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Old 03-16-2011, 08:15 AM   #43
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Smeg- That much weight on the bumper of an Airstream is a clear no no. The wieight and motion would beat the trailer to death. Lots of forum members even are against carrying light weight bikes on a bike rack on the rear bumper. This is clearly a gray area (bicycles). I think the only way to resolve the issue is to just do it and see what happens. I personally think that it is ok for short trailers with small rear overhangs.

Castaway- Where does the wench ride? In the rear bed or in the truck with your wife? I could actually fit my Ducatti 750ss in the rear of my bed (6.5 ft) but I have gone and installed a cap so I can carry lots of stuff covered and safe in the bed.


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Old 03-16-2011, 08:33 AM   #44
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Smeg- Here is a photo of an F-150 with a camper on the bed and carrying a Honda CRF230L on the front bumper. Visability does not look to bad, but travel at night would not be good. This is a very interesting travel blog, but I wonder how much he is overweight.

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Old 06-08-2011, 08:37 PM   #45
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I think that I may have hit on a solution for me- a small dual sport mc (Suzuki drz400S or SL). I can use this to take short trips and explore on my own, something that I really enjoy doing. This will be carried on the front of my truck. The weight of the mc, loading ramp and receiver will be less than 450 lbs. This may push me over the truck gvwr, but will help keep me under the rear axle gvwr, since the mc in front should reduce the rear axle loading by about 100-125 lbs. I personally don't mind being slightly over the truck gvwr (6,900) if I am under the axle gvwr (4100,3900). The only real problem is blocking the headlight illumination somewhat. I probably could not travel at night.

Slip7- VersaHaul makes a sport bike carrier with a capacity of at least 600 lbs, I think. You will need a class IV front receiver hitch. Good luck in your quest. Thanks for starting the thread.
Hey Dan - I am looking at an '06 25' CCD or the Eddie Bauer - and I have a Vespa ET4 (300 lbs?) and a '10 F250. Can you tell me more about the front receiver hitch and the VersaHaul? I'm only 5'2, so trying to get the scooter in the bed of the 4x4 truck would prove amusing to others, at best.

Any advice for a newbie? Thanks!
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Our two Eddie's have worked very well for a GS1200 dual sport and an XT250 ... it is a tight fit when both are along, but very adequate for either one as a single. The 250 is great for rallies and general exploring. The GS dealer about lost it when we pulled up and I said I wanted to check that the bike would fit inside of the AS before we bought the GS.

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