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camping trailer should I buy?

Postby mark5173 » Wed Mar 04, 2015 3:51 pm



looking to buy a camping trailer for my motorcycle for my 1500 which is the easiest one to use. The best for one not sure which one to buy



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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby jim mccarty » Wed Mar 04, 2015 4:36 pm

Oh, you'll get a lot of different responses to this one. Everyone likes theirs, & they all have good & not so good points about them (or so I've read).
As for me, I've owned, Bunkhouse, Aspen, & Kwik Kamp. Liked them all. Yesterday I bought a 94 model Kwik Kamp in real good condition. Got it for a trip to Alaska in July.
Grab a tent & go to one of the group camp outs, look, & talk to owners.
What's good for me may not work for you. Lot of different kinds to choose from.
Then after you get one, join us on the Alaska trip.

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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Mar 04, 2015 5:27 pm

I would love to see what you decide on.... Maybe others can post photographs of theirs.. :D

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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby MikeB » Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:08 pm

I do not camp so I am no authority but, the easiest and quickest tent trailer I have ever seen to set up was the Lees-ure Lite

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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby littlebeaver » Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:29 pm

Very nice...http://www.leesurelite.com/ ... I often wonder if there is much room for stuff inside these ,, I like having lots of stuff.. I can't find the overall weight of it..
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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:31 pm

We LOVE our Aspen Sentry. It sets up in a couple of minutes, and it's roomy inside, plus tons of storage space - which you can access while on the road.

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Postby littlebeaver » Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:58 pm

http://www.trailmasterinc.com/aspclassi ... assic.html I never get tired of seeing campers,,, I get the fever... A few more weeks fella's...

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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby Dusty Boots » Wed Mar 04, 2015 11:17 pm

mark5173 wrote:looking to buy a camping trailer for my motorcycle for my 1500 which is the easiest one to use. The best for one not sure which one to buy



Will you be using it solo, or with your SO?

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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby Happytrails » Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:07 am

MikeB wrote:I do not camp so I am no authority but, the easiest and quickest tent trailer I have ever seen to set up was the Lees-ure Lite

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Wow thats a nice camper. Whats it like towing something like this fully loaded down? Just seems like a lot of weight.
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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby RoadRogue » Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:33 am

Dont forget to look at the RollAHome. Sets up like the Leisure-lite but has a basement to store your gear.
They also have a widebed model that sleeps two very comfortably. These can be ordered with trailer brakes. This will be my choice when I upgrade to my next pop-up trailer. 8-)
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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby RoadRogue » Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:48 am

Right now I tug around this custom made one of a kind.......

That when fully loaded weighs about 700lbs, and sets up to this.

That green thing is my shower house. Propane fired ,on demand hot water. Yes I can take a 20min. shower in the middle of nowhere as long as there is a water source. 12volt electric cooler/fridge.2 burner stove, and a deep cycle battery to suppy power for the fridge,and other electronics onboard. Yes it weighs alot but it is necessary to be that comfy out on the road for weeks at a time. 8-)
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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Mar 05, 2015 1:02 am

That's a cool set up Todd...Here's a neat one I found.....I love the look of the trailer itself.. http://www.roadmancampers.com/ Fancy.... I'm drooling man.. :lol: Love the white one...takes too long to set up I think though...By the way ...Welcome Mark to the site....

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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby themainviking » Thu Mar 05, 2015 9:09 am

I have a Shur Kamp, which is virtually identical to the LeesureLite. I bought it lightly used for $2500. They were originally made in Michigan, but that company has since gone out of business - hence Leesure Lite got to use their design. These take about ten seconds to set up. Undo the latches and walk the top over till it is on the ground, and your tent is all set up. I have an add on room and an add on screen room that can be used with mine, and I believe Leesure Lite has the same. These are fairly heavy, when compared to some of the empty cargo type trailers, but track well and pull fine with a 900 pound bike with 200 more pounds of ballast (me).

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There are two Aspens for sale in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada for in the $2500 range from a couple of GWRRA members there.

http://on-h.org/classified.htm

Then again, you could get one of these

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Which changes 'camping' to 'glamping' and can carry two bikes easily, and three with a bit of juggling. Has a 19 foot living area separated from the 12 foot garage by a wall with a door.
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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby bstig60 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:18 am

I am curious and I don't think I have seen it mentioned. How much does pulling a camping trailer affect your fuel mileage?
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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby themainviking » Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:28 am

Depending on the weight of the trailer, and it's aerodynamics, anywhere from next to nothing to about 20%. I have a cargo trailer that does not affect much - maybe 5%, unless there is a good cross wind, and then it might be 10%. My tent trailer is heavier and presents a more square face to the front, and it robs me of just about 20%. A good tail wind can lower that considerably, in fact, almost back to normal. So, as can be seen, there are a lot of factors in play. I am sure the bike pulling the trailer is also a factor, as in pulling with say a GL1200 as opposed to a GL1500 and on to a GL1800.
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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 09, 2015 9:51 am

I agree. Aerodynamics plays a huge part, so the faster you go, the quicker your mileage plummets.

