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Harbor Freight Trailer

Discussion in 'Camping Toys' started by Thinc2, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. Barry

    Barry Just Beastly

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    I had that exact trailer. Only issue I had with it was small wheels, and it was a little dicey folding / unfolding it by yourself. You really have to be careful. I did it, but if you are stupid, you could end up hurting yourself if it slipped.

    For $199 and my first trailer, was a good introduction.

    Barry
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  2. element

    element Time to roll

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    The trailer is GREAT, but a lot of folks knock it because it was made in China. No problems, but it a good idea to buy a few spare wheel bearing because the orginal to get rough after a few thousand miles. The replacements from HF are only $5.00 and they seem to be better than the orginial. My trailer has over 5000 miles (estimated based trips) The folding idea is fantastic.
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  3. RT jim

    RT jim Long timer

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    Guys if anyone is wanting to build a trailer or need parts . This is best place. I just ordered 8 trailer parts. Wicked good deal. Hubs with bearings for those little trailers 8 bucks. They just had sale on axles complete with ele brakes $107.00 www.expediter.com They are in FL. I'd post pictures of trailers but I find it easier to build them than post pictures.:cry
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  4. element

    element Time to roll

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    If it fits the Harbor Frieight trailer, I like to have a complete 4 bolt hub, bearings, races and seal as a spare for long trips. I plan to pull out west again and it never hurts to have a spare. It said wholesale only, so I did not bother to register.... it they fit let me know how much:deal
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  5. Crashed Bad

    Crashed Bad Big man, little bike

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    I hed the HF folding trailer for about a year. I used it for towing my XR650L out of town. i wound up buying a non-brand moto-carrier off ebay to replace it. It was awkward to fold and store by myself. Putting it together was quite a chore as well. Sold it for what i paid for it (minus ply wood) on craigslist.

    For anyone towing smaller ds bike (under 400lbs) I really like the moto-carrier that goes into the receive hitch.
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  6. RT jim

    RT jim Long timer

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    If you have 4 bolt 4" space The hubs are #4334 $8.25 with bearings ,seal and lug nuts. That's 1" shaft of axle. Call 800 number. Wholesale only? NOT sure means thier price not who they sell to. They kick ass in prices. Get couple tie straps too pair for $3.25 #42477 P.S. I 'm not connected to them in anyway just love dealing with them. ASK if gease buddy cap #81980 At $2.50 each fits that hub? Screw taking bearing apart just grease em easy way.
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  7. BobDobalina

    BobDobalina Adventurer

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    Bumping an oooold thread as I'm about to get one of these.

    Has anyone had any experience registering them in NY State? I've heard it can be something of a PITA :ear

    Much obliged...
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  8. Mark Ryder

    Mark Ryder Kaboom !!!

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    To All in New York State,
    They should give you a MSO- Manufacturers Statement of Origin so
    you can fill out the paperwork pay the tax on it and have it
    registered.
    Mark :evil
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  9. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder

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    I got mine registered no problem here in LA.

    I have the big wheeled one. No real complaints; I've had it since 2006 it's been stored outside and is pretty gross looking these days with Rust paint peeling etc.

    I have got my $$$ worth out of this trailer though. I think it was $189 at HF plus another $50 for plywood and carriage bolts and another $100 for registration fees and taxes. Mine has been on a handful of 1000+ mile trips. Really

    I'd much rather one of these
    [​IMG]
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  10. drrobsc

    drrobsc Adventurer

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    I had one of these for about 9 years and it performed flawlessly. I repacked the bearings twice and then did the bearing buddy thing (much easier). It was basically sturdy, but as mentioned you probably shouldn't go over 600 # or so. It pulled great behind my older durango. It is very prone to rust, so keep it indoors folded if you live in a humid climate. Titled as a home built here in Texas for a few dollars. Watch the wiring harness though, as it's tricky to mount with slack for the folding but still not too close to the ground when towing.
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  11. BobDobalina

    BobDobalina Adventurer

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    Many thanks, kind sir.
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  12. biscuit

    biscuit Been here awhile

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    It was no problem at all. There's nothing wrong with these trailers, current bearings are fine, just add grease. Drove to Richmond, Nine hours at 70-85 mph with no problems.

