Full-Time RV / Motorcycling

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by cafematty, Aug 31, 2014.

  1. Cigar Mike

    Cigar Mike Too Old and Too Slow

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    I have always had a pickup to bring the bikes along. I went to a HW296 Tent Trailer recently. Very easy to pull and I can park it at my house instead of paying storage. This trailer has everything a conventional trailer has. Power lift and tongue jack. We do have six motorcycles though. Three each for my wife and I. I take the two bikes I want to use depending on where we go. I use a ATV winch to help get the heavy bikes in my 3500 Dodge Diesel 4x4. I have had a wide range of different size trailers over the years. They all worked out about the same. Now with us in our middle sixties if we have a nice place to relax, cook, wash, bathroom, and sleep we are good. The HW296 is 21' long but it is easy to tow and park. We ride mostly the last two Hondas now. A NC700X and a CB500X. After over forty years of dirt riding it is a nice change for us. They are fine on graded dirt roads, just slower when it gets a little rough. WIN_20151031_110249.JPG
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  2. DaveB74

    DaveB74 Adventurer

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    We are in a 34 foot class A with slides, and have been out since mid-October to return home around April 1.

    I retired the first time in 2002 and we have been traveling in the winters since, spending lots of time in the Deep South to get away from the cold and snow. We will continue to spend the winters on the road as long as we are able. Along the way, we have learned a few things that I will share.

    We tow a 12 foot enclosed trailer that contains the following:
    2 motorcycles from our stable
    A freezer packed with food that we bought in bulk
    A pantry full of food
    Tools and an air compressor
    An apartment style washer/dryer stack
    Bicycles
    Other small items that are best kept in the trailer

    The trailer is wired for both 110v and 12vdc. It is also plumbed for the washer/dryer with garden hose type connections. The trailer has been a work in progress for a number of years now that fits our needs as we have learned them.

    We use the bikes for all the grocery getting with saddle bags and top cases and plan our trips out to be as efficient as is possible. So far, everything is working well for us.

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  3. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    DaveB74, would you be so kind to post up more photos? Especially the trailer. I have always felt that an enclosed trailer with moto bikes is the way to travel full time. At one point while married we hauled several moto's and bicycles plus other stuff in this 40 foot diesel and pulling a 17' enclosed trailer. I want to down size with a smaller class C and maybe a 12' trailer. Room for a small dualsport like my DRZ and a side car rig for me and my dog to take off on moto trips.

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  4. booniebasher

    booniebasher Been here awhile

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    31 foot class a with 12 foot enclosed, works great for me. I like daves idea of washer and dryer etc in trailer. I do lots of weekends in this rig. When we retire Like most here I hope to spend more time running around
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  5. ttmike

    ttmike Adventurer

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    I spend my time in the northern New Mexico and southern Colorado mountains in the summer. This is how I carry both bikes. Before this, I carried one 400 lb. dual sport on a receiver hitch carrier behind my yukon toad.

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  6. ttmike

    ttmike Adventurer

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    I go to Northern NM in the summer. This gives me slab, forest roads, and single track in both New Mexico and southern Colorado. It's nirvana.
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  7. PbdBlue

    PbdBlue Adventurer

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    Kind of went the same route. We have owned several motorhomes and went shopping last year to replace our '99 Winnebago. We wanted to stay around the 32'ish length as we find that's about the max we can get into the places we like to frequent since we're not big on KOA type campgrounds and prefer boondocking or State\Federal facilities. We ended up with a 32V Southwind class A. Nice large living room glide and bedroom glide. Had it a year now and very happy. I fabricated a bike rack that carries my KTM 350 and allows us to also tow our 4WD Xterra. I put a set of receiver mounts on the Xterra as well so the motorcycle carrier can be easily removed from the motorhome and installed on it if I want to transport the bike somewhere. We also own a side by side and when we take that we put it on an open trailer with the bike.

