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Old 03-01-2010, 09:25 AM   #121
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Looks like the HF trailer is on sale this month -- $259.99

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/...submit=find+it

http://www.harborfreightusa.com/usa/...pe=RET&simple=

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Old 04-15-2010, 08:22 PM   #122
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I bought the heavier (non-folding) version 3-4 years ago and realized I haven't greased the bearings or checked the tire pressure in a while. That innocent little project turned into an almost complete tear down.

Goals:
-arrest the rust issue (see suggestions below)
-repaint to more appealing color
-change grease fittings
-pull bearings, repack/replace if needed (did not)
-find mounting method for spare tire
-add minor tool storage
-add jack (tired of the tongue sitting on the ground when not in use
-secure wiring (especially in A-frame area)
-Add handle for moving trailer
-think cheap. I only had to buy the paint, everything else was scavenged from stock.

Missed opportunities/Regrets:
-Should have added tie down rails, or more eyelets
-Should have added gas lift cylinders for dump
-Could have designed a short ramp that was built in to trailer
-Wish I would have welded on stake pockets. The in-frame version sucks.

Here's the final result:
Spare tire location:


Spare tire mount detail:


Tool tube:
(Holds wrench for every size on the trailer, zip ties, screw drivers and some duct tape)


I wrestled with the jack issue. I couldn't find a little jack that fit the A-frame style trailer. Being a little OCD, I couldn't live with having the jack mounted off to the side like most people do. I realized that I rarely use this trailer for anything so heavy that I couldn't lift it without a jack. So, a combination of a handle and simple jack stand type would suffice.


More of the same. The red pin locks the stand in place for travel. Also, you can see the conduit I used to secure the wires here.



I had already cobbled together this fairly unattractive wheel chock. It's ugly, but not enough to make another.


While I was at it, I welded brackets to the frame below to receive the mounting bolts for the wheel chock. Now I don't have to crawl under to mount it.


Lastly, I painted the wheels.


One Suggestion: If you've recently purchased one of these or are about to, I would strongly suggest you remove the wiring clips that come included. Every clip was the source of rust and took significant effort to grid out, prime and repaint. Do yourself a favor and throw those things away.
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Old 04-15-2010, 08:39 PM   #123
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Nice job!

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Old 04-16-2010, 10:27 PM   #124
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I know of a few people that own these trailers. DEFINITELY pull and repack the bearings. They come with very little grease and low quality bearings.

Put LocTite on everything threaded.

Since you are pulling it with an Element, you won't ever have to worry about exceding the max speed on the tires.
I have had some experience with these trailers and the best advice that you have received here is to repack those bearings!!! Do it before you pull another mile. Actually the bearing quality is fine but the issue is the lube that is on those bearings. It is not bearing grease. The bearings are lubed with something that can be called a rust inhibitor at best. Once you get the bearings out and look at the lube you will understand. Wipe all of it you can out of the bearings and repack with general purpose or marine grade bearing grease and you will be good. Otherwise you're only going to be good for a couple of hundred miles at best.
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:48 PM   #125
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Modded Trailer

Modified with an aluminum diamond plate deck, made our own aluminum stake kayak holders and the steel moto wheel chock (copied an ebay one, just made it better). Also moved the tail lamps to the fenders..

This allowed us to carry the wife's bike, two kayaks and allowed me to ride mine to the camp!




Only pic I could find with all three on.



Also nice to be able to fold it up when done.
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Old 04-17-2010, 09:11 AM   #126
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^^^Brilliant! I like the kayak holders. Any more pictures of that?

Where is everyone finding this diamond plate?
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:23 PM   #127
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insurance

guys, do you need to get insurance for this trailer? or is it optional?
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:24 PM   #128
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^^^Brilliant! I like the kayak holders. Any more pictures of that?

Where is everyone finding this diamond plate?
i found these plates in Lowe's
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:28 PM   #129
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guys, do you need to get insurance for this trailer? or is it optional?
In the 2 states I've had/have trailers registered, no, it isnt "needed". But you'd first have to check with your states motor vehicle dept, then ask your ins company if your auto coverage covers the trailer.
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Old 04-25-2010, 09:28 PM   #130
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guys, do you need to get insurance for this trailer? or is it optional?
It may depend on your state, but I never had insurance on trailers in Texas or Colorado. I don't know anyone who has.
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:50 AM   #131
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I just purchassed this trailer from a friend for $300. It is like new!




It actually has the two tongue stiffeners shown here in the diagram.

http://www.redtrailers.com/ShowTrailer.asp?id=6

It is a smallish 4'X6" trailer. I intend to cut the upper rail in the front and "V" it out to hold the front tire, add some flooring to the center to support the bike, both on the bed and the ramp. Maybe diamond plate aluminum. It can handle the weight of nearly any bike, or two dirt or smaller bikes, and haul all kinds of other stuff.

I like it because my small car can pull it, it only weighs 315 pounds, but has a 1245 pound carying capacity, and has 12" wheels and a welded frame.

I'll post real photos when I get it modded and put a bike on it.

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Old 05-01-2010, 11:33 AM   #132
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Picked it up this morning:






Tows like it wasn't there. With a few mods it will very comfortably carry a bike, or any other items I want to haul. I like this a bit better than the HF unit primarily because the frame is welded and solid.

Thanks Maria!

Jim

PS The actual weight is 264 pounds.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:12 PM   #133
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Bumpity bump...resurrecting this thread from the dead.

The 12" wheeled Harbor Freight folding trailer is now $299 on sale, coming to $255 after tax in my area after a 20% coupon. Was thinking about picking one up for a 1200 mi round trip. Love what the guy w/ kayaks did to is. We'd fashion something similar I think.

Has HF changed the design at all in the last few years? Still need to repack the bearings I suppose? Any other opinions/rants/raves?
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:30 PM   #134
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Wow, zip ties as the latch pin. Come on people at least used a 16 penny nail with a couple bends in it if you are going for hack.

Mulled these trailers over years ago and everything about them was a cut corner. Bought one from the local big box store and granted it's not a featherlite, but I have put thousands of miles on it with zero issues other than lights. Well worth the $500 price tag, plus it's a fair amount bigger at 5'x8'
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Old 02-06-2012, 04:22 PM   #135
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I figure I've got well over 30,000 miles on one of the 4/8 HF trailers. No problems at all except for the crappy tires. Car tires solved that problem.
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