If anyone has suggestions for me, please let me know. I would like to use my 2005 (2nd gen) Tacoma to haul my wife's motorcycle and mine. The Tacoma has the Access Cab, 4WD, V6, 6-spd manual, and towing package, so it has the towing capacity. My problem is that my wife's motorcycle is a Can-Am-- 3 wheels, 2 in the front. So it's too wide to fit side-by-side on a trailer with my 2-wheeler.
My 2-wheeler is a 2003 Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad 1500 FI. I've considered putting it in the bed of the truck, and that means that the rear wheel (if it goes on the truck front end first) will be on the tailgate. So, that raises 2 questions. First, will the tailgate handle the weight of putting the bike in in the first place, and second, will the tailgate be able to handle that weight on it while the truck is moving. Any ideas?
If I put my bike in the back of the truck, then renting an appropriate trailer (from U-Haul) for the Can-Am will be a snap. (And I'd much rather rent a trailer than buy, it's so much cheaper-- and you don't have to store a trailer when it's not in use, and each time you rent, you can rent whatever trailer is best for your needs each time.)
If I could rent a trailer that could hold both bikes, I'd do it. But I haven't been able to find an appropriate trailer, for rent or for sale, that would let me do that-- unless you're talking about a trailer designed to haul something huge, like a full-sized front-end loader/backhoe. And that kind of trailer would probably be too heavy for my truck (and WAY heavier than I need for the motorcycles). I put the Can-Am on a friend's 12-foot utility trailer once, just to see how it fit, and I would need another 4 feet at least, more like an additional 6 feet, to be able to fit the second bike in.
And just to make the whole deal more complicated, I also have a motorcycle with a sidecar, and I would like to be able to haul the Can-Am and the sidecar rig without having to use 2 vehicles. But I haven't yet been able to figure out a way to do that, at least not with my Tacoma.
So, any suggestions? Thanks