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Old 06-29-2014, 05:29 AM   #1
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Mounting a motorcycle on a travel trailer

I'm looking to mount a 500lb motorcycle to the back of a travel trailer. What is available out there?
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:57 AM   #2
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Mounting a motorcycle on the back of a tow behind trailer

Yo Survivalist, the most important thing you want to remember is that when it's all packed up and ready to roll, your "tow behind" trailer rig (no matter what configuration) better have ~ =>10% tounge weight or you could be in very deep weeds. I think in Europe they go as little as 8% but here in the USA most info sites will tell you to have 10% - 15% tounge weight. etrailer.com is a pretty good site for info on all types of trailer towing, etc. Good luck.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:11 PM   #3
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Travel trailers range from 12 foot pop ups to 32 foot, four axle, 5th wheel, monsters.

What do you have?
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Old 07-01-2014, 05:08 AM   #4
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I'm looking at a 32ft travel trailer.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:13 AM   #5
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Dont think a "regular" travel trailer will have the chassis to support. Likely have to weld 2 receivers and mount a carrier that houses big tourers on the back of motorhomes.
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:10 AM   #6
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I bolted and welded a couple 2" receiver tubes to the frame of my Montana 5th wheel. Welded the underside in the middle of the I beam underneath.
Then a local had a used aluminum gizmo with a rail that he custom made to fit a bike on the back of a motor home with receivers welded to the frame. Slips right in the receiver tubes. I hauled a DR650 350 lbs and a 300 lb KLX250S probably 11,000 miles in different trips without a problem. I may haul a KTM 640 Adv sometime but will drain the gas first to lose weight.

As Concour Mower stated it will have some effect on the tongue weight but was a non issue for me. I could feel it was there.......... '06 Chev 2500 HD shortbed 4X4 crew cab and a 12,000 lb trailer.
As Maggot12 stated a bumper pull travel trailer get some or a lot of their strength in the box of the camper and may have a lighter frame. A mobile home has a very weak frame as they use the box for strength, like cargo trailers also. Look at the frame of a semi flatbed trailer vs a box trailer. I was able to tour the Keystone Montana factory and saw the frame of a fifth wheel, much heavier. BTW, if you ever get a chance to tour an RV factory, do it!!

It all was a pain in the arse to get set up and a constant item to think about going down the road if something breaks or a strap let's go or then .
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:40 AM   #7
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I have friend locally that carries a Husky DS bike and a generator on the rear of his travel trailer. He worked with a welder and they basically extended the main frame rails back to build the rack and bile rail on. He did find that after 5 to 10 K miles that his frame around the leaf spring mounts was starting to crack. They welded on plates to both sides of the frame along about 3/4 of the length.

This is on about a 28ft trailer. And he has been careful to maintain a 10%+ tongue weight and it has worked out well but to make the frame strong enough it was a lot of work. It can be done but it's not a simple as just bolting on a carrier.

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Old 07-02-2014, 06:30 PM   #8
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On a travel trailer you might be better off figuring a way to weld a mount on the tongue than off the back. Relocating the battery is probably better than trying to reengineer the frame.
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Old 07-03-2014, 01:06 PM   #9
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Ha! I did that on an 18 foot single axle TT and the result was... exciting to say the least. It threw the balance WAY off. But on a 32 foot unit might not be so bad.

I got some channel iron to extend the frame, and made some 2-hole flanges to bolt things up. So I could bolt the bumper directly to the trailer frame, or bolt the extensions to the frame and the bumper to the extensions. Didn't use it enough to break the frame. The bumper itself was too light to use for anything.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:33 PM   #10
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What's your comfor level with towing double?
Adding a small, dedicated motorcycle trailer might be the best solution.

http://rv-roadtrips.thefuntimesguide...ple_towing.php

Another thought. What is your tow vehicle? A neighbor used to haul both of his dirtbikes on a rack attached to the front of his 3/4 ton when he needed to tow a travel trailer.
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