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Throttlejockey
05-10-2015, 02:24 PM
Anyone have a setup for hauling motorcycles (dirt). This van will do double duty as a work van and hauler.

Thanks!

hulagun
05-12-2015, 07:16 AM
There's several of us on here who do this. As you already know you will need something solid to stop the front wheels against. Usually either a bulkhead or wheel chocks. I have used a section of thick plywood spanning across the two front seat bases. I also added tie down loops near the seat bases. I tie the back of the bikes down securely too. You don't want bikes loose in a collision. I find my wheel chocks are often in the way. So I'm going to build a low bulkhead instead, because I want the seats able to still recline. And I want to be able to step over it. It may incorporate a little storage as well, to hold Sprinter spares and tools. I bought a folding aluminum ramp at Cycle Gear that fits perfectly in the slider door step well. It's padded with rubber blocks to stop most of the rattles. The floor of my van is lined with rubber horse stall mat, it makes for a nice floor and quiets the van a bit.

obie
05-12-2015, 08:34 AM
http://www.boltiton.com/

I use one of these. Fit 3 in the back of my Sprinter. If you can find one used, great, if you have to pay full price, they're worth every penny. Or if you have the capability, copy their design, it's stupid simple. In or out in seconds. I'm about to by another one for the trailer for additional bikes.

cloead
05-12-2015, 12:23 PM
I fit 3 bikes in the back of my (158) sprinter. For wheel chocks I use two 4x4s screwed together and then screwed to the floor.

It's tight but they fit width wise

http://i.imgur.com/cauHVGdh.jpg

obie
05-12-2015, 01:00 PM
If you put the center one in backwards, you can keep all the bars straight. Loads up easy, too.

Throttlejockey
05-12-2015, 04:51 PM
I had a 140 SHC before and had no problem fitting a bike in. I had low van shelving and the bars were high enough to clear them. My concern with the 118 is the length. I was thinking a removable wheel chock on the floor between the seats would work. I would really like a partition for when I would be using A/C but I don't think I could get an 8' length of plywood in. I guess if the partition had a door I could open it and slide it through.

hulagun
05-12-2015, 06:06 PM
I had a 140 SHC before and had no problem fitting a bike in. I had low van shelving and the bars were high enough to clear them. My concern with the 118 is the length. I was thinking a removable wheel chock on the floor between the seats would work. I would really like a partition for when I would be using A/C but I don't think I could get an 8' length of plywood in. I guess if the partition had a door I could open it and slide it through.

TJ, you must not actually own a 118" yet. Mine has a full 105" behind the front seats. Any normal-size motorcycle will fit in my 118" with room to spare. As for plywood, mine can carry full sheets easily.

The AC in my van cools the inside just fine with no partition. It helps that my van is a light color. It did cool off faster with it's partition, but I hated not being able to recline the seats fully, so I got rid of it. The van seems quieter now, too.

My 118" is great for dense cities with scarce parking and narrow streets, but stuff 2 bikes and all the gear in... it fills up fast. IF you have the room to park one at your house, I'd strongly recommend getting a 140" wb instead for general use, bike hauling or camping. They carry more, sit higher ( w 16" rims after 2003) and ride nicer, with the only minor downside being finding parking spots that are long enough.

And while you are looking, remember that the HC version (high ceiling) is OK, but the SHC (Super High Ceiling) is MUCH nicer to walk around in.

Throttlejockey
05-12-2015, 07:09 PM
No, I don't have one yet. Tough to find reasonably priced sprinters out here. I found a low mileage 118 though. This will also be my daily driver. My concern is the ride quality since I haven't driven one yet. I think I could deal with the smaller size since I'll also be trying for it to blend in at the HOA.

L8RSK8R
05-12-2015, 08:29 PM
What's reasonably priced?

Paul_E_D
05-13-2015, 01:58 AM
I have a 118 shc as my daily driver. I mounted bigger tires on the 15s and the ride is fine. I decided to keep the motos outside and build out nicer quarters. I think the 118 is the best as a daily.

Throttlejockey
05-13-2015, 03:24 AM
What's reasonably priced?

