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post #1 of 30 Old 01-12-2013, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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I've been on the hunt for a trailer for a while now and its a pain in the ass! People ask way too much for their broken pos. This one for example: Trailer hauls up to 2000lbs

Wanted $175, been on cl for over a month, has a bent tongue, I offered $100 and got a rude response. Really? There's a similar one not too far away thats for $150, needs to be put back together: 4' X 8' Folding Trailer I could try to pick that one up for under $100 I suspect.

$500 for some rusted out pickup bed converted to a trailer? I don't think so!

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"Trailer hauls up to 2,000lbs."

Yea... once.

My brother bought one of the new Harbor Freight folding trailers, and it seems like you could bend it by looking at it wrong! And the brand new Chinese wheel bearings have more slop than our aircraft hauling trailer that has 300k miles on them (but maintained over the years).

What are you looking at hauling? Those trailers seem pretty sketchy and limited to yard work logistics.

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Looking for a trailer to haul up to 2 bikes at the most. Something simple, economical, and easy to store.

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Is a hitch carrier out of the picture? They make some that will support 600lbs... your 9er would be fine, they store easily unlike a trailer too

I was just looking at one of these last night at work...ill try to find the website again and post a link

Well, fire the engines! Spur this iron space-pony on!

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Have a look on www.redlinestands.com

They have hitch carriers, trailers and lots of good stuff

Well, fire the engines! Spur this iron space-pony on!

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There's always the rental option. Those two in those links you posted, I wouldnt trust especially on the highway.


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There's always the rental option. Those two in those links you posted, I wouldnt trust especially on the highway.

Yup, just checked rates. The one Mike has pictured is $25/day. There's a motorcycle specific trailer also with a ramp for $15/day. I think it only carries 1 motorcycle though.

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I built several small utility trailers in the 90's. In 2003 I thought I'd build a slightly larger one. I bought the the complete 3500# kit, axle, springs, fenders, hitch, etc. for around $200 and then priced the iron and quickly gave up on the idea. I took the kit back and got a tandem axle setup for my 5x8 mini sand rail hauler I built in 1997 and added 5ft to it with material I already had. Long story short - angle iron has gotten expensive as shit.

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Knowing what I know now, I wouldn't take $1,000 for it like it sits.

Here's a 4x8 unit I built in 1985. I had just replaced all the wood and given it a fresh coat of paint. I sold it in 2001 for $250.

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Is a hitch carrier out of the picture? They make some that will support 600lbs... your 9er would be fine, they store easily unlike a trailer too
I did look into that option. I have the classic Jeep rear sag and to use the Hitch carrier requires either an add a leaf or new leaf packs. That's an extra expense I don't want to do not to mention it then becomes a very slippery slope (new leaf packs = lift = extend brake lines = rougher ride = new shocks = $$$$$$$$)

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There's always the rental option. Those two in those links you posted, I wouldnt trust especially on the highway
Rent 2-3 times for several nights each time and the costs adds up, plus insurance on top of that plus the hassle of finding/obtaining one when needed. It'll be considered as a last resort.

As to the HF trailers, I've had people I know tell me that they've had zero issues with pulling those trailers across multiple states on the freeways. A couple of local guys in PDX use said trailers to bring their motorcycles to track days and haven't had any issues.

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Yup, just checked rates. The one Mike has pictured is $25/day. There's a motorcycle specific trailer also with a ramp for $15/day. I think it only carries 1 motorcycle though.
Yeah, those are expenses that add up quick. Its on the table as a last option though. I'm really hoping I can maybe work out a deal to trade this ring I can't sell for a trailer but we'll see.

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You could just pull the HF bike lift behind the car

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As to the HF trailers, I've had people I know tell me that they've had zero issues with pulling those trailers across multiple states on the freeways. A couple of local guys in PDX use said trailers to bring their motorcycles to track days and haven't had any issues.
They should be fine - just keep the bolts tight and pack those wheel bearings before every long trip. The bearing speed with those 8" wheels is crazy fast. The tires get hot too so be sure to carry a spare. Oh and remember a trailer that short is almost impossible to back up - wants to dart one way or the other.
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Oh and remember a trailer that short is almost impossible to back up - wants to dart one way or the other.
Yeah, been there done that Once upon a time I got really good at backing up trailers due to my bio dad's business and my grandparent's farms. I've been out of practice for a few years now though

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They should be fine - just keep the bolts tight and pack those wheel bearings before every long trip. The bearing speed with those 8" wheels is crazy fast. The tires get hot too so be sure to carry a spare.
I know what you mean. The trailer wouldn't travel very far or very often. That's why I'm keeping my budget so low. Saw that a class 3 hitch was in excess of $160 for my 2000 Cherokee Found someone on cl who was parting out their 97 cherokee and had a class 3 hitch for sale for $75. Score! Gonna pick it up this coming weekend.

