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Old 03-08-2009, 08:10 PM   #1
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Hi Folks-

Looks like my wife and I are seriously considering a 28 or 30' airstream.

Just found this site a short time ago and think the forum is great.

We will probobly use a GMC 2500 HD extended cab with a duramax / allison set-up and full bed.

After conducting a search on a few threads I thought I would post here and introduce myself and ask a question.

What do you folks do with your motorcycles - I have a small Honda VTX 1300 that I would like to take with me. The only option I can come up with is putting it in the bed of the tow vehicle.

We have looked at a 5er but like the Airstream for obvious reasons - looks, balance, interior functionality - we just like them.

I would appreciate an input you might give.

Thank you,

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Old 03-08-2009, 08:19 PM   #2
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Hi Folks-

Looks like my wife and I are seriously considering a 28 or 30' airstream.

Just found this site a short time ago and think the forum is great.

We will probobly use a GMC 2500 HD extended cab with a duramax / allison set-up and full bed.

After conducting a search on a few threads I thought I would post here and introduce myself and ask a question.

What do you folks do with your motorcycles - I have a small Honda VTX 1300 that I would like to take with me. The only option I can come up with is putting it in the bed of the tow vehicle.

We have looked at a 5er but like the Airstream for obvious reasons - looks, balance, interior functionality - we just like them.

I would appreciate an input you might give.

Thank you,

Scott
Hi Scott.

Welcome.

Your motorcycle and a bunch more weight, belongs in your truck.

You have a super heavy duty truck, that provides a rough ride for the trailer, which it doesn't like. As a result, many damages can quickly surface.

When you select your hitch rating, you want the lightest rating bar for that brand. Anything heavier, because of your truck adding to it, will cause more problems.

Airstream trailers love a "soft" ride. When that ride becomes rough, damages happen.

Additionally, you must make sure the axles are ok, too.

If not, the damages can accelerate.

The following will help you.

There are many other posts here in this Forums, about other things to look for, before you make the purchase.

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Old 03-08-2009, 08:48 PM   #3
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Get a high-rise shell for truck..

Several folks travel with Harley's in beds of their trucks.. Easiest combo is wide commercial-style ramp for loading and unloading, coupled with hig-rise shell camper cover (made of aluminum of fiberglass..) for security..
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:01 PM   #4
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Hello there,

My motorcycle rides in the bed of the truck when I tow my 25' Safari. I use three light-weight aluminum ramps; one for the bike and one for each leg to stabilize the bike when loading/unloading. I ride up and let it roll down, using the front brake to keep it slow. Works great.

Be aware of combined truck/motorcycle/trailer weight. With a 1/2 ton truck, 500 lb bike,and the trailer, my combined weight is right at the max., although still under the max towing weight.

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Old 03-08-2009, 09:02 PM   #5
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We have a cargo van that holds the motorcycle nicely. We use a motorcycle lift to put the bike in/out of the van. The generator runs the lift just fine and the lift slides in next to the bike.
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I think the choices are keeping it in the pickup bed, or reconsidering the model. Airstream does make a toy hauler...a bit pricey, but a toy hauler nonetheless.

Here is an example of one:

Colonial Airstream NJ - 2009 Airstream Pan America 34'
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:14 PM   #7
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When I take the Harley the wife tows and I ride the bike, and if you ever see my bike on a trailer or in back of a truck please call 911, somebody just stoled my bike...........toastie
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Old 03-09-2009, 12:22 AM   #8
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ssiebert3, I haul my vtx1800 in the bed of our dodge 2500 when towing the trailer. My wife bought some heavy duty alum. ramps for my birthday a couple of years ago and they do the job of loading up real well. I use four point ratcheted straps to secure the bike and these seem to do a pretty good job but will occasionally require that you keep them adjusted correctly. Do not adjust so that the forks on the bike are bottomed out as some damage can occur to the seals in the forks. Other than that, your good to go. Be careful when fully loaded with the bike as your gross weight will be pretty close to max. Take care and enjoy. Tom.
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Old 03-09-2009, 12:52 AM   #9
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Hi Scott.

Welcome.

Your motorcycle and a bunch more weight, belongs in your truck.

You have a super heavy duty truck, that provides a rough ride for the trailer, which it doesn't like. As a result, many damages can quickly surface.

When you select your hitch rating, you want the lightest rating bar for that brand. Anything heavier, because of your truck adding to it, will cause more problems.

Airstream trailers love a "soft" ride. When that ride becomes rough, damages happen.

Additionally, you must make sure the axles are ok, too.

If not, the damages can accelerate.

The following will help you.

Dura Torque Axle

There are many other posts here in this Forums, about other things to look for, before you make the purchase.

Andy
Hi Andy
First of all I value your expertise.
I've seen many posts by you on this subject.
I have a 2008 F250 and tow a 27FB with a Hensley hitch (1,000 lb bars)
Does the HAHA offer a softer ride than other hitch brands or will I end up with problems in the future?
Thanks
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Old 03-09-2009, 06:42 AM   #10
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Hi Andy
First of all I value your expertise.
I've seen many posts by you on this subject.
I have a 2008 F250 and tow a 27FB with a Hensley hitch (1,000 lb bars)
Does the HAHA offer a softer ride than other hitch brands or will I end up with problems in the future?
Thanks
Dennis
Hi Dennis.

Two things.

Your truck is heavy duty and punishes the trailer.

Ditto for the HAHA

The best you can do is to install a load equalizing hitch that offers a softer ride for the trailer and you.

A Reese 600 dual cam would work great.

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Old 03-09-2009, 11:53 AM   #11
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At the yearly motorcycle frenzy that happens during Memorial Day in these parts, we get guests with motorcycles. One couple always brings their Harley in the truck bed. The trick was to figure out a way to load and unload it. The first couple of times around, we had to back the truck up to a steep slope and grunt a lot. Since then, they've come up with a nice ramp, and that has made the process a lot easier, even though using at least a gengle slope is still quite helpful.

A question for Andy: With their heavy truck, do you think that carrying the motorcycle in the bed actually helps to prevent undue roughness on the Airstream?


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Great input guys-

I'm going to stop by the truck dealer today and see about a top and a hydraulic lift.
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:18 PM   #13
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Found this link on the internet. Looks encouraging. Says it should fit into my long be with the gate up so I can use the rear camera.

motorcycletrailer.com/rampage

Has anyone seen this?
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:14 PM   #14
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We plan on carrying one or two scooters in the rear of our 3/4 ton van. Combined weight of the scooters is about 650 lbs. I probably will also need a ramp.

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