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wsthomas1

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Posted: 01/26/20 11:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just purchased a 2020 Thor Chateau 27R and I was wondering if i can put a motorcycle on a hitch mounted motorcycle carrier without modifying the coach. If so, what are my options for motorcycles and hitches. Thanks

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https://www.discountramps.com/hitch-mounted-steel-motorcycle-carrier/p/MCC-600/

We have a class 3 hitch on our class C and use a motorcycle carrier with a 600lbs max capacity with my wife's Suzuki Boulevard S40 (maybe 450lbs soaking wet) and have gone around 15,000 miles with it so far. No problems at all. I just check it at every gas stop to make sure the anti-wobble device hasn't loosened up.

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Posted: 01/26/20 01:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

suprz seems to have one solution but it seems that his link won't open for me so here is a clicky that may work better.

He did make one point that is very important, is to have a good anti wobble device you need one that works and will not come loose.

You need a good anti rattle device so you don't get so much play in the receiver,thus magnifying the movement and doing damage to the receiver.

I have tried almost every Anti Rattle device on the market, most have been no good or so complicated and cumbersome that they are useless. Including the Roadmaster type,totally useless.

Until I found the one at Hitch Rider.

Their Hitch Vice is the best and easiest one I have come across and it really works.


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Posted: 01/26/20 03:21pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

450 pound bike on a 600 pound max hitch isn’t good...safe....enough for me.


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How big a bike?


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You're limited to the tongue weight. My 2017 thor 23u says 500 lbs. Tow weight is 7500 lbs. Usually 10% of tow weight is normal but a lot of these RV's have extensions added to the back.

FWIW I use a ultimate mx hitch rack, holds the bike by the foot pegs. Goes on tight, doesnt wiggle like those with nylon tie down straps, doesn't come off. Safe and easy no tip over hazard like on a ramp style. Just jack it up.

I've used it many years. Carries my ktm 500 (260 lbs) ktm 625sxc (340 lbs) and my xr650r (308 lbs . Personal favorite)like not even there. All my bikes are dual sport, street legal. I suggest you get a dual sport of which there's many varieties. Been a lot of places, seen a lotnof country. Also the rack is useful if you gotta fix a flat tire.

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suprz wrote:

https://www.discountramps.com/hitch-mounted-steel-motorcycle-carrier/p/MCC-600/

We have a class 3 hitch on our class C and use a motorcycle carrier with a 600lbs max capacity with my wife's Suzuki Boulevard S40 (maybe 450lbs soaking wet) ...

You have a lot of faith in your hitch and that device ! Maybe if it was a Class IV hitch and the carrier had some extra reinforcement.

I would custom make something similar that would have 2 arms that connected to the frame rails.

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For the anti rattle. Go to a home store and buy a pack of plastic wedge/shims used to install doors and windows. Jam the narrow end in the receiver and snap off if you want the excess. No more wiggle.

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tarnold wrote:

For the anti rattle. Go to a home store and buy a pack of plastic wedge/shims used to install doors and windows. Jam the narrow end in the receiver and snap off if you want the excess. No more wiggle.


I prefer to use a large bolt with washers and nylon lock nut. Once tightened there is no chance of any rattles .Using pieces of wood sounds cheesy.

Unless you use a locking hitch pin (and I already had one failure on those) you risk losing or having someone tamper with the pin.

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I have a bicycle carrier that has a square tube that mounts in a 2" trailer hitch. That square tube has a nut welded inside the square tube, a bolt holds it tight.

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