MC trailer...good deal or not, advice and tips welcome


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MC trailer...good deal or not, advice and tips welcome

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Looking to buy a trailer for my '88 GL1500 and '84 GL1200. The trailer in photos is offered to me for $500. Mint condition, less than 1000 miles. I like this style over the "rooftop carrier" style. Good deal, bad deal, average?
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That's a good price. I've only seen one other trailer go for $500 or less.
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Post by Viking »

Yeah, excellent deal. You don't normally get much for $500 or less, and that looks like a nice little trailer. Definitely worth the bucks.
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Looks good from the photos, I would check the bearings and wiring out first though.
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Bought it....love it. Pulled it a 100 miles behind my company's truck.....wheel bearings are good. Not sure of the wiring yet, but not worried....easy replacement anyway. Got locking, watertight lid....swiveling hitch coupler....cooler rack.
Good suspension, nice toungeweight(empty), rust free, safety chains. Will rewire, replace lights with LED's(wich I have exactly the same as LED's on my shelf :D ) .
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You got a great deal on that neat little trailer..Tips are, carry extra bulb's for the turn signals, use a lock on the tongue. When you inflate the tires wet them after to put your load in and roll the trailer into a dry area and look at the tread marks, you want a flat tire wet mark across the width of the tire not a hump in the middle, [too much air].... And the number one tip I could give you is this, when parking the bike and trailer try to have it positioned so you don't have to roll it backwards...I made everyone [hillbilly's] in McDonalds laugh at me because the stupid trailer wouldn't straighten out for me, :shock: , so don't you be a dumbass like me :shock: , I looked over at the window and their were family members aunt's, uncles and cousins, grandma's all just a laughing at me, made me drop my apple pie I was munching on, stupid freaking hillbilly wannabee's, hell with it I picked up the applepie and continued eating it..made their freakin day .... :shock: .they are a pain to backup.. :lol: it got a little scary for me because I look like george Lopez and these people were all missing a tooth or two.. :lol: Oh and carry a spare tire, and a extra set of greased bearings just in case someone else's trailer's bearings give out...ha ha.. :lol: 8-)
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%Sold% 1980 GL1100
%Sold% 1977 GL1000
%Sold% 1974 Yamaha TX750
%Sold% 1961 Puch 175SV

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Post by zamboni920 »

Littlebeaver.....thanks for advice. Will keep it in mind. When you say "keep extra bulbs for turn signals".....do you mean for the bike, or trailer? Also like your advice to keep some greased wheel bearings on hand. Never thought of that, but a great idea. Also need to keep the proper tools onboard, for wheel changes, bearings, etc.
Enjoyed the story of your "entertaining" attempt to back up. Reminds me of boating.....docking, and hauling boat out, is always considered a spectator sport in my opinion. So, I learned to make the best out of it....either increase the entertainment value for the on-lookers, or stun them :D .
In southern Europe, along the mediterranian coastline, at the marinas, folks are actually flocking to the docks when they see a large yacht on its way in. They know there will be entertainment :D .
With some practice, backing the trailer up behind my GL1500, I think might surprise and awe some on-lookers.
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Post by OldZX11Rider »

Around here, a trailer listed for $500 needs work. Sometimes a lot of work! Lights, paint, rust removal, fiberglass repair, tires, wheels, etc. etc.
That trailer would be listed at two or three times what you paid. ;)


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