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I am using a car topper to build a small trailer for my GL1500SE. I still have to get the axle, but I'm still under 50 pounds for the trailer.

What changes when driving with a trailer?

How much should the trailer weigh once it's done? I aiming for 100 to 125 if I can.

Tire advice? I have been told that the thin tires (the ones that look like bicycle tires) are too rough.

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A lot of us have made our own trailers and hitches for just about all the models of the Goldwing. Just scroll down to the "T" section of the forum index and you'll find all kinds of post related to building, modifying and towing trailers.

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/drwIndex.php
 

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I tow a tear drop with my 1800. The only thing to be aware of is extra stopping distance. I see no difference in lean angles or handling. Sometimes forget it is back there. Have one trailer that weighs 250 pounds with 25 pound tongue weight. Have a camper that weighs 500 pounds with a 50 pound tongue weigh and I think that is pushing the limit for my 1800. Tongue weight should be 10% of trailer weight.
 

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Also, always you have to be aware of the width. The trailer wheels will be wider than your mirrors. You don't want your trailer wheels to hit things. This is really common for people new to pulling a trailer. If you go into a driveway for example, and if you cut it tight, the trailer wheel will hit the curb and stop you dead. It hasn't happened to me, but I have read people warning of it. Fortunately I was warned before the first time I pulled the trailer. You also have to be more careful with your lane position. If you drift to the edge of your lane, the trailer will be out of the lane. And so on. You get the idea.
 
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