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    Towing Option

    I have a class A motorhome and tow a Jeep Liberty.

    I've used my hitch mounted motorcycle rack on the back of my Jeep many tiems with no problems.

    But, access to the rear of my Jeep while the Tdub is on the rack is a real pain.

    Has anyone used a hitch riser like the one shown to carry the bike on the back of the motorhome and still tow a vehicle? Safe?

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    My guess is you will be exceeding the tongue weight capacity of the tow vehicle (usually 600 L, not talking tow capacity, just the weight on the hitch vertically.

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    I have a class A motorhome and tow a Jeep Liberty.

    I've used my hitch mounted motorcycle rack on the back of my Jeep many tiems with no problems.

    But, access to the rear of my Jeep while the Tdub is on the rack is a real pain.

    Has anyone used a hitch riser like the one shown to carry the bike on the back of the motorhome and still tow a vehicle? Safe?

    hitch riser.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyJeeper View Post
    My guess is you will be exceeding the tongue weight capacity of the tow vehicle (usually 600 L, not talking tow capacity, just the weight on the hitch vertically.
    Im not sure I agree with the tongue weight being too great.

    The Blue Ox tow bar adds very little vertical weight to the hitch. The vertical weight of the hitch riser, the rack, the tow bar and the bike is likely less than 400 pounds total.

    My concern is the strength of the hitch riser and its ability to hold the rack and the bike safely.

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    I assume there is no weight from the jeep liberty then (flat pulled, not raised car puller)? I was figuring you had the partial weight of the liberty.

    For me I don't even want to be close but 400 is good. I'll never forget the back-wall of a motor home sitting on the side of a highway with a little car still attached to it via a tow bar. Not sure if the guy who lost it even new or went for help. His whole back cross-member broke off.
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    Is there any tags on the riser that tells you max. capacity?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyJeeper View Post
    I assume there is no weight from the jeep liberty then (flat pulled, not raised car puller)? I was figuring you had the partial weight of the liberty.

    For me I don't even want to be close but 400 is good. I'll never forget the back-wall of a motor home sitting on the side of a highway with a little car still attached to it via a tow bar. Not sure if the guy who lost it even new or went for help. His whole back cross-member broke off.
    Ouch!

    My motorhome has a Class 3, 5000 lb hitch.

    The jeep is towed 4 wheels down so it adds little tongue weight.

    My concern is the capacity of the riser to hold the rack and the TW safely.

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    I've had two of those risers (other brands). Both were "floppy" especially the top because it was floppy x2 (Bottom Flop + Top Flop). I only used a vice in it. I would not put a bike hauler there myself. Maybe you will get lucky on how tightly everything fits. Why not go to a welder and have them make a frame mounted hauler that you can bolt on and off? Just an idea. I see a lot of them.
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    Handy info for anyone who may need it:

    (Class I) trailer hitchTrailer hitch with capacity of up to 2,000 lbs gross trailer weight and 200 lbs tongue weight.
    (Class II) trailer hitchTrailer hitch with weight-carrying rating of up to 3,500 lbs gross trailer weight and 300/350 lbs tongue weight.
    (Class III) trailer hitchTrailer hitch with weight carrying rating of up to 5,000 lbs gross trailer weight and 500 lbs tongue weight. Also sometimes used to refer to a hitch with any 2"receiver, regardless of rating.
    (Class IV) trailer hitchTrailer hitch with weight carrying rating of up to 10,000 lbs gross trailer weight and 1,000-1,200 lbs tongue weight. Although many times any hitch with a capacity greater than 5,000 lbs gross weight is referred to as a Class 4.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scotti158 View Post
    Is there any tags on the riser that tells you max. capacity?
    The Jeep Liberty may exceed the capacity if it's this one (looks like it?): 4000 LB Capacity listed on site. Although there are some light ones. 3500# +/- most are 4000#
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    That hitch is a nice one, thing is what it is hooked into. Unless the frame of the towing vehicle is reinforced to accept the verticle weight by the extended fulcrum of the extended hitch, you could experience some issues.

    I saw a travel trailer that was coming into the area we were parked on willow springs road in Moab. I could see the hitch flexing and stopped the fellow and told him about it. He kind of blew me off. I saw it later parked on the way out with it doubled up.
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