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I am thinking on building a trailer for my 1500. How do I wire it to bike? What trailer hitch do I buy for a 1999 1500? I like the h.f. trailer its in my price range. Where are you buying carriers? Does the tongue have to swivel ? How much is it going to cost me for everything all I have is the bike?
 

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wiring.... simply get under the seat and splice of the apprpriate wires to a trailer connector

swivel tongue, can go either way, but a swivel may be safer

uncertain about the hitch

cost.... depends
 

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if you need a 5 wire (bike) to 4 wire trailer adapter uhaul has them, ill get you the model number cause if you ask those idiots they wont know what your talking about... i was prob the exception to the rule on my bike but should go rather easy for the wiring, for me i had to do some tricks and extra stuff...

the carrier you can get at sears for about $119 bucks, alot of dif people use dif model carrier, main thing is if you get a normal carrier you will will most likely not be able to narrow your trailer frame down very much, mine only has maybe 2 inches on either side of the carrier, so youll have to know up front if you dont mind the trailer being alittle wider than your bike by about 5 in on either side, for me it has not been an issue, you just have to remember its there.

one of the major things i learned on building my own is you have to plan it out, what are you using it for, how wide do you want it, how fancy do you want to make it, do you want to paint it, you have to ask yourself alot of questions and get feed back from others before you start.
but its well worth it because in the end you get exactly what you want and you can be proud u did it yourself...

the hb trailer takes a 1 7/8 ball... and as far as a swivel hitch thats up for debate some swear by it some dont... for me the only thing i have noticed is that when your parked and you want to take the trailer off sometimes you have to rock the bike to get it to release, a swivel would stop that, but other than that no issue.

im writing a blog on building mine, im writing it in my spare time so foregive me if it takes me a bit. but here is the link... i try to update it a bit every day

http://durangodaves.wordpress.com/2009/04/05/motorcycle-cargo-trailer/
 

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durangod wrote:
if you need a 5 wire (bike) to 4 wire trailer adapter uhaul has them, ill get you the model number cause if you ask those idiots they wont know what your talking about... i was prob the exception to the rule on my bike but should go rather easy for the wiring, for me i had to do some tricks and extra stuff...
Is this the one from Uhaul?:

Trailer adapter
 

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i lost the tab in the box with the part number but its looks similar to what i have, ok here is a few pics of the one off my trailer. sorry i dont have a part number for ya..
 

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Thanks for the info I am going to start saving if anyone has anything I could use such as hitch wire harness etc let me know
 

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durangod:
how much $ did you part with for the converter from uhaul.
I gotta buy one for my 1500.
Elviskan:
If you need a carrier to put on an H.F. trailer like durangod
and I did, I found my sears xcargo 18cu ft on craigslist for half or less than one is new. 50 bucks in fact. A lot of folks buy those carriers and use them once or twice for moving only and then dont need them anymore.
also you can get a zero splice kit for your motorcycle that snaps inline like ones available for cars and trucks. Makes life a lot easier IMHO.
 

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TXRLGL1500 wrote:
durangod:
how much $ did you part with for the converter from uhaul.
I gotta buy one for my 1500.
Elviskan:
If you need a carrier to put on an H.F. trailer like durangod
and I did, I found my sears xcargo 18cu ft on craigslist for half or less than one is new. 50 bucks in fact. A lot of folks buy those carriers and use them once or twice for moving only and then dont need them anymore.
also you can get a zero splice kit for your motorcycle that snaps inline like ones available for cars and trucks. Makes life a lot easier IMHO.
I believe it was 35.00 at uhaul
 

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I run a 2 wire connector from the brakes to a 2nd set of lites on the trailer, easy & cheap. :action:
 

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I am on my way to starting a trailer build Doug W from this site has a hitch for my bike and a car carrier I just pm him and told him I wanted it. Just a few hours drive and I should have it hopefully if he can wait till weekend. Thanks for all the help. I have a 1999 1500 are all the hitches the same for 1500 not sure what year dougs bike is
 

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96aspencade wrote:
I run a 2 wire connector from the brakes to a 2nd set of lites on the trailer, easy & cheap. :action:
Thats what I did , Works great for me. I just ran a single wire with the harness and a simple singleplug connecter. Extra lites are always a good Idea;)
 
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