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Old 06-11-2011, 09:22 AM   #1
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Has anyone tried carrying a small scooter on the rear of an Airstream. I have seem the fold away ramps used on motorhomes.
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Old 06-11-2011, 09:27 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums.

Airstreams are pretty flexible and hanging heavy objects off the rear of them is not recommended. In many cases it can cause a variety of structural damage and failures. It is caused by the lever effect with the axle points being the fulcrum.

What type of tow vehicle do you have? If it is a truck you might be able to mount it on the front or even on the rear above the hitch.

What type of Vespa? Last one I owned was a 1979 Rally 200 E. that thing was quick!

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Two icons from a simpler life and time. But the Airstream is too weak to support anything mounted on the back.

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Thanks folks , the tow vehicle is a 2009 Toyota Sienna , we are using a Hensley Hitch. The Vespa is 2008 GTS 250 water cooled four stroke that would be great for two up touring around the national parks . It's about 3" too tall to fit into the back of the van, maybe next tow vehicle will work better.
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I don't know if it is a possiblity with your Vespa - or even if you would want to consider it, but years (and years) ago, we owned a UK designed 20' travel trailer called a Sprite and we carried a Honda C70 scooter inside it!

The Honda scooter is the step through design and carries two people - has much larger wheels than the Vespa. but is probably narrower than the Vespa.

I just made a wooden ramp to run it up onto the trailer and we carried it in the aisle between dinette and galley.

I remember having huge pieces of foam on either side of it.

It worked fine and we took it an many trips - never caused any damage to bike or trailer furniture. To the best of my knowledge, I don't think I tied it down in any way, it just stayed on its side stand - which seems a bit foolish now I think on it, but as mentioned we never had the slightest problem and it was a lot of fun having it along with us.

The bike we have now is a bit bigger so I don't have this option!


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Old 06-11-2011, 12:44 PM   #6
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The vespa would be way too big and heavy. jim
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