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Old 07-16-2012, 12:14 AM   #21
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Seems like a good, affordable starter for a fold up trailer. The Kendons are nice, but I'm not ready to spend that much on a trailer. I really might consider one of the HF fold ups in the near future....
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How about loading/unloading bikes? Does it tilt or do you need a ramp?
It does tilt but a useless feature IMO. No way you can load a bike safely by tilting it. Buy or make a ramp. Really easy to load since trailer is low to the ground it keeps ramp angle low.

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I use this HF ramp with the HF trailer. With a 25% coupon (HF does those on big holidays), I think I paid a little less than $100 for mine. I like being able to walk with my bike up and down the ramp.
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:20 AM   #25
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previous points are very useful/valid.
-upgrade casters with ones of similar size
-add a folding jack with wheel, placement must be done carefully to allow the tongue to fold flat when stored "folded up"
-protect wiring, allow slack where the bed hinges, i ran a large nut (as a weight) over the wires, and attached the wires to both front and rear pieces of bed frame, so the wires would hang down and couldn't get pinched in between the front/rear frame
other points:
-bed frame sections can be welded at any exhaust shop to help with torsional rigidity
-fender mount plates are flimsy, and i broke one
-purchase at least 4 eye-bolts with washers, lock washers, and nuts (6 pieces per bolt)
-must come up with a way to hold the two bed frame halves together when folded (i used carabiners attached to the eyelets, and attached them together)
-license plate will bent every time you go to fold the trailer up/tilt the bed
-frame flexes significantly torsionally (stand on one corner, it droops 6", opposite cross-corner droops the same, other two corners raise up significantly)
-trailer is very loose/loud (back section bouncing) over bumps, however it travels very well with a load on it
-I used hitch pins on the latching points from the tongue to frame, and between the frame halves, and stored them in the stake pockets when folded.

I would trust the trailer, as long as the cargo is within the rating, and evenly distributed.
I had no reservations carrying two sportbikes from pearland to Motorsport Ranch Cresson. I carried them saimese'd (one facing front, other facing backwards), and had 5 ratchet straps holding each bike.
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Wonder if my camaro can pull one not sure where the hitch would go
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The HF trailer looks nice for the cost, may go this route.


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Wonder if my camaro can pull one not sure where the hitch would go
On smaller cars, they usually bolt up to the rear of the vehicle's frame. I'm sure it would work, my Mazda 6 hauls my gsx-r like a bauce.
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On smaller cars, they usually bolt up to the rear of the vehicle's frame. I'm sure it would work, my Mazda 6 hauls my gsx-r like a bauce.
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These tires are only rated at 55mph. How fast are you guys pulling Em or do you guys switch out the tires and with what brand?
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Yikes get run over on the way to leaky
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Wonder if my camaro can pull one not sure where the hitch would go
Check etrailer.com to see if they make one for your Camaro. If they do, you can download the instructions to see how the hitch is installed and whether you think you might be able to do it yourself. Some installs are a bit more involved than others. You might have to remove mufflers to gain access,

V6 or V8 RWD cars should have no problem pulling them around. Some people tow these sort of trailers with FWD mid-size cars with 4cyl engines.
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Check etrailer.com to see if they make one for your Camaro. If they do, you can download the instructions to see how the hitch is installed and whether you think you might be able to do it yourself. Some installs are a bit more involved than others. You might have to remove mufflers to gain access,

V6 or V8 RWD cars should have no problem pulling them around. Some people tow these sort of trailers with FWD mid-size cars with 4cyl engines.


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I got the upgraded size when I bought the trailer.. did a few trips to the Hill Country with one bike at 80 or so without issues.
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I run the stock 12" tires on mine and have cruised at 75mph for long drives with trailer empty. With trailer fully loaded I try and limit speed to 65mph but mainly for braking safety as I pull with a lightweight compact car (Honda Fit). Check your tire pressure before each day's use as low pressure can kill these tires quickly. I fill to 60psi cold and will not let them go lower than 55psi.

If you think about it even the U-Haul trailers with wider 15" wheels still state 55mph speed limit.

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These look like a good mods for this trailer...

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=144724

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f104/...review-463480/


This mod might be worth it since that hinge looks to be the weakest link on this trailer.
Lots of good info and ideas in those links. The hinge mod though you highlighted was one of the few mods I didn't understand. That hinge has no structural integrity or strength needed. It is for folding the trailer only and stock hinge is more than ample for that. Also I wouldn't trust his quick folding option of replacing the 4 hardened bolts with door latch slide bars. IMO those are not strong enough and too high of a risk breaking and the rear 1/2 of trailer kicking up and catastrophic results to 700 lbs of expensive motorcycles and possible your tow vehicle as well.

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