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Old 09-07-2011, 01:34 PM   #41
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Regarding the UHaul trailer, it's ridiculously cheap in terms of $ (~16+tax), but horribly expensive in terms of time and headache. I've rented about 10 times from several different locations, but hope to never have to again.

I tow with my 4-banger with a manual tranny and 180K on the clock (within the tow limits of vehicle).
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Old 09-07-2011, 01:54 PM   #42
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There's a shitload of Dodge/Ford van's on craigslist around $2500...not bad...
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You will save yourself a lot of time, money, and effort if you just get a $100 hitch on your current vehicle and buy a $189 trailer like this. Small enough to lean against the garage wall and be lifted up and down by one guy, strong enough to haul my 550 lb Hayabusa from Chicago to Houston without any issues:

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Oh, those harbor freight trailers are 80 lbs, with a rail and tie down points...
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:55 PM   #46
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Shweet, it has a lockable gas cap!
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Standing up isn't an issue at all in my opinion...you ever load a bike into a van? It's very easy to load.
How short are you!? Last time I loaded a bike into a van I banged both the front and back of my head.

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More importantly, no one knows what's in my van...none of my gear or my bike gets rained on, no one can steal anything out of it easily if I stop somewhere...list goes on and on.

I don't care if you think a truck is better, it's really not anything to argue about. Fact is a truck isn't nearly as versatile as a van is, especially in OPs situation and what he wants it for.
Crewcab truck, locking tailgate............done and done. I don't mind if my bike gets wet. That's about the only disadvantage.
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Old 09-07-2011, 03:46 PM   #48
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I'd go with a hitch. Bikes are so light and houston is so flat that you should have no trouble.
What if your other transportation is a vette?? that would look silly
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If you can afford it...

http://houston.craigslist.org/ctd/2585147003.html

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http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/2575147169.html

Or even better yet....
http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/2554150067.html

Stepvan or ambulance, tons of storage, you can stand up, usually have a lower entry level than a box truck, and can also be used like this...

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...19&postcount=5
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^not too bad on the prices for those old vans. something to think about!

I have always loved seeing those e150s rockin fmf astars and all the other stickers with some rockstar rims. white or black van. just looks cool and different.

actually spotted one this morning
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you could just throw it in sideways of an suv! thats what i did over the weekend after the beater broke down lol, no leaks either or smell and that was with it laid over as you can see! (joking about this being an option)

I know there is a gas can that (dont shreek) harley dealers sell that is sealed so no odor/liquid can leak out. it's only a gallon though but would help with keeping any smell inside an enclosed vehicle away. I wonder if whoever makes it sells a bigger one, would be perfect for this kinda set up

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I also remember seeing something on another forum where someone with far more expendable income than someone like myself took a school bus and gutted it. The front half was fitted with bunks, seats, kitchen, and "restroom" (I use that term loosely). The back half could hold 7-8 motorcycles plus tools and gear. On the passenger side I remember some sort of awning and table that folded out.

The basic idea was that anyone with a class C license could drive it, everyone took a couple of hour shift, and split the bill for gas. These blokes I read about took it from Canada to Baja, however it could be great for hauling you and a few friends to a Deals Gap vacation, or H-town to BFE track day, or use your imagination...
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:16 PM   #54
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for racing/track days... i have something like this...

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BOOM! lol...

on my trip to barber i fit two of my bikes, a scooter, tools, generator, ez up, leathers etc., 2 ice chests, gas cans and a whooooooole bunch of other stuff that would have the pickup guys making two trips...

and you know what... when it rained i just kept on doin this goin down the road... coz all my ish was dry...

not to mention i slept a lot better at the hotels... and got the same or better gas mileage as trucks pullin trailers...
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I'm also not retarded, so I've never smashed my head on the ceiling of my van.
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So now you want him to buy a crew cab and lock all of his stuff inside of his truck...including gas and everything else? Stupid.
no, just the gear. Who's going to steal a gas can?

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The locking tailgate won't do anything if someone wants the bike. Same could be said for the van too, but at least no one will know what's inside of it. It's more secure and more functional for what he wants to do. End of story.
Ask Falkryte how many times her van was broken into. You think its out of sight.....................theives figure there's something worth stealing that you're hiding. Getting a bike out of the bed of a pickup with a locked tailgate is enough of a PITA that it, alone, will thwart most theives. I've left a bike in the bed of my truck for a solid week.............parked in a shady motel 6 parking lot and I still have it.

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A van is not a bad idea, but to say its the end-all for bike transportation and that it trumps a pickup in evey respect isnt correct.
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If you do decide on a truck I'm about to list mine, it's a 95 F-150 with a straight 6 and 5spd. It's set up with a rack in the back to haul 2 dirtbikes but I'm sure trackbikes will work fine.
Van instead of Pickup for bike transport?
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FWIW, I have a Kendon Trailer that takes no space and tow my bike with a 155hp fwd 4cyl automatic Honda Accord with no issues I understand the need for a 'camper' though for your trackday/outdoor lifestyle so a van should fit the bill.
Dude, I'll be asking more about your setup in the future. Got almost the same car.
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