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Small flat trailer...WTB adn or where to get

Sorry I'm a trailer noob also...

Other than Harbor Freight where else can I look at or buy a small trailer to tow my GSXR600. Ideally I would like something flat where I can mount a Pitbull trailer restraint system on it.

I live in Chicago and don't want to drive 10billion hours to buy one so what is relatively close?


Fuggit I plan to pull it with my 01 Civic EX auto.
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Gene Funk in Morris on RT6. That's where I almost bought my trailer from. Also CL. All you need is a 4x8


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Gene Funk in Morris on RT6. That's where I almost bought my trailer from. Also CL. All you need is a 4x8
RT6...I don't think I've been on that road in my entire life LOL I have to Google Map that.


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CL is good, anso call up local storage places. Some people there have trailers that now belong to the storage place due to non
payment. Another good one to score is an old watercraft trailer, like a jet ski trailer. I found one lying in a field, and plan on putting a deck on it, and replacing the tires, bearings, and installing lights. A quick trip to the DMV to title it as a homemade trailer and you are ready to roll. I project total cost to be under $100 for mine.
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Yeah talked to him today, but also want to have options.

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Might go look at that or another members HF already built.
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Watch going home built. Not that easy to title anymore. The state police have to inspect first so make sure trailer already has a title and if possible go with 12" tires


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All you need is a 4x8
Could I fit 2 bikes on a 4x8?

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Possible but I wouldn't go less then a 5x8 personally


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Could I fit 2 bikes on a 4x8?
C'mon adam, youre a big baller, you need at least a 24 ft toyhauler with a plasma, bathroom, shower, microwave -etc.

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Watch going home built. Not that easy to title anymore. The state police have to inspect first so make sure trailer already has a title and if possible go with 12" tires
8X5.70 tires are fine as well(load rating very close to 12X4.80); Just avoid the std 8X4.80 tires as their load rating sucks.

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Outside of say Uhaul...where could I go to get a hitch for my Civic that is not far from Chicago?

far being 1 hour + :P



I sweat these directions for Etrailer make zero sense to me??

http://www.etrailer.com/instructions.aspx?pn=60867

fishwire? two holes? why is the bolt not lined up with the nut?


edit: F-Me...they have a video to explain :P

http://www.etrailer.com/tv-hitch-ins...nda-Civic.aspx

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Watch going home built. Not that easy to title anymore. The state police have to inspect first so make sure trailer already has a title and if possible go with 12" tires
This.

You have to jump through all kinds of hoops to get a trailer titled now if its home built. Along with getting it inspected, you have to take pictures of each side of the trailer and the tongue. This just started this year. Prior to that, all you needed to do was go to the currency exchange and apply for a home built trailer title and that was that. Not no' mo'.

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Outside of say Uhaul...where could I go to get a hitch for my Civic that is not far from Chicago?

far being 1 hour + :P



I sweat these directions for Etrailer make zero sense to me??

http://www.etrailer.com/instructions.aspx?pn=60867

fishwire? two holes? why is the bolt not lined up with the nut?


edit: F-Me...they have a video to explain :P

http://www.etrailer.com/tv-hitch-ins...nda-Civic.aspx
Call Rick's RV in Joliet. They just installed my brake control. You can always drop your car off while at ACC

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Otherwise any RV place local to you. I bought my hitch online for my Grand Prix i used to have.


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Call Rick's RV in Joliet. They just installed my brake control. You can always drop your car off while at ACC

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Otherwise any RV place local to you. I bought my hitch online for my Grand Prix i used to have.
Cool place. If I don't buy online from etrailer for the hitch I think I will check that place out.


ACC then drop car off?? LOL then go home and get my bike and come back LOL
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Also trailer gurus...


A older Kendon 2 rail is just under 500lbs. They recommend using a Class II hitch in their manual. From what I can find on eTrailer.com they only have Class I hitches available for a Civic. If I only tow 1 GSXR600 on a Kendon does anyone see an issue with this?

Is it dangerous? I called Kendon and officially they will not say anything other than use the recommended Class II. My friend has a Kendon that I might be able to borrow.
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Cool place. If I don't buy online from etrailer for the hitch I think I will check that place out.


ACC then drop car off?? LOL then go home and get my bike and come back LOL
No I meant while you are doing ACC on your bike

Friend trailers your bike. You drive car and drop off otw to ACC. Then after trackday go and pick up car.


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Also trailer gurus...


A older Kendon 2 rail is just under 500lbs. They recommend using a Class II hitch in their manual. From what I can find on eTrailer.com they only have Class I hitches available for a Civic. If I only tow 1 GSXR600 on a Kendon does anyone see an issue with this?

Is it dangerous? I called Kendon and officially they will not say anything other than use the recommended Class II. My friend has a Kendon that I might be able to borrow.
Class I is OK for up to 2000 lbs in most cases; your car probably only allows for towing 1000-1500. Your setup would be on the edge if the civic can only tow 1000 lbs, but should be OK. I would look for a single rail or flatbed trailer though as it would weigh a bit less. The 2 rail would do you no good as you would not want to tow 2 bikes and the trailer with a Civic anyway.

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Class I is OK for up to 2000 lbs in most cases; your car probably only allows for towing 1000-1500. Your setup would be on the edge if the civic can only tow 1000 lbs, but should be OK. I would look for a single rail or flatbed trailer though as it would weigh a bit less. The 2 rail would do you no good as you would not want to tow 2 bikes and the trailer with a Civic anyway.
Thanks for your input. The Kendon two rail is a neighbors I would just borrow to tow a single bike From your info and others I think it would be fine to pull it.
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