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Harbor Freight Trailer

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

  1. BobDobalina

    BobDobalina Adventurer

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    I believe it's 263lbs with the 12'' wheels.
  2. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    MoterBiker, what kind of paint did you use? Just some type of rattlecan outdoor paint?

    I like your tip on sand, that sounds easy enough. I can just grab some from the volleyball pit about 100 meters outside my front door. :1drink
  3. moterbiker

    moterbiker Gypsy diver

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    It was a leftover can of paint my buddy had, I think some kind of primer, we rolled it on like you paint a wall.

    Bummed about the lack of 12 inch tires now, probably have to find some 13 inch rims.

    BTW, I have trailered 600 pound bikes on that thing behind my 02 Civic with 115 HP, just had to donwshift going up the big hills :D

    I can throw my XT225's on there and tow it with my 2.4L Accord pretty easily too.
  4. BobDobalina

    BobDobalina Adventurer

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    Has anyone figured out a better way to handle the four bolts that must be removed to make the trailer fold? They're so damn hard to get rid of. I was tempted to try to fit something in there that uses a pin I could pull, or maybe a wing nut, but thought I'd see what others are doing.
  5. gman350

    gman350 Been here awhile

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    I only put on 2. The ones on the side rails behind the tires. I also put them with the nuts out, that way I just reach under and slip the bolt into the hole.
  6. Sir Not Appearing

    Sir Not Appearing That's no ordinary rabbit

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    Doing a quick search, Yokohama sells a tire called the Y372 and Tire Rack has them for $40/ea. I know most of them have blown up or rotted away, but I figured people with Suzuki Swifts and 1st-gen Geo Metros had to be able to get tires somewhere.
  7. Junglerot

    Junglerot /dev/null

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    I picked up a HF trailer this past weekend, figured I'd share some pics.

    It came in these two boxes. I was able to get this home in the back of my 93 jeep wrangler.

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    All of the big parts laid out.

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    The hardware

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    The front half assembled

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    The back half laying behind the front.

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    Axle, springs, and casters installed

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    Wheels on

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    All folded up. That is a yard stick laying on the floor for reference.

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  8. wibby

    wibby BrotherFromAnotherMother

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    Never have folded mine up

    Got tired of the castor assembly dragging so I pulled it off and chucked it
  9. Thinc2

    Thinc2 Paciugo

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    Hope you used loctite :deal
  10. moterbiker

    moterbiker Gypsy diver

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    Actually all of the nuts are nylocs, never had one loosen up in all these years.

    Thanks for the 12 inch tire tip a few posts up, gonna see if I can get me a spare tire now.
  11. QfactorSV

    QfactorSV Adventurer

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    In the Northeast, I've found an appropriate 12" tire for spares at most trailer shops I've visited over the years.

    Q
  12. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    If there is a Tractor Supply Company in your area, they will have a spare.

    Speaking of which, my trailer is still in its box...
  13. Junglerot

    Junglerot /dev/null

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    Nope. Those nyloc nuts killed my arm putting them all on. I'm going to watch them and see if they start to loosen up. If they do, Ill go back and put loctite on them. The nice thing is that when its folded up, you have access to the nuts on the underside of the trailer.
  14. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffeur Supporter

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    This is the perfect time to grease those wheel bearings liberally if you havent already.

    My nyloc nuts are all still tight after thousands of miles of use, but the "L" brackets used to fold the trailer are starting to show cracks in them. I dont fold the trailer anymore and have removed the casters so it's not a worry for me.
  15. moterbiker

    moterbiker Gypsy diver

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    I don't want another of those 2 1/2 wide tires though, I want a match to the 12 car tires I put on. I have several of the little tires around
  16. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    Oh, my bad, 12 inch car tires? I take it back, go to the seediest junkyard/repair shop/farmyard, and buy/beg/borrow/steal something that fits. If you are lucky, you could find tires made after WWII.:lol3

    That does sound like a good idea. I was thinking about putting on wider trailer tires than what come with it. But car tires would be even more robust.
  17. moterbiker

    moterbiker Gypsy diver

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    Back when I put them on I could buy the tires at Walmart for like $14 each, I wish I bought 4 of them now. I think the only way to do it now is get 13 inch wheels and tires.
    That will wait until the current tires are junk :D
  18. murgatroid42

    murgatroid42 Great Adventurer

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    Harbor Freight sells 12 in. spare tires and wheels, here. A perfect match with the trailer. :lol3 BTW, I have one and bolted it to the trailer tongue.
  19. xcgates

    xcgates Whaaa?

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    MoterBiker has car tires and wheels, not trailer tires and wheels.
  20. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    Check a junk yard, you might get lucky and find a few spares in trunks, might even get extra lucky and they happen to fit with the wheels they're mounted to.