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Old 05-20-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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if i extend the back bumper creating a platform and removing my spare tire carrier can i carry my 750 nighthawk motorcycle on it. Or will i wind up breaking my camper or separating body and frame. If anyone has a idea pls let me know
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:39 PM   #2
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if i extend the back bumper creating a platform and removing my spare tire carrier can i carry my 750 nighthawk motorcycle on it. Or will i wind up breaking my camper or separating body and frame. If anyone has a idea pls let me know
That's a no-no. They're not built to bear weight on the rear like that.

You'd be better off having a long-bed truck with the bike there.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:42 PM   #3
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Hello hondasub.

To your disadvantage - frame sizes in the 60s were smaller

To your advantage - You have a shorter length Airstream

A 750cc cycle is a big load. Heck, a bicycle is a big load when you consider the beam length aft of the rear axle and road bouncing.

The spare tire carrier on a rear bumper was never a good idea. Member boondocker had a rear locker on his 24' Tradewind back bumper. It seemed okay until he found out that he had problems.

Bouncing down the road with more than the shell load aft of the axle will amplify forces that definitely cause frame separation (leakage, moisture, floor rot). Sorry. The free life seems great by comparison but Airstreams were never designed for the double or triple frame strength that would allow this.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:26 PM   #4
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if i extend the back bumper creating a platform and removing my spare tire carrier can i carry my 750 nighthawk motorcycle on it. Or will i wind up breaking my camper or separating body and frame. If anyone has a idea pls let me know
It's a big no no as well as messing with the balance of the trailer. It will significantly reduce tongue weight.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:07 PM   #5
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I carry my Ducati 750ss in the back of my 6.5 ft bed Tundra truck. It has a very short wheelbase and is very light (420 lbs). As I recall I am still about 300 lbs under the rear axle gross rating.

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Versahaul makes a motorcycle carrier that mounts on the front of a truck. I carrier bikes up to 500 pounds on it very easily.
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Versahaul makes a motorcycle carrier that mounts on the front of a truck. I carrier bikes up to 500 pounds on it very easily.
500 lbs seems to be the limit. unfortunately my bike weight 565 lbs.
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Old 05-26-2012, 06:08 AM   #10
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Good news!! Unless you have bags (top,tank and sides) your 750 only weighs 485 lbs wet. Verify specs. What I do with my 1250 Suzuki (500 lbs) is put the bags in the tv while traveling. They get in the way anyway. I have towed 15000 plus miles like that with a heavier bike.

Thecatsandi's bmw is too heavy for front mount.
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Thecatsandi's bmw is too heavy for front mount.
Unfortunately, this is one of the reasons I am selling my AS.

I am looking at "Toy Hauler".
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Unfortunately, this is one of the reasons I am selling my AS.

I am looking at "Toy Hauler".
That would be unfortunate but as a RT owner I can sympathize...just hate the way the toy haulers have such a high center of gravity and you won't like the tow near as much. Know some of the loaders are heavy but this is an option I'm considering.

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That would be unfortunate but as a RT owner I can sympathize...just hate the way the toy haulers have such a high center of gravity and you won't like the tow near as much. Know some of the loaders are heavy but this is an option I'm considering.

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Not enough room. Even though I have a long bed, without the cap on in I carry a 27 inch deep saddle tool box. That leaves six feet front to rear and 94 inches from corner to corner. My bike is 96 inches tip to tail.
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I like the looks of the Rampage lift. It looks like it would work well with your Beemer. If your truck is 3/4 ton, maybe you could use a different type of toolbox that would allow you to install a Rampage lift. I am not sure that you will be happy with an SOB toy hauler. Remember that new solutions have new problems. If you are happy with your stream, maybe you could solve your BMW carrying problem, and keep your stream. Just encouraging you to look at all your options.

Would a Basecamp carry your BMW?

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