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Old 11-13-2014, 12:33 PM   #1
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Anyone with a hitch-mount carrier that I can test out?

I have a lifted truck with a custom rear bumper, and before I commit to getting a hitch mounted carrier I'd like to make sure it's going to work out (I'm primarily concerned about the height and the ramp length).

Does anyone have a carrier close by that I could connect and push the bike up, then back down?

I'm in Olympia, Washington
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Old 11-13-2014, 12:52 PM   #2
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I have one near Portland if you don't find one closer.
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Old 11-13-2014, 01:06 PM   #3
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I'm a little closer, and available Saturday.
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Old 11-13-2014, 02:30 PM   #4
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Curious, what model truck and wow much lift do you have? Worse case is you can buy/make a longer ramp.
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Old 11-13-2014, 03:11 PM   #5
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I'm a little closer, and available Saturday.
I just got stuck taking an all day first aid class for search & rescue this Saturday. I could do the 22nd.

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Curious, what model truck and wow much lift do you have? Worse case is you can buy/make a longer ramp.
It's a 2.5" lift, but the bumper makes things unique. I don't have a measuring tape but here's a sample of when I was getting it installed. That's a 33" tire and the hitch is a behind-the-license-plate style, so rough estimate says the hitch is 28" from the ground just from eyeballing.
EDIT: Yes I know about the tire gate. I can completely remove it if I ever need to, and the spare still fits underneath or in the bed.



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Old 11-13-2014, 03:27 PM   #6
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Is there a receiver in that picture?
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Old 11-13-2014, 03:32 PM   #7
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Is there a receiver in that picture?
The license plate flips up and it's behind there.
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Old 11-13-2014, 03:41 PM   #8
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The license plate flips up and it's behind there.
I'd be more worried about that than fabbing a longer ramp.

How is that legal?
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Old 11-13-2014, 04:01 PM   #9
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I just got stuck taking an all day first aid class for search & rescue this Saturday. I could do the 22nd.
The 22nd would probably work too.
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Old 11-13-2014, 05:04 PM   #10
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I'd be more worried about that than fanning a longer ramp.

How is that legal?
I guess I hadn't thought about it. I used it live in Oregon and either the trailer was small enough that it didn't need a license plate, or it was large and needed a license plate, but in both cases there was no seeing the vehicle's plate from the rear of any vehicle it was hooked to. I had cousins with bicycle racks and those would regularly make the plates hard to see.
Up here, apparently EVERYthing needs a plate AND registration.

Furthermore, in either state the law reads that the plates need to be visible on the vehicle at all times, so...
1. I go under the assumption that it's one of those laws that no one cares
2. I have to take off the plate and attach it to the carrier so that it remains visible (this would have to happen to ANY vehicle)
3. I have to register the hitch carrier? I really doubt that, lol
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Old 11-13-2014, 06:53 PM   #11
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The 22nd would probably work too.
Check that. I'll be at the m/c show on that day, but could be available the next day.
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Old 11-13-2014, 07:49 PM   #12
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I have one in Yelm. PM me if you want to check it out.
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Old 11-13-2014, 08:03 PM   #13
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FWIW my hitch is at 26" and I use a hitch hauler all the time. The ramp that came with my hitch hauler is 64" in length (bolts to the hauler during travel) and loading my bike is cake. One person job no problem.
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:56 PM   #14
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I have one in Yelm. PM me if you want to check it out.
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FWIW my hitch is at 26" and I use a hitch hauler all the time. The ramp that came with my hitch hauler is 64" in length (bolts to the hauler during travel) and loading my bike is cake. One person job no problem.
Do you know where you got it or what brand? Might be good to know.

EDIT: Measured my height, 25.5" to the bottom of hitch. :)
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:21 AM   #15
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I actually bought it off Craigslist new for around $125. It's not a Versahaul but it's similar in design (angled wheel stop at front instead of a "drop in" groove). It's constructed of steel, roughly 60 lbs and the ramp is about 64" (also steel). I think your main concern would just be ramp length. If you were to calc the angle of the ramp (which I figure is what your concerned with) mine would be at roughly 22 degrees (Angle = Tan^-1 * sin/cos) or if you want an easy online calc here's a link:

http://www.cleavebooks.co.uk/scol/calrtri.htm

If you can find a hauler with a ramp in that general length (ultimately making something close to that angle) I think you'd be happy with it.

P.S. - Nice truck, my buddy has a similar Toyota (same body/color/tire setup), I'm in a 4.0L Ranger with a 6" long arm lift, I ride Belfair pretty frequently if you ever see it around (probably will have the hitch hauler on it as well, lol).
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