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Why don't you live closer man!! I have a 2 (or 3) purpose built bike trailer sitting idle for quite some time now. I just need to throw new tires on it and maybe a fresh coat of paint....bought it years ago when I used to do MX and Cross country..haven't used it since




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Dang Dadogs.... Why don't YOU live closer man?! lol.

Very nice trailers Ken. Still on the hunt. Might have to give up for now.

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Why not just cut the back of ur car out like that Buffy dude?

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"Buffy" HA! It's Bucky
Ahhh...Buffy...Bucky...same thing

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That Dandy hauler is just the ticket for me.....been thinking about the HF trailer for awhile now, but wasn't real impressed with it's quality. Thanks for the link MarylandMike!!!





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That Dandy hauler is just the ticket for me.....been thinking about the HF trailer for awhile now, but wasn't real impressed with it's quality. Thanks for the link MarylandMike!!!
More power to ya guys, looks like a cool idea but ya won't catch me using one of those, I'd rather have the Bucky Buffy car

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More power to ya guys, looks like a cool idea but ya won't catch me using one of those, I'd rather have the Bucky Buffy car
+1 I wear out my rear tire fast enough already. Then there's having to stop just to lube your chain. No thanks. Buffy the Honda slayer is the way to go.

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More power to ya guys, looks like a cool idea but ya won't catch me using one of those, I'd rather have the Bucky Buffy car
Plus, trying to lift the front wheel would blow you intestine into your shoe.

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Plus, trying to lift the front wheel would blow you intestine into your shoe.
Holy crap! That makes my guts hurt just thinkin about it!

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Oh man... not sure I'd trust a moto on that thing. I'd be a nervous wreck all the way to the destination!

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Oh man... not sure I'd trust a moto on that thing. I'd be a nervous wreck all the way to the destination!
+1! You have to take off the chain inn order to transport the bike with that. If you don't and just leave it in neutral, hitting a good bump will easily knock the 919 transmission into second and then you run a major risk of damaging the engine.

Cool concept Mike, but not for me!

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You could zip tie the clutch lever in but still... one little quick swerve and you're asking that rear tire to slide. Not sure what that kind of side to side torque would do to the back end of a moto in the long run.

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You could zip tie the clutch lever in but still... one little quick swerve and you're asking that rear tire to slide. Not sure what that kind of side to side torque would do to the back end of a moto in the long run.
Hmmm, could the clutch cable handle being under that kind of stress for long periods of time?

I've no idea what would happen to the rear end of a moto with the side torque you mentioned. Not willing to find out lol!

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You could zip tie the clutch lever in but still... one little quick swerve and you're asking that rear tire to slide. Not sure what that kind of side to side torque would do to the back end of a moto in the long run.
Not to mention when it hits a pot hole and lands on top of your rig, ever watched a utility trailer with no load in it? I've seen em on the freeway bouncing almost a foot in the air just from the separation joint at an overpass!

I'm thinkin this contraption is more for quick SHORT trips down a stretch off brand new asphalt

How about one of these things?


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Not to mention when it hits a pot hole and lands on top of your rig, ever watched a utility trailer with no load in it? I've seen em on the freeway bouncing almost a foot in the air just from the separation joint at an overpass!

I'm thinkin this contraption is more for quick SHORT trips down a stretch off brand new asphalt

How about one of these things?


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Everyone is being particularly supportive, but I have a hitch carrier and a 1700 harbor freight trailer. Carrier is good, but its still pretty difficult to tie down with only one person. I have dropped my bike into the back of my tailgate once. Regarding the HF trailer,... well,... not sure what everyones compaints are. Mine is a workhorse and I have no problem with it. Its done everything I've asked and begged for more.

Trailers cost $. I'm sure given enough time you will rob someone blind, but I don't think a decent trailer for the prices you've listed is the norm.

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