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Old 05-26-2014, 10:10 AM   #1
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Mounting a scooter rack

Hello,

I would like advise on my plans to mount a hitch for my 2 wheeled scooter rack on my 13ft Scamp.

I'm planning on reinforcing the rear of the frame to handle the additional weight.

( about 340lbs ). I'm sure the manufacture wouldn't recommend it. Any ideas or other options ? Thanks Mark
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:21 AM   #2
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No way!

Don't do it! Two reasons: (1) you'd really need to upgrade the whole frame and axle, not just the rear, and even if you did all that, (2) too much weight at the back will cause excessive and dangerous sway.
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:47 AM   #3
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Ditto on Jon's post... DON'T DO IT

It's not safe and the frame was never meant to support that kind of weight back there.

And, if anyone out there does recommend it, I have the name of a good Psychiatrist they should talk to about having delusional ideas.
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Old 05-26-2014, 10:49 AM   #4
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Unless you are planning on rebuilding the entire frame to specs far higher than what is currently on your trailer and planning on redoing the inside of the trailer so you have lots of storage up ahead of the axle and plan to fill them up with lots of heavy stuff there is no way I would put 340lbs on the back end of a Scamp...... I can tell you that just by adding a bike hitch - with no rack or bike on it that it dramatically changed the towing stability on my Scamp and due to the limited storage available ahead of the axle its created an issue for me in the lightest of side winds.
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Think pick-up truck, if you really want the scooter. Scooter in the truck, trailer on the back, everybody's happy!
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Old 05-26-2014, 11:43 AM   #6
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Yep, 340 lbs on he back and 340 lbs up front for balance = Overloaded suspension, and tires....

Thanks for asking before you took this adventure.
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:22 PM   #7
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( about 340lbs )
Just in case you haven't gotten the message yet:

That's more weight than many of our tow vehicles can manage on the rear; and I'm pretty sure that no 13 ft. fiberglass trailer could carry it. For long.

Also:
Dunno what kind of "scooter rack" you're talkin' about, but as with bike racks, most come with instructions stating that they are NOT for use on trailers of any kind. here's one example
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When we had our Casita, I added a receiver to haul my Segway. At just over 100 pounds it made the tongue too light. I moved the Segway to the back of the pickup and put two bikes back there. At the Bandon weigh in my tongue weight was exactly 10% of my total weight. The challenge then was getting the Segway unloaded without unhitching.

A van with the center row of seats removed would be ideal if you can afford it.

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Old 05-26-2014, 06:19 PM   #9
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Thanks for the feedback. I will not attempt mounting a scooter rack. Thanks again.
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Old 05-28-2014, 07:58 PM   #10
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Thanks for the feedback. I will not attempt mounting a scooter rack. Thanks again.
Everyone just wants you to be safe Mark. But just so you know, you're not the first one that has wanted to do it.

I hope you find a good safe solution that you are happy with.
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:55 PM   #11
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My Trillium 1300 had extensive frame reinforcement/modification plus interior modification( 2 front jacks, heavy duty/reinforced front upper bunk, front pipe at rock guard to carry poles and ropes) ) With the tongue weight is b/t 140-160 pounds) , a rear bike rack with relocation of spare wheel under-neath frame, closed to axle...I still load bicycles INSIDE the trailer when on the move. During my camping trips, the rear bike hitch had never been used for stability...Just my input-
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Old 05-28-2014, 09:25 PM   #12
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...During my research prior to my Trillium 1300 frame modification, I found out in various campers(both F.G and sticky 16 footers...) the original design is not good enough. The spare wheel which is located at rear bumper will be subject of bouncing, causing crack welds, some is visible, some is bad enough to make rear bumper dis-integrated from frame, in particularly on the long trip with bumpy roads. That is just ...THE SPARE WHEEL ON REAR BUMPER ALONE, not mention about bikes and stability....Just my thought.
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:57 PM   #13
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You might look into flipping the idea around. If the scooter rack could be mounted with a hitch extension - the rack would go on the back of the tow vehicle and then the trailer would get hitched on the back of that. Sorta like the arrangement in the link:

60x20" Folding Cargo Carrier Basket Hitch Tow Receiver | eBay
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:03 PM   #14
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Ooo... Here's one (scroll down to 1000lb motorcycle carrier and rack)
KT Motorsports 1-877-913-7742 - Motorcycle Carriers & Ramps

Here's another. Person has a Honda Helix on the rack and is pulling a boat (scroll down about 1/4 thru the page):
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