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If you lengthen the tongue on the HF trailer by 18", you can put whatever configuration for a box you want on the top and it will tow just fine as long as you keep the load balanced, and slightly tongue heavy. Generally, a spare under the tongue and a cooler on it makes it tongue heavy, which is better than to light.

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Thanks now I know what to expect. I think I can handle those types of mods. I actually like your trailer. I might end up trying to build something like yours. I know I'll start with putting a carrier on it at first because I have that sitting there not getting used. Then I would attempt to build the full box. My father-in-law was a carpenter so I think I should be good building that part when I'm ready.
To get a perfect fit on the lid. Build an enclosed box. Measure down the sides 4 or 5 inches or however tall you want the lid to be. Then cut around the circumference to create the lid.

I usually build an internal frame to add strength.

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I have heard that if broke down bearings and seals are very hard to find for the harbor freight trailer.

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I have heard that if broke down bearings and seals are very hard to find for the harbor freight trailer.

I have a set of Bearing Buddies that will not fit the HF wheel hubs.

I then went to a RV trailer support house and looked at all of the Bearing Buddies that are available.

The tech guy there told me that no Bearing Buddie will fit a HF trailer, that they get requests every week for bearings and hub covers.
So, don't loose that hub cap on your HF wheel....

I will later get some different wheels and standard hubs for it.
right now, it rolls down the road just fine....
Cleaned the bearings and packed with new grease, should be good for a couple of years now.

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Now that is good information. I never even thought about doing that for the lid. Thanks for the great info. Now I can't wait to start this project, but first my planned work on the bike this winter. Hope to convince the wife to let me start this sometime next summer.

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I have a Harbor Frieght 40"x 48" trailer I bought a while back... My steering head bearing were bad and I would get a wobble arounf 65 mph... A friend who had a GL1800 towed it at 75 to 80 with no wobble... I have towed it with my accord and it tows true... It came wirh a cheeeeeeep cargo pod on it that I am going to build a cargo box to replace the pod... That will haul my camping gear just fine and at freeway speeds...

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Pulled mine on a cross country trip this past summer and hope to do it again next year. Absolutely no problems.

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I have heard that if broke down bearings and seals are very hard to find for the harbor freight trailer.
I bought new bearings for my PiggyBacker this summer and I believe they fit the HF also. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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I bought the tag-along and never regretted it. I just got back from a summer long adventure and it handled so well, I forgot it was back there, which is a very common statement for this trailer. As you can see, I made no mods to the frame at all. Since I was going to be only packing about 200 lbs, I removed one of the leaves off of each spring. I cleaned and repacked the bearings. They were torqued down way too much and the lubricant they had is not meant for actual use. It is a non flammable protective coating because the trailers can't be shipped with bearing grease. The only other mod I made was to add a tongue jack. If you look closely, you will see that I didn't weld a rack for the cooler. I drilled a hole through the lip of the lid on each side of the cooler so I could hook a bungee cord through them. The tie-down kept it from bouncing. For 10,000 miles, it never tried to shift once. Some people said that I should get rid of the 8" wheels and go with 12" because the bearings would get too hot. I would feel both hubs has part of a routine inspection when I stopped and they were very cool to the touch. The tires are still in very good shape. I bet they'd make that trip again. I'll try to post a pick of it here.
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Those trailer projects look like fun.

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