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Old 09-07-2011, 10:43 AM   #21
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Yeah, just talked to uhaul, for no mileage in town it's $100/day 100 miles, for $29/day it's 69 cents a mile. I think MSRH would be over a hundred anyway. Was worth a shot though!





Haha, my wife really might go for it if I can set it up with A/C on the top! Good ideas and I'll check the stunt forums, thanks!
Oh, you looked at TRUCKS. I was talking about renting a trailer. Their 4x7 utility trailer appears to be $15 per day. That's big enough for one bike, but small enough to be pulled by near anything.
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interesting no one mentioned the safety aspect of having a large piece of cargo riding directly behind you. If you get into an accident, are you comfortable with the idea of you being inside of a sealed compartment with your bike flying around? I know a guy who had a bike in a van and he was in an accident. He was lucky that the bike just went forward between the passenger seats and hit the dash. If it had been a more severe accident, it would have been like a boulder in a clothes dryer.

Uh.....most people are smart enough to still strap the bike down in the van.



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I've driven a van for years and have hauled everything from a z50 to a Rocket III. I carried a wide ramp and never had a problem loading. I also camped in it while mountain biking, racing, or traveling across the country.
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interesting no one mentioned the safety aspect of having a large piece of cargo riding directly behind you.
Not that you don't have a point but considering we are engaged in a lifestyle where having slight bump from a car means almost guaranteed injury and possible death it seems a little odd to be worried about a bike hitting you in a van six or ten rides a year.
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I've driven a van for years and have hauled everything from a z50 to a Rocket III. I carried a wide ramp and never had a problem loading. I also camped in it while mountain biking, racing, or traveling across the country.
Was the gas/oil smell a factor? Like, if your girlfriend/wife (I only have a wife!) were in the van after your fifth track weekend in a row would it be noticeable?
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There is no better track hauler than a cargo van. Any gas smell can be reduced to zero with some cheap sheet metal and some insulation from the rear of the van if it's really that big of an issue. Or you could open the windows.
See, I don't mind the smell as long as it's not permanent. I can roll the windows down no problem, it's going camping the next weekend and it still smells, that's the impression I got from earlier posts. I guess that might not be the case sense there is no fabric for the smell to cling to.
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Truck with a ramp. Quit messing around
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The smell isn't permanent in any sense of the word. As soon as my bike is out of the van, the smell is gone. If I spent some time cleaning the interior it would smell brand new and it's 8 years old already. There's nothing in there for a smell like gas to cling to, like you said. Even the seats in those vans won't hold "gas" smell in. And they're a breeze to clean...open up the side door, fire some water in there and maybe some soap and rinse out. Boom.

Well, I think that settles it for me. Thank you sir, and everyone else for this really good discussion.
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I used to have an E250 that I used to haul my bike around in. Not too difficult but strapping down might be an issue in the minivan. Mine was a cargo van with three rows of bench seats (2 removed to fit the bike) and I used the seat mounts to strap the bike down. I would prefer that over a truck as you can lock it and keep it out of the elements. I could still carry 5 passengers WITH the bike loaded.
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BTW, my van smelled anyway. it was an '87 with a modified 351 Windsor. All I really used it for was hauling the bike, camping (pulling the camper), and collecting fire wood.
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You have any pics of that?

I have an E250 but mine is a cargo and not a passenger...having rear seats would be pretty awesome...
I'll have to post them when I get home but yes (just not with the bike loaded). The thing sounded like a top fuel dragster with headers glass pack mufflers and no cat Sold it when I moved back to the city, it wouldn't have passed inspection anyway.
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I pack my bikes in my Astrovan when I need to. Also great for going to pick up busted parts bikes or project bikes.
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there is nothing a truck can do as it pertains to track bike hauling that a van can't do better.

I disagree. Loading/unloading bikes from a truck is easier because you can stand up. Minor, but still something.
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I would buy a trailer if I were you. 500lb for the bike + another 300lb for whatever gear + 1,000lb for the weight of the trailer = 1,800lb ~ 2,000lb which most 150HP+ engines can tow but its the transmission that takes the hit...
Get a trailer and a hitch. Here's more info: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/auto-p...city-chart.htm
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