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Post by YAMPOL » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:56 am

Ok after seeing two pics of two different kind of hitch haulers on the Michaux Dual Sport thread, which one is the preferred one? Or at least your opinion on steel vs aluminum. I will be using it on a Jeep and a Pick up also. I am a little older and not to mention out of shape, so easy is what I am looking for.

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Re: Hitch Hauler

Post by Laoch » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:04 am

I got mine at Wally World. It's steel. Works fine. I only use it for my lightweight bikes, they weight like 200 lbs.
I think the important thing to consider is ease of loading /unloading. Sometimes they can be a pain for an older guy with two bad shoulders :lol2:
Look at the ramp and the height and maybe the actual platform with regards to how the wheel sits on or in it.
Jeeps are easy because you have the spare tire as a cushion. :thumbup:
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Post by Marylander » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:10 pm

I've got a steel one that is rated to even carry my street bikes. It's pretty heavy on its own so that could be an issue. However, it comes with a really long ramp so loading the bike is easy.

I'd had a ladder style aluminum one that had just started to warp. I was uncomfortable with that so I gave it Gene for his nephews. I don't know if it's continued to warp. It was a lot lighter than the steel one I've got now.

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Re: Hitch Hauler

Post by Rut Row » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:28 pm

Mine is aluminum (actually it's Bucho's).

Pros:
- Easy to mount and dismount.
- Carries the bike well
- Bucho put his DR650 on it so it has a good carrying capacity.

Cons:
- bends easily horizontally. I've not seen many that don't have at least a small bend.
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Re: Hitch Hauler

Post by Bucho » Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:31 pm

Rut Row wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:28 pm
Mine is aluminum (actually it's Bucho's).

Pros:
- Easy to mount and dismount.
- Carries the bike well
- Bucho put his DR650 on it so it has a good carrying capacity.

Cons:
- bends easily horizontally. I've not seen many that don't have at least a small bend.

Yes, I used it many years both with my old conversion van and for two seasons “between vans” on my wife’s chevy equinox.

Its nice to not have to haul a trailer sometimes. Its to drive/park ect...

I did haul my dr650 with it sometimes but I was never 100% comfortable. It worked much better with sub 300 pound bikes.
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Re: Hitch Hauler

Post by YAMPOL » Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:33 pm

Thanks for would be the replies. What I had in mine was to take the Jeep to places like Michaux or Greenridge and let my wife follow me around in the Jeep while I am on my dual sport. I bought her a 125 and we tried Michaux once, but that did not work (I won't say anymore on that). So the Jeep is the next idea.
We both enjoy riding Michaux, (even ATV's) but I was just looking for another option. I have trailers, but then I would have to leave it somewhere. Both bikes that I would be using are sub 300 pounds, XT250 dual sport and a TTR230 off road.

Thanks for the info. :thumbup:
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