Trying to squeeze my FE 450 in my 19 footer RV - can I do it?

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  1. jwrare

    jwrare Getting Started

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    Tell me if I'm crazy for trying. I happen to have just enough clearance - but:
    1) is the bike position an issue (perpendicular to the vehicles motion versus parallel)
    2) can it be properly / practically secured?
    3) trailer tongue weight - I'm pretty close to the limit - am I likely pushing it? How can I measure this?

    I did reach out to a metal fabricator with lots of experience installing hitches on trailers... he is yet to personally inspect mine BUT his experience tells him that the 250lbs of my husky plus the 50 pounds of the bike carrier/ rack will likely be about 50lbs more than he thinks the frame of the trailer can handle...

    WHAT TO DO?

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  2. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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    What does the trailer weigh loaded & ready, (without the bike) and what’s its GVWR? Personally, I’d start with the math of that first before I did anything else.
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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 personally don't think it will matter if the bike is loaded withwise. And I'm sure the recommended weights of the trailer are safety rated. Try to cut weight in the trailer in other ways. Less water possible it weight is a lot. Maybe even load the propane tanks in the vehicle, stupid stuff like that.
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  4. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin? Super Supporter

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    I (and many others) have struggled with the same issue of trying to bring a bike while RV'ing and sympathize with your situation. I finally went with the P/U truck/trailer combo and carry the bike(s) in the bed of the truck.

    For your situation, first confirm you are not overweight. Then focus on securing the bike to the point that it couldn't move in a hard braking and swerve maneuver. That's going to be the real challenge. If it gets loose it is going to destroy a decent amount of the interior fixtures.
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  5. +venture

    +venture Been here awhile Supporter

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    I realize that the prospect of carrying it like that is tantalizing, but there's also a heckuva lot that could go very wrong pretty quickly.
    Just sayin'.
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  6. Snake Oiler

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

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    Shh.
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    +venture Been here awhile Supporter

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    I was gonna go the pun route with “go sideways real quick” but I was trying to keep it quiet.
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  8. Adanac rider

    Adanac rider O.S.T.R. Supporter

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    What is your tow vehicle ? Put 250 lbs of the junk your carrying but seldom using in your tow vehicle . It looks like the bike is just forward of the axle :thumbup. Carry your spare tires mid tow vehicle . I wouldn't worry , with some weight distribution.
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  9. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Since the op only has 7 posts in 9 yrs, not sure if he'd ever share more info.

    I hunted down his trailer. I don't watch much tv, so I love researching this shit with a some rum in hand.

    Looks like it's a...

    https://forestriverinc.com/rvs/travel-trailers/flagstaff-e-pro/E19FD/3557#lg=1&slide=0


    Hitch Weight:
    390 lb.
    UVW
    2829 lb.
    CCC
    1061 lb.
    Exterior Length:
    20' 0"
    Exterior Height:
    9' 7"
    Exterior Width:
    88"
    Fresh Water:
    37.00 gal.
    Gray Water:
    30.00 gal.
    Black Water:
    30.00 gal.
    Awning Size:
    13'

    So gross weight about 4000lbs.

    Not sure what he's towing it with but any mid sized truck/suv should be ok. I'd be more concerned of the bike beating the crap out of the interior.
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  10. Adanac rider

    Adanac rider O.S.T.R. Supporter

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    I've spent a few hours on rv web sites too . O'conner rv in Chilliwack and Winnebago have good archives . It's all good fun .:beer
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  11. MartiniUp

    MartiniUp Long timer

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    There is a reason Toyhaulers were invented!
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  12. jwrare

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    It’s 4K roughly. Turns out tongue weight is 10% and max capacity for my vehicle is 500lbs. I’m good.
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  13. jwrare

    jwrare Getting Started

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    Very true. A truck would be so much simpler. Unfortunately my budget went to the RV and the new husky. Then xterra is paid off :)

    I think a wheel chock is the solution. Weight wise I’m within specs.
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  14. jwrare

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    Ha! Yea. No rush here. I think the front wheel chock. Straps. And an additional strap on the rear wheel should hold it well. Based on more research on loading similar bike on a trailer.
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