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We carried a Cabrio in an Outlaw 38' class-A motorcoach for a year or so. The garage needs to be 10.5 feet long or more. The floor needs to be rated for your entire carried load back there not just the curb weight of the car. The lift or ramp needs to be rated and suitable to carry the entire load of the car and driver as well as the heaviest axle load if that is an issue, which most are. I wouldn't want to carry in a garage coach that wasn't well suited to carry 2500lbs and 2000lbs on the ramp or at LEAST 1000lbs max axle load on the ramp.
The tie downs we ended up using were the soft wheel loops which I got made up by Mac's Custom Tiedowns. Use the "good stuff" when it comes to straps and ratchets and floor plates/rings cuz the little bugger can attempt to escape sometimes on rough road or whatever. You do NOT want a car to enter your motorcoach.....
If you are looking at a Fiver, then please do your math and make sure you not only have sufficient capacity to carry a Smart, but also that you are well within the proper pin loading envelope. A whole lot of weight in the garage of some fifth wheel haulers can do bad stuff to the handling of the rig. I've seen it done though....
The little Smart worked just peachy in the garage-coach for us. Very handy. We did eventually decide to go to a tag-axle diesel pusher and currently are towing a Cabrio.
Works fine. We are now out on a 6 month road trip.
Have FUN, but be SAFE.
Do the math.
Can one carry a Smart?
Can everybody carry a Smart in ANY toyhauler?