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BIKE HAULING & CAMPING--what is your travel set-up?

Discussion in 'Camping Toys' started by Lotta Throttle, Jul 29, 2019.

  1. nvklr

    nvklr Been here awhile

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    One could prop up the ramp and a suitable level and use one or two regular or even short motorcycle/atv ramps in conjunction with the toy hauler ramp. Easy enough. Or probably even a short(er) 2x8 board.
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  2. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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    Yup
    Also I put the bike in gear when backing out and use the clutch:transmission to assist me.
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  3. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    I did away with the straps and went to a turnbuckle and e track. I was looking at the Risk Lock N Load when another inmate gave me the idea. Working well and no more straps to work around 20190616_173223.jpg 20190616_172959.jpg 20190616_172947.jpg
    But I still use a wheel choke, but I'm told it's not necessary. But at least I have it for the truck when I load and run for a short weekend ride
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  4. Snake Oiler

    Snake Oiler If the world didn't suck, we would all fall off

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    I carry a set of ramps that are nine foot I bought for the Harley. That way I still have them if I need to pick up a downed bike or helping someone else. Plus that's another advantage to a plain tag behind. I still have my full truck bed to use. I'd thought about a fifth wheel but gave up on that idea. I'm very pleased with my setup. But again it's home too. 28' long but ten of that is it's own garage with a sealed door so all the flumes stay out of the living space. I have other means to get high off of:dllama:
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  5. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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    That looks great!

    Thanks for the idea.
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  6. marret

    marret Transient

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    Thanks, works well for me.

    There are some companies selling lifts for Sprinters now, like Van Compass:
    https://vancompass.com/products/sta...-sumo-springs-2015-2500-4wd-single-rear-wheel
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  7. acesandeights

    acesandeights Noob

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    I have a Versahaul bike carrier that carries my DR650. It has a through-hitch (I call it) so I can also tow a small trailer, boat, whatever (up to 3,000 lbs. tow rating with the VH-55).
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  8. jkam

    jkam Nomadic Man

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    I've been living full time in this for almost 12 years now.
    It's small enough to get into some good places, yet has all the
    amenities of home. For one person, it's awesome, could be ok for two if they got along well.
    Bike on custom made rack out back.
    Nomadic lifestyle is the best for me. IMG_0588.JPG
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  9. Lotta Throttle

    Lotta Throttle Been here awhile

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    your white trash looks dreamy to this guy
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  10. enduro0125

    enduro0125 Sticks and Stones™..

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    Not mine but pretty cool set up

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    Seen in Crested Bute
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  11. Lotta Throttle

    Lotta Throttle Been here awhile

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    12 years!? That is amazing. Mind if i ask what you've done for an income during those 12 years? I would like a similar job please
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  12. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day. Supporter

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    A riding buddy had that set up in his box trailer, no wheel chocks, he just had chain no turn buckles. Lean the bikes over one way to hook one chain lean the other way to compress the suspension and hook the other side.
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  13. jkam

    jkam Nomadic Man

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    I have had various computer jobs over the years, many years no job at all.
    Living this way can be very cheap, once you learn the less is better approach.
    Next year I can start to really live, social security kicks in at $750 a month.
    More than enough for me to live nicely.
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  14. Lotta Throttle

    Lotta Throttle Been here awhile

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    Well, it looks and sounds like you're doing a fine job of living an adventurous moto life.
    I'm dreaming of taking a year off work--i think they call it a 'gap year'--to ride trails all over the US, Baja and BC. I think a comfortable travel trailer like https://coachmenrv.com/travel-trailers/freedom-express-ultra-lite/246RKS/243 would work fine if i had riding buddies or my better half visit for a few days...
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  15. Paul124ac

    Paul124ac Long timer

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    Re: the difficulty with heavy bikes, the Maj weighs about 150kg which when it falls on you is classed as “Fuckinggetitoff” heavy. So I installed an ATV winch into the box (so it didn’t get “borrowed”) and used self centering boat rollers to guide the cable, this allows the bike rack to be adjusted for different bikes, and even allows me to put two dirt bikes up there. I also use the turnbuckles, they stop any bounce as they are solid. I can use the winch to easily get the bike up but also effortlessly back down.

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  16. Paul124ac

    Paul124ac Long timer

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    A better photo for clarification:

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    I attached two extra hitch receivers and braced the box bracket back to the chassis, this allows me to still tow.

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    I was towing this:

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    I’ve decided I’m too old for the rag and string boats. Picking this “Gentlemen’s Cruiser” up tomorrow:

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  17. BillMoore

    BillMoore Long timer Supporter

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    The thing you have to watch with the Class B+ is the available cargo carrying capacity. We started out shopping for a B+, but all the ones we liked had less than 1000 lbs of rated OCCC (that is total weight of all occupants, water, propane, luggage, etc). One only had 570 lbs, which I thought was ridiculous. Two adults and full water/propane, and you are already at capacity, no room left for carrying anything else. This was the main reason we ended up with a Class B. Our Winnebago Paseo based on the Transit T350HD van has 1900 lbs OCCC. So no problem handing 300 lbs of tongue weight to tow a single axle 3000 lb rated cargo trailer.
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  18. Lotta Throttle

    Lotta Throttle Been here awhile

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    Im learning that travel teailers are like a rubiks cube of dry weight, max loaded weight and occ weight. Best i can tell there are very few travel trailers 20-22ft under 5000 lbs loaded which makes using a Sprinter difficult since their best towing capacity is apparently 5000 lbs. gotta go down to a 15ft travel trailer to not max out the Transit specs. Dunno if my lady could stand being that close to me all day long. Maybe toy haulers are the only answer.
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  19. UtahGuido

    UtahGuido Long timer Supporter

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    Jeep JKU with an Ursa Minor camper top and hitch carrier.

    Looks like this on the move:
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    Overnight boondocking stop over. Packed and ready to go in 15 minutes.
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    Longer stop with tarp deployed over the “living room”.
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  20. Paul124ac

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    Towing/carrying weight is exactamatactly why I upgraded to a bigger truck @Lotta Throttle, there’s only 2ft difference in length between the two mohos but Aus rules are 4.5tonne you can drive on a car license and only pay car reg. Bigger truck is next license class, up to 12 tonne. I took the smaller one over the weighbridge with the 450 on the back, gear, beer, full water and fuel tanks and 5 pax and came in at 5.8tonne. Ooopppps. New one weighs 6.8tonne with fluids and bike etc, I’m allowed 8tonne so 1200kg to spare plus I can tow 2800kg. Extra $300 a year rego, no brainer.

    We looked at a Fiat and a Transit, wanted extra seatbelts installed and they said that’d cost us 150kg off the carrying capacity for each extra pax, they are REEEEAAALLL close to max.
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