Advice Requested: Hitch Carriers & Small Scoots

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by Pilgrim21784, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. wannabe1

    wannabe1 Been here awhile

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    Maddiedog has the rail type carrier that I wish mine was instead of the ladder type. Nice write-up and pictorial.
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  2. Chindog

    Chindog Old Guy

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    Thanks for posting that tutorial, David! Now I know how to load the scooter on the rack. I've got a hitch carrier but haven't had to use it yet. I'm still afraid I'm going to dip the bike over too far and scratch up the wife's Pilot! :)
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  3. wannabe1

    wannabe1 Been here awhile

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    Even with all the great post on this subject including the pic of my zuma, she stranded me at work yesterday (battery) and what did I do. I caught a ride home and used my 6 x 14 heavy trailer to rescue the zuma. Why? because it so much easier to use than the hitch hauler. I know the OP has an issue with storage, but imho a small trailer would be the way to go.
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  4. maddiedog

    maddiedog In dog we trust

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    How is a trailer easier than a hitch hauler? I have both. Unless I take more than one bike with me, I always use the hauler because the deck of the trailer is easily 6" higher than the hauler, meaning more pushing of the scooter up a ramp. :rofl
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  5. tuna101

    tuna101 Been here awhile

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    I agree the hitch hauler is a lot easier than the trailer. 1 bike use the hauler!!!
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  6. wannabe1

    wannabe1 Been here awhile

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    In my particular case. Pull 2 pins, drop gate, walk up full sized ramp with scooter, place front wheel against trailer rail, lean scooter on kickstand, secure with 2 tiedowns, fold up ramp/gate and roll. Short of not having to check the VIN I doubt Lizard Lick Towing could have done it any faster. Oh, I forgot the minute to hook up the trailer and lights.

    No straining, no balancing acts, no having to have tiedowns exactly where I could reach them and no need for a pictorial/tutorial. As stated, I have used both and in my case the trailer is much easier and the scooter is more secure. If a tiedown gives way or slips I still have a scooter on a trailer not a scooter all over the highway.

    The OP doesn't have space to store a trailer so I am sure all of the post have given him plenty of knowledge on what is best for his situation.
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  7. Qaz

    Qaz Been here awhile

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    There is a type of hitch that the front wheel of your scooter will roll into and then is tied down. the rear wheel rolls down the road, very little tounge weight.
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  8. rv-rick

    rv-rick Been here awhile

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    I don't think you could tow a CVT scooter that way without screwing something up.
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  9. DarthJ

    DarthJ Been here awhile

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    Won't do that with my regular bike either. Rear tire would wear out quicker anyway.
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  10. Pilgrim21784

    Pilgrim21784 Pilgrim21784

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    maddiedog - absolutely outstanding post!!! Many, many thanks for it. :clap
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  11. D0N1

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    I have 2 scooter carriers and I love them. I also have a trailer but always use a carrier if I only need to transport one scooter or motorcycle. You really should have lights on your carrier. I noticed that most do not have them. I'm less worried about the leagl issues and more worried about safety. If people behind you can't see your brake lights, you're a lot more likely to be rear ended, ruining your scooter, your carrier and probably your vehicle. GET LIGHTS PEOPLE.

    Here's my versa-haul carrier without lights (I never use this one any more is someone wants to buy it in Troy NY 12180.) Lights could be added easy enough. Harbor freight has a cheap magnetic set.

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    This is my lighted moto-tote that I use often. Notice the lights. :deal
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  12. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    You may want to check out the clearance of the spare tire on the Rav4. My Trooper has one with the hard cover it's been getting scratched by the bikes I've put on the rack. Since the tire is offset, I have to back the bike onto the rack and still, the rear peg comes in contact with the cover, damaging it. My rack is also extended length and still allowed contact. I would also be concerned that since your Rav4 has a unibody, that's a bit of stress on it with the weight of a bike and rack bouncing around back there. Guess you may want to double check the Rav4 tonque limit.

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    The M31 is only 138lbs, while the Stinger is 211lb. I do feel them back there, but not bad and they do bounce a bit. Note the handlebars do not clear my spare.
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