I'm writing this almost a year late, but at least that way I can include all the modifications we've made to the truck and how it's performed over the last year. Anyway, we got a new truck. It’s 2 years newer and has 28,000 less miles. Okay, Okay. It’s not new, just new to us. It’s a 2003 F350 with 442,000 miles on it. BUT, it has a Ford remanufactured engine with only 58,000 miles (as o...
We started with a Rage Powersports Double Dirt Bike Carrier and extended it with a Curt 34″ 2-1/2′ to 2″ Trailer Hitch Adapter so it fits under our overhang. We welded and gusseted the extension to raise it up a foot and add a step for climbing into the camper. The extension is bolted and removable from the rest of the carrier so we could it without the extension if needed.
Blake had been wanting to make some improvements to the rail carrier for a while before we end up unknowingly dragging a bike down the highway, and Jacob helped design these improvements:
- We added two steel receiver tubes that extend from the outside of the hitch to the outside of the rail to help provide strength against lateral flex. These all are bolted and removable in case we ever want to use the rail separately without the extensions or without the side supports.
Jacob worked his ass off to weld these improvements in a day, and it turned out super well. It’s hilarious that our double rail carrier that we bought for 200 bucks has turned into probably a $2,000 item. When we first got it three years ago, we traded a guy a used drone to help us weld the extension and gusset it to raise it up a foot. This had to be redone a couple times to get it perfect. A year later we paid a shop another $100 to re-weld the seams to reinforce it. Then when we bought a new camper we had to extend it out another 5 inches and pay for the welding to be redone. Each time we’ve redone it we’ve had to re-purchase the 34 inch stinger, which costs $130. Then we made all the adjustments with Jacob (traded him a Sena Bluetooth and $150). I think in the end it’s probably cost us at least $2k. But if this means getting to carry our dirt bikes with us without having to deal with a trailer, it’s been worth every penny.