Trailer hitch mounted bike carrier (merged) threadfest.

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by jdiaz, Feb 13, 2003.

  1. Rainmaster

    Rainmaster Been here awhile

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    Vehicle is a 2002 GMC Envoy with factory hitch mount and I have used this setup on my Fl to Ga runs (550 miles each way) with no problems.

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  2. RiverRat

    RiverRat Endless Chores

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    RR bike rack. I didn't like the prices and issues ready made hitch haulers have so i made my own.

    Finally can ditch the trailer! Maybe these pics will give you some ideas on building your own hauler.

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    It uses two hidden receivers, modular design to fit different widths, is rated for 300# offroad and is solid except in the "whoops" where it flops a little when the sucky truck suspension is pushed to the bump stops. It breaks down into three pieces for storage.

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    By attaching bike straps to the truck tow hooks the play in the receivers is virtually eliminated.

    I really feel the extra weight up front with a 3/4 ton truck. Visibility and lighting are much better than expected. Totally acceptable. Can't check for overheating until next summer offroading in 4 low.

    Hauler can be used on the front (access to camper, no dust, mud, sand/rock blasting to bike and can keep an eye on tiedowns) or back (better visibility and mpg I'd think). It is designed to maintain as much offroad clearance as possible. Still in testing phase. I'll add two ratchet tie downs to secure the rear of bike vs. the one i have now. Change s-hooks to carabiners, and improve tiedow between front tire and hauler.

    A short ramp is held in for storage with some wing nuts in the rail between tires. Attaches to lip on hauler for loading.

    Do you see anything i could do to improve the design? I was thinking adding fuel can rack? The extra 40# or so will hurt offroad performance with stock suspension though.

    Time to drop some money into the truck suspension as that's the limiting factor offroad now.
  3. dubtruker

    dubtruker Adventurer

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    I geuss I better put my flame suit on before I put up the pic of one of the things I use. Its just a front wheel cradle and its great for licensed bikes. Although I have used it for unlicensed bikes before and ran the risk of getting a ticket. I have used it for my previous DRZ400SM my current 625SMC and my KDX200. On short 5 to 10 min trips I just use it as is. If I am going for longer trips I take the chain off, I would trust it to cross country if I had a spare old rear wheel with a cheap touring tire on it. Great for the small cars I drive. Otherwise I use my truck because it will take both of my bikes at once.
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  4. toro618

    toro618 Long timer

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    Has anyone seen or used any off the above carriers on a Hummer H2 with the rear spare tire? The carried will need an extension to clear the tire. I think Joe hauler has a unit with the extension but wanted to know what other options exists.
  5. PG007

    PG007 AKA backdoorphil

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  6. OffRoadCruiser

    OffRoadCruiser Been here awhile

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  7. christian

    christian Long timer

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    How about this

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  8. dubtruker

    dubtruker Adventurer

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    I like that!
    I say licensed because at least its some out incase LEO get confused and just start writing tickets. I can use the whole, "its no different then a motorhome towing a car", excuse. I actually am trying to figure a way to put that little KDX up on my factory roof bars minus wheels of course. Kind of like a mountain bike with the forks bolted to the front bar. That way we can take a spare bike next time we drive down to LA to ride our supermotos. We had three guys averaging more then 200#s, our riding gear and clothes in the rooftop Thule and a trunk for our tools for car and bikes in truck. The trailer has three over 600cc Supermotos(KTM625SMC/KLX650R&XR650R) two spares for the trailer and a set of spare tires for the bikes. You got to love the diesel for pulling oh nad the uypgraded R32 brakes didn't hurt.
    All this planning and my CDI went out on the KTM, woulda loved to have the KDX on the roof for such an occasion.
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  9. WIsixfitty

    WIsixfitty ceiling unlimited

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    I used this thread for inspriration. :1drink

    It's not quite done yet. I amy add footpeg pull-downs and for sure rear wheel holder.

    80 pounds and strong enough to lift my truck off the ground.:lol3
    Or haul my 640.

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  10. 666

    666 Agnostic and Orange

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    Done by http://www.jpmetalfab.com/
    All steel. Very secure. I use only 2 straps to hold the bike on the handlebars. There is also an aluminum ramp, I store it inside of the truck.
    I added air bags to the truck and it works great. I get same mileage with the bike or without. Camper shell helps to be more aerodynamic.
    before, when I was carrying bike in the bed mileage would drop 4-5 mpg, dependent on how fast I drive.
    This ramp allows for a lot more clearance when driving in the dirt or off the pavement.

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  11. owrstrich

    owrstrich F O T G

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    joehauler camloc jh05...

