The Alpaca 1500 2Tadpole2 Trike Carrier pictured is designed
for 2” receiver hitches. It features a frame with three height adjustments and
three different usable pin spacing to help avoid obstacles on the trike frames,
along with our Alpaca Cinch. We recommend the silent hitch pin lock as the best
option to prevent swaying with this carrier. Other locks are necessary if you
intend to lock the trikes to the carrier. After the carrier is set up, the
spacers remain on the pins. Simply load the trike, run the strap over the frame
of the trike, slide the ring on the short strap with the cam-buckle over the
end of the pin and tighten the strap. Repeat for the other pin. Secure the rear
tire with the ball bungee and you are ready to go. This is our best selling
carrier. This carrier is simple, works well and fits vehicles and hitches that
are more than adequate for its use.
The icons across the top of our web site
all lead to information. It is best to start by watching the video it features
All the other models are a variation of this carrier to adapt
it to a particular need.
Starting with a hitch
and vehicle that are adequate is an important part of customer satisfaction and
Use the hitch and vehicle section to help locate the necessary
information to determine if the hitch and vehicle are adequate for your load.
The vehicle owner is the only ones with all the necessary information to make
this determination and it can vary from trip to trip. It is important to
understand the load limits of any extension, riser, adapter or other component
added to the system along with how their use affects every other component in
All our carriers are very
simple, easy to setup and use. A very complicated combination can be loaded in
a few minutes. Explaining how to accomplish this is much more of a challenge as
there are adjustments and many possibilities. In some situations a change as simple
as which bike you put on first, which pin spacing to use or with the Terratrike
Rover simply turning the front tires slightly so they slide by one another can
make the difference between the carrier working well or not working at all.
There are customers that need to carry a tandem or recumbent with a trike. We
can usually accomplish this with The Alpaca Tadpole Carrier, but in some
situations a receiver extension is necessary. We cannot carry some long
wheelbase recumbents with an Alpaca Tadpole Carrier
. Every situation is different, go to the Trike & Bike Icon or the
Compact Carrier Icon to look for examples and pictures many of these were
provided by our customers so we could answer a specific question or address a
Many of these solutions can be applied to your situation even if
your vehicle and load are different
of our customers come to us when nothing else works. Our carriers are built for
the long haul and will last a long time. Many carriers we built 15 years ago are
still being used today. Regardless of what you carry the setup and cinching
method remains the same.
Do not get
overwhelmed by the possibilities, but focus on the little tip in each example
that will help in your situation. Remember the video, when you get past the
setup and learning process it is that simple for every model.
Do not exceed the load limits of any
component. Choose the proper carrier to meet your needs. Make sure the carrier
is secure to the vehicle. Make sure the load is secure to the carrier. Watch
your clearances. Accomplish this and you will be another happy customer.