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    Thanks for the replies guys……I know that the idea may seem silly but I had to ask…..
    My thoughts on the pickup, was having to unload the bike, and that the van’s floor would be much lower……I agree that the rear opening is much
    smaller than it looks!
    I will look into renting the pickup and bike trailer / adapters with a hitch as mentioned!

    Would also like to mention that this being my first post, you guys giving good advice and views and not flaming me shows this is the right forum to be on.....Thanks Steve

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    Senior Member Rapturee's Avatar
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    Welcome to the Ride Steve, we have a "Be Nice" policy here and for the most part it is self regulated..

    Anyway, a hearty welcome from north IDAHO!!! :{)

    and just for kicks i'll dig that "hitch hauler(as i call it)" out tomorrow, grab a couple of pictures of it and post them for everyone to see. At least ya'll will get a good laugh, but hey, it has worked several times without failure and for several hundred miles round-trip once! :{P
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    haha, i just stumbled across this one. Ratz, i totally should have refined and patent'ed my idea first! (pictures of mine tomorrow) :{P

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q29XHCF?tag=advridercom-20
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    Senior Member NC700 into a Chrysler /  Dodge mini van New Commuter700's Avatar
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    U-Haul: Motorcycle Trailer Rental

    Uhaul has a great motorcycle trailer, I see them on the interstate all the time and it appears that they are about $15 a day.


    https://tinkergr.wixsite.com/website

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    So here is my home made "Hitch Hauler"... no laughing, i simply threw it together and hit the road to grab a custom Bobber that i had bought and had to go and retrieve it by my onesie!! IMHO, it turned out out pretty stout and has worked like a charm for several recoveries i and others have had to make. Although it is not necessary, i always pop the master link and drop the chain for longer distance hauls. :{)

    A list of materials if memory serves:

    Motorcycle Wheel Chock
    one 1.25" receiver hitch, "J" shape(had on hand). You can use a 2" receiver hitch f that is what your tow vehicle requires.
    one Angle bar= 3'L x 1.5"(bolted to chock).
    two Eye Bolts= 1" x 3/8" with washers(at ends of angle to hold straps).
    two bolts(grade 5)= 1" x 3/8" with washers(used to hold angle to wheel chock).
    one bolts(grade 8, had on hand)= 3/4" x 3" with washers(bolted chock to hitch).
    one 1/4" x 1" bar, cut to length, bolted on one end and welded on the other.

    NC700 into a Chrysler /  Dodge mini van-receiver-hitch-motorcycle-carrier-jpg


    NC700 into a Chrysler /  Dodge mini van-receiver-hitch-motorcycle-carrier2-jpg


    NC700 into a Chrysler /  Dodge mini van-receiver-hitch-motorcycle-carrier3-jpg


    NC700 into a Chrysler /  Dodge mini van-receiver-hitch-motorcycle-carrier4-jpg

    When i measured the wheel chock for placement onto the receiver hitch, i simply installed the 1.25" hitch into my Beetle's(yes i own a 00' TDI beetle) 1.25" receiver, then placed the wheel chock on top of the hitch and moved it around until i found a location that was as close to the vehicle as i could safely get it without it or the motorcycle wheels touching the car. I then marked that spot and drilled out the 3/4" hole for the single large attaching bolt.

    Once it was bolted in place onto the hitch, i slid it back into the receiver on the car and marker a location for the 3' angle bar. Removed it and bolted it into place, added the two eye bolts as well and then reinstalled it on the car checking clearances. With everything in place, i noticed that there would be a tremendous amount of pressure on the rear of the chock while loading/unloading the bikes so that's when i noticed the need for more strengthening in that area and added the 1/4" x 1" strap.

    The completed unit has served me and several others that i have loaned it to. If you decide to make one for your self... ENJOY!! :{)
    Last edited by Rapturee; 3rd August 2019 at 20:29. Reason: rented fingers, though my lease is about up
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