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Hi, new here, happy to be part of this forum!

Looking for a hitch mount rack to transport vespas. Have a 78 Moped now, looking for a 150. Need a rack to go to pick up and attend rally's. I know some racks aren't good as the vespas are heavy on the back side.

Any info is greatly appreciated!
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Welcome! What kind of vehicle do you have, and what's the tongue weight rating for your hitch?
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I have a 2006 Honda Ridgeline, class 2 receiver

Gross veh weight for two people in the truck tow weight is 5000 lbs, and tongue weight 600 lbs.
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The Harbor Freight one will cope with an LX at ~250 lb - just.
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A Vespa 150 weighs around 250 pounds. Just about any hitch carrier you buy will do the trick. I've used cheap ones off Amazon, and more expensive dirt bike carriers. I upgraded the ramp on mine. I use a FLY 6' folding ramp to get mine on and off the carrier. The 36" ramp that comes with a lot of them is a nightmare. Harbor Freight usually runs 25% off any single item coupons on Labor Day. Their 400lb carrier is decent. The newer design replace the aluminum business end with one made of steel. Black Widow and Versa Haul make great carriers, but they cost quite a bit more.
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I have the new Harbor Freight hitch carrier.

It has been used a few times, the longest a 800 mile trip to North Carolina last year.

It is light, easy to mount on the receiver, and holds a large frame Vespa easily.

Well worth the low cost.

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SDscootergirl wrote:
Gross veh weight for two people in the truck tow weight is 5000 lbs, and tongue weight 600 lbs.
Is the tongue weight you listed for the truck, or the receiver? Or, more precisely, where did you get that specific number of 600 pound tongue weight?

A class II hitch generally has a very limited tongue weight capacity -- in the 200-300 pound range.
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Mine is a MAXX, probably similar to A harbour freight unit.
You can google the maximum tongue weight for your particular vehicle.
My rack is rated at 500lbs but the tongue weight for my 1999 GMC envoy is 400lbs.
I have a 2005 ET4 150cc and it weighs about 235lbs soI'm good to go.
I've also added trailer lights and a license plate holder as the Vespa block my taillights and license plate when loaded.
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Thank you all for your input!

Got the tongue weight from truck manual. Verified with my trailer guy ( I have a 69 vintage Traveleze too)

Kiltmann, nice legs!

JM Rally I read about that hitch. Any more info? Also "Miguel" suggested I connect with you as you are very knowledgeable.

I'm a cash kind of girl. Lol

I have a Harbor freight already, not the motorcycle one., its functnal but I wand one a little more stable.
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SDscootergirl wrote:
Thank you all for your input!

Got the tongue weight from truck manual. Verified with my trailer guy ( I have a 69 vintage Traveleze too)

Kiltmann, nice legs!

JM Rally I read about that hitch. Any more info? Also "Miguel" suggested I connect with you as you are very knowledgeable.

I'm a cash kind of girl. Lol

I have a Harbor freight already, not the motorcycle one., its functnal but I wand one a little more stable.
There's a clamp you can get that grips the tongue of the rack to the receiver of the truck that takes the movement out of the rack. It.s a U bolt attached to a small plate. There's also a hitch pin that also can remove that play.
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Or just use some tie-ups or tie-downs at the corners of the rack...
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Generally, a Class 2 hitch is rated for up to 3,500 pounds max (some are 2,000 pound max), and a 250 to 300 pound tongue weight. You'd have to move up to the Class 3 to get the 5,000 pound trailering/300 to 350 pound tongue weight. The tow rating and hitch weight are different for the AWD Ridgeline vs the 2WD (more for the AWD, less for the 2WD), due to weight on the rear unloading the front of the truck. The limiting factor will be that Class 2 hitch.

You might check through etrailer.com site for info on hitch ratings and motorcycle/scooter racks. They have a nice aluminum rack that can hold up to 400 pounds (MaxxTow / MaxxHaul).
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This Direct Aftermarket scooter rack is great I haul my Talaria with it & it works with my fat tire ebike. I also like how easy it is to install in my car, as it fits a standard 2-in hitch receiver. However, compared to an aluminum rack, it is a bit hefty
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