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Harbor freight trailer and pitbull TRS

Any issues with the folding harbor freight trailer and a pitbull TRS? The back end is loose, so it has the ability to fold up. I'm assuming this isn't a big deal since the bike will weight it down, but I want to double check.

And yes, I can appreciate the humor of the TRS costing more than the trailer

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Well, I bought the TRS You think I need to reinforce the floor where the TRS plate bolts down? It's just 3/4" plywood layed over the metal crossbars.

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youll want a spreader plate backing up the mounting for the TRS, or use very large washers for the bolts on the wood.

is there any way to lock the trailer in an unfolded position?

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I didn't get any bolts that keep it from folding (bought it used). I'll have to get those. Thanks!

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And yes, I can appreciate the humor of the TRS costing more than the trailer
I have you beat. The SV650 was 3 times more expencive than the two vehicle, the Wonder Hyundai.
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While it is probably very stable the setup in that picture just looks like the guy is going to get asspacked by his own bike with the TRS attached if he bumps into something with his car.
I think I would add an additional front chock or something.

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I have a basic chock, not one that lifts the front wheel, that I'll use to keep the bars from jerking around.

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I plan on mounting a Pit-bull TRS in the back of a van. It's a really neat system.
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I plan on mounting a Pit-bull TRS in the back of a van. It's a really neat system.
first there was a trailer, then a red mini school bus, and now a van

dave will be coming to the track with the wonder hundaiy again this summer

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I have a basic chock, not one that lifts the front wheel, that I'll use to keep the bars from jerking around.

The bike will be perfectly fine with no wheel chock. I would not even install a chock.
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first there was a trailer, then a red mini school bus, and now a van

dave will be coming to the track with the wonder hundaiy again this summer
The Wonder Hundai goes to it's new home today. I hazza sad.
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The bike will be perfectly fine with no wheel chock. I would not even install a chock.
I have one of these laying around, and it's just 4 holes to mount it. I don't anticipate it protecting much, just something to keep the front wheel from smacking around.


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I have one of these laying around, and it's just 4 holes to mount it. I don't anticipate it protecting much, just something to keep the front wheel from smacking around.

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+1 I wouldnt bother. All you are going to do with that is cuase more trouble.
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If a wheel chock was needed with the TRS, they would sell it with one. I talked to a few people that have them and the only negative thing they have to say about it is the price. They all loved the ease of use, and peace of mind knowing that when they opened the door to the trailer, they didn't worry about being greeted to a bike on it's side.
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If a wheel chock was needed with the TRS, they would sell it with one. I talked to a few people that have them and the only negative thing they have to say about it is the price. They all loved the ease of use, and peace of mind knowing that when they opened the door to the trailer, they didn't worry about being greeted to a bike on it's side.


I have three of them Dave so I guess you can ask me. They are well worth the price. Every penny. Once you buy one you will understand.


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regardless of how good the trs is I would still strap the bike down to the trailer, if for nothing more than simple redundancy...

think about the situation when you are loading up, youre tired hot after a day of riding
you put the trs on the bike ans rollit up and onto the retainer but forget to lock it in with the one or both of the retaining pin clips
going down the highway at 65 and you hit a bump and thats the last straw for an incompletely restrained bike and it gets free from the TRS, in an enclosed trailer, no big deal some bodywork damage maybe a lever but that it, on an open trailer youve got a bike on its own on the pavement with oncoming traffic

just my oppinion, the trs may be great but nothing it mistake proof thats where redundance saves your ass

ive dont it on my trailer and had one of the straps get loose, I use 4 so it didnt go anywhere but if i only used 2 liek ive seen people do... youre in for a bad day


oh steve, that pic only shows 2 TRS's

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Third one was bought after the pic was taken. That pic was taken over a year ago. Like I said there is no reason to strap anything down with the pit bull restraints. Thats like putting ur kickstand down when you have ur bikes on pit bull stands. Useless. The bike doesnt move. As I will say for the SECOND time you won't know till you own one. But obviously there are people here that now more than me since I own them and they don't.
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i have no doubt that they are fully secure with a bike as long as it is done properly with the locking pin/clip things

im just saying that having a layer of redundancy is a good idea on an open trailer, with an enclosed trailer like youve got the trailer is the second layer

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i have no doubt that they are fully secure with a bike as long as it is done properly with the locking pin/clip things

im just saying that having a layer of redundancy is a good idea on an open trailer, with an enclosed trailer like youve got the trailer is the second layer
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I was thinking about worse case situation if you hit something, the wood holding it down may tear, having something else to keep it from going forward may help. Inside an enclosed trailer is another story.

That Pitbull setup is one of the nicest things I've seen for trailer transport to date, I want to get one this season.


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Anyone needing trailer restraints I've got them for a couple bucks off and free shipping.

$277.95....FREE shipping and no sales tax.

Just FYI

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I have a HF folding trailer and a basic wheel chock. I added a 2x12 under the wheeld chock and 2x4s down the lenght of each side for my tie down rings. and bolted through the wood blocking. Not sure if it is truely needed, but Polish engineering is better than no engineering. My bike was secure when I used this setup last year.

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So what's stopping me from making my own with a $200 MIG welder from HF (or borrow one) and some scrap steel other than looks? I could learn how to weld in the process.

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So what's stopping me from making my own with a $200 MIG welder from HF (or borrow one) and some scrap steel other than looks? I could learn how to weld in the process.
how much do you like your bike?

welding isnt as easy as it looks to get strong joints and a 200dollar HF welder is really gonna make the whole process of you learning and the production of a solid build that much harder... im the type that would rather make something than buy it but for this youre gonna be better off buying the real thing

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$200 for a POS welding machine
youre gonna drop about 120 on materials to copy a pitbull TRS
youll need a grinder adn a bunch of wheels figure another 60-70 from HF plus time to go back and get another when it breaks

you making a copy depends a lot on your skill and aptitude with metal working tools i seriously doubt it will come out anything like youd want it to.

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how much do you like your bike?

welding isnt as easy as it looks to get strong joints and a 200dollar HF welder is really gonna make the whole process of you learning and the production of a solid build that much harder... im the type that would rather make something than buy it but for this youre gonna be better off buying the real thing

also thing of this
$200 for a POS welding machine
youre gonna drop about 120 on materials to copy a pitbull TRS
youll need a grinder adn a bunch of wheels figure another 60-70 from HF plus time to go back and get another when it breaks

you making a copy depends a lot on your skill and aptitude with metal working tools i seriously doubt it will come out anything like youd want it to.
Good points, thanks!

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I'm bringing my pos trailer to Pilot this year so he can make it pimp. He haz a bad ass welder, and the bestest set of tools in his garage. Pimp daddy pimp!
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Those are nice, but they do have a downfall. What if you have a couple different types of bikes? I dont think those would work on a bagger. Or what if you crash during a trackday and the rear wheel is fubared?

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Or what if you crash during a trackday and the rear wheel is fubared?
If I wad a bike that bad, I'll lay the bike down on the trailer and strap it down.
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