5 foot bed - need to get in bike and haul a trailer

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Little Bike, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue

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    Looks good Attico. I just looked at Flippacs again and hmmmmm. Expensive little things though......
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  3. Mr. G

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    I envy your Tacoma's gas mileage. Double digit gas mileage is a thing of beauty when you are out towing the toys......:clap

    Even better if the first digit is a "2"..... :D


    If you find that perfect set-up please let me be the first to know..... :deal

    I keep looking for the "perfect set-up" but they are all lacking in some manner. Something I do have that is not too costly and serves a lot of purposes is a Kendon Dual Rail stand up motorcycle trailer. It folds in half and stands up on it's end. It has casters so it is easy to roll around once standing. I keep it in my side yard. It will carry one ATV, my sidecar rig or two motorcycles for either day trips, car camping or motel trips. I actually see double digit gas mileage when towing it (unlike with the toyhauler). It could be something for you to think about for use in the interim and as a long term secondary play method. They seem to sell used for around $1500.00

    http://www.kendonusa.com/trailer_dual.html

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  4. Little Bike

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    Awhile ago I was thinking about buying a 8' flat bed trailer and building it up into a small toy hauler/travel trailer.

    So far:
    1. Buy a cargo trailer that is short enough to fit in my garage - got the bike and a place to sleep and for dogs during the day. Inexpensive, but I'm not sure I want to lose the garage space.
    2. Buy a GO tent trailer and get a truck camper for the doggies. You can configure the thing to haul a bike and then it pops up into a nice double bed tent. Waaaaay too expensive!!! $7300, should be about $2 - 3000 less for what it is. Very cool idea though, very well made and takes up very little garage space.
    3. Autohome Columbia tent on top of a camper shell. Bike on rack hitch. Not bad. Expensive.
    4. Found a really neat version of a Hi-Lo trailer. Over $20,000. Sigh.
    5. Company south of here that builds custom aluminum work style truck caps. Cheapest way to go, but I'd have to have them build a cab over and fit in a slid out bed.
    6. Four Wheel pop up camper - I've loved these for years. The shell version is still pricey and I'd have to get a trailer for the bike/kayaks.

    Seriously thinking about a Flippac. Nice size tent, provides doggie day time area. Bike on a hitch rack. Little pricey and will need to buy a trailer for the kayaks. Anybody ever had one of these in high winds? I've taken down a tent trailer at 2 a.m. in high winds in Death Valley. Not fun.
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  5. Mr. G

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    If you are willing to deal with setting up a tent, Costco had these last year for under $3k. Pester them enough and they might bring them back. It's a version of the Jumping Jack trailer.

    http://video.costco.com/v/6890/65043-lifetime-tent-trailer/

    Or be patient and wait for a used one to show up. Someone's going to need to raise cash to pay their credit card bill after the holidays...:D
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  6. Little Bike

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    I took a look at those, but the fabric was listed as "weather resistant" and in the video there was a light wind and the top was already blowing around pretty good. Nice idea though if somebody could beef it up.
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    Renegade_Azzy Kamen Rider

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    Why not just get a flatbed trailer, with enough room to tie down 2 bikes and mount a popup trailer on one? I know you can find pop-ups for reasonable prices, and the flatbed trailers can be had for decent prices new from local builders. A bit of fiddling, and you got a good option.


    There are other adventure tent setups than the flippac too... I would look around a bit. they are all expensive, We talked about getting one for my Jeep.
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  9. Little Bike

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    I really like the autohome tents, but then I have to get a camper shell to put it on and some kind of enclosure for rainy day cooking, portapotty etc.. I would do exactly what you wrote, but I have 2 dogs that need a secure place to stay when I'm out playing. So, I still need to buy a camper shell.....with a fan in the roof.....

    The shell model 4 wheel popup camper is exactly what I need, but the price! I found another company, Phoenix, that has a shell model for about $1000 less. I think I'm stuck just saving my pennies and hopefully by fall....:cry
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    If you're dragging that much stuff with you, do you really want to be out far enough that you absolutely have to have 4wd? My old 2wd F350 pretty much went everywhere. When I had a 4wd truck, I think I only used 4wd twice.
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  12. High Country Herb

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    I've never liked the hitch mount moto racks because they seem to flex a lot, and my lightest bike is around 325 lbs. I do like the tilting rack they use, however, and think it would work well on the toungue of a teardrop. It would cost less than you think to have a certified welder extend the toungue about 3 feet, with the last three feet removable. You could remove the 6 bolts or whatever, and store it in the garage with the detached toungue slid underneath.

    A nice used camper shell would provide space for the dogs and some gear, and you could put a kayak rack on top. I think I have seen solar powered fans for the windows.

    You're going to need the V-8 version if you add much more, though.
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  13. Little Bike

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    After a lot of good information and advice and spending waaaay too much time on the internet, I have decided, what would work best for me:

    Pop up camper with a kayak rack on the top and a hitch mounted bike carrier.

    Now, if everybody on advrider would just donate $10......
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  14. Mr. G

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    If you could get everyone on ADVrider to donate ONE dollar, you could buy yourself a brand new Sportsmobile and you could buy me one too.... :deal
    I think there are north of 200,000 members here.

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    I might have an extra pair of Yakima "Hully Rollers" laying around if they would help your cause.

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  15. Little Bike

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    That is an awesome rig!
    I have several kayak hauling rollers and stuff - thanks though!

    Make Mr. G and me happy, maybe we can even be a tax write-off! - just $1/advrider member...... :evil
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  16. CollinsB

    CollinsB Been here awhile

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    I had a "Harbor freight" fold up for several years, put thousands of miles on it, great little trailer. I eventually bought a small enclosed trailer and modded to suite my needs; added windows, side door, a rail across the tounge to carry a bike. It's a 5x8, fits in a standard garage, and will carry my big ATV, and bike (on the rail) and doubles as my camper. Yea it's small, but that's the idea. It suits my needs at this time.

    <a href="http://s27.beta.photobucket.com/user/Collinsb64/media/TrailerFJ_zpsdf50f775.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c194/Collinsb64/TrailerFJ_zpsdf50f775.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"/></a>
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  17. Little Bike

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    I really like that setup! I had originally thought about doing exactly that, I might still except now I'm not sure I can get everything in the garage! :lol3
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