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trailer weight

Post by mark5173 » Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:06 pm



how much does your camper trailer wait to pull behind your motorcycle. I'm at 500 pounds fully loaded is that too much. 1999 1500cc



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Re: trailer weight

Post by RoadRogue » Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:32 pm

I wish mine came in at 500lbs, its more like 700 and I have no problems with it. 8-)
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Re: trailer weight

Post by themainviking » Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:05 am

Yeah, I figure about 500. I carry bare minimum on/in the trailer because it starts out at 380 all by itself. Most of the weight extra that I carry is bottled water, and bit by bit it decreases as my distance from home increases. Then I buy another case and start all over, :lol: Most of my clothing, etc is in or on the bike. I only use the camper when traveling alone. If my lady is along, I pull a cargo trailer instead. It is a lot nicer pull, because I can load it more evenly.
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Re: trailer weight

Post by FM-USA » Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:07 am

500# is almost nothing behind a bike.
You're doing good if you can keep it topped at 500#, but there's always stuff you/she just gotta have.
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My net trailer weight is around 275#
Now I add my odds and ends and it'll weight around 300#-400#.
Add "HER" stuff and it'll hit 600# easily.

NOW we go on a trip.
Add a few nick-knacks and up the weight goes. One trip she JUST HAD TO buy some "Concrete Critters". Well that trailer held the weight no problem and I hauled it without incident. I'm sure that trailer weighed in around 800#.

Long time ago I knew extra weight could/would cause concerns on braking while hauling a trailer behind a bike so I almost always install electric brakes on my trailers.
It's much easier on the bike and you to pull 1/4 to 1/3 ton than it is to carry it on the bike, just ride sensibly.

Only extra info I can offer is, anything over 400# trailer should have brakes, but it's everyone's choice.
Just remember, a bikes brakes were designed for that bike and it's max load. Adding trailer weight adds to the PUCKER equation.
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Re: trailer weight

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:15 am

I'm right about 400 lbs fully loaded on mine. You can definitely tell it's there when braking, so give yourself lots of extra space when braking. Never try to brake in a corner, because the trailer can push your back wheel around to your front, and that will not be a good experience.

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Re: trailer weight

Post by newday777 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:28 pm

WingAdmin wrote:I'm right about 400 lbs fully loaded on mine. You can definitely tell it's there when braking, so give yourself lots of extra space when braking. Never try to brake in a corner, because the trailer can push your back wheel around to your front, and that will not be a good experience.
That's why the Aspen Sentry I have now has electric brakes to aid in slowing down in corners if I'm playing.
Without brakes on heavier loads you can get tank slappers too when braking for emergency stops or slow down. The brakes make all the difference just as with trailer brakes with a cage/truck will.
My 1st Sentry didn't have brakes and I went a little hot into a corner, well that was the determination to put brakes on it, but a couple saw the trailer at a CMA rally at Yosemite before I ordered brake parts and as they offered me more than I payed for it as they'd been looking for over a year for the same one. They went home with it. They are still tickeled pink that I parted with it.
I found another the next month in Chicago with brakes and a year newer from another CMA member.



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