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Old 11-14-2012, 08:30 AM   #1
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Relocating to BC, ideas on moving the bikes in December

So the plan is to move to Vernon BC (from Winnipeg, MB) in December. I need to figure out how to transport my 2 bikes out there. I had been thinking of renting a UHaul open trailer but the bikes would probably end up covered in salt and road grime by the time I got there and they would end up sitting for a few months rusting. I'm just wondering if anyone else has been in this situation before, that other options do I have?
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:20 AM   #2
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Buy a big tarp. Lay it out on the trailer, drive the bikes onto the trailer. Wrap it all up.
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Old 11-14-2012, 11:19 AM   #3
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I purchased and transported a vintage BMW mid winter. I strapped her into the back of the PU and then plastic wrapped it all with some plastic film from Home depot.

Since your leaving from home you may want to platic wrap then pull up the tarp. The really sweet thing about the wrap was there was no flapping and even the leather seat was prairie dry after 24 hours of winter driving.

Drive safe....Canadian winter roads, hauling a trailer, enjoy. By the way welcome to BC.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:03 PM   #4
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Thanks for the ideas. I hadn't thought of plastic wrapping it. The tarp idea kind of scares me if the wind is catching it.

Can't wait to start riding in beautiful British Columbia :)
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:22 PM   #5
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The tarp idea kind of scares me if the wind is catching it.
Oh yeah, it all needs to be very well secured and then watched for the first few km at speed. After the first touchup you're usually good to go.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:36 PM   #6
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Your escaping! Well done.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:59 AM   #7
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Rent an enclosed trailer?? Won't be much more expensive.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:21 AM   #8
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Rent an enclosed trailer?? Won't be much more expensive.
Were it me, I'd buy a good used one, have lots of extra room for other stuff, then sell it when I was done. At worst, it would cost the same as a rental, but experience tells me it'll be much cheaper in the end.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:35 AM   #9
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Were it me, I'd buy a good used one, have lots of extra room for other stuff, then sell it when I was done. At worst, it would cost the same as a rental, but experience tells me it'll be much cheaper in the end.
Just checked UHAUL website and a 6' by 12' enclosed trailer is just over $500 one way.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:00 AM   #10
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I checked that too but I wonder if there are D rings inside or anything to attach straps to? I do like the idea of buying a used trailer and selling it once out there but the place I'm at has limited parking :S

Anyway thanks for the great suggestions.
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Old 11-15-2012, 07:13 AM   #11
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If you just tarp it, any flapping will rub the paint off. If it's just a triumph, I wouldn't worry about it though.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:27 AM   #12
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Cheap used trailer....I'd be interested in that. I am not too far from Vernon either and should get one before Xmas.

But, wrapping the bike?? Anyone does Vacuum wrapping in the prairies? Spray the crap out of them with good anti corrosion treatments, add some dessicant and get them wrapped up.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:28 AM   #13
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In an open trailer shrink wrap is the way to go. Motorcycle/atv dealers carry the big shrink wrap.....check with them and buy some.

Otherwise an enclose trailer is the way to go but you will likely have to add your own tie downs and front wheel chocks.
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:35 AM   #14
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Lots!

Of great riding around Vernon. You'll love it.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:23 PM   #15
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Tarp, econo role of construction grade cellophane, shrink wrap, all work good.

+1 on the Good riding all around Vernon.

What are you going to be doing when you get there?
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