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Old 07-17-2019, 01:40 AM   #1
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Hi all! Iíve been hanging out & learning for a while here. Iíve learned a ton & appreciate the quality of this forum.

The wife & I sold our toy hauler this spring. We think we would like to try a B van.

My question is, are there any Class Bís that can realistically handle a 600 lbs motorcycle on a rear rack of some sort?

My initial thought would be, to install a receiver tube on each frame rail with a channel across them for the wheels to set in. I would not trust a single receiver in the middle.

It looks like an E450 or C4500 based van would be the best option but am unsure if this is correct. I am also unsure what, if any Class Bís are built on these chassis.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-22-2019, 05:09 PM   #2
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Murf,

I'm thinking that 600 lbs is too much to have hanging off the back of most Class B's, Class B+'s and smaller Class C's. Too much stress on the rear AND then there is the "see-saw dynamic" of making the front end lighter due to the weight on the back. I would think that handling would be adversely affected.

I would recommend pulling your 600 lb. motorcycle with a Motorcycle Trailer. Just my thoughts.

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Old 07-23-2019, 12:34 PM   #3
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Murf,

I'm thinking that 600 lbs is too much to have hanging off the back of most Class B's, Class B+'s and smaller Class C's. Too much stress on the rear AND then there is the "see-saw dynamic" of making the front end lighter due to the weight on the back. I would think that handling would be adversely affected.

I would recommend pulling your 600 lb. motorcycle with a Motorcycle Trailer. Just my thoughts.

Dave


Thanks for the reply, Dave.
Iím afraid you are probably right. I know it is the best way to do it. Pulling a trailer kinda defeats one of the main advantages of a Class B. I started out with a truck & toy hauler. I quickly grew tired of that setup. I donít really want to give up the bike but I guess I will have to consider it.

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Old 07-23-2019, 05:52 PM   #4
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I'm in the same boat, have a 800 lb motorcycle. Most class b have a tongue weight of 200-500 lbs. I'm looking for a light weight, easy load motorcycle trailer now.
Good luck with yours.
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I'm in the same boat, have a 800 lb motorcycle. Most class b have a tongue weight of 200-500 lbs. I'm looking for a light weight, easy load motorcycle trailer now.
Good luck with yours.


Thanks Bill. Good luck with your search, too!

A trailer just limits parking so much. I was trying to find a way around it.

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Old 07-23-2019, 07:36 PM   #6
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Murf,
There is an item that only extends about four feet. Its called a dolly trailer and will hold up to 1000 lbs. What I don't like about it is the small wheels it has to carry the weight.
And it cost a nice penny.
I like the enclosed trailer to carry additional supplies and the motorcycle is out of sight.
Light weight fiberglass is the way to go, but also big bucks.
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if the tongue weight is rated at 600#, would it work having a 300# trail bike plus the ramp, say 400# total? want to use the train bike for both adventure riding the trails and running to a store for supplies.
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Yes, that would work.
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thank you sir, that makes my day!
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