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Teardrop Trailer

Post by guitarzan » Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:41 pm



Hi,
does anyone know of any teardrop campers that can be pulled behind a 1500?

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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:38 pm

The 1500 has more than enough grunt to pull pretty much any motorcycle-compatible teardrop trailer.

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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by guitarzan » Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:13 am

Thank you for the information. I'm trying to find some plans for sale on how to make a small teardrop trailer for a motorcycle but I can't find anything, I've looked for manufactures of small teardrop trailers for motorcycles and have no luck. All the teardrop trailers I find are pulled by cars. Any help please, would be appreciate.

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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:11 pm

guitarzan wrote:
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:13 am
Thank you for the information. I'm trying to find some plans for sale on how to make a small teardrop trailer for a motorcycle but I can't find anything, I've looked for manufactures of small teardrop trailers for motorcycles and have no luck. All the teardrop trailers I find are pulled by cars. Any help please, would be appreciate.

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I don't know of anyone with personal experience with them, but I saw this company's products at the motorcycle show on the weekend, and they looked quite nice:

https://www.timetotrailer.com/

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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by guitarzan » Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:26 pm

I'll take a look at that site. Thank you for taking the time to help me, and all the other folk's too. I hope to get to the point that I may do the same.

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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by julimike54 » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:35 am

Check out this guys build that turned out very nice.

http://classicgoldwings.com/forum/viewt ... 18&t=11359

and he's starting a new one

http://classicgoldwings.com/forum/viewt ... 18&t=12784
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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by guitarzan » Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:50 pm

Oh thank you, I'll take a look right now.
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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by newday777 » Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:10 pm

This is a CLC kit teardrop out of Maryland.
I thought I'd make a narrow one for me as I don't need a queen size as they come. Probably make my own plans or get their plans and modify them for a narrower unit.



http://www.clcboats.com/shop/boats/recr ... ailer.html
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Re: Teardrop Trailer

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WingAdmin wrote:
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https://www.timetotrailer.com/
I wrote this fellow about his links page, as about half the trailer manufacturers were out of business and the links were dead. He wrote back, thanked me, and told me that he was pretty close to going broke with his trailer manufacturing endeavors. Looks like timetotrailer products are about to become unavailable. Too bad. He had some nice trailers.
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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by guitarzan » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:18 am

I like that clcboats trailer, but it doesn't say anything about pulling it with a motorcycle but it seems light enough to do work.

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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by newday777 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:27 pm

Depending on your bike, gl1500 and gl1800 will be able to pull it, 275 lbs is the wood plus the trailer frame which will put total up above 500 lbs, though I would suggest some extended mirrors at the full width they are with queen mattress width they are designed with.

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I like that clcboats trailer, but it doesn't say anything about pulling it with a motorcycle but it seems light enough to do work.

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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by guitarzan » Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:19 pm

Newday,
Thank you for the information I have a goldwing SE 1500. Where do you get those extended mirrors at. I'll have a terraplane sidecar on it too.
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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:51 pm

julimike54 wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:35 am
Check out this guys build that turned out very nice.

http://classicgoldwings.com/forum/viewt ... 18&t=11359

and he's starting a new one

http://classicgoldwings.com/forum/viewt ... 18&t=12784
That is one super nice job he did.....
and I like his start on the new trailer, I will be following that thread
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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by newday777 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:17 pm

Not sure if any are made specifically for our bikes but you could probably find something close at a trailer supply store.
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Newday,
Thank you for the information I have a goldwing SE 1500. Where do you get those extended mirrors at. I'll have a terraplane sidecar on it too.

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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by guitarzan » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:35 pm

What do you think about electronic brakes on a small teardrop camper.?
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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by AZgl1800 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:13 am

Brakes are good for any trailer, especially for bikes as they have limited stopping power anyway.

but, I was told by a trailer supply store locally, that 12" wheels are the smallest that Electric Brakes are available for.

