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Old 12-31-2014, 11:22 AM   #1
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A 5.0/5.0TA specific bike question

There was a recent thread on taking bikes along, but I would ask if anyone carrying bikes on the 5er has noticed and change in the handling characteristics with a couple of bikes on the back. When I added up the weight of my two bikes and the rack it comes to @120 pounds. I realize that the pin weight on the 5th wheels is substantial, but do any of you transporting bikes make any compensation by moving stuff into the sleeping loft in the 5.0?
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Old 12-31-2014, 11:45 AM   #2
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I only have carried one bike and a pretty heavy four-bike Thule bike rack on the back. Haven't noticed a lick of problems.

Remember though, you're limited to 150 lbs on that rear hitch.
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Old 12-31-2014, 12:17 PM   #3
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We carried two bicycles on the back of our 5.0 for the first year we owned it. I noticed absolutely no change with the handling. In fact I barely notice the trailer at all. We have since moved the bikes to the bed of the truck. Not because of the weight, but because we can keep an eye on them. I recently purchased two new tires and rims which I put on the floor of the trailer to bring them home and noticed no difference in handling. I would have trouble imagining anything (reasonable) that would upset the handling characteristics of the 5.0.
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Old 12-31-2014, 01:02 PM   #4
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We carried two bicycles on the back of our 5.0 for the first year we owned it. I noticed absolutely no change with the handling. In fact I barely notice the trailer at all. We have since moved the bikes to the bed of the truck. Not because of the weight, but because we can keep an eye on them. I recently purchased two new tires and rims which I put on the floor of the trailer to bring them home and noticed no difference in handling. I would have trouble imagining anything (reasonable) that would upset the handling characteristics of the 5.0.
GerriJ, I'm curious how you put the bikes in the bed of the truck? We have a 5.0 TA ordered for completion the end of June. My preference would be to put the bikes in the truck bed as well. What size truck bed do you have. Any photos of this setup? We will get a tow vehicle soon and this may help us with our decision.
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Old 12-31-2014, 03:27 PM   #5
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I just drove from Nova Scotia to Florida with our 5TA with two bikes and a rack- much like others have said probably 120lbs. I drove it from Chilliwack to Nova Scotia without them.
I have not noticed any difference with/without them.
I checked weights at a scale on both trips. Fine both times, although on this trip I do have more "stuff" in the trailer. As mentioned above, most of the time I hardly notice the trailer there.
I have been passed by lots of semi's and been in a fair bit of wind & rain.
I like towing it a lot better than our 17B.

I really haven't added a whole lot of weight to the Loft.
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Old 12-31-2014, 04:01 PM   #6
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We carried two bicycles on the back of our 5.0 for the first year we owned it. I noticed absolutely no change with the handling. In fact I barely notice the trailer at all. We have since moved the bikes to the bed of the truck. Not because of the weight, but because we can keep an eye on them. I recently purchased two new tires and rims which I put on the floor of the trailer to bring them home and noticed no difference in handling. I would have trouble imagining anything (reasonable) that would upset the handling characteristics of the 5.0.
I am assuming, maybe not a good thing to do, that your desire to keep an eye on the bikes was to prevent theft. If so, why not use a cable lock securing the bikes to the rack? Or was there another reason you wanted to see them such as being aware if something was coming loose?
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GerriJ, I'm curious how you put the bikes in the bed of the truck? We have a 5.0 TA ordered for completion the end of June. My preference would be to put the bikes in the truck bed as well. What size truck bed do you have. Any photos of this setup? We will get a tow vehicle soon and this may help us with our decision.
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FWIW, I could easily fit 2 bikes in the front of my F150 long bed (8') in front of the hitch going side to side if I take off the front tires. The bikes, minus front tires, are 59", the bed is 63", side to side. I've got 48" from the front of the hitch head to the front of the bed, the bikes side by side take up 36" when facing opposite directions. I have NOT done this, as yet anyway, but it's an option. I'm the one that started the other bike thread. I'd prefer NOT to carry the bikes in the bed so I can use the tonneau cover, I can't do both. If I were to go this route I'd use Fork Mounts mounted to a board of some sorts. I use these now when I have the truck cap on. Of course I can't use it with the 5.0TA.
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Bob mahalo for your reply. Unfortunately I will be limited to a maximum 6'4" bed since I will be ordering a Ram 1500 crew cab. I've always hauled my bikes in the back of the truck and for me it's just my comfort zone. If it's not possible with the 5th wheel I will have to get used to the bike rack on the 5 0. I'm thinking Hawaii 50.
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I recently purchased two new tires and rims which I put on the floor of the trailer to bring them home and noticed no difference in handling.
Anywhere on the floor of the interior would be low and reasonably close the centre of the trailer, so that certainly wouldn't hurt trailer handling. That's very different from stuck on the outside of the end of the trailer.

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I would have trouble imagining anything (reasonable) that would upset the handling characteristics of the 5.0.
The fifth-wheel configuration is certainly stable.
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I just drove from Nova Scotia to Florida with our 5TA with two bikes and a rack- much like others have said probably 120lbs. I drove it from Chilliwack to Nova Scotia without them.
I have not noticed any difference with/without them.
I checked weights at a scale on both trips. Fine both times, although on this trip I do have more "stuff" in the trailer. As mentioned above, most of the time I hardly notice the trailer there.
I have been passed by lots of semi's and been in a fair bit of wind & rain.
I like towing it a lot better than our 17B.

I really haven't added a whole lot of weight to the Loft.
Could you please post your weights, for others to know what the 5.0 TA weighs both factory and in use, thanks.
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