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Old 01-18-2015, 02:52 PM   #1
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Lets see you purpose built bike hauling trailer!

Works of art, engineering feats, hacks, abobinations, welders pet projects, I want to see them all.

Let see your trailer / bike hauler!
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Old 01-19-2015, 06:11 AM   #2
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This has brought home a Wee, FJR, Concours, Tenere and moved a Connie from CT to VA.

Also, does "loads" of other stuff well. Nothing fancy, 3500# axle, 5x8, drop back that I bought off a guy in FL for $450 in 2002. It has served me very well over the years. I also have ply-wood sides that I can put in if needed for mulch, dirt, etc.

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Old 01-19-2015, 08:41 AM   #3
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Best $700 I've spent; this trailer gets a ton of use, and because of all the tie down ears, it works well enough as a utility trailer too.

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Old 01-19-2015, 10:45 AM   #4
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Less for bikes, more for the "other" season...


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Old 01-19-2015, 01:43 PM   #5
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That dudes trailer







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Old 01-19-2015, 08:23 PM   #6
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OK, I'm building a narrow trailer just to haul my DRZ400 to the trail head.
Narrow to fit thru the fence gate, low (slammed) so I don't need a ramp
I started with this:

Just the frame, now:

Warm enough to paint it with Rustoleum bedliner today.
Kind of looks like a coffin, the deck will be 2 pcs. of plywood, the opening in the middle is for the axle travel, the sides will be left open...for now
Now I'll need to put it back together, add the decking, wheel chock, wire the lights, then it's good to go.
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:32 PM   #7
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And Another

I built this enclosed box onto a HF 4x8 trailer.
The sides are only 4 ft tall and the roof flips up for loading/unloading, the back is hinged along one side.

A view from the back, with the roof flipped open, chock offset for walking a bike in:

That's enough for today,
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:08 PM   #8
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Kenstone: I really like your idea. Keep us posted on progress please!
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Old 01-20-2015, 01:06 AM   #9
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i recently knocked my old popup camper off its frame. going to set it up to haul our bikes on. have not yet decided how complex i want to get with it, though.
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:39 AM   #10
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Kenstone: I really like your idea. Keep us posted on progress please!
WoW OK then...
I posted pics of the wooden mock up of this trailer in the garage forum and got all kinds of troll'ers/naysayers/scenters, who never built anything, telling what was wrong and what terrible things would happen if I built/used it.
When I had it assembled, I towed it around, jumping curbs and driving straight into steep ramps/driveways, trying to get it to bottom out.
It never did
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Old 01-20-2015, 12:26 PM   #11
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I also have a Harbor freight trailer and I like what you did. Low COG on that tralier and it is probably safer than if you put a ramp on top of the trailer like most do. This is how mine is setup and I would rather have it like yours.

I am not 100% sure about that axle however. Are you going to add gussets or leave it as is?

I am sure its just fine for a DRZ400 however.

Do you think it would be strong enough for a big bike with cases?

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Old 01-20-2015, 03:06 PM   #12
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I also have a Harbor freight trailer and I like what you did. Low COG on that tralier and it is probably safer than if you put a ramp on top of the trailer like most do. This is how mine is setup and I would rather have it like yours.

I am not 100% sure about that axle however. Are you going to add gussets or leave it as is?

I am sure its just fine for a DRZ400 however.

Do you think it would be strong enough for a big bike with cases?
At the least, you could mount the axle above the springs, to lower the deck height, might have to move the fenders up though

If you look at the axle, you'll see the drop section is inboard of the springs, so the major load is on those stubs, not the drops.

Here's a pic of a simple dropped deck HF with a big bike:
It's NOT mine


All my builds are in the HF trailer mega-thread, and even though I haven't finished this one, I'm already designing the next one.
Crazy, I know
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Old 01-20-2015, 04:06 PM   #13
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Included:
-Things needed to haul two bikes
-Things needed to be legal

Not included:
-One single pound of anything else






Bonus: the tongue is pinned on and the rear pieces are latched on, so with a tiny bit of work it would fit in the Chevy truck. With a bit more work (pulling the wheels off) it would also fit in the little Nissan.
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Old 01-20-2015, 04:21 PM   #14
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Here is another Harbor Freight trailer build. I added angle iron to the front and back for tie down points. The 2x6's on the sides are the ramps.




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Old 01-20-2015, 04:23 PM   #15
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At the least, you could mount the axle above the springs, to lower the deck height, might have to move the fenders up though

If you look at the axle, you'll see the drop section is inboard of the springs, so the major load is on those stubs, not the drops.

Here's a pic of a simple dropped deck HF with a big bike:
It's NOT mine

All my builds are in the HF trailer mega-thread, and even though I haven't finished this one, I'm already designing the next one.
Crazy, I know

Not bad but probably a pain to load/unload the bike wit the rea section in the way.
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