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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-11-2007, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Experience with U-Haul bike trailers?

Considering hauling my bike on vacation for some pleasure riding - and don't have a trailer. Not up for a 6 hr ride or to purchase right now, so looked at U-Haul's motorcycle trailer online but it states a recommended max speed of 45 mph while towing. Anyone have any experience with this or any other rental trailers? Is that really the speed they expect you to maintain, or is that just an overly cautious, liability-averse rental company trying to CYA?

Looking for advice or recommendations - thanks.

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I think it's a CYA. Seems like it's on all their vehicles. They won't self destruct if you go over 45, I know from experience!

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It seems like their "normal" trailers state either 45 or 55 max speed. Yup... checked and it's true.

'Nother case 'o CYA.

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Thanks, guys. Kinda thought so. Searched here re: trailers in general and it seems not too many do - guess I'm in the minority.

Going to check and see if the local place has them and if there's any room to lash any other items to it (might as well make full use of it if I'm already towin'!) I actually used a U-Haul box truck to transport the scoot a short distance home when I first bought it but not their specific bike trailer.

Has anyone had first-hand experience with these? Any reason to/not to consider using them?

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I have. Used one to haul the bike from Atlanta down to Clearwater Florida and back. Had the cruise set at 70 the whole way without any problems(rare for U-haul equipment).
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I have a bike trailer that's probably 1/2 the weight as the Uhaul one, and it'll handle 65-70 mph cruising speeds easily.

Wouldn't hurt to have them be sure that the wheel bearings are greased.


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Thanks, GoUglyEarly. Glad to hear that, and appreciate the response.

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Thanks, Hyper - and good suggestion on the wheel bearings.

I like the looks of your trailer - exactly what I'm seeking. Recall what kind/brand it is, or where you got it? Was thinking maybe local dealers might either have something similar for their own use and be willing to rent it, or at least recommend where to get/rent one? (just seeking alternatives to the U-Haul solution....)

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Check the trailer over REAL Good. Bearings, shoddy welds, rusted parts etc have all seemed to be part of the u-haul trend.

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Also U-Haul will not rent to you if you have any form of a Ford Explorer!!!!Just went through that when my brother towed his sportster up from Georgia in May!!!

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