I thought I had posted this story a while back but couldn’t find it to reply. Anyway, I just took a couple more images today.
Last fall I was looking through some local classifieds and found a Markland hitch for my GL1500. I rushed right out and grabbed it; put it on over the winter. So I started looking and soon picked up a Sears roof top box; the big one. I watched and grabbed up the mini-trailer from Harbor Freight as soon as it was on sale.
I built this stock except I removed one spring leaf. I know some lengthen the draw bar or narrow the frame, but this is what I wanted. I sanded and painted all the parts first and put a second coat on after it was assembled. I used Rust Oleum cans, charcoal gray in the “hammered finish” to help avoid the inevitable splotches the spray cans leave. I think this helped. I had a half sheet of ½” plywood, exterior grade & smooth one side which I painted with a spray on undercoating for a textured finish. I used this paint on the inside of the fenders as well. I added a bicycle kickstand and mounted a separate license plate light at the center rather than using the left side light. I also ordered the chrome wheels from Harbor Freight. Only thing left is to pull off the Sears logo and replace with some Goldwing emblems.
Just as I was thinking about a trial run, a friend of mine called me. He had a Piggy Backer and I told him before I started the build that I would buy it if he ever wanted to sell. Well, he was ready to sell. I went and looked at it. It has a crack in the lid (which had been repaired) and the cooler rack is slightly bent from a branch hitting it but I bought it and towed it home behind the Wing in the rain. It tows great!
So now I have both a large and a small cargo trailer. Not sure I need two but I don’t need three Goldwings either! I’ll try them both for a while but you may see one for sale in the future.