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Old 05-07-2015, 02:48 PM   #21
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Brandon, I think I saw you do the get a running start and use a cooler to get into the bed trick at Rio a while back.
That was Byrdman. He puts my bike into my truck because I make him nervous.
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Old 05-08-2015, 09:44 AM   #22
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I have the Harbor Freight version and haul a 289 pound DRZ400 on it. I probably used it a dozens times before this happened...

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I wound up removing the cracked aluminum part and welding a steel plate to the bottom.
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Old 05-08-2015, 01:53 PM   #23
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I used one for about a year for track days...it worked, but I made a few changes to it to make it a bit more user friendly (although loading the bike was still a 2-person job).

It worked, but I sold it to a fellow MH'er and got a 4x8 folding trailer. Each of them had their perks, but I prefer the trailer.

Here's a link to the hauler I got: http://www.discountramps.com/smc-600...O9mhoCeYjw_wcB


I hauled it to MSRH a handful of times, COTA once, and a few other trips to ride with family with no issues.

Also, I was hauling my '12 Yamaha FZ6R (~470lbs wet) with a '13 Tacoma.
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Old 05-08-2015, 02:43 PM   #24
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I used one for about a year for track days...it worked, but I made a few changes to it to make it a bit more user friendly (although loading the bike was still a 2-person job).

It worked, but I sold it to a fellow MH'er and got a 4x8 folding trailer. Each of them had their perks, but I prefer the trailer.

Here's a link to the hauler I got: http://www.discountramps.com/smc-600...O9mhoCeYjw_wcB


I hauled it to MSRH a handful of times, COTA once, and a few other trips to ride with family with no issues.

Also, I was hauling my '12 Yamaha FZ6R (~470lbs wet) with a '13 Tacoma.
Assuming you have a Class III hitch with full 600 lbs tongue weight rating, a 500 lbs load centered at (what looks like) 1-1/2ft from the hitch is likely exceeding that TW rating.

Cap'in Kirk gets away with going 150% warp factor only because He knows Scotty designed the engine with 200% safety factor. Unless you got Kingons shooting photon torpedos at you driving down 288, I really would advise against eating into the engineer's SF.
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Assuming you have a Class III hitch with full 600 lbs tongue weight rating, a 500 lbs load centered at (what looks like) 1-1/2ft from the hitch is likely exceeding that TW rating.

Cap'in Kirk gets away with going 150% warp factor only because He knows Scotty designed the engine with 200% safety factor. Unless you got Kingons shooting photon torpedos at you driving down 288, I really would advise against eating into the engineer's SF.
It uses a Class IV hitch which is good for ~1,000lbs at the tongue.
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Didn't know you can get a Class IV hitch for Tacoma. eTrailer only show class III with 500 lbs TW.

What brand hitch d'you have?
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Didn't know you can get a Class IV hitch for Tacoma. eTrailer only show class III with 500 lbs TW.

What brand hitch d'you have?
It was a part of the towing package that Toyota offers.

"V6 Tow Package:
1 Class-IV towing receiver hitch, transmission and supplemental oil coolers (transmission cooler not available on manual transmission models), 130-amp alternator, heavy-duty battery, 7-pin connector with converter, and Trailer-Sway Control (TSC)"

I got some worrisome faces from other drivers when I was using it (it's not very often you see a bike hauled like that), but it worked like a charm...but a trailer is still 10x easier.
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Nice package. Rare to see a class IV on a "compact" pickup. Although, these days, the Tacoma is almost bigger than some "full-size" trucks 15-20yrs ago. Practically dwarfs the '96(?) Tacoma regular cab I had back in OKC.
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Nice package. Rare to see a class IV on a "compact" pickup. Although, these days, the Tacoma is almost bigger than some "full-size" trucks 15-20yrs ago. Practically dwarfs the '96(?) Tacoma regular cab I had back in OKC.

The entire package is probably overkill for anything you'd WANT to pull with a midsize truck (I don't even think "compact" is an option with trucks now, haha), but it came with the TRD Sport package, so I got it.

It ended up working out well for the time I was using the hitch hauler!


Sorry for the thread jack, OP! In a nutshell, they work (if you have the right hitch), but I prefer the 4x8 trailer I got compared to the hauler. Hopefully that helps you out.
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Also check your vehicle hitch tongue weight capacity dead weight its something important, not all vehicles hitch can handle 500+ lbs of dead weight
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