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post #1 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Ideas for loading motorcycle in bed?

I have a 2008 Tundra Dbl Cab 5.7 engine with 6.6ft bed. I live full time in 22ft travel trailer which I tow. I want to get a KLR650 to do exploring or make trips to the store when I arrive at various cities/areas. It's cheaper at 50MPG versus 16MPG for truck. I also would prefer to load and unload motorcycle while my truck is hitched to the travel trailer.

If I haul the motorcycle in the bed, is there a way to load a motorcycle into the bed from the side of tailgate or diagonal from corner of tailgate?

I am going to talk with a welding shop this week to see if something could be added to the back of my trailer to carry the motorcycle, but I have to make sure it will not put my trailer over its weight limit. This would also be more expensive.

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post #2 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 06:54 PM
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If you put it in your truck bed, there are a lot of youtube videos of MC's falling over etc. while loading. Depending on what truck you are using, and the trailer you are using you may be able to get one of those hitch attachments for your trailer. The extra weight will take weight off of your hitch at the front. How people get their bikes on these is beyond me, but it comes down to GVWR for truck and trailer, but also consider convenience and logistics in how this would work.

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post #3 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 07:20 PM
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I've had my bike in my big ol Ford a few times. I's a heavy bike, I wouldn't try it without the help of other strong guy. Would not want my wife to try to help me, she is just not strong enough. Also don't see it being done safely with trailer hitched to truck. I bet you could get it unhitched quickly, so maybe you should rethink that requirement.

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Do a search for "Motorcycle Loaders"

Quite a few options.

I don't think I've ever seen a bike being loaded from the side of a pickup.
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post #6 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 08:46 PM
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How about picking up a used lift gate for the truck? You wouldn't be able to load/unload with the trailer hooked up, but it would be fairly safe if you have a way to secure it on the way up and down. Perhaps you could modify it by removing the loading plate and fabricate one that lets you roll the bike on either facing forward or backward so you can roll it into the truck without having to jockey it around. Then the new loading ramp could fold up or swing to the side for hauling the trailer.

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post #7 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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What if I jackknife the truck and trailer? I could lower tailgate and use 2 ramps. One to walk on and the other to run motorcycle up? Then tie it down?
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I personally would get one of those receiver hitch type carriers and mount it on the back of the travel trailer. That way you could load and unload without disconnecting the trailer and it wouldn't be as high to load as a truck box. The only thing I'm not sure about is the weight on the back of the trailer, I don't think it would hurt anything as you see lots of people with boxes and stuff mounted on the back of the trailers but I'm not positive. That's the way I would do it anyway.

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post #9 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 11:10 PM
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You got it all backwards, just use the KLR to haul the truck and trailer.

Maybe try and rig a winch system to lift the bike over the side of the truck?
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post #10 of 29 Old 06-17-2012, 11:36 PM
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The KLR is brutal to load in the truck alone. You pretty much have to drive it in the bed. Just pushing it up ramps is brutal unless your friggen huge! The rear mount hitch for the camper is great. If you put a hitch on the camper the actual carrier is like 150.00 bucks Canadian, so that like 100 American LOL. It has it's own small ramp to load with and take like 3 minutes to load it and tie it down. My friend uses one all the time. It's rated for 500lbs so the KLR just works under that weight limit.

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