Just out of curiosity and not sure if anyone asked but, could a small to medium sized toyhauler RV work for you?Lance's comments threw this whole thing out of whack.
I'm not sure why I feel like I need to explain myself, but here goes:
Sometimes I take my freshly restored pop up camper on weekend jaunts, or weeklong trips to places like Glacier NP or Yellowstone (where soft sides are permitted), where I do nothing but hike and fly fish.
Sometimes I take my 5th wheel to the same places, where I do nothing but hike and fly fish. It gets me access to places where only hard-sides are allowed. But it is a MAJOR PITA sometimes and really restricts where I can take/park it.
The major problem with towing a trailer is that I cannot take my drift boat, where I would float rivers like the Missouri, Yellowstone, Madison, Flathead, Swan, etc. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I wished I had my drift boat while driving past several legendary rivers. I'm very fortunate to line in MT, and this is a very "1st World" problem.
And finally, there are days where I would like to take the camper to the race track and my bikes, or even to places like Lewis & Clark Nat'l Forest, where TONS of people are out riding their machines.
My 12 yr old son just expressed to me that he would love to go to MOAB with his dirt bike. The option there would be to haul the bikes in the truck camper, and tow my drift boat, fishing and camping along the way. (not riding dirt bike at every camp site we stop at). The bikes are there for specific trips. Not EVERY trip.
///This is why I asked about other options///
Just because I said I was wanting to bring it all, doesn't mean I plan to ride everywhere where I camp, nor did I imply that I didn't hike or truly appreciate the great outdoors.
I'm a 6th generation Montanan. I get it.
So, can we GET BACK ON TRACK HERE?
I was going to suggest the same thing. Front hitch, maybe custom reinforced with an extra receiver. No need for the swing away, no heavier than a snowplow. Plus, you can keep an eye on it! Might have to rig up some aux lights if it blocks the headlights.Cancel culture alive and well I see, careful not to offend the snowflakes!
But as to your question I am curious also, as my camper has a rear mounted tire I would need to have some sort of an extension to clear it if using a hitch mounted bike rack, not sure if it would support it, or if there is a better design. Saw people mounting a hitch to the front with a bike on it, anybody try that?
This is how I handled it.View attachment 640474
Rakattach shows a motocycle on hitchswing for standard hitch mount.
I have sent them an email to verify that it will be sufficient for my sub 300 pound 250cc bike.
I know that they were trying to design a model specifically for motorcycles, but perhaps hit a roadblock for liability.
I believe they sold their hitchswing design to Thule for bicycles and gear.
Does anyone have any idea for building or designing a better solution than this?