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Buying/Owning a trailer?

Can someone give me some advice on what to look for when purchasing a trailer as well as some tips on owning and maintaining one? I've found a reasonably priced hitch and what looks to be a harbor freight trailer all setup for one bike. My Corolla claims to have a 2000lbs towing capacity so I doubt that particular trailer and my bike will give it a hard time.

Everything is telling me to do it and it'll be nice not having to rely on others to get me to track days. Anything you guys can think of as to why owning a trailer is a PITA or a burden at times?

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Grease your wheel bearings once a year. If you have allot of slop in them replace them, they are very cheap.

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Can someone give me some advice on what to look for when purchasing a trailer as well as some tips on owning and maintaining one? I've found a reasonably priced hitch and what looks to be a harbor freight trailer all setup for one bike. My Corolla claims to have a 2000lbs towing capacity so I doubt that particular trailer and my bike will give it a hard time.

Everything is telling me to do it and it'll be nice not having to rely on others to get me to track days. Anything you guys can think of as to why owning a trailer is a PITA or a burden at times?

Thanks ahead!
Just remember to grease/repack the bearings every year and check the tire pressure. Having a trailer is the sheezy. You've seen the smile on my face . You have a garage to keep it in too so you is all good in the hood my friend.

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Make sure you have someplace to put it, if you live in an area with a HOA check your bi laws if you plan on keeping it outside of the garage.

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Can someone give me some advice on what to look for when purchasing a trailer as well as some tips on owning and maintaining one? I've found a reasonably priced hitch and what looks to be a harbor freight trailer all setup for one bike. My Corolla claims to have a 2000lbs towing capacity so I doubt that particular trailer and my bike will give it a hard time.

Everything is telling me to do it and it'll be nice not having to rely on others to get me to track days. Anything you guys can think of as to why owning a trailer is a PITA or a burden at times?

Thanks ahead!
I think you should not have too much of a problem with those fold up type trailers. I could see if you said you buy a 8x20... than you need space to store it and so on... with a single bike trailer there is not too much maitenance either. So go for it, it will be way better than asking around and having other people tow your bike. You will be way more independent....

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Thanks for the heads up guys! Here's the trailer.
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BTW Myles, Cheyenne made a post about knowing some guy selling a single bike Kendon trailer for about a grand. It is the same trailer I have except it holds one bike.

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BTW Myles, Cheyenne made a post about knowing some guy selling a single bike Kendon trailer for about a grand. It is the same trailer I have except it holds one bike.
I saw that. Definitely a nice trailer but well out of my price range. The trailer pictured the seller is asking $235. And you know I'm gonna use my Jew skill to get the price down.

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I saw that. Definitely a nice trailer but well out of my price range. The trailer pictured the seller is asking $235. And you know I'm gonna use my Jew skill to get the price down.
Shit, well in that case do it! You got mad skills playa!

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Ur all set man. No excuse not to do more trackdays now!!! LOL
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Ur all set man. No excuse not to do more trackdays now!!! LOL
Just ordered the hitch. $97 shipped. If I can get all this together I'm gonna try and do the next motovid race clinic.

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looks like that rail may need to be moved foward a little. Just check to be sure you have enough toungue weight.
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definately grease the bearings regularly
I have bearing buddies on mine, allows me to refill with grease from a grease gun in about 10 seconds, steeve knows all about what happens when bearings are neglected

I check the level of grease in teh hubs before every trip and if its low i add some, at the beginning of summer year I pull the hub apart all the way, clean and repack the bearings by hand and replace the grease seal. also get 1 set of spare bearings and a spare tire

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If you get the hitch, but for some reason the trailer doesn't work out, you gots my #. You can use my trailer for a motovid day.

And $235 seems a bit high, I'd try to knock that under 2 hundo.

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If you get the hitch, but for some reason the trailer doesn't work out, you gots my #. You can use my trailer for a motovid day.

And $235 seems a bit high, I'd try to knock that under 2 hundo.
Thanks Pat! Price is in the works.

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that looks scary......

maybe just a bad pic

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Do you know the dimmensions of that trailer? It either has large wheels (good if it does) making it look short or it is very short and that is why the rail is hanging of the back like that.

If it turns out ok, it would be cool if you could hinge the end of the rail to function as a ramp, one less thing to buy/store/transport.

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Do you know the dimmensions of that trailer? It either has large wheels (good if it does) making it look short or it is very short and that is why the rail is hanging of the back like that.

If it turns out ok, it would be cool if you could hinge the end of the rail to function as a ramp, one less thing to buy/store/transport.
that would be a steep ass ramp. probably nearly impossible to get a bike up and it would likely snag on teh belly of the bike and lip of the trailer

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12" wheels with an 80" motorcycle rail. I'm not sure what the wheel base is on my SV. The PO was using it for his sportbike.

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that would be a steep ass ramp. probably nearly impossible to get a bike up and it would likely snag on teh belly of the bike and lip of the trailer
Taking another look, yep you are right, but still think a great idea. Just needs to give a call to Mr. Pilotx1 to fabricate some kind of extension for it that hinges in two extra pieces and he'd be set.

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buy/ find another rail section, hinge it and put a pin thru it to lock it up vertically as a 1 peice ramp, much like on the open landscaping trailers

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I'm sure it happens faster for me because I use mine for sleds too, but open, steel trailers seem to rust fairly quickly. Even worse if you store it outside.

If that one is starting to develop some cancer, don't be afraid to sandblast it down & put on some new paint. Rustproofing the bottom helps.

I've even contemplated repainting mine with bedliner or having it powdercoated.

+1 to what others have said about keeping up on the bearings & watching tire pressure. Don't know how many times I've seen trailers on the side of the road with a broken axle.
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After you pack the bearings and install them, should I just pump grease in the zerk till it oozes out somewhere? How do you know there is enough grease and how do I check it? I have a seal on the back side and the dust cap on the outside, and I imagine that is typical for most if not all trailer axles.

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I'm gonna try and do the next motovid race clinic.
hi myles! do ACC north on 9/4! =) haven't ridden with ya in a while
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After you pack the bearings and install them, should I just pump grease in the zerk till it oozes out somewhere? How do you know there is enough grease and how do I check it? I have a seal on the back side and the dust cap on the outside, and I imagine that is typical for most if not all trailer axles.
with the bearing buddies that have a spring loaded cap and a relief port that ozzes grease when its full

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hi myles! do ACC north on 9/4! =) haven't ridden with ya in a while
Wish I could. I'll be attending the North Coast Music Festival all weekend. My next track day will either be 9/11-12 STT BHF day or the Motovid Race Clinic at BHF. It'll all depend on if I get this trailer.

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Ditch that peice of crap trailer and get a small pickup or a van. You couldn't pay me to even put my dirtbike on that thing.

When you tie your bike down on that flimsy thing the trailer actually flexes and bends. When you hit bumps going down the road it flexes more. No good.

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Ditch that peice of crap trailer and get a small pickup or a van. You couldn't pay me to even put my dirtbike on that thing.

When you tie your bike down on that flimsy thing the trailer actually flexes and bends. When you hit bumps going down the road it flexes more. No good.
I'd like to get a little truck like a tacoma or an s-10 but it's just not in the cards right now. I figure this could suffice for now. And I was thinking about having my friend weld it all together for more support.

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What's funny to me is people who put their prized possession motorcycle that is worth 1000s of dollars on a 150 dollar dinky trailer like that. I hate those trailers and wish your motorcycle the best. Those trailers make me cringe.

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