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Motorcycle Trailer. This one worth it?

Post by someone548 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:08 pm



This is the only motorcycle trailer I have seen for sale locally, so I do not really know what they go for.

Thoughts anyone? The guy said he would take 400 for it.

https://spokane.craigslist.org/bar/5940350057.html



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Re: Motorcycle Trailer. This one worth it?

Post by NVSB4 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:22 pm

I don't recognize it, but might be worth going to look at.
There are a couple of things that I see (or don't see) with it.
- The pictures don't show what kind of tongue it has.
- It doesn't have any rear lights
- You can't see much about the suspension and the wheels look kind of small.
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Re: Motorcycle Trailer. This one worth it?

Post by RoadRogue » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:46 am

I had a very similar pod trailer like this one years ago, it followed me everywhere as if it wasnt there. The wheel size is fine for the weight you will be carrying. You can fit an amazing amount of gear in one of these.
Mine was made out of injection molded ABS , with a swing arm style suspension. If this one is fiberglass shell and the bushings for the suspension seem tight I think you would do well at $400. Even if you spent an additional hundred dollars upgrading to LED lights and new wheel bearings, you would still be doing well. However prices up here in Canada are a little higher than in your area. 8-)
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Post by themainviking » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:44 pm

With those small wheels, they are turning very fast. Make sure the bearings are good and keep them well greased. Might invest in a set of bearing buddies and fill em up with grease to make sure. Carry one pack of extra bearings and you will never have a problem. It is the carrying of the bearings that staves off the problems... Have one and never want one sort of thing. :lol:

And yes. In my opinion, well worth the ask.
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Re: Motorcycle Trailer. This one worth it?

Post by someone548 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:23 pm

Thanks for the responses. I appreciate it. I have no frame of reference on the value of these things and I would very much like to have one.

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Post by wingpilot08 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:29 pm

For $400 (unless money is tight) it could be well worth looking into it. But as stated, check the bearings and light...maybe upgrade to larger wheels if possible. I purchased a 1988 Bunkhouse from Ebay ($600) and it was the best purchase I had made for a trailer!
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Post by MikeB » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:58 pm

someone548 wrote:Thanks for the responses. I appreciate it. I have no frame of reference on the value of these things and I would very much like to have one.
I am sure that it would work just fine for you. Offer the owner $450 and see if they will counter offer.
$500 is not out of line for this trailer.

Why is there a rope across the top? Does it not close and latch? That is something to check.
Looks like it has been painted recently. Check for cracks in the shell. Hopefully the painter did good prep work or the paint may peel.
You need to take a close look at it in person before coming to a decision.

Wheel bearings will have to be either repacked or replaced anyway. The tires may need to be replaced if they are old. Anything over about 6 years and you are asking for trouble. After 10 they are well beyond their usable life regardless of tread. The trailer is undoubtedly over 15 years old.
The electrical wiring and the lights will have to be tested before it is taken on a trip.

The shell needs to be water tight. Wet possessions are not a good thing to have when you get to your destination on a trip.
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Post by someone548 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:19 pm

MikeB,
I believe the rope is there because the hinges are removed. The guy stated that he had them, they just weren't installed. I'll definitely be checking it out as he already stated he would take 400 for it. Thanks all.

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Post by MikeB » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:25 pm

Great. you know, that trailer looks pretty familiar. I few years ago one of my riding friends sold one just like it when we were on a ride to TriCities. I think he got $450 for it. But there are lots of them around like that I think.
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Post by themainviking » Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:31 am

Keep in mind that you can get a car top carrier, and a Harbor Freight trailer kit, and put one together just about like what you are buying, and in the same ballpark for money.
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Post by someone548 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:25 pm

Never would have thought to look at harbor freight. I just took a look and they have a complete new trailer for 350. Who knew?

http://www.harborfreight.com/600-lb-aut ... 62644.html

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Post by MikeB » Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:32 pm

I guess they have something for just about anyone if you are into Harbor Freight.
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Post by NVSB4 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 6:20 pm

Would be a real deal if you could use one of the 20% off coupons, but they aren't good on trailers.
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Post by harvey01 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:27 pm

There are all kinds of trailers to tow behind motorcycles. There is Bushtec, and Tailwind and the high expense end and at the lower end there are more. I recommend Neosho Starlights as they seem to held up quite well over years and thousands of miles.

Used units appear frequently in Wing World and other motorcycle specific publications and websites.

Honestly the hinges on that trailer may have been carefully removed to have it painted but there could be other reasons. I would be very careful and when looking at the problem if I did not know exactly how I would fix it I would walk away. If this was anything other than Craigslist I would suggest offering 450 and show the cash, but I am always fearful of craigslist ripoffs. Does it have a title and VIN to go with a valid Bill of Sale?
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Post by MikeB » Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:32 pm

someone548 wrote: ... he already stated he would take 400 for it. Thanks all.
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Post by someone548 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:55 pm

Pardon my ignorance, but I didn't know trailer's of that size even had titles or Vin numbers.