Without my trailer, riding on the highway at 60-65 mph, I can get 45 mpg on my GL1500.

Towing the trailer at the same speeds in the same conditions, I'll get low 30's.

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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby CWJ73 » Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:08 pm

MikeB wrote:I do not camp so I am no authority but, the easiest and quickest tent trailer I have ever seen to set up was the Lees-ure Lite

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Outstanding, these guys are in Alberta. If I was in the market for a small tent trailer I would DEFINITELY make a trip to visit these guys and take a look in person. Maybe when the kids are older and we downsize our travel trailer.
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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:22 pm

I am considering just keeping my trailer and buying another easy up tent with the sides, I already have a fancy queen size air mattress, and light weight table, shoot man,, home away from home...10'x10' that's what I'm thinking...Although these are very nice trailers...I just keep thinking about that big air mattress and how much better I'd sleep on that sucker..... :shock: lay down a nice floor to walk on,,, hang some pictures, :lol:

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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby bstig60 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:02 pm

I just bought a small luggage trailer for my trip. I decided with the distance involved, I had better take along some extra "stuff". Some extra Tools, a spare rear tire and wheel, maybe a spare alternator and some extra clothes. The box is kinda rough, but it looks like it will do the job. I bought it from a guy who pulled it out to California from Nova Scotia last October behind an 83 Venture 1200. The running gear seems in good shape. The wiring for the lights was all screwed up, but I fixed that. Ordered a wiring harness and 5-4 converter from Cyclemax. Picked up a Rear wheel and tire, a trailer hitch and some other parts from a guy who converted to a trike for cheap. So now I need to get the hitch installed and wait on the wiring.
I can say that if I ever buy a camping trailer for the bike, it will be a Leesure Lite.......
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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby Dusty Boots » Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:06 am

bstig60 wrote:I just bought a small luggage trailer for my trip. I decided with the distance involved, I had better take along some extra "stuff". Some extra Tools, a spare rear tire and wheel, maybe a spare alternator and some extra clothes. The box is kinda rough, but it looks like it will do the job. I bought it from a guy who pulled it out to California from Nova Scotia last October behind an 83 Venture 1200. The running gear seems in good shape. The wiring for the lights was all screwed up, but I fixed that. Ordered a wiring harness and 5-4 converter from Cyclemax. Picked up a Rear wheel and tire, a trailer hitch and some other parts from a guy who converted to a trike for cheap. So now I need to get the hitch installed and wait on the wiring.
I can say that if I ever buy a camping trailer for the bike, it will be a Leesure Lite.......



If you pack all that stuff along with you, then you won't like the Leesure Lite as there is very little storage space, as anything extra gets packed on top of the bed and has to be moved around every time you set up/take down. A pretty good 1 man camper is the Kwick Kamp Mini Mate, although the storage is under the bed, you have to move stuff around to a degree to set up as well, as that is where your feet go.

That's why I ended up buying a used Aspen Sentry (hard to find a used one) as all the storage is under the bed section in a separate storage area that can be accessed while folded up for travel, or while set up at camp.
Well built with a full perimeter frame, 4 jack stands, lots of screening, fiberglass 'tub' and a 1 piece roof. It's also easy enough for one person to set up/take down quickly and gives you a queen size bed, plus a 5' x 5' dressing area.






















22 cu ft of storage under the bed! :shock:













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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby bstig60 » Sat Mar 14, 2015 10:45 am

Nice pics and nice trailer, I'm jealous!! Normally I wouldn't pack all that stuff along on most of my trips as they usually max out at about 2500 miles. But this trip is going to be across country and will be around 10,000 miles, so I thought taking along some extra stuff might be a good idea.
I bought a used streamlined cargo trailer for $300 bucks. I already had a hitch that I got for $40 bucks. So all I have to add is the wiring for the bike which is on order from Cyclemax. The little trailer is in decent condition with good tires and a spare; ( 8 inch wheels), and has independent suspension rather than a solid axle. New LED lights and now the light wiring for the trailer is done correctly. The box is ABS and has some chipped paint, but seems to be weather tight and is lockable. I may try and touch up the paint if I have time. The fenders on it were for 16 inch wheels, I think so I took them off. Any thoughts on running it without fenders????
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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby Dusty Boots » Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:05 am

I've travelled solo across the continent multiple times with nothing more than a small tool roll, including a tire plug kit.
Just make sure your bike has had all preventative maintenance done beforehand! :ugeek:

You should be able to get some inexpensive, lightweight plastic fenders to fit your rig!
I picked up a pair for my rig when they came on sale for $9.99 a piece.












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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby bstig60 » Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:42 am

Thanks.... That's a lot like my little trailer, but mine doesn't look so nice yet. I'm going to take a look around locally and see if I can find some small plastic fenders for it. Did you build yours or is it factory made?
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Re: camping trailer should I buy?

Postby Dusty Boots » Sat Mar 14, 2015 12:53 pm

bstig60 wrote: Did you build yours or is it factory made?


I had HF trailer kit and the cargo carrier kicking around in both mine and a friend's garage for 3 years, before I finally decided to build it. :roll:




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