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post #1 of 63 Old 09-17-2013, 06:04 PM Thread Starter
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This is the first trailer I've ever owned. Got it at lowes. Front wheel chocks are from harbor freight.
While at the bike shop I got a new jacket, pants, boots, gloves and a few straps. Guys at the shop said not to use the ratcheting type so I got the spring bound clamp type and two sets of canyon dancer bar straps.
Few more mods to the trailer to come. Thinking I want some rear tire guides, (4) 2x4's should work. Rip them at a 45 on the inside edges.
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Very nice, I am going to have to get myself a Lowes trailer.
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Nice! looks solid. Are those trailer's highway capable? Speed wise?
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10 under. Typical per some state laws. 60 mph is what is suggested.
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Nice trailer. I think we have some local at a few hardware and feed n seed stores, priced from $400 - $800. I have one similar to yours but that bad boy is 5 1/2 wide, 13 1/2 ft long! Must say, she'll get the job done. Bought it new for like $750 from a small company who makes them. Went with the wood floors as well. They will last a little longer if you treat the wood now. Thing is a beast. Could get 5 bikes on it with no worries.
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They will last a little longer if you treat the wood now. Thing is a beast. Could get 5 bikes on it with no worries.
I have heard that motor oil will rot the shit out of wooden floors. It was from some trucker who hauled our humvees across the country. Idk if that's actually true but...
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I have heard that motor oil will rot the shit out of wooden floors. It was from some trucker who hauled our humvees across the country. Idk if that's actually true but...
Problem with the mesh bottoms is they could bend, break, or worse, rust out. I went with wood because if treated up front, should last a while. Also, if they do become bad, the planks are easy to replace.
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10 under. Typical per some state laws. 60 mph is what is suggested.
What size tires are on the trailer?
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Nice! Not sure why they told you not to get the ratcheting tie downs though. They are easier to tighten and more secure (you just don't over-tighten them).

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Nice! Not sure why they told you not to get the ratcheting tie downs though. They are easier to tighten and more secure (you just don't over-tighten them).
Agreed, i have steady mate ratchets designed for bikes, why would someone steer you otherwise

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Looks good dude. I just assembled my first trailer earlier this summer for track days. I went with the folding 8x4 Harbor Freight trailer and love it!

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Very nice!

I put this trailer together a few years back when I was racing RC cars. I need to do some work on it and convert it over to motorcycles.



I am using this trailer for my motorcycle right now. It has an aluminum frame so it will last forever plus it will hold two bikes.

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Make sure u check your throttle/ grip after using canyon dancers
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So is this the 5x8 trailer from lowes?
Been looking at one as a simple and easy system for hauling the bikes... not covered like my old trailer but easy to haul and a car should have no problem with pulling this.
Would go with the pitbull restraint system and cycle gear (baxley knock off wheel chocks), so no more damn canyon dancers, tie down straps and all that jazz.
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