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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 01-03-2005, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone build their trailer?

Is there something I'm not aware of here regarding trailers?

I would like to track this coming season and am thinking it would be most cost-effective to build a trailer just big enough for a single kart (this would then be sufficient for a motorcycle). What kind of hoops do I need to jump through to get this thing street legal?
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I built a kit one like the harbor freight ones in 1990,
they gave you all the paperwork,
I had to take it to a (I think it was sherrifs dept) and they inspected it and got you a title for it.

I don't remember it being a huge deal.
but again this was from a kit not a from scratch model
so I don't know if there is a difference

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I did the Harbor Freight build a trailer thing. It comes with a certificate of origin, you'll need your proof of purchase, usually the SHIPPING document, not just a receipt. It needs to clearly state the item purchased and the price you paid. Pay the extra money and get the 12 inch wheels, and the $40 for the spare. I think it took Pete an afternoon to build. Oh, and the wiring harness never works right from them. You'll also need either the rail option or a sheet of plywood. But, they are foldable, cheap, and get the job done.

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Save yourself the hassle here is one online on the Wera board I am sure he would take $500 for it even though it is a little bit of a road trip.


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I have a haror Freight trailer 4x8 with 12" wheels, it is easy to assemble, wiring does work fine, I have yet to register it, however, it is easy to tow and even easier to load. You do not need ramps for loading at all. It comes without the top surface or sides. I used 3/4" plywood, however, for few extra bucks you could buy aluminum diamond plate if you want, plywood is fine for me.

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I read that a lot about folks recommending the taller tires from the wheels spinning faster.
I had the 8" wheel one for 13 years and only replaced 1 bearing and thats because it got water in it, no problems whatsoever.

Here is an interesting writeup on this

http://www.trailerinabag.com/FAQ.htm#where

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I always thought that the concern was that the smaller tires turn the higher RPM and thus get much hotter then a 12" tire. A friend had one with 8" tires and twice during the summer it threw the tread from getting to hot.

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I built my own trailer BUT in WI we don't need to title/license anything under 3k capacity.

BTW, what's all the nonsense about smaller wheels? I've never had a problem with ALL the 8" wheels I've used......you'll get the same overheating issue w/ any size tire IF YOU OVERLOAD THEM. READ the sidewall for load rating......then decide what size you need.
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Am I going to find a trailer for less than $500? I really don't mind building.
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The Harbor Freight build yourself trailer runs about $350 with the spare tire. Figure another $100 if you use a plywood deck (and need the mounting hardware for said deck). You'll probably want to find someway to store some stuff on there as well, such as rubbermaid totes, tie down locations, eyelets, etc.

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At the south east corner of 63rd and Cass in Westmont, behind the McDonalds there is a auto repair place and a UHaul. The guy there makes custom trailers, anything you want.

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Does it worth the hassle building when you can have one build for you for under 600.00 brand new?

Follow this thread and look for scandi trailers link.

https://www.chicagolandsportbikes.com...hlight=trailer

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I bought a 5x8 tilt bed trailer off this board for $375. 14" wheels cruises nice at 80. Couldnt have built it for that cost.
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I just finished building one of the harbor freight trailers last night. Was on sale, a 1200 pound capacity (most are 900 I think) trailer kit including 12" wheels and tires, free freight, for $220. Add 60 bucks for a trip to the hardware store for decking, electrical upgrades, and extra hardware and I got a great little trailer for $280. Folds up and out of the way quite nicely. Came with a certificate of origin for registration. I might be screwed though, I think I threw away the freight document. Overall I'm very happy, and I know it was assembled right because I did it, and I know every little nut and bolt on that thing.

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My Harbor Freight trailer came with the certificate of origin. Take the receipt to a title place and fill out the paperwork and everything is sent to you from the Sec. of State. Title and plates are no problem for a homebuilt trailer. My advice would be to replace the caster wheels. they are very cheap plastic and will break if wheel it around while folded. But as far as a cheap 4x8 trailer, it does the job.
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This is what I have... I haul an R6 and an F4i with it.

Add some plywood, and a couple of chocks, and you're ready to go! Fold it up and it's easily stored out of the way in the garage.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=90154
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Am I going to find a trailer for less than $500? I really don't mind building.
I bought mine off Tony for $550. It's a whole lot better than on of the Harbor Freight or home built ones. Hunt around, you have lots of time.

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I bought mine off Tony for $550. It's a whole lot better than on of the Harbor Freight or home built ones. Hunt around, you have lots of time.
Does yours fold up?
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Nope, it's a solid 5x8, but it does hinge.

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This is what I have... I haul an R6 and an F4i with it.

Add some plywood, and a couple of chocks, and you're ready to go! Fold it up and it's easily stored out of the way in the garage.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=90154
Dang that looks great, thanks for the link.
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I have that same Harbor Freight red 4x8 trailer that lots of you guys have, with 8" wheels, but I picked mine up from Menards and it was only $199, no shipping worries either. They also sell a 4x6 motorcycle one with an included rail and ramp for motorcycles for I think $160, but I opted for the 4x8 so I could use it as a general purpose trailer too if needed. It took me about 2 afternoons to build, but I'm mechanically incompetant and had to move everything from parking lot back to apartment a lot since I don't have my own driveway or garage.

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Dang that looks great, thanks for the link.
Not sure if it's still current, but shipping on mine was free if you ordered over $50. They delivered it to my old apt's garage via Yellow trucking.
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