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Old 06-30-2019, 11:41 AM   #1
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Motorcycle and 5.0TA

Hi there.
We recently bought a 5.0 TA and I was wondering has anyone found a way of carrying/towing a motorcycle with the 5.0 TA? I know in Alberta, a person is allowed to have another trailer behind the 5th wheel. Not sure if the hitch on the 5.0 TA can be modfied or the frame is adequate to tow another trailer.
However this is not permitted in BC. Not sure about other provinces and states. I trying to see if an option can be found that would be suitable for other provinces and states.


I have a notion that this is not possible and I'll have to forego the use of a motorcycle on camping trips.


Riding the motorcycle along with the spouse driving the trailer is not really an option for us.


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Old 06-30-2019, 01:00 PM   #2
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If the motorcycle is short enough (legally less than 2.6 m or 102") to carry across the width of the truck, a custom deck (replacing the stock pickup box) between the cab and the front of the trailer would be great. It has been done for much larger trucks (medium-duty and heavy-duty) pulling large fifth-wheels - with both motorcycles and small cars (Smart ForTwo), but I've never seen it on the pickup/Escape scale.

A trailer behind a 5.0TA is certainly possible, but there are lots of places it would not be legal; it wouldn't even be legal here in Alberta if you use a conversion to ball hitch for the 5.0TA such as the Andersen Ultimate. It's also not suitable on a stability and safety basis with a large motorcycle trailer, and personally I think that no production RV fifth-wheel is proportioned properly (in terms of axle position on the trailer) for towing an additional trailer.
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Old 06-30-2019, 02:03 PM   #3
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Last year we met a fellow in ND who was actually interested in buying our old 5.0 but we'd sold it before arriving back home last year. He ended up with a 19 Scamp. He had the whole frame at the rear beefed up and was towing a small trailer with his bbq and other stuff on it.

Many western states and provinces allow double towing as long as first trailer is fifth wheel connected to tow with regular fifth wheel hitch.
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Old 06-30-2019, 02:28 PM   #4
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I like the idea of a cross bed deck just behind the cab. It would be an interesting exercise to see if that is doable. That only thing that might be a concern is the turning radius of the trailer and how close it would come to the motorcycle. I'll have to explore that a bit more. The motorcycle might be a bit too long though. Some measurements have to be done. I see this as a potential winter project.



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Old 06-30-2019, 02:41 PM   #5
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I gave up motorcycle riding so that I can go camping......
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Old 06-30-2019, 03:08 PM   #6
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I do motorcycle camping but the other half is dead set against it.




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Old 06-30-2019, 03:14 PM   #7
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I camped from my bike many years ago, a Honda CB750, and quite enjoyed it. It really wasn't camping, more bike touring with a sleeping setup to make things easier, and in those days cheaper was the key.

I have not had a motorcycle for a while now, but can't see taking one on a RV camping trip, as I have the truck, my pedal bike and my feet to get around on, but if a motorcycle is fun, by all means go for it. We all go for differing reasons.
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Old 06-30-2019, 04:49 PM   #8
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I have several bikes but all are to big / heavy to take along with the trailer. Then I ran across this-


Honda Monkey
Wet weight of 234 lbs, with wheelbase of 45.3 in. and 30.6 in. seat height


NEW 2019 Honda Monkey 125 Review of Specs / Features + More! | USA


I could stuff this in a few places -
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Old 06-30-2019, 07:18 PM   #9
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That's another good idea; getting a smaller motorcycle.


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If your seriously considering those Honda mini bikes like the Grom & Monkey, maybe an ebike would work for you too.
https://www.radpowerbikes.com/
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Old 06-30-2019, 07:35 PM   #11
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I think I would prefer to stay with a more traditional motorcycle style rather than an ebike. Just a personal subjective preference.


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I like the idea of a cross bed deck just behind the cab. It would be an interesting exercise to see if that is doable. That only thing that might be a concern is the turning radius of the trailer and how close it would come to the motorcycle. I'll have to explore that a bit more.
All the difference in length between trucks of the same model and different box lengths is in the wheelbase. That means that if a truck with 5.5 foot box can tow an Escape 5.0TA (and they can) by setting the hitch slightly behind the axle, the same model of truck with an 8 foot box can tow the same trailer, with the same hitch setup (relative to the axle position), and have a 2.5 foot space across the front of the box with no trailer interference.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this works out.
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Saw this rig towing a Scamp 5th wheel. It had I think more than enough room for a bike behind cab. The owner said he bought it new and was very pleased with its capabilities. Not sure of the specs but it was a diesel.
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All the difference in length between trucks of the same model and different box lengths is in the wheelbase. That means that if a truck with 5.5 foot box can tow an Escape 5.0TA (and they can) by setting the hitch slightly behind the axle, the same model of truck with an 8 foot box can tow the same trailer, with the same hitch setup (relative to the axle position), and have a 2.5 foot space across the front of the box with no trailer interference.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this works out.
That space gets used up fast in a turn. My 6.5 bed set up can make a turn with trailer 90 degrees to the truck, but it misses the cab by only couple inches. With an 8 foot bed that leaves you maybe 20". Maybe a mini bike would fit but I don't believe that's what the 0P is looking for. The weight of any real street bike is going to be 400+ lbs. The wheel base of a for real street bike would also mean it would have to set ontop of frame rails not in bed. Don't see a conventional pick up working here. 😕
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How large of motorcycle are you talking about? I know some of the smaller bikes have been carried on the front bumper of a pickup while towing. Some of the small trail bikes are about the max weight for the back bumper on the 5.0.
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I was hoping for a conventional motorcycle, probably need to look at the smaller ones like a 300 or 250cc size. Since this is the last trailer we are buying I have to either make it work with the 5.0 TA and a 1/2 ton pickup or just forego the idea of being able use a motorcycle on camping trips.
I think the weight of those are around 300-350 lbs. I'll have to investigate the possibility of it on the front of the truck as an option.





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My 6.5 bed set up can make a turn with trailer 90 degrees to the truck, but it misses the cab by only couple inches. With an 8 foot bed that leaves you maybe 20".
And a tight enough turn can be made with a properly placed hitch in a 5.5' box, so that's 32".

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Maybe a mini bike would fit but I don't believe that's what the 0P is looking for. The weight of any real street bike is going to be 400+ lbs.
Yes, a real motorcycle weighs a lot, which is why it is better in the front of the truck's cargo area, rather than hanging off the front bumper of the truck or the rear bumper of the trailer.

This does bring up an issue, which is the truck's payload. Many 5.0TA owners are near their maximum payload (loaded truck weight near GVWR) due to the trailer pin weight plus hitch plus passengers plus cargo in the truck; a few hundred pounds of motorcycle and carrier will put most over. Any arrangement with a motorcycle on the truck while towing the trailer may require a heavier-duty pickup (250/2500, or '3/4 ton').

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The wheel base of a for real street bike would also mean it would have to set ontop of frame rails not in bed. Don't see a conventional pick up working here. 😕
Any full-size motorcycle would be extremely awkward to get into the stock cargo box over the box side, so carrying one between the cab and trailer means a custom box... yes, a carrier mounted on the frame rails, not in the box.

The overall length means any method which holds the motorcycle across the vehicle - out front, in the middle, or at the back of the trailer - is only suitable for short bikes.
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I had the cb 750 also many years ago I now have Honda Goldwing
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