bike garage capabilities

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  1. roadlesstravelled

    roadlesstravelled Read Only Funster

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    Hi

    Im new to this site, and to motorhomes in general, but looking to buy a used one with a garage capable of holding a motorbike.
    My recent searches seem to show Rimor are one of the few that have garages dimensionally large enough to take a bike, found a fewe ng5's that seem to suit the bill,
    Is anyone aware of what other munufacturers have similar designs?

    Thanks in Advance

    DC
     
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    Most of it depends on how much you are willing to spend. On some chassis I have where I have seen a garage the payload would just about cover a lightweight push bike.
     
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    It seems to be a bit of a grey area, most spec sheets i have reviewed wont actually say what the max payload weight of garage is?

    DC
     
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    In general, if you are considering a bike bigger than about 250cc, I would suggest using any garage space for storage and put the bike on a trailer ...
     
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    I am considering a van with garage to take a scooter...
    Inital enquiries at the NEC show gave garage payloads of 150kg - 250kg (hymer) - 350kg (carthago)... Remember as well as your bike you will end up storing all your other gear in there so you need a good surplus...Surprising how it can all add up...
     
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    To give you some idea, I have a garage on a 4.6 ton chassis. When I bought the van it had a ramp and well inside the garage to take a scooter. I had no inclination of using the garage to put a scooter in and only wanted it to store my other must have stuff in there. I tow a trailer with my other form of transport and use the garage for storage, as most others do. It saves cluttering the van up. The garage at this moment in time holds a 110ltr fuel tank, 2 reclining chairs, outside table, 3 way fridge freezer, over and hob, rear ladder extension, hookup cable, water hose, macerator pump and pipes, compressor, 2 bottle jacks and wheel brace, spare wheel, tool box and tools, wind generator, 2 small camping chairs, vegetable box, Kipor generator, various oils, petrol can, fishing tackle, plus other odds and sods. No room for motorbikes, thank God :RollEyes:
     

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    As others have said, the key issues apart from volume are: the effect on payload, rear axle loading and load-bearing ability of the rear chassis extensions that carry the garage.
    A modestly loaded garage that sits a long way back from the rear axle, due to a large overhang, can exert as great a downforce on the rear axle as a fully-loaded garage on a motorhome with a shorter overhang. Generally, a rear wheel drive chassis (particularly with twin rear wheels) will have a greater rear axle limit than a front wheel drive chassis. The exception here is the twin rear axle layout (referred to by some as 'tag') - some of these have significant load-carrying capacity.
    The handbook for my Hymer (2003 RWD 316 Sprinter chassis with single rear wheels) states that the maximum permissible load for the garage is 350 kg. Then it adds "Do not exceed the permissible rear axle load"! However, there would only be space for a scooter or small motorbike, not a big beast.
    I think the only complete solution is to find a motorhome that might suit and ask the dealer if you can load it as if for use, together with the motorbike, then go to a weigh-bridge and check. This is probably a long-shot.
     
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    What size bike?
     
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    We carry a 650 Kawasaki Versys approx. 200 kgs in our garage plus all the other usual junk.
    As others have said though you need to check the weight available on the back axle carefully, when we had RVs although 7500kgs they were always overloaded especially on the rear. Our current van is a 5000kgs gross tag axle with a very short overhang and even with the bike in still has masses of spare weight on the rear axles.
    There are vans out there to do what you want but you really have to do your homework before buying.
    Good luck :thumb:
     
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    would be an interesting VOSA/police check and weigh if you overload the max permissable axle weight or tyre load. you would have to unload the motorhome on the spot to reduce weight and either ride the bike whilst somebody else drives the van onward or leave it at the weighbridge

    do your homework and get it right before purchase and then doublecheck the weights on a public weighbridge before being stopped. the majority of people with motorhomes and big bikes tend to use trailers for these reasons
     
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    Hi All,

    Thank you for your feedback and responses.

    My current bike is a K5 GSXR 1000 dry weight of 170kg.

    Looking around various forums its a question that seems to come up a lot.
    It strange to me that trying to find the max load of a garage should be so hard, if your a manufacturer of MH's you would know the chassis your building on, the weight of the cab and accessories your putting on it, and how much spare weight you have left to play with. if all that info was on the spec sheets it would make life so much easier. Even if they said max garage load not to exceed xxxxkg i could work out the rest.
    For the record i am going to look at a Rimor Europo NG5, The current owner didnt know, but told me the previous owner to him used to carry 2 x mx bikes in it.

    DC
     
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    Personally I wouldn't put a bike that size in the back of a MH,the weight hanging over the back is one issue,so is getting it in and out through a fairly small gap.I found major problems getting a large bike in and out of trailer,hwich is the reason I went for the trailer I have now ,a ground loading "Van Vossen"
     
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    I have a Rimor 2001 with garage, the total load weight of the garage is 180 kg at least that is the label stuck inside. Now even then, with all the other stuff you carry in a MH it may well mean you are over weight. You can just about - I think- get a custom made tow bar fitted within the weight limit and then place junk and motorbike in trailer.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    Even if a manufacturer gave a maximum load weight for a garage it would still not cover anything else that you may put in the MH. That is why they give axle weights. How you load the axles is down to you. If they quoted max weights for a garage and you loaded it to the max and then put the rest of your stuff inside the MH towards the rear, you could still end up overloading an axle. Who would VOSA blame, do you think ? It would be you, the driver. The buck stops at the person behind the wheel.
    It is up to the driver to determine how to load his/her vehicle legally and safely.
    All of the information you mentioned is available from the manufacturers regarding spare (payload) capacity.
     
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    I did hear that MHs with big garages are going to be re-classified as HGV licensed driver only. Has that gone by the wayside??
     
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    Mine has a big garage, make no difference 3.5 ton is 3.5 ton with or without garage. How would they make mine HGV and why?
     
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    Got legged up with this...

     
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    Yup! Been like that for years and years, as I said, large garage up to 3.5 ton no change on licence, over 3.5 ton and over 70 medical.
     
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