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Hmmm, what if I rig up a patch cord for the brake lights?

Bike is all loaded up and ready to go with me to NASR-11

I walked back behind the trailer a bit, and looked at the truck/trailer combination with the Emergency Flashers on.

Hmmmm, ya know, I could rig up a patch cord in about 3 blinks of a horse's tail and fix it so the bike's lights come on with the trailer lights.....

Hmmm,
all I need to do, if find that pig tail I made up last year, and unscrew those little Twist Lock connectors on the tail lights.







what you cna't see in that photo, is the strap that is wrapped around the front wheel 3 times to snug it up against the wheel chock verticals.
On the Pontiac Vibe, the trailer slants downhill, on the truck, she looks uphill.


I ought to see if I can find that drop hitch, me thinks.

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Do you use a sway bar? Looks a little light in front

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2/3rds of the bike is forward of the trailer axle.


it is quite heavy on the hitch, haven't weighed it, but think that I will, have some bathroom scales and I suspect the weight is over 100 lbs.


Found the drop hitch, it has a 2-5/16" ball on it, and no way for me to replace it with a 2" ball, the shank on that thing is rated at 10,000 lbs. it was used to pull our big 37' Avion TT with my old diesel dually.

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Ok, be safe! Not going to make it this year. Have to work.

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Hitch weight is more than 300 lbs, that is the max reading on our bathroom scales.
Unloaded, the hitch weight is > 100 lbs.



so, not worried about it trying to flip off the ball.


that trailer has many 1,000s of miles behind our cars and trucks, it has never offered up any problems. Newer tires, 34 psi.
bearings were greased a year ago.


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got some pix of the wheel chock securing the bike to the trailer.


in the lower right corner of the pix, you can see a Rhino bike hold down strap. it goes up to a Rhino double loop strap over the lower triple tree.












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I like the front of the trailer to be a little high. It pulls better that way.

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I don't know how far you're going, but wrapping that tie down strap around the rough edges of your "chock" may lead to a frayed strap after a few miles. Even the strap through the wheel spoke can do the same thing. Soft ties and eyes for the hooks to attach to would be much better. I did what you did....once. I learned not to do it again.

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I have used tie down straps just that way, on the front wheel, for years on that trailer with a lot of my bikes, '84, '86, '94, '98,
the '94SE rode on that trailer from Phoenix, AZ to here in Oologah, OK....


and the 1800 has been on that trailer 3 times already.


Not once, has a tie down strap tried to wear out. the reason it goes around 3 times, is to enable the laws of physics to apply 3X the strength to the pull of the little ratchet.....
With it that tight, it will NOT be seesawing back and forth.

it won't be wearing on me.
but, just so y'all are happy, I will put a 2nd strap around it




Hmmm, Dave, why do you feel the trailer pulls better nose high?


Added another 50 lbs to the tongue weight, forgot the trailer's spare tire.
Thought it didn't look quite right...

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I don't know how far you're going, but wrapping that tie down strap around the rough edges of your "chock" may lead to a frayed strap after a few miles. Even the strap through the wheel spoke can do the same thing. Soft ties and eyes for the hooks to attach to would be much better. I did what you did....once. I learned not to do it again.



Okay, why are hook eyes better than the "hook eyes on the ratchet straps?"
the hooks catch the edge of the trailer's frame and the "hook eye" is what the strap is tied to.


The triple tree has soft double loops, so that is covered, and it is snugged down hard.
The sides are "secured, not heavy tight" with additional straps to the trailer's side rails and to the crash guards. I don't like using crash guards that way, so they are not pulled down tight, just there to keep things from sliding sideways, IF, that should ever happen.


Don't see how that can happen, with two Rhino 2,000 lbs Tie Down straps going into Rhino double loops over the triple tree.


and the rear wheel has a single strap around it once, and the strap Hook Eyes are hooked to the trailer's side rails. Same method I have used for 30 years, and not once, has there been a problem.

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