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A buddy and me are doing putnam may 2nd. However neither of us have a trailer, does anybody have a spot for two bikes? Obviously we're willing to compensate you for your trouble and the bikes will be coming out of the Woodridge area.

Plan B: has anybody rented uhaul trailers and gotten two bikes in? I know uhaul rents a "motorcycle trailer" but it only has a spot for one bike. they also have 5x8, 5x9, and 6x12 open trailers, these don't have motorcycle chokes but can they still be used? How do you secure the bike in an open trailer like that without wheel chokes?

Plan C: I rented from buttrey rental last year and got a really nice enclosed trailer, but it is pretty expensive.

And i know somebody will suggest buying a cheap trailer from menards or harbor frieght and i wish i could but i don't have anywhere to store it

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I have a trailer that should be available. Easily carries 2 bikes.

I just need to remember to get plates for it.

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Awesome! Thanks.

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So who else is going to Putnam on the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd? I cant wait!

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I should have my trailer done by then as well if Gkotlins isnt available Im sure mine will be I dont ahve anything planned that would involve it. Its in the building stages now and will be plated and registered within a week

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I should have my trailer done by then as well if Gkotlins isnt available Im sure mine will be I dont ahve anything planned that would involve it. Its in the building stages now and will be plated and registered within a week
Awesome, I know you're quite the metal worker, any pics of the progress? Are you making a simple flatbed trailer or getting fancy?

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Ive got pics but they are all on the camera so far.

Its gonna be a well appointed flat bed, tongue will fold for storage as well as tilt for loading, there will be an underslung ramp rack to hold it out of the way, and it will be configurable to carry either 1 or 2 bikes

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Uhaul enclosed work great. Ken and I did this a few years back for a blackhawk day.


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chey, what did you use to tie down to inside the uhaul?

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chey, what did you use to tie down to inside the uhaul?
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We just tied it with ratchet straps to the bars inside the trailer. We used a few more then normal to spread out the weight. Never any problems.


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the bars being the ones on the side walls right?

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Yes Sir

Also may want to get a 2X8 to put infront of the wheels against the wall just for a little added protection.


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good to know those rails hold, the last enclosed uhaul i had i looked at em and was skeptical on their strength

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That's why we used more then the normal straps just to distribute the weight around


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i'll be there, too!

here's what i used last year. uhaul's 5 X 8:



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i'll be there, too!

here's what i used last year. uhaul's 5 X 8:



(sorry, i'm in the way... best pic i could find)
How did you secure the front wheel? Where you able to get tie downs on the floor somewhere?

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yeah they have d-rings in the 2 front corners on the inside and outside. we used a couple canyon dancers and a little creativity; it worked out pretty well. the front wheels were pulled up against the front and didn't seem to move much at all.

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yeah they have d-rings in the 2 front corners on the inside and outside. we used a couple canyon dancers and a little creativity; it worked out pretty well. the front wheels were pulled up against the front and didn't seem to move much at all.
Good to know, thanks!

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I'll be there as well. In for both Sat and Sun to feed my addiction. Hopefully I'll have the plastics at least primered by then. Otherwise, it's going to be a strange looking gixxer.

Trying to decide between camping at Cloverdale RV park and a hotel room in Cloverdale. I guess I'll wait a bit and check the long-term forecast about 10 days out.

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