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    which hitch hauler?

    My homemade hitch hauler is starting to sag. Wanting to get a lighter one that holds up, it either is on my truck or 5th wheel. Here is what I am looking at:

    Black Widow AMC-400

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    Harbor Freight

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    with discounts the cost is similar, or what else is out there. Thanks folks.
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    Don’t know how much your homemade weighs so can’t evaluate what constitutes a “lighter” replacement. However the commercial steel units are not much heavier than the commercial aluminum options and usually cheaper for comparable strength. Another way of looking at it is the two ramps OP listed both lack the security and convenience of two tie down points in the front as as well as two tie down points in the rear that Lugnut’s listed steel ramp. The centerline tie-down points that ramps like the Harbor Freight unit feature make adequately securing he motorcycle difficult.
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    my homemade was a utility hauler that I put a heavier tube under and welded a piece of 8" light channel on for the bike to ride on has done well but starting to sag, afraid if I add some angle to beef up it will be extremely heavy, a 60 year old man has a job putting on.... I am guessing 80 lbs.

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    I use the same hauler as Lugnut uses. I did not like the welded tie down points so I replaced them with eye bolts. I also use a anti wobble device and I haul my TW with confidence. I also added dot approved led lights. Fred knows how well those work.

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    Joe installed a pair of LED light bars on the hitch carrier’s frame that really catch one’s eye. No way I was going to miss Joe braking and thus run into him. Something like this, maybe not so cool since LED technology and products seem to advance at at fast rate.imgres
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    I have a Black Widow AMC-400 . I have used it 3 times, the first time was for almost a hundred miles to pick up the TW. Second time to take the TW to the DMV for registration, and a third to retrieve the TW from a walk out of the woods (broken chain).

    The anti-Rattle clamp feature requires locknuts and nuts to keep it secure, the included bolts don't stay tight and loosen up. It weighs about 40 pounds overall. It is aluminum, except for the stinger assembly. The ramp and wheel ladder is aluminum. Easy on/off , my 2 inch receiver tube is 14 inches from the ground (bottom of tube).

    I also installed a cheap trailer light kit onto it, because the TW does block almost all tail lights on my SUV. Safety first. It took a few hours to install.

    The wingnuts that hold the ramp onto the side of the carrier SUCK. I going to replace them with some large hand knobs and lock washers instead sooner or later. The wingnuts are painful to loosen and tighten, they are really too small.

    But, all said, I would buy it again.
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    This is the one I got tp use on my motorhome - drove over 11,000 miles this summer across USA - no issues. Very easy on and off


    Hitch-Mounted Steel Motorcycle Carrier Rack with Ramp 600 lb Capacity | eBay
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    Ultimate MX Hauler Motocross and Dirt Bike Carrier | Discount Ramps

    My friend has this for his KX450
    I really like it
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