This is our basic tray system and holds one tadpole type trike, Delta trike or hand cycle. The trike transporting vehicles 2” receiver hitch must have a ground clearance or 16”. If not, a riser is required to make it so. If a riser is required then it must also have a second Hitch Tite to secure it from moving.
The ELT comes with running and brake lights as well as turn signals. Power to the lights is supplied through either a flat four pin or a round seven blade connector. Easy Load will install either so as to match the trike transporting vehicle. The ELT is lightweight and easy to handle at ~36 pounds as 10 of the 13 pieces are aluminum. The 2” Receiver Hitch Insert and Wheel Chocks are made from steel. The aluminum pieces consist of 1 Center Tube, L and R Sides, one Front Piece, one Light Bar, three Wheel Channels with grip tape and two Ramps with grip tape. Three Ramps are available. The Ramps and Wheel Channels are ~3” wide. The RHI and Wheel Chocks are made of steel. The Wheel Chocks are fitted with nylon straps and buckles to secure the two wheels of a trike and the center Wheel Channel is fitted with a third strap and buckle to secure the single wheel of the trike. The Center Tube is also used as a conduit for wiring to the lights. Basic usable space to carry a trike is ~36.5” front to back and the Wheel Channels are 63” long. The effective width, L to R, may be increased by manipulating placement of the Wheel Channels. Moving the center Wheel Channel 6” to the L or R and the outside Wheel Channels 6” the opposite direction will effectively increase the width by 12”.
The ELT, when a trike is not loaded, rotates to vertical to be out of the way when the vehicle is parked. The ELT rotates on a 3/8” Clevis Pin and is held safely in either vertical or horizontal position with an additional 3/8” clevis pin. It is important to note when lowering the ELT to horizontal the safety pin must be inserted before the trike is loaded as the heavier trikes may make the ELT sag just a bit and inserting the safety pin may not be possible. A second safety feature of the ELT is a gravity lock when rotated to vertical. When the triker rotates the ELT to vertical, it will drop about ~1/2” to assure it will not fall to the horizontal position. The safety pin must also be reinserted as a secondary feature to keep the ELT vertical. The trike can be loaded from either side as the Wheel Channels are “ambidextrous” and the Wheel Chocks can be placed on either the left or right side to facilitate loading from either side to best fit the customer needs.
Weight 37 Lbs ELT
Weight 51 Lbs ELT-XL
Max capacity 140 Lbs
Note: The bottom of the 2" receiver hitch must be at least 16" above the ground. If it is not, a riser will be required. We can provide a recommendation for the appropriate riser. 2" Riser Link
The Bike Rack carries one upright bike and is attached to the Receiver Hitch Insert of either the ELT or the ELT-XL. The attach point is clearly marked on the RHI with a sticker in white letters. The bike rack shown is our proof of concept model. As such it is not painted but it does show concept and attach point. The Bike Rack is tall enough to allow a 20” front wheel of a recumbent trike to roll under the outside bike pedal. If the trike front wheels are larger the pedal of the trike might have to be removed for loading purposes and then reinstalled after unloading.
Standard Ramp and Wheel Channel Width - 3"
Loading Ramp Length - 36"
Frame Width - 48"
Frame Length - 40"
Usable Space Front to Back - ~36.5"
Wheel Channel Length - 64"
Required Hitch Height - 16"
Weight - 36 Lbs ELT
51 LBS ELT-XL
Max Capacity - 140 Lbs