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post #1 of 10 Old 08-05-2008, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Hauling your 08 - hitch carrier vs trailer

Has anyone used a hitch mounted carrier for the klr's. Are they a good way to haul the bike?
I have a 23 ft 1 ton ford with a 460 motor class c motorhome. (1984) It would be nice not to have to pull a trailer if possible.
Has anyone used them and can they handle the 400lbs. I think my hitch tounge should handle it.
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-05-2008, 08:12 PM
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That same issue has been tossed around not too long ago, and I think if you have a heavy enough carrier/hauler, that style of hauling is not a problem. The hitch should be good for 500 lbs, if it is the heavy class IV or V reciever.
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I couldn't find the earlier thread, but I think the consensus would be that'd you'd have no problem. You can do AirLift suspension bags to lift the rear if you need to. They're about $250 and a DIY install. They perform as advertised.
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Joe hauler is good for 500 lbs and costs $399 for the single hauler
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-28-2008, 01:23 AM
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Where do you live? I have a Tilt-A-Rack for sale. It is like new. It has a 600 pound capacity.
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what is the tilt-a-rack? and what do you want for it? My dad and I are looking for a way to carry our bikes on occasion, mine a '09 KLR650 and his an '81 GS750. They are both under 600 pounds each and we never trailer at the same time (one drives motorhome while other rides).
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I have a hitch carrier that is used for my KLR (as well as two Harley's, one over 700lbs.). I was concerned about the safety of this when I purchased it. As a safety measure I welded two additional support bars to trailer with receivers. This has worked great going on 4 years.
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I've used one in the past using a 1/2 ton pickup, so don't think you'd have any problems with the motor home.

Might be a good idea to crawl underneath and check your hitch attachment hardware: that's an area prone to corrosion.

If it were me and I found that the hitch frame was just bolted to the vehicle frame, I'd get somebody to weld it to the vehicle frame in addition to the bolts. Just me, tho.

I'm not familiar with the Class C motor home. As Big Iron noted, if it sags to where you don't like it or throws off your headlights, you can always add some air bags. I added an extra leaf spring on my 1/2-ton Dodge: kind of sucked when the bike wasn't back there: adjustable bags would be the way to go.

I did the same thing leogear did (I think). I had a guy fabricate two additional supports out of angle iron to stabilize the carrier to keep it from tipping from side to side on the central balance point: it worked out very well and made me feel a lot better about it being back there.



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post #9 of 10 Old 07-31-2011, 09:32 AM
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I have a Versahauler receiver hitch carrier. It is rated at 500 #'s and a class iv hitch on the back of my old Bronco. I had an extra spring added for carrying the bike as the factory springs allowed more sag than I liked. Keep in mind that the bike is putting a lot a leveraged weight on the car.

It has no problem carrying the bike. If you do get one make sure that in addition to the straps from the bike to the carrier that you also put one around the front wheel securing it so that it does not "hop" out of the tray. I had that happen once but was already coming to a stop so that it was an inconvenience and not a problem.

I also used the carrier to carry a 650 V-Strom, a heavier bike, back from Mississippi to Kansas City through some severe storms. If you do carry the bike, try to strip off all of the strapped on items. I had the windshield get snapped off of the V-Strom as it caught a lot of wind and anything back there would be exposed to a lot of wind. It should not effect the bike itself but anything not securely attached would be in jeopardy.
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A KLR can go anywhere. Don't haul it, ride it!!
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