Hack Trailer towing?

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by bmwhacker, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. Bobmws

    Bobmws Curmudgeon At Large

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    That hitch should work just fine. If you decide you want to keep the trailer spare, you can bias the load weight in the trailer to adjust the tongue weight. If/when you need trailer tires, check that they are made in the USA, I had a set of Chinese tires wear out in 2000 miles!
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  2. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    The tires still have the "nubs" on them so appear fairly "low mile"....but are a few years old for sure. I'll keep a close eye on them.
    The trailer configuration has the rear axle set a bit behind the center of gravity. With that, the tongue weight will increase with the load. I think the spare would best be mounted to the rear of the trailer.....but not sure if it is really going to matter.
    When I load the trailer, I'm going to load heaviest at the rear of the trailer, as far "aft" as possible.
    This trailer has no suspension, but rather a straight axle. I see the top cover latch reads "Honda"...I wonder if this was a "Hondaline" Trailer?

    "Safety Chain"? Not sure I would want one.....maybe it is required? This has never had one in place.
    Laws vary greatly State to State. Some States do not require even licensing trailers of this type.
    The PO pulled this trailer all over the country without tags as his state did not require them.
    I've tried to find specific info. concerning MC pulled trailers but haven't found anything specific. I imagine they would fall under "trailers" in general and be no different that a "car pulled" trailer....and requirements would be as per my home state.(?)

    There is an "Airhead" weekend campout coming up soon near the Salton Sea so we'll give the rig her "maiden" trip....then the Death Valley Airhead Rendezvous is coming up a couple weeks later. That trip will eventually end up being a couple thousand miles for us. We plan on spending at least 10 days on the road and around the desert SW.
    Had a new Metzler K-Block Tire delivered yesterday, they were on sale for $102.00 including delivery so I couldn't help myself. . I'll mount it up prior to Death Valley. I've only used one K-Block on the tug. It didn't last very long. It was a pretty old & 1/2 used tire when I mounted it. The remaining tread disappeared in about 1000 miles. Hopefully this new one will give me some miles.
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  3. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    Loaded the trailer full of camping gear and rode around for a while....no passenger as "Mrs. Hacker" was busy.
    The only way I could even tell the trailer was behind me was by looking in the rear view mirror.
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  4. claude

    claude Sidecar Jockey

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    Some have used the plastic chains made for swag type lamps on motorcycle trailers in place of real chains. Not saying pro or con but you get the idea :-)
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  5. Falconx84

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    Not really my business.... But post #9 towards the end he said he was thinking about reversing the flaps so the HD logo didn't show...why not buy his? Or maybe you were subtly implying that.
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  6. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    The flaps will stay "as is"...a few "Airheads" at this weekends campout gave me a hard time about them....:lol3


    We pulled the trailer on a short weekend camping trip. :D
    On some pretty rough roads and traveled 260 miles or so.
    A buddy was behind me on one particularly rough section and saw daylight under the tires numerous times. I could not when tell it was "airborn".
    The trailer pulled just fine. A little "pull" this way and that on fast corners but not bad...that is to be expected.
    Ran down the road 60 - 65 mph no problem. Gas mileage didn't seem to be affected much from solo. Still packing all the same camping gear but now it's all in the trailer rather than on the bike. Inspected everything numerous times and everything looks fine. The tubing I used appears to be plenty strong. I purposely ran some real rough roads to put things to the test.
    In a week or so we'll be taking off on a 1000 mile + trip.
    I waited until we were near our destination before buying ice and loading up the cooler. The ice lasted for near 48 hours. My typical collapsable cooler only keeps ice alive for 24 hours max. I really liked having the trailer once parked to store stuff. The next trip might involve up to 2000 miles. I'm planning a secondary road route to avoid freeways. One thing about California is that ALL vehicles towing trailers are restricted to 55 mph on the Interstate Highways. A friend recently got nailed in his van, on Interstate 8, for 65 mph, pulling his small trailer.
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  7. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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  8. Bar None

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    Love that above photo. I swiped it.
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  9. Bar None

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    Hint hint but he is keeping them for the same reason I want them. I've looked all over for them but all I find are the big flaps.
    Very off topic but I was at the local HD dealer yesterday and one of the salesmen asked if my Kawasaki W650 was a Ural. :rofl And he was serious. I've got a witness. Really.
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  10. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    Been getting ready for a 1500 - 2000 mile camping run, leaving Wed. Going to cover a lot of back roads in the Mohave Desert on the way to Death Valley. Plan to hook up with some other riders somewhere along the way.... Might eventually end up on the West Coast. Mrs. Hacker wants to put her toe in the Pacific....:sweeti

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  11. AL-58

    AL-58 BMWs make good landfill

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    Do you know anything about the sidecar hood Dave?

    I've done a few and that looks like one of mine. I did one double hood of that style from memory, but it was on a red one with standard 10" wheel etc.

    Al
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  12. sandsman

    sandsman I ride more than some and less than others.

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    I have a Goldwing/Hannigan double wide sidecar combo. I also have moved the ball location to under the right side saddlebag, or about 12 inches inboard of the drive tire. I have had no problems dragging my Kwick Kamp popup camping trailer and all my crap around the USA. My sidecar has brakes on it, so it has a little help stopping. I am loaded up pretty heavy at times. JUST TAKE IT EASY, AND DO SOME TRIAL RUNS, EMPTY FIRST, THEN ADD SOME WEIGHT.
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  13. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    Hi Al, sorry for the delay replying to your post.

    I had the canopy made done here in Melbourne by Anchor Boat Covers (11 Monaro Close, Wantirna South VIC 3152 (03) 9837 5240) and he did a brilliant job.

    Next job for him is to cover the seat and then do an annex for the camper trailer.

    Dave.
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  14. bmwhacker

    bmwhacker Still on 3 wheels

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    We just returned from a 8 day camping trip with the trailer in tow. It was loaded to the gills with camping gear & provisions.

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    Great camp spot at "Joshua Tree Nat. Park".

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    Nice desert sunset....

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    2nd. night out at a Hot Springs just outside of Death Valley...somewhat of a "bleak" camping site......ran into some other riders we knew.

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    But the view looking towards Death Valley was good....

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    Old AZ. section of "Route 66"....hard to believe this was once the major highway through here.

    The trailer worked great without any issues. A little "squirmy" going into right hand corners but as long as I slowed a bit before entering curves all was well.
    Bike ran cooler than before and fuel mileage didn't change a bit.
    I think I might get more than 2000 miles out of a back tire now.
    I'm running "K-Block" tires all around currently. New rear tire showed little wear after 1000 miles.
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  15. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    That is a great pic! :clap
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