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  8. klr650goldwing

    klr650goldwing Adventurer

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    It really all boils down to what kind of riding you enjoy and plan to do. Many years ago (I'm an old guy) I had a Yamaha XS650B; that is a road bike. My wife and I rode that bike down many, many miles of fire roads, cow pasture trails etc. If you don't plan on riding severe off-road terrain I'd recommend the new Honda Africa Twin. It has 9.4 inches of ground clearance, 2 cylinders, 1000cc that will keep up with any traffic and take off road to all but the most severe terrain. Have a great time.
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  9. Harold Waikiki

    Harold Waikiki oldfatdumbbrokeoutofshape

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    I retired last May. This is what I've always wanted to do!
    My wife and I are doing this 8 months a year. An f450 dually towing an e350 box truck. That way we have a dinghy, garage, toy hauler etc. We also have a canoe and a small outboard for it. Usually haul 2 KTM's. My 1190r and my 950 SE. In the pic the 950 is out and the 1190 is inside. Presently outside of Phoenix. Heading towards Tucson tomorrow. Sweet. HW.
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    The truck camper is a monster.
    A triple slide. Very comfy for long term.
    The truck is 4wd so when detached we can go most anywhere and dry camp.
    I have an onboard genie in the camper and a Honda 3000 genie in the van.
    300 watts of solar and a big inverter. The camper has 6 house batteries. HW.


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  10. Harold Waikiki

    Harold Waikiki oldfatdumbbrokeoutofshape

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    Continued- The truck camper is a monster. A triple slide. Very comfortable for long term. The truck is 4wd so when detached we can go most anywhere and dry camp. I have an onboard genie in the camper and a Honda 3000 in the van. 300 watts of solar and a big inverter. The camper has 6 house batteries. HW.
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  11. ttmike

    ttmike Adventurer

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    Interesting set up. Good for you. It goes to show that there are many ways to skin a cat.
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  12. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff.

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    I'm curious about why you are using a box truck, rather than a trailer? The box truck isn't like a small vehicle to get around town with when unhooked, and has more complications than a box trailer.
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  13. Harold Waikiki

    Harold Waikiki oldfatdumbbrokeoutofshape

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    I used to haul a wells cargo. Wanted a dinghy. It's easy to drive around town. In fact it's my daily driver in the Seattle area! Piece of cake. For example today I went swimming in Mesa. Camper home base stayed put at the state park. Wife did what she wanted. Went hiking. I did errands too. Easy peasy.
    I do get some funny looks with the canoe. I see no complications. Of course I'm not too smart. Probably oblivious. HW.
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  14. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Interesting concept and i've never seen that. Pulling an extra drivetrain, doubling insurance, and wearing out 6 other tires.

    A 10-12 ft enclosed trailer with tools, bike, scooter for wife, or whatever. But hey, it's your rig and I'm envious either way.

    Cheers.

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  15. smurfsky101

    smurfsky101 n00b

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    Relevant, here is my home. Base is a 2006 Ford E-450 (u-haul fleet sale), with a custom box on the cutaway. Rear half is a garage area, front half is living area.

    Been living out of this for the majority of the last year or so.

    I highly recommend the box truck route, with my 20 footer I can park in (most) parking spaces, with the rear end extending over the curb.


    Bikes ->
    * Honda CBR 1Krr (race bike)
    * Kawasaki KLR 650

    Living ->
    * Shower
    * toilet
    * bed
    * fold out couch
    * sink
    * microwave
    * A/C
    * 4k watt onan generator

    Misc.
    * toolkit
    * air compressor
    * motorcycle gear
    * 2 Paragliders and 1 mini PG wing
    * 2 or 3 hang gliders
    * skydiving rig

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  16. smurfsky101

    smurfsky101 n00b

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    Oh, also have two bicycles in there :D

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  17. Rhode trip

    Rhode trip guided by voices

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    Smurfsky, that's nicely done. :thumb
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  18. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    +1.

    What's rolled up on the drivers side.

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  19. smurfsky101

    smurfsky101 n00b

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    Hang Gliders (Wills Wing Falcon 170 and a U2-145).

    This is by Snoqualmie pass, WA @ a place called 'Rampart Ridge'. Rocking the aerostich ;)

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  20. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff.

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    +1 to GREAT job on the box truck!!!

    You wouldn't maybe think it is perhaps possibly what he already said it was in his first post, now would ya?
    :brow
    LOL