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botticelli

I am shopping for a new "car" and rather than a pickup, I'm really inclined to scoop one of these. Ram Promaster City Tradesman SLT Cargo van.

 

I ride a bike every single day to work, so this is literally for going to the track and the occasional need for a cage in my life.

 

For Inspiration show me a pic of your track going setup.

 

 

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botticelli

Anyone?

 

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Spitfire

My transport vehicle while on my quest for world domination. So far, no one is cooperating.

There is an FZ under there somewhere if you look close enough.

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farble

I load my FZ-07 with camping gear and ride it to the track.

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kbob2000

Bought a wagon and trailer setup.  It's the pickup of Europe with the benefit of not having pickup mileage, handling and hugeness during daily driving.  I recommend this setup as long as the track isn't crazy far away in which I would probably get an enclosed trailer.  It's 2.5 hours away for me.

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Beemer
12 hours ago, Spitfire said:

My transport vehicle while on my quest for world domination. So far, no one is cooperating.

There is an FZ under there somewhere if you look close enough.

IMG_20171013_121721-2080x1560.jpg

I can't see the type of motorcycle carrier you have but I've thought about this one for some time now. Are you happy with yours? Is bike easy enough to load/unload with one person? What are your thoughts on the one in my link? Our bikes are 397 lbs. and this is rated for up to 500 lbs. so it should be safe, right? Most curious about how the weight on the back affects the steering/handling. A Toyota RAV4 would be similar to what you have. Maybe @botticelli would be interested as well.

https://www.amazon.com/Roadstar-Motorcycle-Scooter-Dirtbike-Anti-Tilt/dp/B072MN6QPF/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530626734&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=motorcycle+carrier+for+2011+toyota+RAV4

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Beemer
1 hour ago, kbob2000 said:

Bought a wagon and trailer setup.  It's the pickup of Europe with the benefit of not having pickup mileage, handling and hugeness during daily driving.  I recommend this setup as long as the track isn't crazy far away in which I would probably get an enclosed trailer.  It's 2.5 hours away for me.

Track setup.jpg

I like that trailer, got a link for it? Can't tell what car that is, can't make out the emblem.

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firstyammerha

I used trailers in my early riding days but the hassle of hook up, storage,problems with things like fenders falling off and dragging on tires ruining them, lights failing, annual tag fees caused me to go the small pickup route. Usually carried two dirt bikes and the riding gear like fuel cans,tool boxes, lawn chairs,large coolers and so on required for a day long 100-200 mile round trip to the mx track. I did use one of those hitch ramp set ups for awhile when going solo and taking the Pinto to the race. Never had a problem with the hitch ramp. Mx  bike was only around 230 lbs.  I have a thing for the Golf wagon now but can't bring myself to pull the trigger. Mag reviews look good for it.

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kbob2000
3 hours ago, Beemer said:

I like that trailer, got a link for it? Can't tell what car that is, can't make out the emblem.

Looks like they only sell them in the EU, unfortunately.  It's a Stema MT750, I paid about $600.00 for it used from a dealer.  I also throw a piece of plywood on it and use it as a utility trailer.  I hate driving trucks so it's not really an option to me.  It's built pretty solid and I don't think I'll put enough miles on it to need to do much in the way of maintenance.

 

My wagon is 2007 BMW 320D.  It paid about $5500 for it and it has a fuel range of about 620 miles.  Has a hidden hitch that pops out at the press of a button, it's probably my favorite feature, lol.  

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Beemer
3 hours ago, kbob2000 said:

Looks like they only sell them in the EU, unfortunately.  It's a Stema MT750, I paid about $600.00 for it used from a dealer.  I also throw a piece of plywood on it and use it as a utility trailer.  I hate driving trucks so it's not really an option to me.  It's built pretty solid and I don't think I'll put enough miles on it to need to do much in the way of maintenance.

 

My wagon is 2007 BMW 320D.  It paid about $5500 for it and it has a fuel range of about 620 miles.  Has a hidden hitch that pops out at the press of a button, it's probably my favorite feature, lol.  

