Building a Trailer

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Building a Trailer

Postby reasonator » Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:43 am

I want to build a trailer for my '88 GL1500. I have design and fabrication experience. The biggest question I have before anything else is...what would be the minimum "dry weight" of a trailer to keep it from bouncing all over the place at highway speeds?!

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Re: Building a Trailer

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:10 pm

That's going to be a function of both trailer weight and suspension design.

You could have an extremely lightweight trailer with a very soft, compliant suspension with lots of damping, and it will not bounce around - but you won't be able to carry much load on it.

On the other hand, a trailer with hard, undamped leaf springs will be able to carry a large load, but unloaded will bounce all over the road.

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