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My New Years resolution is convincing my wife I need an enclosed trailer for transporting my bike on longer runs like the track or far out twisties that take hours of slabbin to get there. I just feel like I need one and have done some preliminary research so far. I'm looking at an enclosed model to accomodate two bikes. 6' wide is OK, but that doesn't leave much wiggle room after two bikes are in there. I suppose 10' length is OK with a single axle but tandem is said to track better, holds more weight and is more stable overall. With a tandem I would move up to 12' or maybe even 14' if the deal is right. However, everytime you move up a feature, the price jumps accordingly, just like anything else. My ideal trailer will be a 7x12 with tandem axle. I know the range of manufacturers is fairly broad, most seem adequate and similar in the quality department.

I would like to know from those out there; especially with trailers that are slightly smaller and with a SINGLE axle, what do you think?

Various sources for preferably used units would be helpful. Thanks





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what are you towing the trailer with? I have a 6x10. It is alittle tight with 2 bikes a 7 would be better, but i feel like the 6 is really wide already when you are looking in the rear-view. Either way i have a really old 'haulmark'. I shopped around before buying mine used. I saw 'Contintntal Cargo' and those were nice. If you buy new, you really cant go wrong. Dont forget the roof vents, side door, interior lights, interior wall hooks, and removable chocks (sp?) These items are invaluable. I also heard that the v-nose gets better mileage (makes sense). white or silver would probably be better in the summer, but black looks really cool. While you're at it get the side mounted canopy. just my 2 pennies
 
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Re: Trailer info poll (john S.)

I’m kinda’ in the same boat.

I can write off the purchase of the trailer through my company.

If my accountant says I need to show the expense for ‘04, then I’ll try to get one. I’ve been looking at this.....




It's 7x14 and very nice with the "beaver tail" rear door and a side door. They want $7,400.00. The 7x8 single axle was about $3,200.00

Ebay looks like it might have some good deals if you don't mind driving a bit to pick one up.
 
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Re: Trailer info poll (Mental998)

First, thanks Jiujutsu for the comments. The tow vehicle is no problem.

Mental, that trailer picture ruined my day.
What a beautiful friggin trailer, my bikes would love it in there!
The red is awesome. However, its over my budget.
The size is perfect, but I'm convinced now the size has to be at least 7x12.

Are you going to have it in time to trailer down to Laguna? Christ, you can even sleep in the back of that thing!
 
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Re: Trailer info poll (kerlyb)

My first trailer was a
12X6 single axel, it worked great and I loved it.
 
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Re: Trailer info poll (TripleDuck)

What type of truck do you have to pull it? The bigger you go, the bigger the truck that is needed. iI have a 5.5 X 10 and it works great. I pull it behind a 2003 FORD F150 and can't even tell it's back there. Can run 80 mph, and get great gas milage. Whatever size you get you'll love it...it's nice to have it just to store things in while not in use, etc. Good luck!

PS - look at "crashedtoys.com" they have a 25' on there right now for $5000.00
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Re: Trailer info poll (viper1)

1999 F150 2WD 5.4L 6 X 12 pulled like a champ

2001 F150 4X4 5.4L 7 X 16 pulled like a champ but it would slow down a bit in the mountains

2002 F250 4X4 V-10 7 X 16 pulled like a champ

2002 F250 4X4 V-10 8.5 X 24 pulled it but the gas milege was crap and it didn't like hills a lot

2004 F250 4X4 6.0L Deisel, 8.5 X 24 Pulls it like it's not even there!


I tow at 80mph
 
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Re: Trailer info poll (john S.)

I have a Pace American (CargoSport) 8x10 leaf spring single axle enclosed trailer with one side door and the whole rear is a ramp/door. To move 2 Ducs - it is perfect. What I like is the width.

It weighs a bit more than some with the changes I made to it. I have a lot of stuffin there and the only thing I make sure of before a trip is to make sure tongue weight is ok. I anchor my bikes slightly behind the single axle to reduce the front weight bias. It does great behind my 5.7 V8 Chev Tahoe. But, it was too much for my Grand Cherokee 4.2 6 cyl.

It has a huge sealed aluminum cargo box on the tongue, indoor outdoor carpet, 9 flush anchor points on the floor, 4 on the vertical beams, enclosed marine batteries at the front, inverter, color TV, Video recorder, 3 full length shelves on the left, wall hangers on the right, non slip coated door/ramp, pair of 20" flourscent lamps on ceiling, one solar powered vent on the back ceiling and one powered fan for the front ceiling, vents at the rear, usually 2 full cans of gas, full set of tools including a small lift, full racing gear. Oh yeah, and 2 big solar panels on the roof to charge the batteries.

I've gone up and down the West coast with no problems.

I got my trailer from Carson Trailers in Carson, CA But pace has a dealer locator: http://www.paceamerican.com/in...cator

Victor

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Re: Trailer info poll (cyber3d)

I have a Classic brand V-nose like kerlyb linked to. I bought a 1-bike model since I mostly trailer alone. I set it up for 2 bikes, which is tight, but ok (2 sport or dirt bikes only). We hauled 2 bikes to Las Vegas (800 mi one way) a couple months ago with no problems (at 80-85 mph; my buddy likes to drive fast). For one or 2 bikes, I would not buy a tandem axle trailer; they're heavier, more rolling resistance, way more $ and much bigger stored in my yard.
 
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I have a 6X10 Hallmark enclosed trailer, two bikes fit easily. If you stagger the bikes a bit you have plenty of room. Get a couple of sport chocks and your good to go.
 
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Re: (Major)

I got one of these a few years back


It's great because it folds-up and takes a corner space in the garage ... so no eyesore and having to move it around ... etc.

Also, high build quality. I use it for my dirt bikes and some of the roads are horible.
The only problem I have with it is it is very low to the ground.
 
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Major, not long ago I set 7x12 as my minimum. Now, with further research and input from folks like you and others (Jason and his single axle-he loved it) I've decided a 6x10 single axle will be ideal for both size and budget.


I can't believe an issue like this can mess with your head so much, its like nothing else matters until you finally decide which way to go.
Like when my wife is talking to me about something and I blurt out, "sooooo, do you think a 6x10 will be OK?" Its kind of funny when you think about it, but thats part of the addiction I suppose. Now that I'm somewhat settled on the trailer issue, I have to sell my wife on it. Almost sounds like a new question to post: what are your best lies after you bring that new motorcyle home. Or, how do you scam a scammer. Something like that.
 
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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by john S. »</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Now that I'm somewhat settled on the trailer issue, I have to sell my wife.</TD></TR></TABLE>

Damn good idea if you can get enough out of her to cover the cost of the trailer.

Why didn't I think of that.


 
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Instead of flying on a business trip this summer, put the Duc in a 12x6 Wells Cargo this summer and drove to the destination in the Ozarks
. Parked the truck and trailer at a hotel. Did the business thing, then toured the Ozarks for three days before driving all night back to Colorado.

Enclosed trailers are great. Cold rain all night going through Kansas. Serious wind storm in Oklahoma. Glad the bike wasn't out there in it along with road debris kicked back. Pulled off at a rest stop in Kansas and slept back in the trailer in a sleeping bag next to my baby
. Nice having an enclosed, lockable trailer at the hotel. No prying eyes or weather hammering it. Pic below is from the trip.

This trailer will suffice the next several years but the next one will hold at least two bikes easily, and maybe even offer a primitive sleeping area. As noted above, the F250 diesel didn't know the trailer was there.




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