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has anyone tried the harborfreight motorcycle trailer, I noticed they sell a complete trailer with plastic pod for a motorcycle for $400 bucks, sounds like a great deal just wondered if it pulls good and if it bounces around a lot with that leaf spring suspension. been thinking about building my own but for that price, I would like to check one out, also has anyone compared a leafspring equiped trailer against one with the independent torsion bar suspension, which one pulles the best?
 

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Harbor Freight sells lots of trailers. If you mean the 4' long, folding one, many folks have put cartop carriers on it and made a trailer you can tow behind a motorcycle.
 

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HF now offers an option with the 4' utility trailer that they market to motorcycles.

It's built on the same frame I built mine on. Mine tracks really nicely, I did extend the tongue by about ten inches though. It bounces a lot more than I like it to when it's empty. With weight in it however it behaves pretty well. I also left the extra leaf springs on it for height. I may take them off to see if it stops the bouncing.
 

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Taking them (leafs) out really does help! I also used a longer bigger (2"x4") frame box tube for the tongue, and the weight smoothed out the bouncing to zero. You could pull a truck with that tube! You'd be hard pressed to build one for $400.00!
 

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Yeah..I have about $300 into mine with the wooden box I built for it. The nice thing about mine though is that I can take the box off and have a flat bed trailer for moving bulky items.

I also reduced the air pressure in the tires to about ten.
 

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Been eyeing those trailers for a few months now. Something a PA enhanced inspection station told me that they needed to be inspected before state (PA) would issue a title. Last time I was at a Harbor Freight store I now noticed they had a sign on their wall by the trailers saying something similar. I doubt whether all states the same but there may be an added cost to get it titled, Might want to check that out before purchase.
 

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I hobbled mine together for around $200. $75 trailer,$25 car carrier from garage sale and $30 tubing for tongue extension. Plus some misc. lighting,new tire and some black paint. Pulled great over to Tellico Plains TN about 300 mile trip there. Really pleased with the way it came out. Narrowed 7",shortened 3". It ain't no show trailer but it did what it was supposed to, get my campgear to the KOA.
 

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I noticed the HF add says 55 MPH max towing speed, I am sure it will be pulled a lot faster than that. Maybe that is a disclaimer to help get it safety inspected. :cooldj:
 

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Broke Winger,
All you have to do for the leaf springs is to remove the smaller one, leave just the one big spring, also reduce your tire pressure to about 25 lbs. Also by lengthening the tongue of the trailer it will track a lot better. The rule of thumb is 2 1/2 times the width of the axle between the inside of the tires. So from the c/l of the axle to the hitch should be 2 1/2 times the width of the axle inside of tire to inside of tire. Plus it will let you add a carrier for a cooler. The weight of the tongue should be no more than 27 lbs. I've seen 10% of trailer weight but that is the rule for cars or trucks, anymore than 27lbs on the hitch and it will take weight off the front end of bike and giving you less tracksion for the frt tire, bad idea especially during rain.
Hope this helps.
 

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On a side note, I get emails from HF on occassion that give out coupons. The last one I got was for 20% off. That'd make that trailer fairly inexpensive. If anyone is interested, I can forward the email to you.

Nice sig quote there Bill...:D
 

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I was wondering about the 55MPH max disclaimer also. What speeds do you guys run while towing the HF built trailers?
I just ran from CA to IN in my cager to take the daughter to college and would hate to do that at 55 while the cagers are doing 75.
 

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I was wondering about the 55MPH max disclaimer also.
That is just legalize to keep you from suing HF if the trailer flips over at 75 mph.

I would not give it a 2nd thought. Lengthen the tongue out to make it stable and go as fast as you can afford to pay for.
 

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Has anyone used bigger wheels on one of these trailers? The 8" wheel is probably the reason for 55mph max. 12" wheels might be better.
 

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I have a Thule.It is fairly large but I have not had any trouble pulling it. It came with a torsion axle suspension and 13 inch tires. It is rated for 85 MPH. Pictures in the galery.
 

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I have the Harbor Freight trailer with the 18 cu.ft. Sears car top carrier

http://www.hrot.org/martino/goldwing/trailer/index.htm

I did a trip with it last summer Virginia Beach, VA toRochester, NY.



Speeds up to 80 mph on I95between Richmond, VA andWashington D.C. About 70 mph most of the rest of the trip.



I have the 8" wheels. I haven't had any problems at all. I read that a lot of people think the 12" wheels pull better, and I can see where there would be a difference. I think there would be less pulling when hitting bumps, pot holes, rail road tracks, etc. If I had it to do over, I would go with the trailer with the bigger wheels. But as I said, I haven't had any problems, so no regrets.
 

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I have the Harbor Freight trailer with the 18 cu.ft. Sears car top carrier

http://www.hrot.org/martino/goldwing/trailer/index.htm

I did a trip with it last summer Virginia Beach, VA toRochester, NY.



Speeds up to 80 mph on I95between Richmond, VA andWashington D.C. About 70 mph most of the rest of the trip.



I have the 8" wheels. I haven't had any problems at all. I read that a lot of people think the 12" wheels pull better, and I can see where there would be a difference. I think there would be less pulling when hitting bumps, pot holes, rail road tracks, etc. If I had it to do over, I would go with the trailer with the bigger wheels. But as I said, I haven't had any problems, so no regrets.
I just bought the same cargo box for my trailer. The lid for it fits my older base that is carpeted. Once I get the new bottom carpeted then I'll switch the bottoms out and give my old cargo box to a friend. The local Sears auto store still has 3 more of them for 99 bucks. Can't beat that with a stick.

I am running the 12" wheels and love them.
 

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Aw, shoot, I just went and looked, it expired yesterday, sorry guys...
 

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The reason for 55 mph max is stickly liability purpose. Look at u-haul every trailer is clearly marked at 45 mph.YIKES!! I pull a HF trailer with 8" wheels & love it. Rock & rolls cruising @ 70. My top is from pepboys.
 
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