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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Toy Hauler challenged?

After nearly a year of discussion with my g/f we took the plunge into the world of RV living with a nice Chevy 2500HD truck and a toy hauler.   Pictured above, this is from Forest River and has worked pretty nicely.   The convenience, economically, is not having to pay the costs of a box for the toy, and not having to eat dinner with a motorcycle in the kitchen.   Couple guys told  me that their bikes leaked gas and oil and stunk up the camper pretty bad.   This one puts the bike(s) outdoor and gives us an 18' camper box for ourselves.   That has been really nice.

Two less-than-perfect features are that a) its 33 inches up in the air to the deck.   I modified the two 6' ramps to be 8', but it's still a bit daunting to sit at the bottom of the ramp with the motor running and not to think of loosing it...      First time i loaded I killed the engine.  Got it restarted
without a problem... other than shaken nerves.   Then at Lake George NY I didn't move the trailer to an open area and the ground was muddy.    I started from a standing start at the base of the ramp and ended up spinning the rear wheel halfway up the ramp and dropping off the side...  no pain, but close call.   

To continue with the difficult points (which, after 10,000 miles are pretty much out of the way) number B) is managing this 51' truck/trailer rig through traffic and in and out of diesel fuel stops.   Fortunately, being a diesel, we are able to depend on major truck-stops to give us plenty of space getting in and out.  The few times we have used smaller filling-stations we have been in pretty tight spaces, had to back out the way we came in due to congestion or access areas and often all for naught if they didn't have diesel where we could get access.

That being said, I'm finally comfortable planning fuel stops long before leaving the house with the help of Google Maps and all the internet data and apps that are available.   

So... What other options are out there that might simplify these issues?

The conventional toy-haulers usually have the huge ramp that folds down from the back wall of the trailer.  Those certainly are wide enough to be pretty fool proof, and long enough that it's not a terrible incline.   Although the bike has be backed down the ramp, where as the unit I have let's me just move the ramp to the other side of the trailer and I drive easily down.

Without adding another trailer, the only option is getting the bike into the bed of my pick up truck.  As for ramps,  I've done that a number of times, but I can't back the bike down without at least one other powerful person helping guide my way.

Then I came across the power deck from Amerideck.   Turns out my friend Skip Glosser, Salem OR, has become a dealer and educated me to the benefits of using the "LOAD" button to do all the work!

The steel deck starts out on the ground.  Roll your bike onto the deck and strap it down for the big ride up into the truck.   Less complicated than strapping down in a pickup truck because everything is right out in the open.

Hit the UP button on the control cable and the bike(s) are effortlessly lifted by the hydraulic hoist mechanism up and into the truck!!

How simple is that?    There are decks for long or short bed trucks, and one that is wider for the Can-AM tricycle.   All are priced at $3,640, FOB Pennsylvania factory.

I can give you more detail with a phone call.  717-620-9676.  

For that matter, here's a link to a document linking to a dozen or so youtube videos showing various machines being loaded with these Amerideck Superdeck III ramps.<<< 

and here's a brochure!  <<< 
and here's page 2. <<<

You can reach us on the West Coast  by viewing www.AmerideckWest.com

Skip Gosser
Aumsville Equipment Sales
Aumsville, OR 97325
Telephone: 503-749-1601
E-mail: info@ezload-decks.com

or, in the East or Midwest call me directly.  

Jeff Kurtz  www.AmerideckMidwest.com  717-620-9676 


Travel safe!  

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