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Dirt Bike trailer hitch carrier

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by milehighliving, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. Jul 8, 2012 at 9:01 PM
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    milehighliving

    milehighliving [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I've been looking into ways I can haul mine and my buddies dirt bikes on my tacoma. I have a shell and don't want to take it off in order to do this. I think I'm left with 2 options;
    1) tow a trailer - I'd rather not to because I have limited space to park trailer, and I can only travel 55mph legally.

    2) trailer hitch carrier - http://www.discountramps.com/double-motorcycle-carrier.htm

    I'm planning to lift my truck in the very near future, with that in mind with option 2, what would be my best option? I've done a fair amount of research, I was originally planning on an OME lift kit, but thought maybe someone who's done this could chime in.

    Thanks
     
  2. Jul 8, 2012 at 9:03 PM
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    2 bikes on a single hitch carrier will exceed the tongue weight on the factory... and any aftermarket hitch that I'm aware of.

    I seriously don't know why they make those things for dual bikes and quads. The lever moment of the 2nd rail is too far away from the hitch and multiplies the weight to far above the design limits.

    One bike? You're okay but heavy.
    Two bikes? Get a proper trailer.
     
  3. Jul 8, 2012 at 9:12 PM
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    I wouldn't do that at all. Large risk of something very bad happening.
     
  4. Jul 8, 2012 at 9:19 PM
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    Ya... couple of 50s or 80s for the kids or puttering around camp, maybe, but a 125 or larger is pushing 250 pounds wet (over 250 for models with e-start and lights).

    Just the two bikes blows tongue weight without factoring in the angle.

    Single bike? Ya... I see that all the time and even built my own.
     
  5. Jul 8, 2012 at 9:23 PM
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    Even with a single bike, if you hit a large bump that alone could break something.
     
  6. Jul 8, 2012 at 9:54 PM
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    I had that same double hitch mount one when I had my FJ Cruiser. With my wife's TTR125 and my 250 it was just under 500lbs. Most of the time I had one of the rails removed and only hauled my bike with it. Like others are saying it would be way too much weight to haul 2 full size bikes with it.

    If you do get one use ratchet straps and remember to strap the rear tire down. I would by that same model again. It was very well made. Got mine off of an eBay store I think for $180.

    OME is designed to handle heavier weight, but I would look into an airbag system. That might help keep from wearing out your suspension as fast.

    Next I bought one of the Harbor Freight fold up trailers. That way it could still be stored in my garage.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Jul 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM
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    trailer...
     
  8. Jul 8, 2012 at 10:15 PM
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    I hear you guys out on the tongue weight factor on a stock hitch (class II i believe), I just sold my hitch to install my All-Pro rear bumper and was looking at Class III trailer hitches (500lb. tongue weight limit). Bikes weigh about 253 lbs. each so that + the carrier would exceed tongue weight. Guess I'm going with a trailer.

    I've seen a few people rig up they're trailers for hauling gear and stuff off-roading, Might have to look into that more.

    Thanks guys
     
  9. Jul 9, 2012 at 5:46 PM
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    And even if the bikes were only 150lbs each, you still have the lever moment.


    150lbs==150lbs==[RCV]

    Does not equal

    300lbs==[RCV]

    And depending on how long "==" is, even

    300lbs==[RCV]
    Just might exceed
    500lbs
    [RCV]

    Which is what the hitch was designed for.
     
  10. Jul 10, 2012 at 7:21 AM
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    I also have a H/F fold up ( 4:80 X 8 Wheels ) that I would like to use in case of an emergency to haul my bike which I figure weights 700lbs loaded with fuel and stuff, but feel that the trailer is to flimsy ( it flexes to much ) then there's the task of actually getting the bike on the trailer, as the approach is steep.

    I like your set up if it works for you.
     
  11. Jul 10, 2012 at 7:40 AM
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    Use a ramp to load the bikes... Any way you look at it, loading a bike on to a low trailer like that with open sides is a LOT easier than getting into the bed of a truck.
     
  12. Jul 11, 2012 at 2:06 AM
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    I used a ramp which is hanging off the back in the picture. After adding some bolts to the tongue of trailer the ramp was mounted with 2 wing nuts. The HF trailer does flex. To help correct it I used bolts instead of the hitch pins were the tongue would fold. I also bolted that long grey steel bar across the front. It provided tie down points that were more spread out and cut the flex way down. It actually towed really well.
     
  13. Jul 11, 2012 at 2:27 AM
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    Go with the harbor freight fold up trailer if your worried about space, they are nice for what you want. Or rig up a sickass offroad trailer, it will just take up more room.

    I built my own trailer when I was a sophomore in highschool, all by myself.
    It's dirty in this pic, had been sitting a year or so outside.
    [​IMG]
     
  14. Jul 11, 2012 at 6:52 AM
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    The trailer needs to tilt for loading, using a ramp with my bike will high center, on the bed of the trailer, before the rear wheel gets on the trailer. A ramp is fine for a dirt bike they sit a lot higher.
     
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