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Maxx57
05-25-2017, 08:04 AM
I have a 2017 RG28 Toy Hauler that I just purchased a week or two ago. I am getting ready to load my motorcycle into the back of my Toy Hauler, for a trip to the mountains. I was wondering...if my motorcycle has engine trouble...how can I get it back into the Toy Hauler? Are the tie down anchors in the floor strong enough to attach some type of winch, to pull the bike into the Toy Hauler?

PondSkum
05-25-2017, 09:13 AM
I believe they should be strong enough to do that, especially if you connect to 2 of them.

Lou_and_Bette
05-25-2017, 09:37 AM
Maxx, hopefully Duane (porthole) will see your post and respond. He installed a wench in his Cyclone. If I remember correctly, he installed the wench in one of the front corners and then ran the cable through a pulley mounted in the center of the garage and then the cable goes out the door. If Duane doesn't respond in a day or two, send him (porthole) a PM, he is a great guy and is always willing to help.

porthole
05-25-2017, 09:39 AM
I have a small remote controlled winch bolted to the floor of the garage (https://heartlandowners.org/showthread.php/11365-And-so-it-begins?p=134986&viewfull=1#post134986).

I have tried it with the bike (800+ pounds) and it works.

I have had to use it with the golf cart when I fried the controller and it worked.

I would also use it if I had to load the bike in the rain rather then take a chance riding up a wet ramp.

If you use a winch, prepare to have something on the floor at the beavertail to keep the cable from digging in. I use a piece of Starboard marine plastic, very similar to cutting board material , HDPE

I use a Condor wheel chock, best you can buy in my opinion.
I recently added a pulley to the Condor to allow pulling from a higher angle. I would use two tie down sewn webbings around either my upper or lower driving lights.

Condor pulley (https://heartlandowners.org/showthread.php/11365-And-so-it-begins?p=542904&viewfull=1#post542904)

Something else I have been doing for years now to greatly reduce the stress of unloading is not using the brakes!

I put the bike in first gear and only use the clutch when backing out, ENGINE OFF. Feathering the clutch allows for a very controlled backing and keeps the rear tire loaded. It may help with the smoothness that I have a hydraulic clutch release as well.

At the 2016 Luray rally several of us where sitting at the trailer when our new neighbors pulled in (SOB). Apparently they found out first hand that you shouldn't trust harbor freight straps with precious cargo. One of bike's strap broke (not a Harley). That bike fell over into the Road King and broke another strap. While the first bike was on it's side, apparently the bottom port of the master cylinder was exposed, draining some fluid from the cylinder.

When the owner backed the bike out of the trailer he found out real quick he had no brakes. He ended up going down the ramp - backwards - as fast as gravity would pull him. It was about 10-15' from the trailer before he finally fell over with the bike on top of him.

Nothing broken, cuts, scrapes and bruises though. They had an adjuster out the next day and had almost $4,000 in damages between the two bikes.

It was quite the sight.

avvidclif
05-25-2017, 09:41 AM
Wench Noun. wench (plural wenches) (archaic) A young woman, especially a servant. [ (archaic) A promiscuous woman.

Did your DW approve of that addition????



Duckin 'n running

porthole
05-25-2017, 09:43 AM
Maxx, hopefully Duane (porthole) will see your post and respond. He installed a wench in his Cyclone. If I remember correctly, he installed the wench in one of the front corners and then ran the cable through a pulley mounted in the center of the garage and then the cable goes out the door. If Duane doesn't respond in a day or two, send him (porthole) a PM, he is a great guy and is always willing to help.

Hey there Lou, I was writing and looking up links !



Don't tell Deb about the wench though .................

OEFVET
05-25-2017, 09:45 AM
I use the winch below. I like it cause it is light and 110v as opposed to 12v. I hook it into the forward center d ring eye. I use it to load my front wheel drive GEM car. About 1,000lbs.
51942

Maxx57
05-25-2017, 11:31 AM
Thank you guys so much for the responses. That's some great information. My bike is a Harley Ultra...so 800lbs+ and loading it up and down a ramp is not something to mess around with. I don't want to damage the bike, the trailer or me! (especially the bike and trailer...I'LL HEAL! ;)) I will definitely setup my trailer based on your suggestions. Again, Thanks.