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Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« on: March 15, 2018, 08:42:03 am »
Jorge and I just recently bought a class A motorhome.  We're looking into buying an enclosed trailer to put our motorcycles in when we're traveling.  I can drive fine with a trailer, as long as I'm going forward.  But ask me to back into a place with a trailer then I'm a dead duck.  Jorge has a C14 and I have a Vulcan S. 

With the size and weight of both our bikes, will a dual carrier be feasible and safe?  My concern would be that the hitch may not be strong enough to hold up both bikes.  I've checked online and I've seen several for dirt bikes.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2018, 11:39:14 am »
The best way to back trailer is to practice with a smaller vehicle.
Remember IMO the shorter the trailer the quicker it reacts to the steering input
Also put your hand on bottom of steering wheel and move your hand the way you want the trailer to go.   

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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2018, 01:41:14 pm »
Class "A" I assume a 30 or 40 footer. That's going to be a real PIA to back.
Trailer great idea, I use one.
I would not even think about a bumper hitch carrier! Loading two bikes of
that weight and size, someone is going to get hurt.
I have seem some bike carriers for heavy weight cruisers on class "A"s.
They use hydraulics to raise and lower and cost in the range of $5000.

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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2018, 05:45:09 pm »
A backup camera helps a bunch .
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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2018, 05:59:59 pm »
too much weight for the receiver. get a trailer and backup camera, btw a dual axle trailer is easier to backup as they don't jack knife as quickly. My buddy has a 38' class and tows a trailer backing up tends to take a copilot.

Go to a parking lot and practice, my wife can backup our 40' toy hauler only took her a few hours of seat time.

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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2018, 11:09:22 pm »
I know of no hitch carrier that could carry that much weight (almost 1500lbs). A trailer is your only real option.
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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2018, 11:11:19 pm »
Double axle traiers tend to be longer than single axle traiers. It isn't the extra axle that makes the trailer easier to back it is the length. The shorter the trailer the quicker it reacts making it more difficult to back.
I pull a 21,000 lbs equipment trailer with my one ton, it is specially set up for this much weight in the truck is license for 26,000. My receiver is a dual port top is 2 1/2" and the bottom standard 2" the rest of this receiver is massive and rated for 20,000 lbs. The hitch I use with this receiver is custom and uses both ports. The reason I am telling you about this is I believe this receiver would easily handle both bikes however you would probably have to have a custom carrier fabricated to do this as I doubt anyone makes one.
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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2018, 12:22:10 am »
Thank you so much for your advice.  My biggest fear about a dual hitch carrier is that the bikes would go down if the hitch broke because of the weight.  I feel much more comfortable if we trailered the bikes.  I guess I'm going to have to learn how to back up a trailer soon.

You all are the best.

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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2018, 08:55:48 am »
It will be a skill that won't leave you and you will probably amaze a few guys in your travels as they watch watch you get out of of a perfectly parked 45-50' of vehicle!

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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2018, 11:42:30 am »
Thank you so much for your advice.  My biggest fear about a dual hitch carrier is that the bikes would go down if the hitch broke because of the weight.  I feel much more comfortable if we trailered the bikes.  I guess I'm going to have to learn how to back up a trailer soon.

You all are the best.

Irene

There's a learning curve for everyone and if you don't trailer often, you get rusty. Don't sweat it. I've been towing for my whole adult like for thousands of miles and all kinds of trailers, but when I start out in the spring with the toy hauler, I'm all over the place for a few times.  Practice in a big parking lot. You could have Jorge on the ground as a spotter and use your helmet communicators for walkie talkies. But we need video....    :nananana:
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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2018, 03:15:17 pm »
Irene, not a problem. You drive it when it's going forwards.
    Make Jorge back it up.
No more problem for you, and "we" get to laugh at Jorge.........

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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2018, 10:31:08 am »
Thanks all.
There is carrier, made for Harley Trikes and Golf Carts, that it rated for 1,200 Lbs.  I've also thought about designing my own... :-X
I think both our bikes combined are just under 1,200, and with the C14 closer to the RV, the cantilevered weight would be be less than for a trike or golf cart. The carrier needs two hitch receivers, each mounted on one of the RV's frame members.
I think we're leaning towards a trailer, more for peach of mind, although not finalized yet.
I still like the idea of a not having a trailer behind us...

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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2018, 08:01:06 pm »
Just need a larger version of this.
https://www.discountramps.com/swivel-wheel-trailer/p/SW-58/


This is a really slick system.
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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2018, 09:25:16 pm »
The swivel-wheel might work, if they do a 2 bike set up..
  The wheel would support some of the weight...
If no; it might give you an idea on how to build your own?

Hanging 1200 lbs behind your motorhome {without the wheel) seems like it would be too much weight that far behind the axle...

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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2018, 09:36:08 pm »
You could sell your current motorhome for a toy hauler version with a large lift gate for safe loading of the two bikes.
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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #16 on: March 17, 2018, 10:05:50 pm »
I didn't know they made motorhomes with a toy hauler set up..?
I like that idea...   :great:

"Jorge",,  do that. {I know you have plenty of money ($$)}
After all, you've had your current Motorhome at least 3 weeks!!

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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #17 on: March 17, 2018, 10:22:03 pm »
And it has to have enough room for Ted... :))
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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #18 on: March 17, 2018, 11:22:54 pm »
Nah, they don't need extra room for me to go along with them.
I wanna borrow it after Jorge picks it up.. <grin>  >:D

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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2018, 12:46:08 am »
Irene, not a problem. You drive it when it's going forwards.
    Make Jorge back it up.
No more problem for you, and "we" get to laugh at Jorge.........

Win, WIN!!!

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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2018, 12:49:54 am »
Just need a larger version of this.
https://www.discountramps.com/swivel-wheel-trailer/p/SW-58/


This is a really slick system.

I like that!

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I really use my Thor for all things motorcycle

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Re: Advice on dual motorcycle hitch carriers
« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2018, 06:28:47 pm »
Double axle traiers tend to be longer than single axle traiers. It isn't the extra axle that makes the trailer easier to back it is the length. The shorter the trailer the quicker it reacts making it more difficult to back.
I pull a 21,000 lbs equipment trailer with my one ton, it is specially set up for this much weight in the truck is license for 26,000. My receiver is a dual port top is 2 1/2" and the bottom standard 2" the rest of this receiver is massive and rated for 20,000 lbs. The hitch I use with this receiver is custom and uses both ports. The reason I am telling you about this is I believe this receiver would easily handle both bikes however you would probably have to have a custom carrier fabricated to do this as I doubt anyone makes one.

Not entirely true, a single axle trailer has less resistance and will jackknife quicker than dual axle of the same length.  BTW, I do have experience with both trailers in similar lengths and I currently tow a 42' 5th wheel weighing in at 20k depending on whats in it.

There are setups that can be installed for a bike or 2 to go on a class A.
https://www.mightyhauler.com/