minimum but it I was still paranoid about the bike being left in the middle of the road, plus it would be filthy once we arrived at a camping spot. I would run a 5/8 dowel along the front wheel which extended past the camper so that I could check on it every so often, at night I would have to touch the trlr brake every so often to reflect off the dowel. We eventually picked up a 2004 Titanium 5th wheel which has bunks in the back and a side access door, I reinforced the floor, modified the door hinges to allow it to open higher and use two ramps to walk the bike up. Now it is out of sight and arrives clean when we go camping.
     
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    there are many options, in my van I liked having the bike on the back so the mud and gas mess stayed outside. I had the inside setup for camping. then I had a fifth wheel toy hauler which worked great, but you had to deal with mud cleanup once home and always smelled like gas inside. I now have a travel trailer for family camping trips and it works out just fine for dirt bike events also since the bikes ride in the bed of the truck and my wife is happy when I return home with a clean camper.
     
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    My wife has been suggesting getting a camper for the family and I have been thinking about a toy hauler just so I know I'll get more used out of it, especially now that my son is getting more interest in riding. My big fear is that they will always smell like gas inside. Does it go away after getting to the campsite and letting it air out? I've checked out a couple used ones and didn't notice a gas smell.
     
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    My setup works well for us as there is only one bike to deal with, plus it's separated from the living space which keeps my wife happy and we still have the bunks if kids or grandkids join us - plus the added feature is they are just comfortable for a few nights along with the crappy hide-a-bed couch. I have some pics from early on when I rode a YZ, I'll attempt to upload a couple. Bike Loaded.JPG Garage space before bike.jpg Inside with bike.JPG With gear.JPG
     
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    Thanks for the pics, looks like a good set up. Didn't you say that was a 5th wheel? With my truck, 2014 F150 5.0 V8, I will be limited to a smaller bumper pull type trailer. The guy at the RV store recommended 22 to 24 feet with nothing bigger than 26 feet. I would also like to haul more than 1 bike too.
     
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    It is a 5th wheel, actually it has an outside measurement of 40'11" but is a 35' cabin inside, I can hang a bike off the back as it came with a 2" receiver which was custom built for the previous owner, not that I want to! Picture shows what it looks like, thought I had a side view but this was all I could find.
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    Very nice. My 1/2 ton will not haul anything that big!
     
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    The comment on gas smell in the camper; if I fill the bike so that there is little room for expansion we will have a smell or if I forget to turn off the gas before loading we may get some. If I turn off the gas and then start the bike and load it under it's own power it generally takes the fuel in the bowl down far enough that it's not a problem. What you can't see is there is a heavy curtain between that space and the main cabin and if there is some spillage I just open the compartment door opposite of the loading door to get a cross breeze to clear it out. I looked for a long time to find a camper that could haul my bike and keep the Mrs happy, plus I did not want to live in a garage or have something that is half a block long. The nice thing about the Titanium is that it tows at approx 30' so we can take it into some pretty primitive places and for as big and comfy as it is it's relatively light. Not half-ton light but not bad, I doubt that I'm at 12,000 lbs loaded up.
     
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    Yes it is a class II hitch according to manufacturer's spec.
     
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    I have a dual carrier made by Rage, it requires a class III Reese hitch with a 600 pound tongue weight rating. I also have a Reese no rattle locking "u" pin which is a threaded locking pin with a u shape that angles the pin back around and through a hole in the hitch to lock the carrier shaft in place. Combined with the Rage no rattle plate, the carrier does not rattle at all.

    I still haven"t put two bikes together on the carrier but I don"t think it will be a problem.
     
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    I picked up a Starcraft autumn ridge mini extreme early this season. It’s a hard side travel trailer about 21’ but the camper is 15’and a 5-6’ cargo deck on the front of the trailer frame. I mount two bikes on it but think I can get 3 or 4 if I’m creative with wheel chock placement. As for single bike mount I used a Moto jack rack for years. It was a bit more pia to load/unload but it was rock solid. Plus you can use it as a Work stand.
     

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