    I did a loose-fit of all bolts, squared everything up then red-loctite every joint. It will definitely rust in New York.
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  13. BobDobalina

    BobDobalina Adventurer

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    I'm sure it will. I'm getting the folding one so I can tuck it in the corner of the garage when the snow comes, but even so I'm guessing it'll be rusting soon.

    But, for < $300, can't really complain too much.

    Good idea on the loose fit then loctite!
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  14. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    Nice I have the same trailer. Things that I have noticeds.

    Get a spare wheel adn tire. I messed one up 800 miles from home once. That was not fun. The tires are high pressure. Don't think 35 psi like a car, more like 55-85psi and they need that!! Tires are only rated to 55mph. In california, anything towing a trailer is limited to that speed limit, however I have hauled that thing at 75mph for hours on end with not issue.

    Get the wheeled trailer jack. Nice when you need to unhitch, and to hithc when trailer is loaded. Since proper tounge weight is important for stabilty, it might be difficult to lift the tounge. Becareful of jacknifing when backing up, less clearance with the jack bolted on.

    The hub/bearing caps fit poorly. Make sure they are all the way hammer down or they will fall off on the highway.

    Good thing you have it parked in the the garage. The paint is very low quality and peels easily from sun and weather damage.

    I have had mine loaded up with 2000lbs (estimated) and no issues!

    Didn't know there were Harbor Freights in Ireland.
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  15. MeterPig

    MeterPig Meh

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    I had one of those-sweet trailer. I beat the heck out of it up and down forest roads. However, for one bike-if you can get a hitch hauler go for that. Registering a trailer is super lame.
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  16. Adventure Slade

    Adventure Slade tireburner

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    oh my, that is cute!:D :D :D
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  17. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    I also have one of the 8" wheel versions. Originally purchased/assembled a very long time ago by my father-in-law to haul his aluminum boat. I bought it more than a decade ago for general use. Re-greased the bearings with synthetic grease, replaced the bed with exterior 3/4" plywood and created a 2'-high sidewall with removable tail section. Replaced the tires/wheels when they got age cracks; added a spare tire rack for a 3rd wheel. It's carried a variety of drywall and other construction materials, 4 different bikes from different locations, variety of furniture to two different colleges at either end of my state, camping equipment for some vacations and various other loads. It could probably fold, but does not have the "T" wheel setup (nor do I have room in my garage) so it sits outside. I do have a gallon of Rustoleum paint to paint it some time.:wink:
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  18. Dave in Wi

    Dave in Wi Long timer

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    I've got the predecessor to the sweet Harbor Freight folding trailer:

    [​IMG]

    The way the newer ones fold is much better and easier than mine. On mine you have to lay underneath and remove 4 rusty bolts. I've given up folding it and it now sits outside beside our house. I can't believe the neighbors haven't complained yet, it looks pretty rough. It's about 15 years old now and has been outside for about 5 years now. Getting rusty and the paint is flaking off, but it still works.

    As others have mentioned, the bearings it cam with were not very good. I had to replace mine after the first time I used it in the rain. I've also installed Bearing Buddies, and have had no trouble since then. I estimate it has 5-7,000 miles on it, and has brought home 8 motorcycles. Still on the original tires. I always carry a spare but have been lucky so far. I've noticed the new trailers and tires carry a speed limit if 55 mph. Mind did not, and it has spent hours going 70+. Just keep them inflated correctly.
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  19. Thinc2

    Thinc2 Paciugo

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    They don't - I was living in Colorado at the time :D

    I agree with the loctite - I found it a good idea to check all the bolts before a longer trip, as they are subjected to a ton of vibration.

    You get what you pay for. For under $300, this is a decent trailer for the money. Clearly it's not comparable to an $800-1500 trailer.
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  20. BobDobalina

    BobDobalina Adventurer

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    I got it registered at the DMV today. In and out, no problem. $12 registration fee, whoopie.

    What wasn't so easy was putting the damn thing together yesterday. What a PITA :puke1 But, I paid $240 for the thing including tax, with the 12'' wheels, so I can't complain too much.

    Regarding the bearings, Harbor Freight sells a knockoff Bearing Buddy called something like a bearing protector. The idea is you hammer it on and fill it with grease... but I'll be damned if I could get the thing to stay on there. I hammered the hell out of it and it just fell right off every time.

    I'm guessing the Bearing Buddies stay on there much better on this trailer? I'll have to order a set... if only because the grease recepticle on the hub snapped off on one of the wheels when I was filling it with grease :pissed
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