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Finally...

Post by echinus1988 » Mon May 01, 2017 6:04 am



With our trip just under 2 weeks away, we have the bikes finally running (1980 Goldwing & 1982 Aspencade) and just have to finish wiring up the Bunkhouse Trailer.

We have converted to LED on the Aspencade (Except turn signals) and I have the light ordered in for the trailer. I know, why didn't I just order them in at the same time? Just didn't think of it!

We'll be heading out to Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado and visiting 7 air/space/war museums along the way! 2500 miles with less than 100 miles on interstate highways! Pictures to be posted.

I hope to pull the bunkhouse out this weekend to set it up at least once before leaving on the trip! I'm hoping my nearby state park will allow me to pull in, set it up once or twice and leave. If not, maybe a weekend campout is warranted. I'll find out on Thursday.



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Re: Finally...

Post by themainviking » Mon May 01, 2017 6:36 am

Sounds like a wonderful trip. I lived for three years in C Spgs and three years just south of Albuquerque, so you will enjoy this one.

About the set up of the bunkhouse. You could always just go to your nearest Walmart parking lot and set it up in a remote corner. Then knock it down, and put it up again, or wait for another day and do it all over again just like you would on the trip. It is not difficult and you will quickly get the hang of it. Best of luck and travel safely.
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Re: Finally...

Post by echinus1988 » Mon May 01, 2017 6:52 am

For some reason I never even considered the local Walmart!

If it's nice enough this weekend I may just go out to camp with it. Maybe a bit cool at night but I have warm sleeping bags, liners, and would like to try it. The pad is a little thin I think but I have some egg shell pads waiting at our first stop and the trip.

But thanks for the Walmart idea! I wouldn't have thought of it!

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Re: Finally...

Post by newday777 » Mon May 01, 2017 8:30 am

Is this a new to you bunkhouse? What year is it?

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Re: Finally...

Post by WingAdmin » Mon May 01, 2017 8:59 am

We've done exactly that before - when planning a long-ish camping trip, we'll take the trailer out to a local campground maybe 20 miles away for a "test night." Actually there is a campground right across the road from our local drive-in theater, so we'll usually go there, set up for the night, and watch a movie or two! :)

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Re: Finally...

Post by Rednaxs60 » Mon May 01, 2017 6:45 pm

WingAdmin wrote:We've done exactly that before - when planning a long-ish camping trip, we'll take the trailer out to a local campground maybe 20 miles away for a "test night." Actually there is a campground right across the road from our local drive-in theater, so we'll usually go there, set up for the night, and watch a movie or two! :)
You have access to a drive-in theatre? Non up here, fond memories of them.
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Re: Finally...

Post by WingAdmin » Mon May 01, 2017 7:55 pm

Rednaxs60 wrote:
WingAdmin wrote:We've done exactly that before - when planning a long-ish camping trip, we'll take the trailer out to a local campground maybe 20 miles away for a "test night." Actually there is a campground right across the road from our local drive-in theater, so we'll usually go there, set up for the night, and watch a movie or two! :)
You have access to a drive-in theatre? Non up here, fond memories of them.
Yep, me too. The ones near me as a kid growing up are long gone, but this one is still open here where I live now: http://autoramadrivein.com/overview.php

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Re: Finally...

Post by newday777 » Mon May 01, 2017 8:56 pm

The drivein in my hometown is still open in late spring, summers and fall. One of the few left in southern NH.

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Re: Finally...

Post by echinus1988 » Wed May 10, 2017 5:43 am

Oops, I never answered. Sorry getting ready for the trip is keeping me busy.

This trailer is new to me. I bought it in February but just got it wired up. The bikes were keeping us busy. It was advertised as a 1989 but after buying it and posting pictures it was pointed out to me that it was more likely a 1998 which I found out it is. When I can I'll post pictures of it behind the bike since I did a test drive this weekend. I hope to run it out on Thursday and test it since last week was spent rewiring it correctly.

I do have one question since this is my first time towing behind a motorcycle. When pulling the trailer it feels very stable until I lean into a corner. Then I get a front end wobble. Noting major and maybe I corrected it by increasing my air pressure in the rear shocks. But is this normal?

