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post #11 of 25 Old 11-21-2016, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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who needs ramps when you've got no dangle?
I've seen enough of these to know I don't want to join the ranks ...

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@kryton I'm 5'5" 125 lbs soaking wet 65 yo..
With the help of running engine I'm at my limit alone..

I'd get help loading a dead bike..
versahaul has a locking mechanism that keeps carrier from wobbling in receiver..
Anti-Tilt Lock Bracket pictured Motorcycle Carrier Accessories | ATV | Scooter | Wheelchairs and Power Chairs | Versahaul
Crank down on those bolts and carrier becomes one with your class III receiver

VH-SPORT 77.5 inch fits the rebel best.. RH-55 is too short.. it'll fit just barely.
Got mine with out the "RO" ramp option.. smooth ramps are slippery..

landscape buddy came up with 10' section of 5" wide driveway drain grate,
exact same stuff harbor freight sells for ramps only longer
Loading Ramps - Steel Loading Ramps for Pickup Trucks & Trailers
cut to 72" length IIRC other shorter section I use between tie down arms as step..
ramp section works best for me inverted ..
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I personally haven't tried this, but here's an stylish way to unload a bike from a truck.

Hold my beer.

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The anti tilt lock stops it from wobbling, but does nothing to support the twist on a 2" hitch when loading or standing or otherwise shifting the weight to one end of the rack. Hitches aren't built for strength in that direction or plane. Trailers pull and push from front to back, side to side, and up and down, and that is where hitches are made strong. Trailers apply very little twisting load around the axis of the hitch, and most hitches are not strong in that plane.

I have a hitch rack that I bought when I had an SUV. Neither the rack nor the hitch met my engineering standards for safe support in the twisting plane. I modified it to have additional connections to the frame on each side, and then I felt safe loading anything that I wanted on it. I have modified several friends motorcycle racks on the back of their RV campers to provide support on the sides, and peace of mind for the owners.

I see a lot of racks out there that IMO are not safe, but YMMV.

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The other dilemma with a hitch mount is when it breaks, is it better to A> have it mounted up front where you can personally watch your bike fall beneath your front wheels, or B> mount it in back where the vehicle behind you it nails it?

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6 years and about 23000 miles mounted to rear of 40' 3 axle coach w/13'8" overhang aft of tag axle..
Bike sits about 24" beyond that..
there is no flex in the boxed construction of carrier bed while loading or trailing..
no weak points where 2x2 receiver tube passes through and welded to carriers boxed construction..

if mounted on front bike tires block headlights. I have a front receiver. tried it.
I can watch bike being run over in rear camera while driving if it happens.. no worries

All the concerns about carrier failure are legitimate, all I can say it's not a problem I have had.
I just have to watch rear swing turning city corners and dragging carrier entering/leaving driveways with dips or rises..

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... versahaul has a locking mechanism that keeps carrier from wobbling in receiver..
Anti-Tilt Lock Bracket pictured Motorcycle Carrier Accessories | ATV | Scooter | Wheelchairs and Power Chairs | Versahaul
Crank down on those bolts and carrier becomes one with your class III receiver

VH-SPORT 77.5 inch fits the rebel best.. RH-55 is too short.. it'll fit just barely.
Got mine with out the "RO" ramp option.. smooth ramps are slippery....

Thank You, I was wondering what that bracket was for, the pictures with the 55 (from their product chooser tool) showed the bracket but not how/what.

so option 1 is the versahaul tray on my pickup.
still looking for option 2, small/light trailer my car or truck can pull....like the one Northern tools sells, or that "trailer in a bag" I've seen youtube videos of...

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still looking for option 2, small/light trailer my car or truck can pull....like the one Northern tools sells, or that "trailer in a bag" I've seen youtube videos of...
I made a small trailer (4x6) out of some scrap metal and an axle I had similar to the cheap small trailers you can buy at Northern Tools or Horrible Fright. It works very well carting Rebels around.

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As others have said, Harbor Freight, Northern Tool, and Tractor Supply along with about a bazillion other independents sell new small trailers. The Rebel will fit on a 4X8 or maybe even less, but that size is not good for much else then. 5X10, 6X10, and 6X12 are more popular because you can do more with them, but each one gets heavier to pull.

I prefer the 6X12 because my 4 wheeler or golf cart will fit on it with no problems, and I can carry 2 bikes. It is a little more stressful to pull since it is wider than the truck, and requires more attention and effort to stay in your lane. I had a 5X10 which was the exact width of the truck and a dream to pull, but it was too short for the golf cart and really tight for 2 bikes so I traded up.

My recommendation is to check Craigslist or other local sales avenues for a used trailer if you want to save some money. Auctions are a really good spot to pick one up cheap.

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Thank you, if I go the craigslist path I'll likely look for a closed in 6x10 or about that size, similar to what my band uses for hauling gear and PA to shows.
I just don't have space to store it, too many cars/truck/camper/etc already LOL.
I was hoping someone has experience with the motorcycle specific trailers, smaller & lighter means I might find storage space for it on site and more likely to get used?

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