I was wondering if it was a BMW, I like Beemers! That trailer does look pretty solid, it should last quite awhile.

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Spitfire

Beemer, 

Will start a separate thread with pic and answers when I get to an area with better cell coverage.

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c0al67

Been dreaming about a cargo van myself. Enough room for a bike and a cot and i'd be a very happy guy. I enjoy going down to deal's gap as much as I enjoy the track, and it's about a 5 hr drive for me. My current set up is a jeep wrangler with a small trailer, and then renting a room. but it's a hassle and a van would be amazing! I've owned the jeep for 11 years though and I'm pretty attached to it. 

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botticelli

Awesome!

 

Thanks to all that have posted! Please keep it up!

 

Yeah the van is becoming very tempting. I want to do COTA and Laguna seca and so that means overnight travel. the bike and all the goodies can stay in the van while I'm at a hotel.

Then at the tracks I just sleep in it. .....

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blackout

One negative to trailers is that they seem to be easier to steal and a higher target than a van.

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gregjet

Have a look at Mercedes Vitos and VW Transporter. The Vitos are really big in the back for a reasonably small outer size. Turbo Diesels get very good fuel economy. Unlike a lot of vans the floor is not overly high off the ground.

Mercedes Sprinter is even bigger and higher.

Of course the US being the US , they are probably called something different from the rest of the world there.

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firstyammerha

hidden hitch-that's trick. got any pictures?

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howworkclutch
On 7/4/2018 at 12:17 AM, c0al67 said:

Been dreaming about a cargo van myself. Enough room for a bike and a cot and i'd be a very happy guy. I enjoy going down to deal's gap as much as I enjoy the track, and it's about a 5 hr drive for me. My current set up is a jeep wrangler with a small trailer, and then renting a room. but it's a hassle and a van would be amazing! I've owned the jeep for 11 years though and I'm pretty attached to it

I was going to go this route. Looked at a few used hi-tops. Thought long/hard about it.

 

In the end, it was the lack of comfort, expense, and time that changed my mind. Those cargo vans are nice for hauling stuff, especially the hi-tops, but they are not cheap. And they are not comfortable- consider riding around in a tin can full of gas cans and motorbikes- the smell alone will drive you nuts, but its the noise that kills it.

I opted to keep my old truck, which I am very much attached-to, and pick up an intech explore trailer. Pricey, but it perfectly fits my needs and is very well built. GVW is 3300 lbs so easy to tow.

If I had it to do all over again, I'd still get the intech explore, but I'd have had one built to order- I'd have left the slide-out kitchen drawer in place but left the stove/refer out and used that place to store a tool chest. Trailer brakes, AC, tip-out, two batwing awnings, and a propane tank (add mr heater propane heater) would be ideal. The stove/refer are ok but honestly a cooler and grill are fine for me.

The only real downside to the intech trailers is they are cockbait- every time I stop some dude wants to talk about it. At first its fun cause everyone loves a little attention now and then. But by the third time it becomes annoying.

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sorkyah
On 7/16/2018 at 1:44 PM, gregjet said:

Have a look at Mercedes Vitos and VW Transporter. The Vitos are really big in the back for a reasonably small outer size. Turbo Diesels get very good fuel economy. Unlike a lot of vans the floor is not overly high off the ground.

Mercedes Sprinter is even bigger and higher.

Of course the US being the US , they are probably called something different from the rest of the world there.

neither are sold here in the US that i'm aware of.
we have the ford transit, nissan QV series and the Ram Promaster... as well as whatever mercedes is still making right now.
all have diesel options avail, and since i've got a soft spot for dodge/chrysler

 i'd recommend the promaster city or the promaster 1500.  the city would give better mileage, the 1500 more cargo space. 
but again there are the other manufacturers. 

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wmhjr

When you have a few bikes to haul and spend around 50 days at the track per year, you need a little more room :)

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