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Old 09-11-2017, 11:04 AM   #1
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Loading Harleys in 2018 Thor 37RB

Hoser123,
Newbie, Just got my new 37RB home. The end of the ramp, on the ground, looks like a big bump. Any tips out there for loading a full size Harley dresser (Ultra Limited). I don't want to wipe out on my first attempt.
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Old 09-11-2017, 11:21 AM   #2
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If it is like my 29h, just ride it up. I mounted a removable wheel chock that I ride into. Step off tie it down.
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Old 09-11-2017, 12:06 PM   #3
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I agree... no hesitation: use some momentum to "make the grade".

With my Spyder: it's a different process. Due to the lack of ground cleanance, I've got to use two extra ramps to pick up the front wheels early, as I back up into my 29H!
Conventional bikes are easy!
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:22 PM   #4
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I usually ride my Harley up the ramp. Impossible though if it's raining and the ramp is wet, even tough if the tires are damp from morning dew the rear tire will spin out when it hits the ramp. Be sure the ramp and tires are dry! Driving the bike into a good stand (i.e. Condor) in the garage will help as the bike will stand up while you dismount to strap it in. Coming down is the scary part for me. I finally mounted a 3500# jeep winch at the back of the garage and "lower" myself down safely. It will also pull the bike up when the ramp is wet.
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Old 09-11-2017, 05:31 PM   #5
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Have you ever considered trying any of those commercial products that are used to increase traction?
(Actually; spilling a can of Coke, and letting it dry will help... if you can stand all of the flies! )

I think that they call it "VHT"... it might be worth a look!
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Old 09-11-2017, 08:44 PM   #6
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Hoser 123- My new 37RB has a ramp like sandpaper. I don't know if they changed them in 2018 or not. Mine is a 2018.
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I agree... My 29H has a ramp that's about like a cheese grater!
I won't be walking around on it, in bare feet!
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:09 PM   #8
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I can't comment on your specific motor home or motorcycle, but I have loaded a Gold Wing in a pull behind Toy Hauler. If the ramp was too steep the transition at the top would cause the bike to bottom out.

I put wooden blocks under the ramp to lift it about four inches and built a small double thick plywood ramp to get onto the Toy Hauler ramp. That helped with the inclination of the big ramp.

Backing down the ramp is no problem if you leave the bike in gear and release the clutch to slow or stop the backward motion.
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I totally agree! The ramp angles are what make or break the deal!
And with some creative ramp configurations: you CAN make some magic happen!
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:00 PM   #10
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My ramp also has a heavy "Sandpaper" finish and is usually OK to drive up unless it's wet. What happens is the front tire hits the break between the door and garage just after the back wheel has cleared the first bump coming off the ground and onto the ramp. As stated elsewhere you need the right speed hitting the ramp to get up while measuring your hard stop precisely at the wheel chock. If the wet rear wheel spins just a little I loose my momentum, so wet or damp I recommend extra care when loading. Also, as others have noted, raising the ramp door and driving up an extra supplemental ramp will help as well as raising the front end of the RV a few inches by lowering your front stabilizers. Hope this helps if you're getting up the nerve to load that big cruiser for the first time.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:34 PM   #11
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I think that loading a trike is actually easier...
Since you have three separate wheel-tracks: you can used your additional ramps to raise exactly what needs raising!
Since I back my Spyder in: I use my ramps on the front wheels. It raises them up so that the approach angle issues disappear, and they keep the front of the bike elevated almost to the top of the Outlaw's ramp. so the breakover angle is also greatly reduced.
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