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    can i get a yeehaa...

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...

    thank you very much...

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  12. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    I got my $200 hitch hauler from Rocky Mtn. ATV on and I have to admit I had my doubts that I would like it -----and use it. I put it on my Toyota FJ last night and had it put together and had my WR250R on it in about 2 hours.

    The thing that tightens the hitch hauler into the receiver works--it very stable from rocking in that direction.

    But it rocked way too much for me forward and back----I had that fixed by just running 2 ratchet straps from 2 places on the bike to my roof rack--and it is rock solid----perfect.

    I ran 700 miles today form southern Illinois to Western Kansas and it was perfect.

    I got my usual 20mpg and didn't have to pay for an extra axle at the Kansas toll booth.

    I'm on my way to the Mexican border (Lochiel Arizona) and will ride with a friend all the way to Canada on dirt on our WR's--pioneering a new route West of the Divide--and then ride back.

    I'm real happy with this thing. It squatted the FJ just a little---I adjusted the headlights as they were
    too high already and I was blinding people.

    Oh-------the best part----my FJ is really short and I just knew it wouldn't handle well---I couldn't tell it was back
    there---unbelievable.

    Even tho the FJ is small and short---it is a very beefy vehicle---I guess this is why it worked so well.

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  13. mnormand

    mnormand Been here awhile

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    Here's a older pic of my 2004 4Runner 4wd with this aluminum hauler from http://www.discountramps.com/motorcycle-carrier.htm with my WR250R.

    I've had it for a while now, and yesterday we returned from a long trip driving and riding around Arkansas, about 1500 miles all done. Almost everyday I'd unload and hit the backroads, gravel, and trails, while wifey took truck and did flea markets in the immediate locale. Once I took it off and put it inside the truck for her peace of mind in manuvering in the city.

    Unlike this old pic, I now have soft-tie straps around the bike frame on each side near the cyl head, using one rachet binder on each side. I've always done the exact same thing as Mark BigDog, tied it on each side to the top rack to minimize swaying. Also insurance against the inside binder strap breaking and bike flips onto road :eek1 . I also use one binder at the end of the carrier pulling tight to the tow loop on left side of truck rear. The cheesy anti-sway plate this carrier came with is terrible and of no use.

    I didn't find the truck squated too much, especially since we had it stuffed with gear, luggage, coolers, etc. But the suspension was compressed pretty tight and didn't allow much cushion. And on gravel roads, I usually slip into 4wd, an excuse to keep things lubed, and it helps on tracking.

    All said and done, this is the 2nd long trip like this, and everything worked perfectly, so much better than dragging a trailer everywhere. :clap
    The only thing I'm going to do is add some trailer lights, they are cheap and add that extra margin of safety.



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  14. BigFeet

    BigFeet Banned

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    Cool! I think I'm gonna look for one of those used...

    Anyone?

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  15. edeslaur

    edeslaur San Diegan

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    I have the 2-bike version, picked up from eBay, for days when it's just one kid and me going out.

    Just did San Diego->Moab and back on my '87 4Runner with my Husky 610 aboard (wimpy stock rear springs), worked awesome.

    I just took notes on your tie-down approach, but may I respectfully recommend you add a 2nd tie-down to each side? I had an XR80 fall off a *different* carrier because I used crappy Walmart straps with the small hooks, and didn't double-strap it. :cry Double straps, even with the crappy hooks, would have kept it on instead of dragging the handlebar down the road. :eek1

    My daughter was very upset with me - appropriately. She was even madder that I had to drive another 200' to pull over since it fell over in a blind corner.

    Cheap lesson (set of bars, clutch lever, grips), but $$ I didn't want to spend.
  16. farrington300

    farrington300 No wait....What?

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    I have one of the rocky mt atv haulers as well on my Tundra. I use it to haul my xr. Works like a charm and the price is right.
  17. bigtrailie

    bigtrailie Pursuing happiness

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    Have you ever used it to haul a heavier bike... like your KLR? :ear
  18. ini88

    ini88 Been here awhile

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    I got one off Amazing for under $100. I was skeptical but it held the bike fine

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  19. bdesmp

    bdesmp n00b

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    2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo X (4x4), discount ramps series 400 hauler (cannot use the hitch tightener with the Jeep factory hitch) and Harbor Freight LED tail lights.

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    Works well - bit of a pain getting it strapped in (by myself) and getting it off can be difficult. But it doesn't rock much and doesn't affect the vehicle's handling much at all. The lights work great.
  20. Lance Hardwud

    Lance Hardwud Long timer

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