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Old 07-25-2016, 06:38 AM   #1
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Motorcycle Carrier with Rear Door access?

Looking at the various ideas on how to carry a small dual sport and with bike still on hitch rack, open rear doors. Drop down, swingaway, etc.....
I've seen a swingaway for sprinter, but not the E350 Ford w rear hitch.
Any ideas?
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:38 AM   #2
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That's going to be a tough one. It's hard to put that much weight on a drop down or swing away. I don't think I've ever seen it done, but I'd sure like to.

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Old 07-25-2016, 10:00 AM   #3
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Earthroamer advertises a frame mounted hydraulic lift that appears to answer the mail. That said, it looks heavy and clearly drops your clearance height/departure angle. Would love to know the specs and see it redesigned for a E350 platform.

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Thinking this might be my route when the time comes, they make elevated and extended versions. There's been some threads on this subject floating around here, but some of those options noted are no longer available.
http://www.joehauler.com/singlehaule...ehaulers.shtml
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Aluminess made a single one-off swing away tire carrier for the owner.. and it was only rated for a small moto.. I wanted one, but they will not make another.
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Old 07-25-2016, 04:09 PM   #8
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I currently use a Joehauler and it is very solid. Heavy duty for sure. That said, I've been in talks with Joe about the need for a swing-away design. Seems that when we travel we love taking the motorcycle, but hate the lack of access to rear end of our van. I did see one for the Sprinters which carries a box or small motorcycle but it ties into the vehicle, not just 2" hitch.
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If I understand what you want, that's asking a lot from any design. I looked and looked, and couldn't find anything that would suit all my needs, so I wound up building my own, and making compromises. One of them was having the ability to open the rear doors while the bike was tied down for travel. I gave in on that requirement.

How heavy is your bike?

My KLR650 dual sport is about 450lbs. This is over the limit of all of the 'plug into the receiver types' I found. I looked at options, and extending it rearward for door access only makes the wobble and diving board effect that much worse.

I built my own, but in order to open only the passenger side rear door, I have to remove the safety bolts and lower the bike (hydraulically) at least 50%. Otherwise, that door will only open 4-5 inches.

http://www.sportsmobileforum.com/for...ier-16500.html

Sorry for the poor quality pictures, they were taken near the end of the build a couple days before a big trip. The fit and finish is better now.

I built it with the upright bar slightly offset to the driver's side, so I can at least open the one door with no bike, or with the bike lowered. it works with my interior layout, because my driver's side rear cargo door has a cabinet in the way, so loss of that opening is not a big deal for me.
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How about?:

https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...rts/AL105.html

https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Cargo...500-AL105.html

Maybe not.
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