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Vanguy 08-01-2021 12:45 PM

Trailer behind cargo carrier.
Would it be possible/safe to tow a small dirt bike trailer behind a cargo carrier? I'm about to make a cargo carrier to plug into the hitch receiver and was wondering if it could be made so I could plug a trailer hitch into the carrier. I've been thinking about getting a motorcycle carrier that plugs into the hitch receiver but if I do that I won't be able to use the cargo hauler. Anyone ever done this? My van is an RB not an EB if that makes any difference. Wanting to take the dirt bike camping and want to have some external storage without bringing my big trailer.

posplayr 08-01-2021 01:40 PM

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I did not use a trailer, but I did put extra storage on a motorcycle carrier with outrigger receivers.

Vanguy 08-01-2021 01:51 PM

Ok that could work as well. What brand motorcycle carrier is that? Looks like there is some storage space between the bike and the van or is that just where the ramp stores?

posplayr 08-01-2021 02:55 PM

Black widow is a 500 lbs rated carrier but is much stronger with teh outriggers.

This is a high-quality box. The paint could be better but you don't want much heavier than this.

I lengthened the width (to get near the full width of the van) and narrowed the depth to fit between the carried and the van. I also added a 5 gal jerry can carrier.

Ramps store as original behind the motorcycle but in front of the box.

The DRZ400 weighs about 300lbs so I can still get it up the ramp between the close quarters to the box. The box paid off the first time I unloaded teh DRZ because of a strap malfunction the bike was released completely on one side but the box kept the bike from falling off.

If it was a 500 lbs adventure bike with bags it might not fit (bags would need removing) depends on the bike.

I also put trailer lights on the carrier and will move the license to the box when it is installed (marker lights and bulb for the license).

Vanguy 08-01-2021 03:19 PM

Nice! I have a bunch of 14 Ga 1" sq tubing in various lengths and several pieces that have 90 bends that I can stick together to make several different carrier racks if I want.

What exactly do you mean by the outriggers?

Vanguy 08-01-2021 03:42 PM

I was looking at getting the HF motorcycle carrier. It would be fine for my dirt bike but I also have an XR650R Supermoto that might be a little more difficult getting off the carrier the way the wheels fall down in between the rails of that carrier.

posplayr 08-01-2021 04:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Vanguy (Post 299810)

What exactly do you mean by the outriggers?

In the attached picture you can see I have what I call "outriggers" (for stability).
I actually sectioned some 1 1/4" x 0.120 (11 Ga) with some 1 1/4" x3/16" to get stronger at the receiver but lighter gauge comparable to the carrier at the cross support. This carrier is very stiff torsionally.

I will look for a thread where Wonderboy had another option for just two outriggers and no center support (IIRC)

posplayr 08-01-2021 04:56 PM

I posted my info here and you can see Wonderboy's solution which works with a rear bumper mount carrier box.

Mikerson 08-01-2021 04:58 PM

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Would a dual hitch receiver work for you? Cargo carrier in the top and trailer in the bottom. There are a variety of those available with pretty significant weight ratings.

gahamby 08-02-2021 10:18 AM

I do kinda like the idea of a hitch extender so the trailer load is not on the extender.

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