trailer or hitch rack


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trailer or hitch rack

Post by fred1diver » Wed May 16, 2018 4:03 pm



trailer or hitch rack for travelling? which do you prefer and why?
I have the chance to sell my old motorcycle trailer for a good price, never had the chance to use it since I don't have a hitch installed (bought the wrong one :( )
I've seen the hitch racks, kuryakin and show chrome, they can hold 35lbs, good for a cooler and a few items, it would help me limit the gear I carry lol

but I'm on the fence, what do you all think?



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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by detdrbuzzard » Wed May 16, 2018 6:56 pm

I have a hitch rack on my 1500 wing, never thought about yanking a trailer around nor did I have a need to. with the hitch rack I don't need a trailer plate or insurance and i'm not being charged for a trailer when I take the toll roads
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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed May 16, 2018 8:59 pm

I have the rack and a trailer, and will keep them both.

1) if I am just going out for the day and it will be hot, like 85°F or higher, the rack goes with me.
It carries an ice chest with water and ice. That is used to soak my Phase Change vest that is used to protect me from having a Heat Stroke.

IF, I am going out longer than one day, the trailer goes with me, it has a ramp on the front for the ice chest.
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Post by themainviking » Thu May 17, 2018 6:19 am

I like to camp, and I especially like to camp by motorcycle. One of the racks, to me, are just to haul a cooler for a day ride, or maybe a set of golf clubs if I golfed, which I don't, anymore. I have had four different tent camper trailers small enough for hauling with the motorcycle, and enjoyed them through different and sundry bikes, and then sold them. I still have a nice light cargo trailer that I can fill with camping gear and go away for anywhere from one to 30 days or so and be reasonably comfortable. Since the rack is so portable, and easy to store on a shelf somewhere, I see no reason at all to not have both like our AZ friend has. So far, I do not have a rack, but if one was to make itself available, I probably would have one.
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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by dingdong » Thu May 17, 2018 8:29 am

I would personally rather tow a trailer. Reason being, with a trailer, the tongue weight is adjustable. With a hitch rack you are limited to how much you can carry. Too much weight at the rear is a quick way to wear out the front tire as well as making for unstable handling.
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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by C-dub » Thu May 17, 2018 2:41 pm

I have not convinced myself the trailer thing is for me yet.

I've considered the hitch rack direction. Mostly to be able to get to and from my daughter's softball games with her gear, which wouldn't be much of an issue if she weren't a catcher with a gear bag about as large as my seabag once was. Not as heavy, but fairly large and maybe in the 30-40 pound area. I'm not sure any of the hitch racks I've seen would accommodate it just due to it's physical dimensions.
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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by dingdong » Thu May 17, 2018 3:50 pm

If you don't exceed the 30/40 lbs you should be okay with the hitch rack.
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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by fred1diver » Mon May 21, 2018 6:24 pm

I just ordered the Kuryakyn hitch rack, should get it by friday, in time for the weekend, hopefully the weather will be nice to go camping



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