Dual Sport Trailer assembly thread

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by The Cheat, Jan 13, 2006.

  1. oPAULo

    oPAULo jack of all terrain

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    So cut the bottom off to add suspension, then cut the top off to add a hitch?
    Not much left of the hand truck after that is there?:lol3
  2. GHO100

    GHO100 Crazy George

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    I wasn't really thinking about cutting anything off, to be honest. Other than removing the axle that's currently on there, I think that rear/bottom plate makes a good place for mounting lights, plate, etc.

    Also, not thinking about cutting off the top. I picked up one of these to go around the handle:

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    The only thing I've left to figure out is the yolk that goes around the rear tire and connects to that hinge bracket. I'm currently considering removing the wheel from a heavy duty castor, like this:

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    Perhaps a few sections of aluminum tubing or square piping will complete the setup?
  3. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    It;s like anything if it's sitting around with crapped out tires or up 20 bucks someone might just use it. The reason you some time see really old motorcycle engines running pumps becasue someone 40 years gee lets use that , it's not worth much.
  4. boatpuller

    boatpuller Been here awhile

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    Before buying a trailer I considered the same thing. Went to Harbor Freight and was suprised by all the different hand trucks they had, some would be an even better choice than the one you pictured. You should check them out.
  5. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    The problem with using the dolly is it's width.It will need to be high in order to clear the ground when leaning into turns.
  6. lonewolf97

    lonewolf97 Long timer

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    Great for beach chairs and cooler for two. Just right!
    A day at the beach with the Mrs.
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  7. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    That's a nice little utility trailer ya got there ^^^

    however, this IS the "DUAL-Sport Trailer" thread, and your bus doesn't exactally qualify as a 'dual-sport'.

    hey......neither does mine!
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    well....at least not this one! :deal :lol3
  8. oPAULo

    oPAULo jack of all terrain

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    Both good looking rigs in my opinion!
    Thanks for sharing!
  9. lonewolf97

    lonewolf97 Long timer

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    Hey Patrick46. Looks like You have a full blown popup camper.
    I chopped a jet ski trailer down to carry my beer cooler.
    All I've got left to do is make a hitch for my old dr and I can
    pull it with both bikes. It has enough ground clearance
    to be a good offroad trailer too. I like to party in the woods too.
  10. Patrick46

    Patrick46 visionary

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    Yeah, it's a Kwik-Kamp, and they're the bomb!
    My buddy's got one too, and last summer I put my E-Z Up room between them and we came up with this....
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    everything you see was hauled to the party on these 2 bikes in 1 trip!


    OK, hyjack over!
  11. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    Sweet.:clap
  12. oPAULo

    oPAULo jack of all terrain

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    +1!!
    Way cool!
  13. GHO100

    GHO100 Crazy George

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    Still working things out, but you don't know how its going to go until you put all the pieces together.

    Here's what I got so far from this evening:

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    Next step is to find that hitch component that only swings side to side, and holds the trailer from tipping over. I plan to attach to the swingarm, possible through the axle or on the swingarm stand bolt holes.

    Couple more pictures:

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  14. EvanADV

    EvanADV Big Bearded Boy

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    Awesome.
  15. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface 30-125

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    I don't see how the suspension will work. What am I missing? Otherwise I love the idea of using a hand truck.

    John
  16. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    If you look carefully you'll see that the axle supports to the frame are being used as a bend-then-collapse-type suspension.

    It should actually work fine so long as the loaded trailer is kept light. It'll be bouncy though. The only "suspension" action will be the flex of the forks and the frame.
  17. tomatocity

    tomatocity Retired and lovin' it

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    Like the idea of using readily available parts. Wondering if the forks will work as a trailing suspension part. The forks were originally designed as leading suspension and you have them as trailing suspension. Wondering if the forks would function better being mounted, more upright, to the plate. Just a thought.
  18. GHO100

    GHO100 Crazy George

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    Thanks for the thoughts. I fought a lot on paper with how to do all this, and originally had a bicycle shock going to that cross bolt, and the other eye of it mounted to the plate. The trouble with that being the overall length, and how to attach the "spine" to the hand truck center rail.

    something like this:
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  19. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    Looks quite rigid to me. However, even if the forks were used in the geometry necessary to get them to rebound and compress the trailer would have to be heavy unless it was resprung/revalved for the lighter weight.
  20. lonewolf97

    lonewolf97 Long timer

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    I use hand trucks at work so much. There's no way I would pull one on my day off riding.:lol3