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Old 12-16-2018, 02:11 AM   #15
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A Ford Transit or Mercedes Sprinter work very well for carrying a bike. The load height is much lower than a pickup. The bike is inside out of the weather. Either van rides and handles better than a pickup. The diesel models get better fuel economy as well.
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Old 12-16-2018, 05:54 AM   #16
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I’d have my wife drive the rig, and I ride the Harley. Problem solved ��
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Old 12-17-2018, 06:33 PM   #17
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Towing with a Ford Transit van

The towing ratings on the Ford Transit vans are very low. I checked these out prior to buying a 2013 Ford E150 XLT Premium van with factory tow pkg to pull a 2017 23D. My van is the old style with full frame, 5.4 V8, ect. The tow rating of the T150 Transit wagon (van with factory interior, not a cargo style) is less than 5k LBS. The T250 and T350 are not much better. I went old school because those vans are good to tow with. V10 engines and 6.0 diesel were also available. I am sure the Transit van probably drives nicer when not towing, but the rating was just not enough for me. Transit vans do not have a full frame like the E series vans.
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Old 12-18-2018, 10:50 AM   #18
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Too much work and too much weight. Let alone the potential for personal injury getting the bike out of the bed of a truck. Just take your bicycles for short trips, then rent a Harley when you get to a destination!

Unfortunately, this is probably the best answer. If your a HOG member you get a large discount on a rental.
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Old 12-18-2018, 11:45 AM   #19
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Thank you

I love this site and everyone who took the time to reply. It makes me feel better to know others have struggled with the same dilemma. I will likely go with a used Loadall loading system in the back of the truck. And although I might try it cautiously a few times in my F150, I see a 3/4 ton truck in my future (you're right, she is heavy). I had a Kawasaki Versys that was so easy to load. I think a cover over her when she's sitting at the campsite will keep her happy.

I have read all of your posts multiple times and our local HD dealer has quit renting motorcycle and I'm hearing/fearing other places will be doing the same thing. I was trying to convince the wife I needed a lighter HD to take on trips and she was not so receptive

Much thanks, to all of you
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Old 12-18-2018, 12:21 PM   #20
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Here’s how I do it. (Just ignore that road runner. He’s been following me for weeks)
Load-all ramp system. Long and short bed ramp designs.
Link to a video I made showing how it works. Fast, safe and easy.
https://youtu.be/zgrQhVTiDoU
Nice video!! Looks like a great solution.
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Old 12-18-2018, 12:33 PM   #21
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I’d have my wife drive the rig, and I ride the Harley. Problem solved ��

Now that's using your head
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Old 12-19-2018, 09:18 AM   #22
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Hauling a harley

We use a Mercedes Sprinter 3500xd with a towing capacity of 7500 lbs (4x4 diesel dually) and tow a 25 ft flying cloud, (our23 ft flying cloud was totaled in a hailstorm 6-14-2018)
I use a ez riser 3-piece aluminum ramp and haul a Harley Softtail, My wife and I full time as of Aug. 3rd 2017.
I am maxed out on my GCVW but have had no trouble putting 35k miles on the rig. I can safely ride into and back out of the sprinter and the whole process adds little time to standard set up procedures in campgrounds and my bike could not be more secure.
We went from a 16,000 lb fifth wheel to a 7,300 lb airstream and would do the same, if we had to do over, Best Decision we could have made for our philosophy of use.
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Old 12-19-2018, 09:43 AM   #23
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Dont do it!

Now that I gave your attention, I, too, worked through this samw situation years ago. SUMMING up, I now gave a Duramax HD wirh winch powered carrier to load thw FLHTCU.
The 1500 will make you think everything is great until you get several hundred miles from home, and you're overloaded rear tire or tires pop! Not funny. A 2500 or larger truck is pretty much required, a good load distributing hitch required (most factory hitch receivers are mush) to distribute load to the front axle. E rated tires, max speed at 70 with normal at 65 to prevent heat buildup and allow for evasive actions during emergencies is wise.
I have done this exact thing towing 31' Airstream many thousands of (happy)miles with no regrets. Common sense prevails- if in doubt, dont do it!
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Old 12-19-2018, 09:45 AM   #24
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I have a medium roof Transit 250. Have the 3.5 eco boost get cargo version with drivers side door. 6900 lbs towing. Use 2 ramps for loading. One to walk and one for bike. Can’t tell my Tradewind is behind.
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Old 12-19-2018, 09:45 AM   #25
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I have several bikes and ALWAYS take one with me when I drag my 25 FB Safari. My BMW and my Harley are about the same weight but the truck handles two bikes & the trailer quite well but then I have an F350 SRW diesel.

I use a power loader that I built out of a surplus Uhaul loading ramp ( good for 2500 lbs with a couple of rails mounted in the bed ( with rollers like they use for moving material in warehouses). I mounted a Harbour Freight 5,000 lb winch in the front of the bed and simply put the bike in a wheel choke mounted on a "dolly" that rolls up the ramp. Then pin the dolly to the ramp and winch the ramp into the back of the truck.

It cost me a bit over $500 for the whole rig and works great.

I think you'll be a bit "over limit" with a F150 but a 3/4 ton would do the trick.

Also here in Texas ( and in some other states) you can tandom a trailer behind the AS.

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Kris and kimmie towed their massive, heavy Avion to tour Alaska (from Los Angeles). They have a big diesel pickup and use a ramp and a winch (behind the cab?) to take their motorcycle with sidecar along, on a platform in the bed, under which they stow the ramp and more gear. I don’t know if they’re on this forum; doubt. They take the moto-sidecar with them often when they camp.
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Old 12-19-2018, 05:49 PM   #27
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Going to be tough to put that bike in the bed of that F150 and then pull that 25’ trailer. A 3/4 ton would be in order.

P.S. I’m not trying to be the 3/4 ton truck guy. It’s just the payload of that 150 will be beyond maxed.
My calcs show a F150 with max payload set up can handle my 900 lb Indian, 200 lb winch based loader, tongue weight of 28ft AS, and 600 lb of people and gear. Am I missing something?
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Old 12-19-2018, 05:58 PM   #28
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Any problems/concerns with raising the CG of the bike by the height of the loader deck?
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