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Old 02-14-2015, 08:01 PM   #1
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Old mans ADV trailer build...

It sucks getting old !!!

So after spending 5 days on the WABDR last summer and sleeping on the ground I have decided that my back can't do that anymore.I have a GREAT [ and expensive ] REI folding cot but it is to big and heavy to haul on the bike,so I deciced to build a offroad capable single wheel trailer to carry my cot and big tent.

I have been collecting parts for about a year and decided to start the build today.I have a XT350 swingarm,rear wheel and shock [ but the shock is to HD so I won't use it ].I bought the steal today and built the box/frame,tomorrow I will build the hitch and mount the swing arm.


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Old 02-15-2015, 02:51 PM   #2
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Got the swingarm mounted today,I will be working on the hitch in a few minutes.






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Old 02-15-2015, 03:07 PM   #3
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Cool! Is it just going to be a open frame? Tell us more about what the end result will be.
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Old 02-15-2015, 04:38 PM   #4
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It will be open with a aluminum floor..I'm building this to carry my cot and big tent.The box is built around them..40"x17"
The start of the hitch.




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Old 02-15-2015, 06:16 PM   #5
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I am sure i should know the answer to this, with a single tire, the trailer will have to be a rigid mount to the bike, correct?
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Old 02-15-2015, 07:28 PM   #6
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Envious of your welding and fab skills. Can't seem to weld to save my life. Would love to find a welder needed woodworking cabinet making help to trade services. Oh, well. Your trailer build looks promising.

Do you have a bag to keep your cot clean on the trailer?
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Old 02-15-2015, 07:43 PM   #7
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I am sure i should know the answer to this, with a single tire, the trailer will have to be a rigid mount to the bike, correct?

Not really.
There will be a hitch mounted to the end of the swingarm on the bike that swivels up and down.The hitch on the trailer will hook to it with a swivel that lets the trailer go side to side.
Look up Moto Mule on the net and see what I'm describing.



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Old 02-15-2015, 07:45 PM   #8
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Envious of your welding and fab skills. Can't seem to weld to save my life. Would love to find a welder needed woodworking cabinet making help to trade services. Oh, well. Your trailer build looks promising.

Do you have a bag to keep your cot clean on the trailer?

Just get a cheap 110v welder,some scrap steel and lock yourself in the garage until you learn to weld !!.hehe

Yup I have a whole box of 50 gallon trash bags ..


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Old 02-16-2015, 07:42 AM   #9
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Just get a cheap 110v welder,some scrap steel and lock yourself in the well ventilatedgarage until you learn to weld !!.hehe

Yup I have a whole box of 50 gallon trash bags ..


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Taking a course is a good idea too; or at least watching a video course and asking questions here: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=210053
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Old 02-16-2015, 07:54 AM   #10
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My dad was a welder but I hated it when I was growing up.After he died I started welding,would have been easier with his help !!.


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Old 02-16-2015, 08:01 AM   #11
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Yup I have a whole box of 50 gallon trash bags ..
HA! This is exactly what I was thinking. If it's not enclosed, it'll get dirty! But then again, so would a bag. And you'd have to clean the bag. But NOT if you used Garbage bags. Problem solved.

Of course, my immediate though was, forgo the sides of the box and bolt in a pelican case (though that shit is pricey!)

So, keep up the good work!
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Old 02-16-2015, 08:57 AM   #12
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Problem is my cot is 40" long ..


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Old 02-16-2015, 09:12 AM   #13
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where did you find the swivel hitch that attaches to the swingarm? i will be following along with your build...looks great so far
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:00 AM   #14
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I'm building everything from scratch except the swingarm.


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Old 02-17-2015, 03:56 AM   #15
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