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On a 2003 U295 36 footer, can you add a motorcycle lift to the back? The bike & lift would be about 1000 pounds behind the engine door. With the bike on the lift I could still tow my 4300 pound car. I'm just not sure if the extra 1000 pounds of...

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  • Last Edit: July 01, 2019, 11:17:06 pm by rickey

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I think without a tag you will be overweight but I looked at doing it on my 36 320 so the en was heavier.

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Recommend you get your coach weighed - see how much weight you presently have on the rear axel.  Adding that extra load (cantilevered out the back) might put you over the rear axel GAWR.

Swapping to a lighter towd would help reduce your GCW...

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We carried a Golding on our 97 U295 on an Overbilt lift with no noticeable change in handling.  Our toad at the time was a Suburban. 

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Idaho tote would reduce the weight on hitch considerably. It's not just weight, but the momentum arm of that weight as you bounce down the road. The tote has swivel wheels and provisions for hitch for tow bar. Freedom Hauler is a successor...

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Being a biker I have also considered this.
My bike alone weighs about 800 lbs.
Tongue weight is 1000 lbs.
not sure how much a lift weighs but maybe too close to 1000 total.

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You might give ForeTravel a call about doing that. I would think the level system would compensate by adding more pressure to the rear bags for an additional 1000 Lbs, and keep the coach level. That what it does on air ride semi.

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Bruce,
The air bags would keep it level, but the weight would still be added to the rear axle.

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This is in kilograms, but should work in lbs.
How to calculate your motorhome's safe weight limits - Caravan Guard
You will be surprised how much weight is added to the rear axle, when the added load is way behind it.

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Never looked into motorcycle lifts.  Don't most of them require extra "outboard" receivers to be welded to the rear frame member?  Surely they don't put all that additional weight and twisting force on just the one central OEM receiver.  :o

Of...

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Total of three receivers on most I have seen. Cost me $1,100 welding to add.
Never bought the motorcycle lift. Long story...

Tim Fiedler
Gen-Pro.biz
630 240-9139

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Thank you for all your input. I have not got the 36 footer yet, still looking. That size can navigate to our RV parking space in our yard. That is why I am looking at it more than a 38 with tandem axles. Plus I am concerned about the extra weight...

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Remember the tow rating on the older U models is 10k pounds. The newer nimbus and Phenix are higher.

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You might consider getting a truck that can be towed and put the bike on it. You could stay under the 10,000 lb tow rating that way. And no issue on axle weight that way.

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Keep in mind not to block any airflow if it is a rear engine. Even if the air goes in from the side it goes out the back.

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Idaho tote would reduce the weight on hitch considerably. It's not just weight, but the momentum arm of that weight as you bounce down the road. The tote has swivel wheels and provisions for...


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A 15' wide body tandem axle cargo trailer with drop ramp has worked well for us.  It's the same width as the coach, so when dodging potholes, the trailer misses em too.  Was carrying a street legal high performance side by side, along with a KTM...

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Chuck, I'm looking for a wide body 28' so I can haul a side by side and the Jeep Cherokee plus would allow for a workbench in the front.  Just haven't found one within my pay grade!!!
Chris

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Chris, pm sent. 

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I pull a 28' enclosed trailer. Its good for 10,400 max weight, pulls better than my f-350. I just watch the water temp on the hills and the mountains. Im guessing it weighs a little over 9,000lbs.

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bonus if you boondock, an enclosed trailer has lots of roof real estate available for solar panels. And easily modified to tilt them when parked. Just need a bigger umbilical cord to run both roof a/c's without the genny while traveling.

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Thanks everyone for all the info and warnings.  Craneman, your truck idea is a good one that I considered, but my wife did not want a truck. Actually we are selling our 2002 Envoy which we have towed and just ordered a 2019 Lincoln Nautilus with...

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Off-topic disussion moved to its own thread in Fire Ring

EXCESSIVE WEIGHT ON THE REAR OF THE COACH?
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I think that you will find that you would be MUCH BETTER ADVISED to get a high quality trailer (they are out there but you have to look hard) designed to do the job.  In addition, going with the trailer provides a LOT of additional benefits.
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