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Old 11-01-2009, 08:23 PM   #1
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Enclosed trailer opinions

I am in the market for buying a 5x8 enclosed trailer. I found one that has the fold down ramp for the rear door and is perfect for what I am wanting to use the trailer for (hauling bike to trackdays) along with other general uses around the house.

The only thing I question about the trailer is the tires.....it comes with 14" trailer rated bias ply tires and I was wondering some opinions on these tires. I will be hauling 2 bikes with other gear in the trailer and the drive for me is about 2.5hrs one way to the track. Im just not sure if these tires will hold up to the distance with that weight on it for a long time. I dont want to be replacing the tires all the time or worry about having flats on the interstate. So would the 14" tires be good enough?
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:27 PM   #2
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2007 17' enclosed v-nose trailer $4800/obo

Barely used. Dual axles, electric brakes. Comes with 2 jack stands, spare tire, and wheel chocks. Also comes with 2 floor mount, self locking mototcycle stands. Can be seen at the track or can email pictures to you. Call for more info.

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2007 17' enclosed v-nose trailer $4800/obo

Barely used. Dual axles, electric brakes. Comes with 2 jack stands, spare tire, and wheel chocks. Also comes with 2 floor mount, self locking mototcycle stands. Can be seen at the track or can email pictures to you. Call for more info.

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Thanks, I wish, but I dont even think my truck would pull that lol. Looking for something alot smaller so my little nissan frontier can pull it.

Any opinions on the 14" tires?
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It's not the size but the loadrating. As long as they up to the load no worries.

Carry 2 spares, a jack that will lift the trailer and a lug wrench that will fit the trailer lugs....

Don't ask how I know these things...

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I am in the market for buying a 5x8 enclosed trailer. I found one that has the fold down ramp for the rear door and is perfect for what I am wanting to use the trailer for (hauling bike to trackdays) along with other general uses around the house.

The only thing I question about the trailer is the tires.....it comes with 14" trailer rated bias ply tires and I was wondering some opinions on these tires. I will be hauling 2 bikes with other gear in the trailer and the drive for me is about 2.5hrs one way to the track. Im just not sure if these tires will hold up to the distance with that weight on it for a long time. I dont want to be replacing the tires all the time or worry about having flats on the interstate. So would the 14" tires be good enough?
A 5x8 enclosed will be tight for two bikes, and look for the side door option.
The 14'' tire should be ok but change out the bias, I would go for a 15'' tire myself
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It's not the size but the loadrating. As long as they up to the load no worries.

Carry 2 spares, a jack that will lift the trailer and a lug wrench that will fit the trailer lugs....

Don't ask how I know these things...

Thanks, the loadrating for the tires are good for more than I will be carrying so I should be fine then....it was just the small tire thing that I was unsure of. Thanks for the advice and I will def. make sure I have 2spares.
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Check on the load rate for the tires and I'd recommend 15" (same as my truck) so I have multiple spares (3) just in case.
5x8 will fit 2 sportbikes just fine.
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A 5x8 enclosed will be tight for two bikes, and look for the side door option.
The 14'' tire should be ok but change out the bias, I would go for a 15'' tire myself
I know it will be tight but the next size up is a 6x10 and that was a little bigger than I wanted. I have a single cab 4cyl nissan frontier so towing would be an issue too. I should have said that most of the time I will be hauling 1bike but occasionally 2bikes when my friend tags along to the track or if I need to bring both of my bikes. I think I have pretty much made up my mind on a black enclosed 5x8 with the rear ramp.

Anyone have any input on a good way to set up the inside for trackdays?
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I took a 5 by 8 with 14" tires to Mosport and back with 2 bikes in '02 hauling with a Isuzu Trooper at 70 - 80 mph. No worries.

Look at other peoples trailers at the track. Make use of the overhead space.
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I met a guy with a Wells Cargo trailer, it was a 5x8 v-nose with the back ramp and side door. It looked very very good. He actually set it up to have one bike and have a "small room" to camp in there. He did mention that he has hauled two bikes one facing north and one south and they fitted great.
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Imsfootbal35, As said, don't worry about the tire size, it's the tire's rating that counts.

A few things to get if you don't already have them ... don't trust the bumper, get a reciever hitch. An oil cooler for the engine and, if an automatic transmission, a transmission cooler. If the trailer doesn't have brakes, make sure your truck's brakes are in good condition, as you'll have up to an extra ton or so of stopping to do.

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I have a 5x8 V-nose and haul 2 bikes all the time. It's not hard at all (as far as the bikes go). But, it does not have a front access door which would be REALLY nice to have. You have to make sure that you have a plan loading. I have to load bike 1, then put most of the stuff I want in front of them in, then load bike 2. I can't complain though because it only cost me $1K.

I put in the tie tracks on the floor and 2 harbor freight wheel chocks and only have to tie each bike down by the rearsets. No tie downs necessary on the front.
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I have a 5x8 V-nose and haul 2 bikes all the time. It's not hard at all (as far as the bikes go). But, it does not have a front access door which would be REALLY nice to have. You have to make sure that you have a plan loading. I have to load bike 1, then put most of the stuff I want in front of them in, then load bike 2. I can't complain though because it only cost me $1K.

I put in the tie tracks on the floor and 2 harbor freight wheel chocks and only have to tie each bike down by the rearsets. No tie downs necessary on the front.
I got the trailer today and I plan on doing the same as you. Im going to harbor freight tomorrow to get 2 wheel chocks and some tie tracks for the rear. Which wheel chock do you have? Ive been thinking of getting this one http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/...bCategoryName= but then I found this one and it looks like it will hold the bike upright more after watching some video reviews http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/...bCategoryName= what do yall think? Pics of my truck/trailer below.....
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I got the trailer today and I plan on doing the same as you. Im going to harbor freight tomorrow to get 2 wheel chocks and some tie tracks for the rear. Which wheel chock do you have? Ive been thinking of getting this one http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/...bCategoryName= but then I found this one and it looks like it will hold the bike upright more after watching some video reviews http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/...bCategoryName= what do yall think? Pics of my truck/trailer below.....
Looks good, may need a little bigger rise on the hitch to make the trailer level
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Looks good, may need a little bigger rise on the hitch to make the trailer level
Yes, I think you hit the nail on the coffin.....I had noticed it was leaning a lil bit then when I read the owners manual, it says to make sure the trailer is level. I pulled it about 2.5hrs back to my house today(live in Louisiana) and it was ok but around 75mph, I would sometimes get a little sway. That is with no load in it so I def. need to adjust to make it level.
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yay. i saw this and was gonna mention countryside. They actually have some nice deals. but ur ahead of the game.

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Sweet! I'll be looking to do this same thing later next year when I finish my track bike build. I'm planning on going with the 8x10 though so I can carry my Harley for a pit bike.

Those wheel chocks look really good. Any idea if the first one will hold the bike by itself or would it need tie-downs?
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yay. i saw this and was gonna mention countryside. They actually have some nice deals. but ur ahead of the game.

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u drove all the way from la to pick it up?
Thanks....Yup, I live 160miles from spring, tx but countryside had the best deal by a long shot. My two local dealers quoted me 600-1100 more for the same trailer. I found this deal on craigslist.
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