I’ve been brainstorming how to get my little Chuckus to the Gambler 500 without having to rent a U-Haul trailer. While I have already solved the problem (putting the scoot in the bed of another Gambler is the cheapest, renting a U-Haul trailer comes a close second) here were my obstacles, including the insane idea I ended up with before finally giving up.
Buying a cheap trailer
Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist are full of < $200 Harbor Freight trailers converted into motorcycle haulers. I probably wouldn’t trust one to get my bikes across the country, but acquiring a new purchase would be easier and more on demand.
Unfortunately for me, I have nowhere to store a trailer (even a folding one). I could store an enclosed trailer at my condo, however enclosed trailers tend to demand much much more cash over flatbeds. Once again, I wish I could just...keep a U-Haul 5x8 trailer. lol
A hitch hauler
Also a great option and I can even get one fit for a scooter for under $100. However, my smart’s hitch receiver only likes tongue weights of no greater than 200 pounds. The scooter weighs 280 alone and a hitch hauler will definitely put it over 300.
Riding it there
Also a very fun, pretty viable option. It would be an awesome maiden voyage for the Gambler Chuckus. But it’s also 300 miles there and I’d be trusting it to a Chinese scooter that hasn’t run in a year. Eh...
Screw it, let’s just go crazy
So...smarts. They have tailgates...
But they can only hold 220 pounds.
Well...let’s say I have a device laying around (I do) that could easily be padded and would hold the weight of something that would need to sit on the tailgate. Then couple it to a ramp...
The Chuckus would actually have some room to spare inside my smart. The tailgate would be open a bit, but it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve had to do something like that..
Unfortunately, while this would work and probably work well if I spent my time on it, I have nowhere in the car to store the “device” and thus the Chuckus would be stuck once it got in the car. Of course, a luggage rack would solve this issue, however now that’s getting into spending way more cash than transporting via U-Haul trailer.