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Old 10-01-2013, 06:08 PM   #1951
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Not sure if this is the place to ask but is there a disc brake set up that I could put on my trailer that I tow behind my tiger, I am looking for something that will just put just enough drag to help slow the trailer when I apply the brakes on the bike, I don't want the drum type brakes because of the weight
You could check with one of the sidecar vendors. Jay at DMC or Claude at C Stanley Motorsports. They've installed disc brake setups on hacks and it can't be much different.
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Old 10-01-2013, 06:13 PM   #1952
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A follow up to your post - not to be an ass, but because I don't know the answer and I'm sure some here will . . .

Every time I see the words "towing package" associated with pick-ups I always think "additional radiator to cool the transmission" and "different (lower) gearing." But is there more than that? Does "towing package" automatically mean larger brakes or is it assumed that larger trucks just come standard with enough braking power to stop anything they can pull? I'm pretty sure my Liberty can pull way more than it can stop. And I'm pretty sure even the smallest pick-ups can pull/stop more than a toy like my Liberty.
I bought a 97 one ton dually Dodge and discovered some years later that it had a class III hitch on it. I was overloading the crap out of that thing & didn't know it. Now who would think to look for something like that?
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:52 PM   #1953
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I bought a 97 one ton dually Dodge and discovered some years later that it had a class III hitch on it. I was overloading the crap out of that thing & didn't know it. Now who would think to look for something like that?
friend did something similar to that but with a ball mounted on his bumper.....not receiver....his bumper Dude didn't know any better until he was complaining about how high up it was and how he needed it lower for towing and someone told him to get a drop hitch and he explained why it wouldn't work
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Old 10-01-2013, 11:07 PM   #1954
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I regularly towed 2,500 lbs with my VW Jetta TDI. The TDI didn't mind it at all and the four wheel disc brakes stopped everything fine. VWOA doesn't list towing specs for liability reasons. Pussy lawyers.


I've done the same with my old Jetta (which VWoA rated at around 1000# unbraked and 1400# with trailer brakes, if I recall correctly) and plan to continue with my Passat. Looking at doing electric trailer brakes this time for a greater safety margin.

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Old 10-02-2013, 08:35 AM   #1955
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Not sure if this is the place to ask but is there a disc brake set up that I could put on my trailer that I tow behind my tiger, I am looking for something that will just put just enough drag to help slow the trailer when I apply the brakes on the bike, I don't want the drum type brakes because of the weight
Both types of trailer brakes are HEAVY. Your axle will need a mount flange for either type of brake install, and I don't know if they make electric (as opposed to electric over hydraulic) disk brakes. If you can't find an pure electric trailer disk brake, the system will probably weigh more than just going with drums. Either way you will need a brake controller, you should NOT hook up trailer brakes to your tail light. You typically run a battery to apply the trailer brakes in case of a break away, but I imagine you could dispense with that in a motorcycle setup.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:38 AM   #1956
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You could check with one of the sidecar vendors. Jay at DMC or Claude at C Stanley Motorsports. They've installed disc brake setups on hacks and it can't be much different.
You can put a hydraulic line between a hack and a motorcycle...not sure that's a great plan between a motorcycle and a trailer.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:44 AM   #1957
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I don't know of one, but it wouldn't be terribly hard to make it. A repurposed disc braking system from a motorcycle and an 12v electric motor to actuate it. The rest is just placement.

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If you are going to go the fabrication route, I would suggest a mechanical (cable actuated disk brakes) from a mountain bike on a separate hand control (kinda like an extra compression release lever), or actuated by a 12v linear actuator. Lots of adjustability, and very light.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:13 AM   #1958
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My little toy hauler is almost done. A little more to go.



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Old 10-02-2013, 11:53 AM   #1959
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....and I'm sorry to say, but we're gonna need alot more photos of this!!
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Old 10-03-2013, 01:46 PM   #1960
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I've got a slight problem and a possible solution. My receiver is tucked under my rear bumper a bit. When the ball is hooked up, it is merely a couple of inches from my bumper. This makes me a bit nervous when backing up to the trailer, as I have to get really darn close. Picking the tongue up is also an iffy move.



I feel like the TV is too close to the trailer. So far, the turning radius with my v-nose seems ok with this configuration. But I don't want to find out the hard way that I'm too close.

I picked up one of these at Northern Tool today. At 14", this was the shortest extension I could find.



Anyone ever use one of these? Does extending the hitch that much have any adverse effects on towing?

For the record, I'm tugging a 7x16 with a GL320 (diesel), so my TV has some substantial mass to it.


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Old 10-03-2013, 03:27 PM   #1961
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Well, I'll leave the previous post up for discussion, but after checking it all out, 14" is way farther than I need to go. I need about 4"-6" tops.


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Old 10-03-2013, 04:02 PM   #1962
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I've got a slight problem and a possible solution. My receiver is tucked under my rear bumper a bit. When the ball is hooked up, it is merely a couple of inches from my bumper. This makes me a bit nervous when backing up to the trailer, as I have to get really darn close. Picking the tongue up is also an iffy move.



I feel like the TV is too close to the trailer. So far, the turning radius with my v-nose seems ok with this configuration. But I don't want to find out the hard way that I'm too close.
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I am not sure I quite see what the problem is. The tongue of the trailer is 8-10" long, yes? And then the "V".

Are you concerned about it hitting the bumper with the "V" when you need to make a tight turn, or visibility when hooking up?

Many hitches aren't any farther away from the bumper than yours appears to be.
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:15 PM   #1963
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I am not sure I quite see what the problem is. The tongue of the trailer is 8-10" long, yes? And then the "V".

Are you concerned about it hitting the bumper with the "V" when you need to make a tight turn, or visibility when hooking up?

Many hitches aren't any farther away from the bumper than yours appears to be.
hell, back in the day our balls were bolted right on the bumper. Not to be confused with the stupid balls hanging under the bumper these days.
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Old 10-03-2013, 04:25 PM   #1964
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Nice a-frame teardrop! How do you like it?
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Old 10-03-2013, 05:40 PM   #1965
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I like it a lot. I am still working on it . I cannot wait to use it and test it
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