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Old 03-08-2006, 12:18 PM   #1
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Towing setup

I saw this thread on another forum.

http://forums.13x.com/showthread.php?t=104439

I believe that we have both Harbor Freight and Northern Tool here in Houston. I was considering a setup like this for my Mazada Protoge since I usually ride and travel solo. I do have a full size p/u that gets 12 mpg to load up the bike, but the protege (32 mpg) , hitch, and fold up trailer seems like a better idea. What do you guys use for towing your bikes to/from trackdays and such?
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:22 PM   #2
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yeah i asked about the same thing a while back... i've been trying to find a hitch for my car... i have a 97 saleen and the rear valence covers to the very bottom of teh car and almost contours around the gas tank... so i haven't been able to find a hitch to accomodate that ... it's a good idea though!
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yeah i asked about the same thing a while back... i've been trying to find a hitch for my car... i have a 97 saleen and the rear valence covers to the very bottom of teh car and almost contours around the gas tank... so i haven't been able to find a hitch to accomodate that ... it's a good idea though!
Have you checked this out?

http://www.hidden-hitch.com/
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honda crv pulls a motorcycle just fine on the long trips... heck i even put a hitch on my civic and pull the bikes around on that plenty...
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Have you checked this out?

http://www.hidden-hitch.com/
yeah i talked to them before... they have to see the saleen before they can make it work. The ones they have are for regular mustangs with the stock rear valence, which isn't as invasive as the saleen's is...
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I have seen classic cars (34 Plymouth comes to mind) which had the subframe for the hitch tucked behind the valence. The hitch part is U-shaped and fits around the bottom of the valence. It's pretty trick.
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Some info:
The 4'x8' Harbor Freight trailer with 12" wheels is the one that I tow my bike with. It's lightweight and folds up. You do have to deck it though. I suggest steel mesh since it doesn't fold up all the way with 3/4 inch plywood. It only weighs about 275lbs. I'm sure a small car could tow it.

One thing - You have to assemble it. Don't go to Harbor Freight expecting to tow it home. They give it to you in two big boxes along with a Certificate of Origin which you must take to the tax office to register and get a plate. Take your receipt with you to the tax office - it's your Bill of Sale - and a 130u. Also, use a 2" ball. The 1 7/8" ball will not hold the tongue down when you ramp your bike up on it (found this out the hard way).

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Some info:
The 4'x8' Harbor Freight trailer with 12" wheels is the one that I tow my bike with. It's lightweight and folds up. You do have to deck it though. I suggest steel mesh since it doesn't fold up all the way with 3/4 inch plywood. It only weighs about 275lbs. I'm sure a small car could tow it.

One thing - You have to assemble it. Don't go to Harbor Freight expecting to tow it home. They give it to you in two big boxes along with a Certificate of Origin which you must take to the tax office to register and get a plate. Take your receipt with you to the tax office - it's your Bill of Sale - and a 1030u. Also, use a 2" ball. The 1 7/8" ball will not hold the tongue down when you ramp your bike up on it (found this out the hard way).

Whew!
Thx for the info. I thought about using the plywood, but welding the steel mesh on there seems like a better idea.
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Just FYI.... steel mesh = expanded metal, in case you go somewhere asking and they have no idea what you're talking about.... although they should have some sort of clue.
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Just FYI.... steel mesh = expanded metal
Cool, I didn't know the correct terminology for it. I need to get some of that. Plywood sucks.

Would it be worth getting someone to spot weld all of the joints? The kit comes with Nylon lock nuts for all of the bolts, but I'd trust welds more. How much weight would the welds add to the trailer?

One more thing ... I substituted 4 of the bolts for eye-bolts and just hooked the strap to those. Worked out good.

Here's a pic of what it looks like folded up.
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but dont you have to do a little work to fold it It looks like they had to almost disasemble it.
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but dont you have to do a little work to fold it It looks like they had to almost disasemble it.
Not really. Take out two bolts from the bed and two pins from the tongue and it'll fold. The bed folds one way and the tongue folds the other way.
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