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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 05-23-2011, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Question Fold Up or Portable Trailer Suggestions?

Does anyone have experience with some of the fold-up or other portable trailers that are less expensive than the Kendon's? I need something that I can either disassemble or fold-up so that I can fit it in my garage.

I've looked at the Trailer In A Bag, and RHMC1, and this other stand-up kit, but I'm not as confident that these will pull as safely or as well.

Your shared experiences would be very appreciated.

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I can highly recommend this one:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6493_200356493

You'll have to supply the plywood / walls for it.

On mine, I didn't want it to fold, so I bolted it together and put one single piece of plywood for the floor. But, it is designed to fold up.

If you look at the customer photos on that link, you'll see my '89 VN750 on it.

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I can highly recommend this one:

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6493_200356493

You'll have to supply the plywood / walls for it.

On mine, I didn't want it to fold, so I bolted it together and put one single piece of plywood for the floor. But, it is designed to fold up.

If you look at the customer photos on that link, you'll see my '89 VN750 on it.
It looks good. I think this Haul Master at Harbor Freight is very similar, and is only $289
Two questions ...
what did you do about ramps to get the bike up there?, and
how did it handle high speeds? Was the 12" tire an issue?

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I bought a single folding ramp, which is about 10-12" wide, at Northern Tool. Don't see it on their site though. That's what I use. You can see it folded up on the back of the trailer here:



...I've used this trailer to haul the bike from Atlanta to Myrtle Beach, SC, and to Panama City Beach, FL, at speeds of up to 75 mph. Don't even notice the trailer is behind me, it is that smooth.

I dunno if the cheaper Harbor Freight one is as good a quality or not. Never messed with one of those.

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LED Tail Light
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Storage Trunk
Engine Guard w/Highway Pegs
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Though...I did pick up that motorcycle front wheel chock at my local Harbor Freight. Works great!

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Coastered
R/R relocated
Analog Voltmeter
PFIII Windshield
RAM GPS Mount w/Garmin GPS
Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter
Saddlemen's Classic Explorer Seat
Pro-Tac Driver's Backrest
LED Tail Light
LED Rear Turn Signals
Luggage Rack
Storage Trunk
Engine Guard w/Highway Pegs
Radiator Grill Cover
Turn Signal Relocation Bracket
Saddlebags
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I have the same harbor freight trailer, bought the wheel chock at a motorcycle shop. And tada works great.

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Do you guys who pull these trailers with the small wheels carry spare wheel bearings for side-of-the highway repairs?

I see the bearing sets for sale in flyers every summer and wonder how often the bearings fail on these small diameter wheels at highway speeds.

Gordon

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Do you guys who pull these trailers with the small wheels carry spare wheel bearings for side-of-the highway repairs?

I see the bearing sets for sale in flyers every summer and wonder how often the bearings fail on these small diameter wheels at highway speeds.
Nope...never even thought about it. *shrug*

About once a year, you're supposed to squirt grease in there though. There's a nipple thing there for it.

Need to get me a grease gun just to do that...thanks for the reminder.

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Analog Voltmeter
PFIII Windshield
RAM GPS Mount w/Garmin GPS
Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter
Saddlemen's Classic Explorer Seat
Pro-Tac Driver's Backrest
LED Tail Light
LED Rear Turn Signals
Luggage Rack
Storage Trunk
Engine Guard w/Highway Pegs
Radiator Grill Cover
Turn Signal Relocation Bracket
Saddlebags
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Do you guys who pull these trailers with the small wheels carry spare wheel bearings for side-of-the highway repairs?

I see the bearing sets for sale in flyers every summer and wonder how often the bearings fail on these small diameter wheels at highway speeds.
Nope; you have any idea how many million boat trailers have those same wheels and tires, and haul boats weighing upwards of 800+ pounds to the lake/river/bay all the time? The ones I see broke down on the side of the road are almost always two-axle trailers with large bass or ski boats on them, and car-size tires.

My tires rot before the wheel bearings will ever go bad.

Jim

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I ended up buying this beast of a trailer. It's built like a brick $#!+house.
Stinger Trailer
It was $1,600 total, but I'm looking at it as a long term investment.

Regards,
Pete in Gaithersburg, MD

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