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pulling a trailer with a 1500

Post by Gordwing » Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:07 pm



Hello....I was hoping to get some feedback in regards to pulling a trailer with a 1500. Lets say with luggage,the the total weight will be 250 lbs. plus a passenger. I'm thinking of biking across canada with my wife. Also,what was your gas mileage like?

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Re: pulling a trailer with a 1500

Post by RBGERSON » Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:38 pm

1500' swill pull that w/o issue mileage low 30's with trailer and weight and easy on the throttle..65-70
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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Re: pulling a trailer with a 1500

Post by WingAdmin » Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:45 pm

Like he said, I get mileage in the low 30's pulling my trailer, at around 65 mph. Air resistance on the trailer increases significantly with speed increase, and causes mileage to plummet at higher speeds. The more aerodynamic the trailer, the less you'll experience this. More important is getting the tongue weight correct. I found that having tongue weight at 30 lbs is perfect for my setup - variance by more than a couple pounds either way makes a very big difference in handling.

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Re: pulling a trailer with a 1500

Post by cal3san » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:49 am

I agree with above observations. Until I found the "perfect" tongue weight (25 pounds) I had handling and MPG problems. At that time I was pulling an Aspen Sentry with a 1100 wing trike with two up and was happy with 32-34 MPG.

I now pull a Kompact Kamp with my 1500 trike. If I keep my hand out of the throttle I get around 30 MPG. With a 10 CF Kompact Lil Clipper cargo trailer I get about 3 MPG more.

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Re: pulling a trailer with a 1500

Post by RoadRogue » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:38 pm

I pull my custom built tent trailer with my 97 SE here in the mountains of BC and around Alberta, it weighs in around 500-550lbs fully loaded. I have an App on my phone that make keeping track of fuel mileage easy as can be. It tells me that I get 32-33 miles per US gallon, or 36-37 Imperial Gallon, or 7.8L/100km. Thats running around 120km/h most of the time. 8-)

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Re: pulling a trailer with a 1500

Post by Gordwing » Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:53 am

WOW!!!! that's very good and very encouraging to know. Thanks and happy camping this summer.We can hardly wait to get on the road again.

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Re: pulling a trailer with a 1500

Post by vtxcandyred » Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:54 pm

I pull my Bunkhouse with all the gear and the wife. Took a trip to North Carolina via Skyline Drive abd the Blue Ridge Parkway and took a side trip as well and it handled fine. Even after the fact.
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Re: pulling a trailer with a 1500

Post by vtxcandyred » Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:57 pm

Heres the camper I pull now. The other one was sold.
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Re: pulling a trailer with a 1500

Post by wingpilot08 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:28 am

I have a 1996 SE with 194,000+ miles (all mine) and I pull a 1988 Bunkhouse fully loaded two -up. When we first got the trailer in 2009..we took a 24 day..6600mile excursion from Atlanta to Calif and back with no issues. Milage was averging about 30-33MPG. Was a great trip..hit 4-5 National parks, buncc of state parks. Camped out 19 of the 24 days. Was trip to remember!!
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Re: pulling a trailer with a 1500

Post by Mag » Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:08 pm

vtxcandyred wrote:I pull my Bunkhouse with all the gear and the wife. Took a trip to North Carolina via Skyline Drive abd the Blue Ridge Parkway and took a side trip as well and it handled fine. Even after the fact.


VT - That must have been a lotta fancy handling skills to do that parking job.

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Re: pulling a trailer with a 1500

Post by vtxcandyred » Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:43 pm

Mag wrote:
vtxcandyred wrote:I pull my Bunkhouse with all the gear and the wife. Took a trip to North Carolina via Skyline Drive abd the Blue Ridge Parkway and took a side trip as well and it handled fine. Even after the fact.


VT - That must have been a lotta fancy handling skills to do that parking job.
Yeah. I had to do a double back flip with a full twist to land that one. Thanks for noticing!!!!!!!!!!!! :oops:

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Re: pulling a trailer with a 1500

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:25 pm

Here's a couple pictures of mine...

In the West Virginia mountains
In the West Virginia mountains


Camped out, with my son and my wife
Camped out, with my son and my wife


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Re: pulling a trailer with a 1500

Post by redial » Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:44 am

It looks like the son had to contend with the flies and mosquitoes along with the other biting, dangerous, and other beasties that might pass by, while you and wife live, in the comfort of a soft bed, screened, and a 'bait' outside to keep the bities outside.

You should hear my son recount stories of when I was travelling for dog shows with him, and how the dogs would get to live in the big tent, with the heater, radio and TV, and camp beds off the ground; :P while he had to live in a 'pup' tent and put up with the rain and frost. You just have to harden them up for life :roll:
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Re: pulling a trailer with a 1500

Post by WingAdmin » Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:03 pm

Nah, we actually packed a small inflatable mattress and a sleeping bag, and he slept on the "floor" part of the trailer on the left side of the picture. He was thrilled with it!

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Re: pulling a trailer with a 1500

Post by topaward » Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:23 pm

I have a 1995 GL1200. I bought a trailer last year because a good friend doesn't want to make his Harley look bad with saddle bags (what a good friend I am). I trailered 3 good sized mens clothes, a cooler full of soda, and I have COPD so I also had all my meds and medical equipment in the trailer. We rode from CT. to Tenn|NC. Tail of the Dragon. The trailer pulled straight as an arrow. it didn't jump around and stayed right where it should. I must have had 250 to 300 lbs in it. The max load of the trailer is 500 lbs. But it worked out great. I would have no issue going across the country with it behind me.

OK my friend chipped in for half the trailer.......

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