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Hello,

Does anyone have a 250 that they haul in a 6' pickup. I read online that GTS 250 is 74" and my truck bed is 72" with the gate closed. I know this should be simple math but I wanted to know if anyone has done this. I want to buy a pair of used 250s but I need it to fit in the back of my '08 dodge truck with the tailgate closed. I want to add some scooters to my vacation events and I haul a camper so I can not leave the tailgate down.


Thanks a bunch

HH
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Put a side-stand on it, and it should fit in fine, possibly slightly sideways, on the side-stand with steering lock on. Then strap down over the seat compressing the suspension halfway - as done on sea-going ferries here. As has been said elsewhere recently, if bikes can cross the Irish Sea or the English Channel on stormy days, that method will work fine in a trailer, and is a method I've often used myself.
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Re: Vespa 250 in a 6' bed
hank-hill wrote:
Hello,

Does anyone have a 250 that they haul in a 6' pickup. I read online that GTS 250 is 74" and my truck bed is 72" with the gate closed. I know this should be simple math but I wanted to know if anyone has done this. I want to buy a pair of used 250s but I need it to fit in the back of my '08 dodge truck with the tailgate closed. I want to add some scooters to my vacation events and I haul a camper so I can not leave the tailgate down.


Thanks a bunch

HH
We just remove our tailgate when we take our scooters and travel trailer on vacation.
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Re: Vespa 250 in a 6' bed
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We just remove our tailgate when we take our scooters and travel trailer on vacation.
I remove the tailgate also. I cannot speak to getting two scoots into the bed of your truck, that will depend on the width of your truck bed.

I have seen pictures of two scooters in three different configurations: one picture showed the front wheels in opposite corners towards the front of the truck, the second picture two scooters were staggered, one against the front wall of the truck bed, the other far enough back to clear the handlebars (but I do not believe this will work without your tailgate) and the third picture was one scooter pulled in forward, the other scooter backed into the truck bed.
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I leave the tailgate down and put a Ready Ramp on the back. This means I have one device that serves as both a ramp and a tailgate extender.
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That's a good one..My MP3 250 fits perfect in the bed of my truck with the tail gate up..
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Thanks for the tips so far. I guess I will just have to wait and see if the bed will close. No big deal if it will not I will just remove the tailgate.

Scootergirl am I safe to say the ones you have seen were in a full size truck bed?

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I think if you just turn the front wheel a little bit you should be fine. You're only talking about a couple of inches...
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Scootergirl am I safe to say the ones you have seen were in a full size truck bed?

HH
I know the two I saw pictured staggered were in a Ford Ranger, the other two I do not remember. It would also depend on the wheel well in the truck bed.
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You should be able to get it in there at a bit of an angle. My Ranger has a topper on so I decided to get a low boy trailer and it's much better for hauling the Vespa. Of course with tandem axels and 16 foot bed that's not all I can put on that trailer. Razz emoticon Popcorn emoticon
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My 300 fits in the back of my Colorado, but i am not able to close the gate unless I put it corner to corner.
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This is how I got mine home from the dealer...

No idea what truck that is, its my brother-in-law's, but it worked well...

Tailgate stayed down, offloaded it at some warehouse (think it was target) around midnight...
Notice the big grin???
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Chevrolet Silverado
I've got an 04 Chevy Silverado with the "short bed" (actually 6 1/2 feet). I loaded my GTS250 straight in using a chunk of 4x4 wood to stop the front wheel so the fender wouldn't hit the headboard. The tailgate went up with a couple of inches to spare. No rubs. Fit good.
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on my 6' Tacoma bed i put the GTS straight in with a towel between the front and the bed lip and another towel between the rear guard/fender with the tailgate closed. fits like a glove. a nice ramp for the scoot and box for you to walk it up helps big time.
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In the words of the immortal Billy Cotton, "Wakey wakey". Yes, I know it is an old thread but it seemed to be the closest found in my search.

Here is what I would like to add:

I plan on trucking my 250 to NO this June. This will require an overnight stop at a no-tell motel somewhere en route. In your collective opinion, my fellow MV'ers, is there a security difference between having the tailgate down (the scooter will fit in straight and is easier to tie down but is in plain sight) or with it up (the scoot must sit catty-corner, and I'll have to add some custom pad-eyes to tie it down but the scooter is maybe less obvious)?

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Unless the tailgate is lockable I don't think open or closed will make any security difference. Uses a lock with a loud alarm on it and ask the motel guy if you can park it in front where there is more light and he might hear the alarm go off.

PS, tell him you are a personal friend if Mr. Patel and he said it would be safe.
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Raputtak wrote:
This will require an overnight stop at a no-tell motel somewhere en route.
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Raputtak wrote:
In your collective opinion, my fellow MV'ers, is there a security difference between having the tailgate down (the scooter will fit in straight and is easier to tie down but is in plain sight) or with it up (the scoot must sit catty-corner, and I'll have to add some custom pad-eyes to tie it down but the scooter is maybe less obvious)?
If getting the scooter into the hotel room isn't in the cards, then I would say just put a chain lock through the rear wheel of the scooter and one of the anchor points on the truck. The tailgate open or closed (as noted previously) isn't helpful unless it also locks.
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Midnight Rider wrote:
This is how I got mine home from the dealer...

No idea what truck that is, its my brother-in-law's, but it worked well...

Tailgate stayed down, offloaded it at some warehouse (think it was target) around midnight...
I am only commenting b/c this picture is awesome. You are beaming about having this scooter. A case of a picture says a 1000 words.
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If getting the scooter into the hotel room isn't in the cards, then I would say just put a chain lock through the rear wheel of the scooter and one of the anchor points on the truck. The tailgate open or closed (as noted previously) isn't helpful unless it also locks.
Still am amazed that you got that scooter into a hotel room. Looks like the 15th floor to me. How'd it fit in the elevator? I would love to see the maid's face when she dragged her Oreck through the door the next morning.
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jess wrote:
If getting the scooter into the hotel room isn't in the cards, then I would say just put a chain lock through the rear wheel of the scooter and one of the anchor points on the truck. The tailgate open or closed (as noted previously) isn't helpful unless it also locks.
Still am amazed that you got that scooter into a hotel room. Looks like the 15th floor to me. How'd it fit in the elevator? I would love to see the maid's face when she dragged her Oreck through the door the next morning.
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There are lots more of these photos floating around. It really only works when you get a ground-floor room with an exterior door. You just roll it right in and shut the door, then roll it out again early the next morning. No problem.
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I just hauled my daughter's People 150 in the back of my Dodge Dakota with a 6ft bed to Motorsports. Needless to say the tailgate did not go up. I left it down, tied down the scooter, no problems. It didn't budge.
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