Camper trailer


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1fastgl1100
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Camper trailer

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I want to build a camper trailer that I can tow with my 82 GL1100? before I start I want to know what the towing capabilities of the bike are. (owners manual says towing a trailer is not recommended)
Then does anyone have any ideas on a starting platform? (I was thinking of a 40" x 48" trailer from from Harbor Freight)

any help here???


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Re: Camper trailer

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If you don't fill it too full, you would be fine. A 48" is a bit wide, because usually that is just the deck, and the wheels stick out further than that, but lots of trailers made for this purpose are close to this wide. It is towing something this wide that you must be cautious doing, because the trailer tracks inside of the bike on corners. If you have the choice, I would aim for 30 - 36". Then pop a car top carrier on it and you have a motorcycle cargo trailer. The big thing is tongue weight. You need to try for no more than 25 pounds tongue weight. The hitch systems that we can get for these bikes won't handle a terrific lot more than that. Another thing that isn't fantastic about solid axle riding on springs utility trailers like the HB type is that their suspensions are too stiff for the purpose. They bounce a whole lot without a load in them.
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Re: Camper trailer

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I used HF trailer and put the car top carrier on it. Works great. I took one of the leaf springs out to prevent the bouncing. I only run about 20 # air in the tires
like said before do not try to haul the kitchen sink and bathtub with it.

I have gl1100 and it pulls nicely.
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Re: Camper trailer

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car topper is fine but you cant sleep in that... I want to build a camper and want to know if anyone has ever built one or do I need to buy one??
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Re: Camper trailer

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the second bike in the pic is a camper
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Check this out over at Saunders. May be just what you are looking for.

http://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/2-g ... trike.html


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