In my area, I have seen very few used ones available, so it's difficult to be picky. Everything in surrounding areas seem to be in the 1-2 thousand range. Not really certain I'm willing to pay that at this point.

Honestly, at a $350 price point brand new, I'm probably going to go with the Harbor Freight trailer unless something nice and used comes up.

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Post by MikeB » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:03 pm

In Washington state, you will need a title and a VIN to register and license the trailer. Not sure how you get a title from Harbor Freight.
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Post by someone548 » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:42 pm

Just did some reading. Seems like it should be pretty straight forward. If I go that route, I'll repost the process in case someone else plans on doing the same thing.

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Post by PastoT » Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:13 pm

Looks similar un concept the HF Tag-Along you can get free with a spare tire and LED light kit for around $400 in the states. It too has 4x8 tires (4ply) and has 16 cubic feet of storage. I've pulled mine over 18k miles without issue until one bearing seal leaked and rusted out/burnt an inside bearing. I just upgraded to 6 ply tires and replaced all the bearings this summer, the tires were still good but I'd taken it through a puncture vine area while loaded and that simply left too many small holes to patch. A recall last fall for its stock lights not being in DOT compliance sent me the LED light upgrade that I already had done purchased (nice to have a spare set though). Now I did have someone strike the back corner in the dead of winter, maybe someone kicked it (who know) but the bottom shell corner shattered and after ordering a replacement (6 months in all) I patched it for the summer with Gorilla Tape. Its been so worthy a purchase for me and I've literally towed it all over at high speed (up to 90), in the weather good and bad and never had a problem. Title for the HF Tag-Along is in the paperwork when you buy it, we just go to DMV and register it. The trailer you're looking at already has miles on it and hinge issues, lord knows about the lights, wheel and bearings; local expense and availability may play an important role but if I had the choice I'd visit Harbor Freight.
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Post by NVSB4 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:29 pm

Thanks for the review of the HF trailer PastoT.
I can probably talk the wife into that purchase amount a lot easier.
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Post by PastoT » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:23 pm

Happy to help. I too was on a limited budget and though I'd love a real classy fancy shmancy trailer this one has served me very well. Some additional notes... everyone suggests pulling the wheel bearings and greasing them, some say replace them but I did neither in hindsight I should have hand packed the bearings as the grease zirt delivers grease between the bearings and that is where it stays! When I replaced the bearings after 17k miles the timpken I bought had the same markings as what I replaced. I saved the old non-damaged bearings, they looked new! Run the tires at 35-40psi, 60psi is harsh on the trailer and bike. If you have means to remove the helper spring it rides smoother and while there wrap the remaining spring with a piece of radiator hose to silence it when hauling light loads or empty. I also added LED light strips on the rear frame and tied them to the brake lights and added reflective DOT tape along the top edge of the lower shell. Its not so big as to block your tail lights but it helps if it can be seen better by itself. I've loaded 400# of camp gear in mine and had little issue, but read up on trailer hauling precautions. Its important to slow down for city turns and parking lot maneuvers, and definitely leave yourself extra stopping distance. I drilled and mounted my spare to the rear to counter some of the weight of the cooler rack on the tongue and an electric cooler all power off the trailer light jack. Others have painted and customized this little trailer and they turned out pretty awesome. Also you may want to add the tools needed to work on your trailer that aren't in your bikes tool kit. I recently added a Time-Out camp trailer to my garage and its a lot heavier but all folded up has less storage inside than my Tag-Along, I just chose to stop camping on the ground in the desert or rain. Best wishes and have fun
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Post by OldZX11Rider » Sat Jan 21, 2017 4:20 pm

I have seen trailers here locally that were cracked and sun faded and the owner was asking $400.
That trailer looks nice, but like others have said, look it over real good before buying.
Here in SW Missouri/NW Arkansas that trailer would sell for the asking price. Good luck in whatever you decide. :D
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Post by Dusty Boots » Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:55 pm

I was over to the Harbor Freight in Port Huron last weekend and they had a sale on the HF Tag-Along for $230.99!!!!


Just wait and they may come on for that price again.
Even at full price, they are a heck of a bargain for a new trailer (easy to assemble!!) ....





.... and less money/work than if you were to buy a HF trailer kit, cut it down/modify it and add on a car top carrier, like I did.




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Post by PastoT » Tue Jan 24, 2017 4:25 pm

$230 for the Tag-Along... Great price if that didn't fall off the back of a truck! I'd be leery of the condition of that box's contents. Mine only had a small crunch in a corner and one of the side lights. If they have another on hand, I'd opt for it; parts are not made easily available nor delivered very timely!


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