2010 gl1800 with Erde camper trailer


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2010 gl1800 with Erde camper trailer

Postby mcbrown » Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:30 am



Has anybody had any experience with this particular model of camper trailer which is made in France. I have had a look at one in the store and it did impress me, especially its light weight (115kg) and practical functionality.

http://www.tourlitetrailers.com.au/trai ... ding-page/

My wife and I are riding from Perth in Western Australia to Tasmania and back in February 2016 for a total distance of probably around 9,000 to 10, 000 km. We will be riding with two other couples of which one will be on a Goldwing trike and the other on a Harley Road King all pulling trailers as well and possibly some others with or without trailers.
I have no experience with towing trailers with motorcycles. Does anyone have any things I should be aware of to ensure safety and I guess just some smart tips on the best way to arrive at our destination in one piece. We do plan to do a few short trips of several hundred kms leading up to our big trip to try and identify any potential problems and also to make sure our camping equipment is adequate.
Thank you for any suggestions.

Murray



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Re: 2010 gl1800 with Erde camper trailer

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:55 am

Tips:

- Loading is essential - make sure the tongue weight when loaded is precisely what the trailer manufacturer says it should be (probably around 30 lbs). If you load heavy things near the front or the rear of the trailer, making the tongue weight too heavy or too light, you will experience some pretty significant handling problems.

- Check/repack wheel bearings on a regular basis.

- Expect and prepare for longer stopping distances. Braking in a corner, especially on slippery surfaces, can result in excitement/disaster, as your rear tire unloads, and is then pushed sideways by the trailer.

- When turning corners, don't forget you have a trailer - swing wide to clear its wheels.

- Remember when travelling in lanes that you have a trailer - you will need to stick mostly to the center of the lane.

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Re: 2010 gl1800 with Erde camper trailer

Postby themainviking » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:25 pm

And just as important as all that WingAdmin mentioned. Watch for the unsettling wobble of your bike when pulling the trailer over curbing entrances in and out of parking lots and driveways. Nice camper, by the way, albeit a smaller one than some. I would have it, if I did not have to import it from Oz.
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Re: 2010 gl1800 with Erde camper trailer

Postby PastoT » Thu Jul 02, 2015 4:46 pm

You'll not have a problem pulling that size trailer with your 1800, I've pulling nearly 600lbs two up and a couple things I noticed beyond what has already been said.
1. Keep the hitch low as clearance permits, at least parallel to the ground or lower.
2. When you turn and brake the hitch will try to push the bike vertical and fight your turning just a little, this is a speed and trailer weight thing, just expect it.
3. Not knowing the type roads you'll be on gravel is a real problem. The first time I towed into a camp area on a loose gravel road I found the trailer tires dragging differently and trying lever the rear of my bike left or right. This caused me to not be able to turn at least once, but at 15mph it wasn't a disaster just spooky.
4. Consider a swivel hitch. If you hit a curb with the trailer while your leaned over a lot the trailer bounce will cause a big problem. Several riders have described the hitch being broken and or the bike being jacked badly when the hitch reached its limits sometimes causing an accident. I don't have one but its only a matter of time before I add it.
5. Add any service tool you will need for your trailer to your tool kit - the bike's kit will be inadequate.
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Re: 2010 gl1800 with Erde camper trailer

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Jul 06, 2015 1:23 pm

PastoT wrote:5. Add any service tool you will need for your trailer to your tool kit - the bike's kit will be inadequate.


Rather than fill up my bike storage kit with trailer tools, I keep the trailer-specific tools in the trailer itself. That way I know they won't get forgotten, as well.

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Re: 2010 gl1800 with Erde camper trailer

Postby mcbrown » Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:42 pm

Thanks guys for your very informative responses. I did know some of the basic stuff but it sure doesnt hurt to be reminded of even the basic stuff.

Thanks again

Murray

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Re: 2010 gl1800 with Erde camper trailer

Postby themainviking » Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:32 am

So, Murray. Did you buy one, and have you pulled it and camped out in it? If so, report please. If not, then keep in mind that we all want to know how it worked out if you do get one.
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Re: 2010 gl1800 with Erde camper trailer

Postby mcbrown » Fri Jul 10, 2015 9:32 am

No havent purchased it yet. My son was married in Italy on 2nd July and I was supposed to be there but had a bilateral hernia repair on 4th June and it all went wrong. Have had a lymphatic leak and lost about 3100ml and have been in hospital 3 times in the last 5 weeks. Of the last 36 days I've had 9 days at home. Currently at home now but still getting my self together. When my wife and other son return from overseas I will start getting the trip organized which is not till February 2016. My friends and I who are doing the trip will be doing some small trips to try out the trailers and other camping equipment. I will report our progress back to this forum.
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