I intended to put electric brakes on my tow behind trailer, but 12" wheels/tires rubbed the fenders....
so, I asked the lady if they had a better tire for me?

and yes, they do, 5.70x8 speed rated tires....
about half again wider than the standard 4.80 tires and raised the axle up about 1 to 1.25 inches.

had I known that I wanted 12" tires when I ordered up the new Custom Made axle/hubs, I would have asked for the axle to be hung from the top, not the bottom.. ah well, it is down now.
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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by newday777 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:43 am

guitarzan wrote:
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What do you think about electronic brakes on a small teardrop camper.?
Can you get by without elec brakes yes.....
But....can you stop safely in an emergency stop a trailer of 400-500 lbs (empty plus gear) without it fish tailing which can throw the bike into uncontrollable directions you don't want to go? Deer and other animals jump out, cars pull out on you, etc.
I've been there without brakes carrying @ 400 lbs gear in a 350 lb tent trailer, 750+ lbs total (I go for 3-6 month trips bringing more than most as I bring my tool bags-large, 250-300+lbs, so I can work while I'm there to afford to live and ride back again), after the first trip of going without and the violent shakes the bike did in a have to stop fast without brakes on the trailer, I won't recommend nor will I go without brakes in any trailer over 400 lbs total of trailer and gear behind a bike.
As John says, you have to have 12" wheels for brakes on a trailer so that has to factor into the design so when the trailer is hooked on the bike hitch that the trailer tongue is level, with brakes or without, so it will handle properly. Tongue pitch, up or downward toward the bike, effects handling, especially in hard braking situations on a bike. In the past 6 years I've towed 5 different trailers for a total of @ 140,000 +/- miles. Brakes are a huge plus in controllable emergency fast pace stops, anything past 45 mph. Do you ride slower than that all the time on the highway where most a vehicles are running 70-90+ mph? Only if you want to get run over. I like to have fun even in the twisties and brakes on a trailer are a big plus in my riding experience. The brakes have to be tested and maintained each trip before you finally head out, do a trial run emergency stop on empty straight road and into a corner several times to get to know the different settings on the brake controller. Too much brake grab can be just as bad as too little. I mount my controller above the clutch master so I can adjust it if needed. I know my bakes, how they work and how to properly adjust or repair them if needed, and they will over time. Have you adjusted drum brakes on a car or truck improperly in years past? You can learn the proper way, or maybe not, depending on you and your abilities to feel the bike and trailer handling differences.

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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by themainviking » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:56 am

Brakes do not come as only electric, for trailers. I just sold my Shur-Kamp tent trailer last year, which was manufactured in Michigan for some years before they went out of business. It had 8" wheels, and surge hydraulic brakes. They worked fantastic. The tongue has a mechanism that puts proportional braking to a hydraulic master cylinder, which activates the brakes as little or as much as the pressure on the mechanism. This would be a bit more of a stretch as to retrofitting than electric, but it allows brakes on 8" axles. I also had the wider 5.70X8 tires in radials which made the trailer track beautifully.
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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by newday777 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:25 am

Finding those hydraulic surge brakes for the 8" wheels to retrofit will be like trying to find a specfic sliver dollar in 2' of silver dollars in the whole area of TX.
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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by AZgl1800 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:40 pm

newday777 wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:25 am
Finding those hydraulic surge brakes for the 8" wheels to retrofit will be like trying to find a specfic sliver dollar in 2' of silver dollars in the whole area of TX.
:shock:
ha ha ha,
yup, the lady at the counter had the store's entire Inventory stored in her head...
ask her a question, and zip........ she spouts out the numbers and what will, and what won't work.

that is where I learned that today, no one makes an electric brake for a 5" wheel.

love those bigger 5.70x8 wheels and tires.... speed rated
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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by fargofour » Thu Mar 01, 2018 12:27 pm

This is the one I built and have towed it behind my GL1000 and my GL1500. The plans called for a bigger sleep-in type teardrop. Mine is a just for storage. About 4 feet at the bottom, 4.5 feet at the longest part.

Tows great behind both bikes and I'll find how it pulls behind my GL1200 this year.

The sides are luan plywood, curved parts are 1x6 white pine ripped into 1/4" thick strips and then glued. Fiberglass stiffens the corners and it is covered in 3 coats of epoxy resin followed by marine varnish.

I'm having delimitation issues on the plywood so I'm going to replace the sides with cedar.

There is a great site, http://www.tnttt.com/index.php, that has all things tiny and tear drop in trailers. The name of the model I based mine on was the pico.

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Re: Teardrop Trailer

Post by Uncle Fester » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:16 am

This gal may be the answer to all your questions, I know she has a Facebook page too, but I can not find it right now.....
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She is on FB, search “ Jaclyn Heyen “ and she is the first page that came up on my search.


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