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Friday, June 29, 2018

Why I abandoned my toy hauler...

Why I abandoned my toy hauler for the truck deck.  

Although motorcycle traveling is great fun, weather and distance can leave you arriving at your destination tired and drained. The SuperDeck III, installed on a suitable pickup truck, allows you to travel to your motorcycle destination in comfort.  Although motorcycle traveling is great fun, weather and distance can leave you arriving at your destination tired and drained.  With the bike on the deck you arrive relaxed and ready to engage in your desired activities.




In comparison to a toy hauler, the SuperDeck III has several advantages.   First, and significant, is the cost of a fully contained toy hauler vs the cost of the SuperDeck III and a less expensive camper equivalent to the toy hauler.   Unless your bike needs protection from the elements, the cost of the “garage” section in a conventional toy hauler is unnecessary.  Towing and maneuvering an 18’ camper is much simpler than dealing with a 30+’ toy hauler.


Secondly, most toy haulers use the bike storage area for a second purpose when the bike is not in
place… this is usually space for the kitchen table or additional bunk space.   This space simply isn’t available when the bike(s) are loaded.   Not to mention that a certain amount of gas, oil and grime are there in your living quarters in the toy hauler.


In terms of convenience, the toy hauler scores big again! If you are just taking your bike out to a one-day event, you don’t need the entire camper or a trailer.  Just park the bike on the SuperDeck II and press the UP button.  Head to the event without having to maneuver/unhook or deal with a trailing storage system.  There’s plenty of storage under the deck for your duffel, cooler and tools.


How about safety?  Other than a hydraulic hitch mounted bike carrier, almost any toy hauler or trailer* is going to have a ramp to deal with.   It was one thing to ride my Bultaco trials bike up a 2x6 into the truck bed, but that was 40 years ago with a #190 bike.   Any ramp offers opportunity for error, particularly in snow or rain.  The SuperDeck III is at ground level where it is simple for one person to push or ride a bike into position against the bulkhead and put down the kick stand while the bike is being strapped down.   Pushing a #500 bike up any ramp is usually more than a single individual can safely manage.   Just check the videos on YouTube for any number of “motorcycle ramp loading fails.


  • note:  the Razor brand  trailer has a drop deck.


The other convenient feature of the SuperDeck III is that it has many alternate uses!   From hauling ATV’s, engine blocks, bales of hay or your mom’s sofa, the SuperDeck III puts any load, up to #2,500, into your truck at the touch of a button!


In summary, the Superdeck III covers all the bases.  Safety, comfort, convenience and utility at a fraction of the cost of a toy hauler.  And you can still have access to your truck hitch to tow your camper or more toys!


For details on the AmeriDeck SuperDeck III visit our website www.AmeriDeckMidwest.com


For details contact me directly at 717-620-9676


Jeff Kurtz
AmeriDeckMidwest.com
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The Powerdeck™, formerly known as the Superdeck™ III, is a simple design that can haul heavy equipment, bulk materials, and recreation vehicles.

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Monday, June 25, 2018

Hydraulic Package - Troubleshooting

It doesn't often come up, but if you need service or adjustments on your hydraulic, here are the specs:

Bucher Hydraulics
Grand Rapids, MI
616-458-1306

Model  M3551-0514

From the owners guide - Details<<<

Some observed problems over the years:

Pressing button does not actuate pump.  Perhaps a wire at the plug-in connector has pulled loose.  Try squeezing the cable back into the connector while pressing the faulty button. The entire pendant can be replaced.

While moving in the "unload" direction the controller button was released, the motor shut off but the deck kept moving downward. (the hydraulic cylinder continued to extend).  Solution?  Valve C1 was replaced and the problem went away.

This has been a pretty flawless system over the years.  We will post more resolutions if incurred.
Everything is off-the-shelf american made and any hydraulic equipment, trailer or farm equipment location should be able to help remedy issues.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Specifications


As of October 2017, all decks and lifts are now being ZINK coated by power-coating prior to the black powder coat!

Here are a few photos with dimensions for the deck and where it sits on the truck.  The actual dimensions of the flat decks are:

Short-bed:   78" open area from the wall of the deck bulkhead to where the 6" ramp begins. 
Long-bed:    96" open area

Both decks are 58" wide.  The standard bulkhead is 29 5/8" tall.


 At its tallest position the lift arm reaches 63" above the bed of the truck.

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18" deck extension installed on 8' deck.
The photo below shows an 8' deck with the 18" extension added.  The extension mounts in the landing wheel receivers and the wheels are then moved back to the receivers in the extension.


Either size deck is $4,380 FOB factory in PA.

Can-AM SuperDeck!  102" long, Rear width over 62", Uses standard 8' SuperDeck lift arm.  $4,770.


or Can-Am Extension for 8' SuperDeck-III:  $650.



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