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Old 04-14-2015, 04:01 PM   #1
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I have noticed a couple of pictures with motorcycles on carriers on B Vans. I would like to take my BMW R1150R along, which weighs 460 lbs. The receiver mounted carrier that I am looking at weighs about 75 lbs, and is rated for a 600 lb bike. I would like to hear from anyone with experience with this, before I bite the bullet.

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I have noticed a couple of pictures with motorcycles on carriers on B Vans. I would like to take my BMW R1150R along, which weighs 460 lbs. The receiver mounted carrier that I am looking at weighs about 75 lbs, and is rated for a 600 lb bike. I would like to hear from anyone with experience with this, before I bite the bullet.
No experience with a hitch-mounted motorcycle carrier, but I would offer a reminder: The maximum permissible tongue weight for an Extended Airstream Interstate is only 500 pounds; the hitch receiver itself is rated for a higher weight, but the van is not.

It might be doable if you've got a non-extended Interstate, where you've got more like 640 pounds permissible tongue weight. And where you're starting with a better departure angle so settlement of the rear end under the load doesn't cause you problems.

A box trailer for your bike is probably a more viable option, and provides you additional storage for outdoor gear such as a barbecue grill, as well as taking advantage of the difference between the Gross Combined Weight Rating and the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. GCWR is 15,250 pounds, GVWR is only 11,030 pounds, meaning that as long as the van is not overloaded, you have every bit of 4,220 pounds (plus tongue weight) available for trailer and contents, more if the van isn't all the way up to GVRW.
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sorry late to thread I carry a dirt bike on mine; and I've seen guys put Harley on Pickup trucks. at 460# for the bike and estimated 30# for the carrier (make sure you use a one piece carrier rated for your bike weight, the bolt together ones cost less, and are cheaper to ship to you; but the Joe Hauler brand is the only ones we sell and use). I have one rated at up to 600# bike in stock I'll sell you at COST + freight if you are interested and haven't already sourced one (world of powersports)
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Old 05-03-2015, 07:49 PM   #5
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I'm exploring a Moto Tote for my non-extended AI to haul my Honda Ruckus. I noticed that the USA version Sprinters spec is 5,000#/500# while Canada versions spec out a 7500#/750#. I for one am curious as to why the difference. The tongue loads are based on a standard length ball mount but the various hitch haulers have the weight farther back than a ball mount for clearance reasons which multiplies the actual weight of the bike or scooter + the hitch hauler. In my case the scooter weighs 195ish lbs. and the hitch hauler weighs 58 lbs. so I'm guessing I'm plenty safe (without doing any math). What say you Protag?
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I noticed that the USA version Sprinters spec is 5,000#/500# while Canada versions spec out a 7500#/750#. In my case the scooter weighs 195ish lbs. and the hitch hauler weighs 58 lbs. so I'm guessing I'm plenty safe (without doing any math). What say you Protag?
Yes. You're plenty safe.

According to my Sprinter Operator's Manual, a Sprinter 3500 van with 11,030 pounds GVWR and the 4410-pound front axle capacity (the version Airstream bought), the trailer capacity is 7500 pounds, tongue weight 750 pounds. However, you're still limited to a total 15,250 pounds Gross Combined Weight Rating. If you loaded the van to capacity (which CAN happen with a B-van) the maximum trailer weight would be limited to just (15,250-11,030=) 4220 pounds. You'll only be somewhere around 6% of that. My guess is you won't even notice the weight on the back.
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Yes. You're plenty safe.

According to my Sprinter Operator's Manual, a Sprinter 3500 van with 11,030 pounds GVWR and the 4410-pound front axle capacity (the version Airstream bought), the trailer capacity is 7500 pounds, tongue weight 750 pounds. However, you're still limited to a total 15,250 pounds Gross Combined Weight Rating. If you loaded the van to capacity (which CAN happen with a B-van) the maximum trailer weight would be limited to just (15,250-11,030=) 4220 pounds. You'll only be somewhere around 6% of that. My guess is you won't even notice the weight on the back.
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mototote is the best on the market, I haul a KLR which is about 400 lbs. no problem.
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mototote is the best on the market, I haul a KLR which is about 400 lbs. no problem.
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That is a nice one! I hadn't seen those before; wanted to warn away from the cheaper three/four piece ones. We've been selling Joe Hauler for years. They are more expensive than the mototote; I'll have to look at mototote for our store.
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Moto Tote has some re-boxed (returned) units for $350 + they will give you a 3% military or vet discount using code: mil3825. If you order a brand new one the price is $429 but you can use code: MTX87234 for 10% off and combine it with the Military code for an additional 3% off. Shipping is free.
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