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Old 05-13-2016, 08:45 AM   #1
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Does anyone know if it would be legal to tow a motorcycle behind an Escape ? There is a wheel chock that fits into a receiver. You place the front wheel of the bike into the chock and secure it with several straps. The weight is (500 lbs.) Would be virtually no weight though on the back of the trailer as the rear tire of the bike would support most of it.
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Does anyone know if it would be legal to tow a motorcycle behind an Escape ? There is a wheel chock that fits into a receiver. You place the front wheel of the bike into the chock and secure it with several straps. The weight is (500 lbs.) Would be virtually no weight though on the back of the trailer as the rear tire of the bike would support most of it.
It is legal - at least in my state. I'd check with yours. Most front wheel towing brackets I've seen are designed for 'emergency' or temporary use because they can't hold the bike in a proper upright position when turning. There are some which do a good job, like the Fatz brackets: The Motorcycle Tow Bracket - Secure Tow, No Stress

But, you'd have at least a few immediate issues: First, the rear receiver has limited weight capacity, so you'd have to calculate how much weight the front wheel plus the bracket places on it (easy with a scale). Second, maneuvering a trailer with another component pivoting on the back bumper means you'd have to remove the bike before backing up anywhere. Third, you might have to compensate for the rear bumper weight by adding weight to the tongue, while at the same time insuring that you don't exceed the trailer's GVWR, or the rig's GCWR. Of course, those numbers would only need the weight on the receiver added, because as you mention, the rear wheel of the bike is on the ground. The last number, your tow vehicle's maximum towing capacity, would have to account for the bike's total weight.
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It wouldn't be legal in Oregon as it's considered a double-tow due to using two different receivers.
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It wouldn't be legal in Oregon as it's considered a double-tow due to using two different receivers.
Yes, that's a good point. In some states the only legal way to carry it would be on a carrier at the back where the entire bike is carried on the bumper - not doable with an Escape. Too much weight.
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It wouldn't be legal in Oregon as it's considered a double-tow due to using two different receivers.
In Alberta a double tow is legal as long as the first trailer is a fifth wheel. Not legal in neighbouring BC though.
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The best option, (for me), was a pickup truck with an 8 foot box.

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Guess I will have to leave it. 5.5 ft box. Would have been nice though. Two bicycles would probably weigh more though.
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I had to read this thread, when I saw the title "Motorcycle" in the Towing and Hitching section... some motorcycles are pretty big, and lots tow trailers, but towing an Escape with one?

I think the basics and major concerns of the actual proposal have been covered well.

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In Alberta a double tow is legal as long as the first trailer is a fifth wheel.
That's a good example; there are a couple of other conditions in Alberta as well, but the motorcycle-as-trailer scheme might not violate them.

One factor to consider: how is the motorcycle licensed? When I was involved in motorsports one of my friends ran across a problem: a trailer needs a license, and a motor vehicle can't get a trailer license. So the bike has its own license and thus its okay... or not, because it may not be legal to tow a motor vehicle as a trailer other than behind a motorhome or as part of a commercial towing service. I doubt it would cause a problem, but its just another thing which could go wrong.

I'm not sure I would want a motorcycle's rear wheel running on the ground, due to wear. This is the classic flat-tow scenario for cars behind motorhomes, and not all vehicles are suitable for it. Of course the usual problem for cars is automatic transmissions, and very few bikes are automatics, but I still wouldn't assume that transmission lubrication would be okay. I would also wonder about chain life: a long trip could put a lot of use on the chain (assuming it has one) that it wouldn't see otherwise, so you would at least need to consider that in maintenance timing.


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