1500 trailer & stability

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1500 trailer & stability

Postby hap2 » Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:50 pm

I'm going on a 600 mi trip with 'my' 1500. It's got 122,000 mi on it.
Just a couple of questions:

Will a trailer (3' High X 3' W X 4' Long) help with stability? And how so?

Just had the oil & brakes changed. What else shud I check?

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Re: 1500 trailer & stability

Postby bustedwing » Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:23 pm

If the timing belts have not been changed you are taking a risk. Otherwise, the normal check the tires, top off the fluids, make sure the brakes are good. But 600 miles isn't really a big deal. The trailer stability depends on your hitch. If you have the swivel hitch then it can rock side to side easier. If you have a ball hitch then you have to watch turns. But it is a small trailer so just watchwhen you pull into gas stations.
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Re: 1500 trailer & stability

Postby WingAdmin » Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:02 pm

I've never had a problem with turns with the ball hitch - I can certainly lean my bike over in turns, and I can do so until things start dragging on the ground, but I never do that with the trailer behind me. I basically just ride a bit slower and more carefully with the trailer, and like busted said, be really careful when making slow turns in constricted areas like gas stations. It's easy to forget that it's back there. Also try not to go anywhere that you need to back up. If you do end up needing to back up, it's probably just as easy to unhitch, turn around, then rehitch (at least it is with my trailer).

I don't know that it helps any with stability - it does cause the back end to bob up and down a bit over bumps.

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Re: 1500 trailer & stability

Postby dingdong » Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:51 am

My 1500 with ball hitch will lay on the crash guards without straining the hitch. Accidentally tried this recently. :oops: Also Backing up with a trailer is just like backing up in a 4 wheeler. Try it a couple of times and you won't "not" park in a spot because you have to use reverse. I remember, before I learned this, passing up parking areas while touring Yellowstone because I was afraid I couldn't get out. As for a trailer adding stability, I don't think so.


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