Why? You want to sell yours?

cloead
05-13-2015, 12:25 PM
If you put the center one in backwards, you can keep all the bars straight. Loads up easy, too.


i crank the bars to full lock because then i can tie the bikes down without compressing the suspension. and loading up a bike backwards is never really easy imo. with them like this i can ride the two outside bikes in and push the middle one in no problem.

hulagun
05-13-2015, 04:15 PM
I have a 118 shc as my daily driver. I mounted bigger tires on the 15s and the ride is fine. I decided to keep the motos outside and build out nicer quarters. I think the 118 is the best as a daily.

To add to Pauls endorsement, my 118 is my only non-moto vehicle and I use it like a car. I also rely on it as my race bike hauler (per this posts original question). Fitting oversize tires does help the ride. But if I had the space to park it, I would have bought my friends SHC 140wb which I have traveled to many events in also. It was the perfect bike hauler. It had room for 3 riders, bikes, gear and a dog.

obie
05-13-2015, 05:58 PM
i crank the bars to full lock because then i can tie the bikes down without compressing the suspension. and loading up a bike backwards is never really easy imo. with them like this i can ride the two outside bikes in and push the middle one in no problem.

We use fork-savers, so suspension squatting is not an issue. Curious about the full lock thing though. How do you actually do this? I'm a bit of an OCD type with stuff needing to be centerd and symetrical, so not sure I could handle seeing all those crooked bars in the mirror. Do they move around at all when traveling, or are they in good and tight? I guess I've done the backwards thing long enough in different situations that it's pretty natural now.

Throttlejockey
05-13-2015, 08:27 PM
Question- is the registration different for the 3500 vs the 2500 in CA? Does it move to a different classification with restrictions?

L8RSK8R
05-14-2015, 08:19 AM
Why? You want to sell yours?

Selling soon. Needs a few things fixed 1st.
Trying to get an idea of pricing :)
Mine is setup like a limo.

cloead
05-14-2015, 12:21 PM
We use fork-savers, so suspension squatting is not an issue. Curious about the full lock thing though. How do you actually do this? I'm a bit of an OCD type with stuff needing to be centerd and symetrical, so not sure I could handle seeing all those crooked bars in the mirror. Do they move around at all when traveling, or are they in good and tight? I guess I've done the backwards thing long enough in different situations that it's pretty natural now.

Push bike in, turn bars all the way to the left till the stop. One strap from right side of the handlebar to the wall you are turning the bars against (up top). Another strap from the same handlebar down to the floor on the opposite side of the van. Little to no movement if your straps are positioned correctly and you can get 3 bikes in all facing the same way.

My brain is in straight so seeing crooked handlebars has no effect on me :lol:

DesmoDave
05-14-2015, 11:19 PM
This is how I do mine:

http://blog.daviddemartini.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/IMG_2244c-720x689.jpg

http://blog.daviddemartini.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/IMG_2044-720x540.jpg

http://blog.daviddemartini.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Sprinter_2015_03_12_03-720x540.jpg

http://blog.daviddemartini.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/IMG_2051-e1428957365272-540x720.jpg

DesmoDave
05-14-2015, 11:24 PM
No, I don't have one yet. Tough to find reasonably priced sprinters out here.

No kidding! That's why I wrote a search CL search aggregator to help me find one last year, then I decided to turn that into a company. :rad:

Bourkeco
05-14-2015, 11:49 PM
Pop chocks...

Shibby!
05-15-2015, 04:18 PM
I have the Risk racing stand. Works awesome especially in the small 118 cargo bay so you don't have tie downs taking up valuable space.

I can fit two bikes in easily this way. Three probably possible if one is turned around.

Paul_E_D
05-19-2015, 10:12 PM
This way I have a bike wash right out the back door!

Throttlejockey
05-19-2015, 10:20 PM
Nice setup. I bought the 118 but haven't picked it up yet. I've never seen an 06 that still looked new inside and out. I paid a premium but I think it's worth it in the long run.

Paul_E_D
05-19-2015, 10:32 PM
Nice setup. I bought the 118 but haven't picked it up yet. I've never seen an 06 that still looked new inside and out. I paid a premium but I think it's worth it in the long run.

Awesome! I paid dearly for mine too, but well worth it to get a low miles, rust free example.

Throttlejockey
05-19-2015, 10:48 PM
Yea, I had an 04 140 SHC before that was a company van. It was used for delivering dry cleaning so it never had any weight in it but the rear and drivers door was abused. All the doors close like a new truck. The only issue in the interior is one of the vents on the driver side is missing a tooth. Has PW,PL and cruise that I didn't have on my 04.