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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-13-2009, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Gonna buy a trailer

The title says it all. I've decided I'm going to buy a trailer for hauling bikes around cause pulling the tonneau cover off my truck is a PITA. I've narrowed it down to 2 choices, but I've never bought my own before. I've always settled on renting whatever UHaul had in stock. That being said, I want one that I can load at least 2 bikes on, and I will probably be buying a wheel chock so I can load it single handed. My brother works in steel so even if I go with an "open frame" one, we can weld in diamond plate channels for the bikes, so that's a non issue. I'd like opinions on whether these seem sufficient to haul either 2 sportbikes, or one sportbike and one sport touring (along the lines of an FJR1300 or the BMW that the CHP uses). If you personally own one, even better! But all opinions are welcome.

Here are the 2 finalists that seem to fit the bill in both size and weight handling. I've purposely excluded smaller (and cheaper) ones that "could" work but had little 8 inch tires:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=90154

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=92174

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I went to Home Depot and bought one of thier $650 landscape trailers. Handles good, and with the flip down ramp, a breeze to drive on. Went and mounted a front tire holder to it, and bingo!

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The one on the first pic is what I have. You may have to add outriggers for the straps to have two bikes on it. It does a fine job.

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Hey AJ, I think you need to double check the deck dimensions on the second trailer on your short list. The overall length is 9' 4" long, but it doesn`t give a deck size. I don`t think the deck will be long enough to close the ramp/tailgate, especially if you are going to carry a bigger touring bike too.

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50 more for the second one, I would definately go with it with the full floor and ramp if it is long enough, plus the side rails is a good place for tie downs.

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Hi AJ I have used a landscape trailer similar to 93747-ovga to haul 2 bikes. I was able to load the bikes side by side. My 750 and a 250 Johnny Pag Spyder. I have trailered these bikes back and forth to Florida from Ohio and Ohio to Florida for 3 Years. The extra bucks you might invest in the trailer would be for peace of mind. You would be well within the weight limit of the bikes. My trailer has a 2X8 floor and I use web straps to retain the bikes with the front wheels in wheel chocks. The construction of the trailer is similar to the 93747 in that the tongue is braced diagonally. Send me a PM if I can help you further. Jim
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My advice to you AJ is buy the best trailer you can afford,the 1500 lb traile on down below the one on the second link looks pretty good,and if you want go to Tractor Supply ,Home Depot or Lowes and some Wally worlds have trailers you can look at and measure in the real world and you will see what is more important to you personally,a trailer to me is an all around handy Item to have once you have one you will wonder how you ever made it without one and the longer they are the easier they are to back up, to a point that the extra length gets cumbersome,you'll find yourself using it for every thing, so as big as you have room for and can afford is my advice.




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Ya know, I've been scouring craigslit for the last week or so now. And it seems everyone is dumping their Zieman 3 rail trailers. Anyone not familiar with them they come with rails for 3 bikes, have a storage box in front and gas can mounts. Problem is that they also want close to $1k, AND none is closer than 75 miles to me. And not a good 75 mile drive, usually it's 75 miles of hte worst freaking SoCal freeways, read - 2+ hours to get there. I've also been looking at other options like Lowe's, thanks to recommendations here. Here's a 4x6 one I found:



They also have a 5x8 that I think would be better cause of the length. We'll see how things turn out.

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This is the 4X8 with my bike on it. Wanted to give an idea of the size of the trailer.

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