Our trip will take in about 2500 miles on a 1980 GL1100 Goldwing for my son and 1982 GL1100 Aspencade for me. We will have less than 100 miles on interstate highway. Our route will be almost entirely on secondary roads. It will wind through Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado. We will visit at least 6 museums dealing with WWII and aircraft. We also will visit the VLA (Very Large Array) in New Mexico. Planned three years ago and canceled each year due to problems. Finally we are going!

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Re: Finally...

Post by echinus1988 » Wed May 10, 2017 5:52 am

Almost forgot to mention, I have also changed all my lights over to LED on the bike and trailer. Left the turn signals since LEDs don't flash without the resister. Brighter and lower power usage. Very pleased with it!

In the process of changing the 1980 over. Ordered in the headlight, got a couple extra 1157 LEDs to put in the brake light. Waiting on all the other things until we decide what we are doing with the accessories. We have a full setup to make the 1980 into the Interstate version. Deciding if we can will take time when we come back.

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Re: Finally...

Post by newday777 » Wed May 10, 2017 7:00 am

As far as the front end wobble, with trailer?
If so check tongue weight, @20 lbs to 25 lbs at the tongue checked at same level as the trailer ball height on the hitch. Use a fish hook scale type luggage scale. Too much or too little effects bike handling especially downhill in corners braking. Scales can be bought at wally world luggage dept @$8-$15.
2. Are you still running with the stock ball bearings in the steering neck? Replace with All Balls tapered bearings, (properly torqued with a special socket and torque wrench!) If you haven't done this and are heading out soon have a professional do it that has done it before and has the proper tools. Don't short change your handling to save the money. Very critical to be done right. Too loose and you'll be wobbling. Too tight and steering can lock/not return to straight as it should after a corner.

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Re: Finally...

Post by dingdong » Wed May 10, 2017 8:01 am

I agree with the tongue weight being your wobble problem. Too much weight at the rear and the weight at the front becomes lighter. Pack the trailer for not more than 25/30 lbs on the 1100. I have pulled a trailer with an 1100 and a tongue weight of 35 lbs with no problems. Then when you go to Walmart go in and get yourself an air mattress. Don't leave home without one. They come with their own battery powered compressor. They also take up less packing space than egg shell. Enjoy your trip.
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Re: Finally...

Post by echinus1988 » Wed May 10, 2017 11:34 pm

I'll definitely get the scale today so I can check it.

I don't know if anyone can do the bearings before I leave. It's stable on the straightaways but wobbles a little when I go into a corner. Not very serious but concerning none the less.

Looks like I'll be making a few calls tomorrow to find someone that can hopefully get me in and changed before the trip. If not, I'll be stopped in DFW for a few days and can try and get it done there.

Thanks for the help.

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Re: Finally...

Post by julimike54 » Fri May 12, 2017 8:23 am

Don't know where you'll be in the Metromess (DFW) but you might call Metric Garage (if you don't get it done b4 trip). See if he can schedule you in now for when you'll be here. They are in Argyle and the number is 9728496351. Brandon has done work on mine & I've been pleased. He does get busy so sooner is better! When here pm me if you need help :)
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Re: Finally...

Post by FM-USA » Mon May 22, 2017 9:32 am

echinus1988 wrote:I'll definitely get the scale today so I can check it.

It's stable on the straightaways but wobbles a little when I go into a corner. Not very serious but concerning none the less.

Thanks for the help.
SCALE.
Pack a handled bag with X and weigh it on your bath scale. Compare by lifting it & your trailers tongue. EXACT weight not necessary, it will change on the road. I've loaded my bikes hitch from near zero to about 80 Lbs without fanfair. But do have some tongue weight.

WOBBLE.
If your trailer is heavier on one side, that WILL create wobbles. Bath scale might work under each wheel depending on overall trailer weight. This need not be exact but as close as possible.
ALSO trailer tires should be as identical as possible. Towing home used trailer one wheel was 8" other 12"... 45 MPH-ish was max speed.


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