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adding trailer hitch to sidecar

Measure your camper. May be you do not need to offset your hitch.

I think my camper is going to be too wide for that. I know it's 2' from center of tongue to the edge of wheel fender

97 1500 SE Motorvation II sidecar USCA # 8913 Double Dark Side # 1522 Goodyear Fuel max 175/60 R16 PILOT ACTIV 130/70 18

I have a 1500 with Escort sidecar and pull a 48 inch wide Roll a Home camper. I tried an 8 inch offset on the receiver hitch and that lined up the left sides very good but I wanted it more centered on the bike so I had a similar tow bar like Dirty DR has. Before I had modified triple trees it had some push-pull issues but now it is very easy to drive. Hope this helps. Sorry, no pictures but because it is in storage now.

SidehackRalf - 11/22/2014 11:03 AM

Sorry, no pictures but because it is in storage now.

Bike in storage? Shame on you!

Well, it's in the garage with stuff all around it. I could get it out if the weather got warmer. 50 degrees would do it.

well after considering all my options I decided to go with a offset of the bikes hitch, it is supported by a bracket from the sidecar, I decided that would offer more structure and load control than coming back from the bike like in my drawing a post or 2 up
I can also simply unbolt it if needed

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97 1500 SE Motorvation II sidecar USCA # 8913 Double Dark Side # 1522 Goodyear Fuel max 175/60 R16 PILOT ACTIV 130/70 18

Looks like that will work.

That looks good to me. If you later decided to move back a little you could do thAt but it is nicely centered now.

I use the same type of hitch DirtyDR uses. It centres the trailer and trails very well. When loaded up it does tend to push the sidecar forward when braking and drags it back a little when accelerating but it's not uncontrollable. Within a few miles you get used to it and if you drive accordingly, like slow down early and don't accelerate too hard, it's really not a problem. I have a 44 gallon drum as my trailer but I've also pulled a friends camper without any issues.

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So we made our first trip with the rig and camper in tow. We went to the north Ga. mountains, just past Helen for a long weekend. I think it was about 320 miles. The camper did have a strong push pull effect but was not too hard to adjust to.
I think I will move the hitch plate over a little to bring the camper more toward the bike to ease it some like Jay suggested
I found it rather helpful in the hard curves when pulling it through the mountains as I could use it to manage the sharp turns better, but I want to minimize the push/pull as much as possible
This was the first time I rode since putting the rig back together and resetting all the measurements, I was very pleased with the way it handled

97 1500 SE Motorvation II sidecar USCA # 8913 Double Dark Side # 1522 Goodyear Fuel max 175/60 R16 PILOT ACTIV 130/70 18