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Old 03-26-2020, 01:57 PM   #1
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Towing with a dirt bike in the bed.

Hello all, I am considering upgrading to a 2016 Flying Cloud 23D. I tow with a 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 with the 5.7L Hemi V8.

We would be traveling full time and i'd like to bring my dirt bike which weighs about 240 lbs. Would that be too much weight on the back of the truck if the bike was in the bed while towing? Would it be better to get a front rack and put the bike on the front of the truck? (i've seen this before).

Curious if anyone else does this.

Any input is appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 03-26-2020, 04:47 PM   #2
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240 pounds in the bed is not a deal breaker, as long as that's all you carry. Full timing brings the need for tools, generator, chairs, mats, gas cans, and lots of 'stuff'.
Then, you don't have access to the bike when you're hooked up.
The front receiver is a good alternative as long as you're not blocking lights and you don't mind your scoot getting bugs and grime.
Everything is a compromise, and I've decided the best tow vehicle is a van.
Or use this guys patented system.

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Old 03-26-2020, 05:02 PM   #3
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Bike in the Bed

Load up and hook up like you are headed out for your next great adventure. Then head to the closest CAT scale and perform a 3 pass weigh in. The results will tell you if you have ample cargo capacity to put 240 more LBS directly over the rear axle. The sticker on the drivers door will state the cargo capacity rating and the front and rear axle ratings. More than likely it is going to be close on the rear axle rating. happy travels.

Remember to load in all of the extra stuff your going to carry since you now have a motorcycle with you. All of the proper protective riding gear, etc.

Have fun. Motorcyclist for 46 years. ATGATT!
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