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    Hitch carrier on Subaru forester with TW

    I am moving and I need to drive 550 miles to get to the ferry. I want to bring my TW and my subaru forester. I don't want to trailer because they are very expensive to put on a ferry. Has anyone used a motorcycle hitch carrier with the TW? I think the weight limit is 250 lbs and the bike plus carrier would be 300lbs.

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    I wouldn't worry too much about the bike on the carrier. As long as it is properly secured. Lots of information out there on that.
    I would think the only concern would be the car handling the weight. Maybe get 350 pounds of sandbags. Put them as far back in the car as you can and see how it handles.
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    And if it handles poorly ^^^^; when you then put the bike on the carrier - put the sandbags in the front passenger seat to even out the load and get your steering back!
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    The Subaru Forester does not have a hitch designed to carry that much weight.
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    Honestly I wouldn't want to overload the tongue weight on the smaller 1-1/4" hitch receivers found on Subarus. I'm not even sure you'd find a suitable hitch carrier with that small a neck on it. I did see a 1-1/4" to the more common 2" adapter at O'Reilley the other day, but no way in hell I'd use one for more than carrying a couple bicycles. It might be a better/safer idea to trailer it.
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    If it has a 1 1/4 inch receiver I don't think I'd chance it.
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    I understand this is not ideal and it will be for one time or emergency use only. The subaru does have a 2 inch hitch receiver. My wife will be with me. If the road starts to look very bad, construction, frost heaves, I can hop on it and ride for a while. I just don't want to ride the tw for 550 miles in high elevations.

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    Last post seems like a reasonable approach to safely deal with the move within the given restraints. Budgeting a little extra travel time might also be wise. flat,800x800,070,f.jpg
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    I called the Ferry and sure enough it is only $10 more to bring a trailer vs ride the motorcycle. I will trailer it down. I spent a few hours researching it and hearing your opinions I will pass. If I ever get enough money to buy a big tundra or similar then I might try the hitch carrier but till then I will pass.
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