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Old 09-24-2018, 02:41 PM   #1
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What Now? How to carry my Trike...

I just got a second hand folding adult tricycle (Adventurer) and am now trying to figure out how to carry it when I go camping. First of all, should it go on my tow or on the back of my Casita?
Does anyone here carry a tricycle as opposed to bicycles? Is there a particular kind of rack that works for you?? If you put a rack on your tow (2013 Highlander) does it interfere with the towing of your trailer?
The trike folded takes up a huge amount of the storage space in our Highlander, which is why I am hoping to carry it outside.

Thanks, Avis
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I just got a second hand folding adult tricycle (Adventurer) and am now trying to figure out how to carry it when I go camping. First of all, should it go on my tow or on the back of my Casita?
Does anyone here carry a tricycle as opposed to bicycles? Is there a particular kind of rack that works for you?? If you put a rack on your tow (2013 Highlander) does it interfere with the towing of your trailer?
The trike folded takes up a huge amount of the storage space in our Highlander, which is why I am hoping to carry it outside.

Thanks, Avis
You could install a rear OMW receiver and use a tray mount; BUT you need to check out the weights involved and make sure your tongue weight will be sufficient. Particularly if you're using a 16 footer.
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Old 09-24-2018, 06:44 PM   #3
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Here is the solution I made to carry an adult trike for a friend... It used a round pipe in the carrier to allow it to swivel down for loading. notice it also had casters to move it around. It was used on the back of a Scamp19....
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Avis,
Your avatar says you have a Casita, but doesn't mention the size, which you may want to include.

If you have a 17 footer, then adding a rear rack would be doable, because the tongue weights on the 17's are generally heavy as it is. If you have either the 13 or 16 footer, then you may have problems with any rear trailer rack due to concerns about making your trailer tongue too light, which would adversely affect your trailer's handling, (i.e. swaying, fishtailing, etc.) Your trailer's tongue weight should be at least 10%, (and 15% would be better,) of the trailer's total weight. Less is just asking for trouble.
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Old 09-25-2018, 03:00 PM   #5
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Thanks for the information. I, of course, did not think about this when I bought the trike. Here is a link to what I got second-hand:

https://www.campingworld.com/adventu...-folding-trike


It weighs 63.9 lbs. It folds to 36"L x29 1/2" wide x 29 1/2" H.



My Casita is a 1999 16 footer. Is it best to try to attach a carrying rack to the 16' trailer or the 2015 Toyota Highlander?


Any help you can give would be most appreciated!

Avis
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Old 09-25-2018, 07:53 PM   #6
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If you can get it up there a roof rack on the Highlander is a good choice. Lifting it up will be a PITA.
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Old 09-26-2018, 02:53 AM   #7
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It might be better to have a basket style rack, it will be a better fit for a folded bike. Put the bike inside a custom size, zippered bag to keep it clean.
Harbor Freight makes a 500lb capacity aluminum basket that is potentially large enough.
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That will be a challenge, for sure. Maybe fold it, pad and secure it in the aisle of the trailer?
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Another thought, is it really worth the aggravation to bring it along? I've been an enthusiastic cyclist for years but I rarely bring a bike on trailer trips. Sure, sometimes it would be nice to have, but there are issues of exposure to weather if on a rack, moving it around to get to other stuff if stored in the tow vehicle. Just a thought.
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Adding a 60+ Lb. bike, (or anything else weighing that much,) on the rear of a 16' Casita would be ill advised. Don't forget, you will still need to install a frame mounted receiver hitch, and also the weight of the flatbed carrier to haul the bike on that need to factor into your weight distribution. By the time you have all the components together back there, you've probably added well over 100 Lbs. on the back. With the light tongue weight inherent to the 16 footers, it would seriously affect your ability to control your trailer sway from too little weight on the hitch.
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Another thought, is it really worth the aggravation to bring it along? I've been an enthusiastic cyclist for years but I rarely bring a bike on trailer trips. Sure, sometimes it would be nice to have, but there are issues of exposure to weather if on a rack, moving it around to get to other stuff if stored in the tow vehicle. Just a thought.
Blasphemy!

"Aggravation" is in the eye of the beholder.

We always carry two ICE trikes wherever we go. For years we carried the trikes in our Odyssey (pulling either a Scamp or Casita). The past couple of years the trikes have been in the back of our F150. With our new 5th wheel Escape we'll be traveling with one folded in the bed of the pickup and one on the rack on the back of the camper. Hopefully I'll figure out how to get another trike in the cab or in the bed of the F150.

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How about a set of removable "training" wheels for a regular bike?It would certainly ride better and easier, and it would transport like a regular bike.
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Adding a 60+ Lb. bike, (or anything else weighing that much,) on the rear of a 16' Casita would be ill advised. Don't forget, you will still need to install a frame mounted receiver hitch, and also the weight of the flatbed carrier to haul the bike on that need to factor into your weight distribution. By the time you have all the components together back there, you've probably added well over 100 Lbs. on the back. With the light tongue weight inherent to the 16 footers, it would seriously affect your ability to control your trailer sway from too little weight on the hitch.
++10000 on that. the 16's are already tongue light, adding weight 4 feet off the back and they'll probably tip over if not hitched.

trikes are a pain to transport if you can't put them in a truck bed, or the back of a large van or whatever. and doing that requires ramps.
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I made a front extension to hold my motorcycle on the front of my Surf Side.
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