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Old 01-23-2010, 11:57 AM   #5446
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Hey guys, I've been looking at a small utility trailer for a while now.
I'm thinking something like a 5x10ft utility trailer. Now, I just have a little 4 cylinder subaru, so can't go much bigger. Also, the space at the side of my house would not allow for a much larger trailer. Ideally I could tow 3-4 mid size bikes and other less fun things (probably lots of home improvement stuff). The home improvement/remodeling stuff will happen often and I'm pretty sure I'll tow bikes several times a year. So, I need a trailer.

I've only pulled a trailer 2-3 times and I've never owned a trailer. So, I don't have the experience/wisdom that many of you do. So, I would appreciate any feedback constructive or destructive ;-)

So, what do you think?

Should I spring for an enclosed trailer?



PS: Hick, thanks for your backcountry medical insight on your post several days a go.
I have a 4x8 trailer with 15" wheels and the 2" ball hitch. You are welcome to test it out. Realistically, that size will haul 1 big bike, I've put a K12RS, GS and RT on it.......or #2- 650cc like the XR's....but they have to be loaded correctly.....

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Old 01-23-2010, 04:28 PM   #5447
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Hey guys, I've been looking at a small utility trailer for a while now.
I'm thinking something like a 5x10ft utility trailer. Now, I just have a little 4 cylinder subaru, so can't go much bigger. Also, the space at the side of my house would not allow for a much larger trailer. Ideally I could tow 3-4 mid size bikes and other less fun things (probably lots of home improvement stuff). The home improvement/remodeling stuff will happen often and I'm pretty sure I'll tow bikes several times a year. So, I need a trailer.

I've only pulled a trailer 2-3 times and I've never owned a trailer. So, I don't have the experience/wisdom that many of you do. So, I would appreciate any feedback constructive or destructive ;-)

So, what do you think?

Should I spring for an enclosed trailer?



PS: Hick, thanks for your backcountry medical insight on your post several days a go.
Even a 5x10 trailer seems a bit large for a subaru. A 4x8 seems much more appropriate. Most 5x 10 trailers are 850 lbs to start with and who knows if trailer weights are as deceptive as bike weights. Add a couple of bikes and gear and you are near the towing limit for many small wagons and utes. 4x8 trailers are much lighter and are typically rated for 900-1200 lb payload, good enough for a couple of bikes.
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Old 01-23-2010, 04:31 PM   #5448
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trailer stuff and article

Thanks for all of the great feedback on the trailer.


I just read a great article in wired on open source DIY manuracturing titled
"Atoms are the new Bits"

Below are a few links I thought utards might enjoy

rally fighter car by local motors:
http://www.local-motors.com/rf

techshop, a place to get access to cool tools (plasma cutters and more...):
http://techshop.ws/index.html
(supposedly there will be many techshops popping up around the country, maybe SLC )

cool electronics site:
http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/categories.php

DIY drones:
http://diydrones.com/
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Old 01-23-2010, 04:40 PM   #5449
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Have to disagree here. The smaller the tire (that is, the smaller the diameter) the faster it will turn as you're pulling it down the road. Which means the hotter the hubs will get. Which means the faster it will fail. Unless you're only going to go short distances, at low speeds, avoid those small wheel deals.
Small also means less resistance and therefore easier to pull. My trucks tires are small comparatively speaking since it is an 86 Toyota and getting an average trailer with truck sized tires is bad Ju ju in this similar situation. If you keep regular maintenance on the bearings and keep them full of grease they will last as long as your truck. When I say small tires I am referencing the trailers about the size that Lowes sells.

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Old 01-23-2010, 04:52 PM   #5450
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I have a Toyota Corolla and pull two dirt bikes on a 4x8 trailer NO problem at 75mph down the highway. No problems with hills or wind. No need for a truck or a big gas guzzling motor to pull dirt bikes.
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Old 01-23-2010, 05:06 PM   #5451
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I have a Toyota Corolla and pull two dirt bikes on a 4x8 trailer NO problem at 75mph down the highway. No problems with hills or wind. No need for a truck or a big gas guzzling motor to pull dirt bikes.
No shit.

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Old 01-23-2010, 06:58 PM   #5452
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Hmmm...retro, yet torquey. Clearly something you can work on yourself. Too bad it's just a single, or I'd be getting a boner...

Which, rumor has it, is a sensation years in the past for Pluric.
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:45 PM   #5453
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:42 PM   #5454
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Small also means less resistance and therefore easier to pull.
?? Thats what SHE said!!

I'v been lurking for DAYS waiting for a setup like that!
Thanks Ty!
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:00 PM   #5455
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Tires smaller tires..... :)

I know that you were hoping. Sory to let you down.
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Old 01-23-2010, 09:35 PM   #5456
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very nice trailtwister :)

my brother in law does the larry h. miller speedway stuff on a bullet bike. he told me his top speed was 170mph and that the only reason he had to slow down was he had to turn. sounds really fun, but i think i would get addicted.
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Old 01-24-2010, 08:18 AM   #5457
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very nice trailtwister :)

my brother in law does the larry h. miller speedway stuff on a bullet bike. he told me his top speed was 170mph and that the only reason he had to slow down was he had to turn. sounds really fun, but i think i would get addicted.
I had a Ninja. After doing only I think about 150-160 I sold it. I knew I needed something that was fun to ride when I wasn't going faster than terminal velocity and when I didn't have corners.

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Old 01-24-2010, 08:29 AM   #5458
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Hmmm...retro, yet torquey. Clearly something you can work on yourself. Too bad it's just a single, or I'd be getting a boner...

Which, rumor has it, is a sensation years in the past for Pluric.
Ever since you moved I just haven't had the proper motivation.


Single??? What about that Buell Blast of yours?

I like what you did with it,



I like what Eric Buell did a little better.....




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Old 01-24-2010, 12:00 PM   #5459
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No shit.

One thing I should point out is that: pluric and I have different approaches when it comes to a "smaller trailer". pluric tends to downsize the entire package, while I still have a much longer tongue..........the longer the better......any small trailer that comes with a short tongue will have additional difficulties...............
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:08 PM   #5460
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Five Mile today with some new snow.

Deer tracks were all over. Finally found a few on the hillside.



Saw a lot of rabbit tracks too, just never saw actual rabbits.
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