Yes yes I know, I have a lot of questions. Bike transport to and from track. Few options that i thought of, wanted to see which would you recommend.
1) Buy and install tow hitch on current car. Buy a trailer to tow. Unfortunately I cannot buy just a cheap $150 tow hitch to install on the car. If this is a way to go, hitch will have to be invisible, unless detachable ball is on, as I do not want to uglify the car or cut the bumper (which I would have to do with universal tow bars). Westfalia makes them, but they are pricey. Total cost for hitch, electric bypass and shipping would be about £350, which comes out to $660. Install would be another $100 or so as I do not want to mess around with taking bumper off, attached sensors and install. Add trailer in and I am looking at about $1K or more, so that got me thinking about option 2 and 3
2) Buy an old van, like GMC Safari or similar, and convert it to transport the bike. Good and bad about this. Extra vehicle = extra insurance (would only insure when needed) Would cost a bit more than option 1. Possible fixes if/when it breaks down. I have extra parking space to use so no extra cost there. Bike would be inside all the time, so less chance of getting stolen, like in option 1. Could use for naps and possibly sleeping in for multi day trips, so would save on room rental
3) Buy old pickup. Same issues as #2, bike in the open, could be stolen, cant really use for sleeping. Least favorite option.
Any other possibilities I missed, other than rentals. In the long run it would be more expensive to keep renting vehicles. Which one would you go with?
And one more question on trailers. If I buy it from US it has to go through RIV, which is extra cost. What are the rules on trailer that is bough in pieces and needs to be assembled? Something like Harbour Freight ones. They are all packed up in 2 boxes and assembly is required. I am guessing it would be same import rules in regards to RIV as already assembled ones, but wanted to check.
Thanks for the help.