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I have a motorcycle hitch carrier similar to the one below to haul my bike with my chevy venture van but it sits really low to the road and drags going up hills.

I was thinking about getting a hitch riser like this one - https://www.amazon.com/MaxxHaul-70070-Dual-Hitch-Extension but it warns the top receiver is for accessories only and doesnt give a weight limit.

Has anyone here ever hauled a dirt bike using these items and if so how'd it work out?


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There's tons to chose from on Amazon. This one is rated for a 400lb tongue weight, which is marginal in my eyes once you consider the leverage of your bike sitting out an extra few feet.

 

https://www.amazon.com/Roadmaster-0486-048-6-Hi-Low-Hitch/dp/B001FCAY8U/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1543430924&sr=8-4&keywords=hitch+extension+drop

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I just found one that will work for $60, I'll link it here in case anyone else ever finds themselves in this situation.

https://www.amazon.com/Meyer-FHK45054-Receiver-Hitch-Extension/dp/B007448NC2

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Question:

What is the max tongue weight of it ? i have a 300 lb motorcycle including motorcycle carrier , so basically can i hang 300 lb from this product ?

Answer:

Yes I carry Yamaha TW200's and a Versahaul hitch carrier using this adapter
By Fred Dettler on July 21, 2017

The manufacturer states that the tongue weight for this item is an astounding 500 lbs!

 

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Nvrmnd I found it. Yeah that ones almost double the price as the dual hitches but it inspires more confidence. Think I'll get it. Thanks.

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Those riser things move the carrier and bike further away from the van as well as up. the further away from the van the more leverage against your receiver hitch and the receiver hitch mounting points. the receiver mounting hitch points on a venture van (i have one) are sheet metal, not a strong frame. I used an acetylene torch to bend my hitch up 3 inches at the end. heat the carrier square tube top right where it goes into the receiver. cool the receiver square tube at the bottom. It will take more than one red hot spot to do the job. Google this technique. this will not work on aluminum only steel, Yes, I am a retired welder.

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I have one of those risers.   They will never break and most times they are over built as compared to the reciever hitch. If your van has a real frame I wouldn't worry.   If it's a uni-body I'd look it over and see how it is attached. 

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I have a motorcycle hitch carrier similar to the one below to haul my bike with my chevy venture van but it sits really low to the road and drags going up hills.

 

I was thinking about getting a hitch riser like this one - https://www.amazon.com/MaxxHaul-70070-Dual-Hitch-Extension but it warns the top receiver is for accessories only and doesnt give a weight limit.

 

Has anyone here ever hauled a dirt bike using these items and if so how'd it work out?

 

 

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I have that exact carrier. I use it on multiple cars, one of which is a Honda Element which doesn’t exactly have a stiff rear or much clearance. A few suggestions I’ve found helpful to save you the need:

 

1. Put coil spring boosters in the rear. These gave me 3/4” more lift on rear, which made a big difference

 

Superior 18-1601 Rubber Coil... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000AMBOFS?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

 

2. Load heaviest things as far forward in your car as possible. My toolbox, water, etc., goes in the foot area of the passenger front sear if I’m solo and just behind the front seats if not.

 

3. When navigating an indentation in the road or transition from a road to a driveway, for example, take it on a diagonal angle to reduce chances of the hitch hitting the ground. You can also ask any passengers to step out for a moment.

 

 

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I have that exact carrier. I use it on multiple cars, one of which is a Honda Element which doesn’t exactly have a stiff rear or much clearance. A few suggestions I’ve found helpful to save you the need:
 
1. Put coil spring boosters in the rear. These gave me 3/4” more lift on rear, which made a big difference
 
Superior 18-1601 Rubber Coil... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000AMBOFS?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
 
2. Load heaviest things as far forward in your car as possible. My toolbox, water, etc., goes in the foot area of the passenger front sear if I’m solo and just behind the front seats if not.
 
3. When navigating an indentation in the road or transition from a road to a driveway, for example, take it on a diagonal angle to reduce chances of the hitch hitting the ground. You can also ask any passengers to step out for a moment.
 
 
Exactly, i drove a completely slammed Caprice Classic for years, you figure out how to navigate stuff real quick. Screenshot_20181129-140814_Google.jpeg
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17 minutes ago, Marylander said:

I got something like that to do the opposite, I needed to lower the thing as I'm short. I put it on a full size pickup though so a lot more hitch capacity than your van (1k lb tongue limit). It works well for me.

https://www.discountramps.com/404-4/p/404-4/

 

Hitch capacity isn't what the limiting factor is here, its the drop hitch the OP wants to add that is the limiting factor. Most seem to have a tongue limit of ~400lbs which doesn't seem like much to me when you think about having ~300lbs out on a 2' lever arm, bouncing up and down.

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I have one of these. Good for a bicycle but not a motorcycle. Way too loose resulting in a lot of wobble. I bought it for my bicycle years ago when I pulled my popup. I just mounted it once with the motorcyle to see how it was. Did not even leave the driveway.  Just posted this for reverence.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0756YRKMT/ref=sspa_dk_detail_4?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B0756YRKMT&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=f0dedbe2-13c8-4136-a746-4398ed93cf0f&pd_rd_wg=UTpdZ&pf_rd_r=D3YY1X2M1S3ES13HARBA&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&pd_rd_w=f7s15&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pd_rd_r=d8b8e324-f426-11e8-b278-c53c231f3748

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