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super light trailer

Post by hap2 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:43 am



I'm trying to find a super light trailer to put the 1500 on to tow it behind a vehicle that ccan only pull about 1500 lbs. OR easy to follow instructions how to construct one. I saw a VW Jetta pulling a 1500 the other day, but couldn't catch up to him to find out how he did it or got it.

Any ideas?



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Re: super light trailer

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:26 pm

you want to own one, or just a one time use?

The U-Haul M/C trailer is fairly light for casual once in a while use, IF, you bring it back to where you rented it.

My trailer has a heavy pipe tube axle on it, two people can pick it up and turn it over.
we do that to paint the bottom side with linseed oil every year.







If you used expanded metal for the floor, it would be considerably lighter than the 2x8s that I used on the floor of this one.

This trailer carried my GL1500 from Phoenix, AridZona to home here in Oklahoma behind a Pontiac Vibe with a 5 speed manual transmission and 1.8L engine.

It didn't have any trouble at all running the speed limits, we ran 55 nearly all the way to conserve on diesel in my big 1 ton dually though, it was pulling a big trailer. My daughter drove her car with my bike loaded on this trailer.

You don't need be as concerned with the dead weight as the manufacturer of a vehicle claims. Good practice is to keep the towed weight at or below the weight of the car.

My Suburban pulls a 25 ft Toy Hauler very easy, it weighs 7,700# empty before we throw in a GL1800 and camping gear, clothes, food, etc.... it is an automatic and never kicks out of high gear.. puny little engine in it, 5.1L although I wish it had the 8L engine...
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Re: super light trailer

Post by hap2 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:36 pm

I want to own. The motorcycle trailer Uhaul is is very well built, but just too heavy with the bike on it for more than about 60 miles, then tranny fluid start to boil.

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Re: super light trailer

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:37 pm

I would be more than happy to provide detailed pictures and dimensions on this one.

If you used lighter weight metal, you could cut the weight in half very easily.

empty tongue weight is about 75# the way it balanced out when finished.

Using aluminum wheels would cut 40# off.

the tailgate is a 2x12 that slides down between a couple of piece of angle iron.

the rear of the trailer has a groove all the way across so that ramps can have a leading edge that drops down into the groove, prevents them from sliding back off the trailer.
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Re: super light trailer

Post by hap2 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:42 pm

What would the whole trailer weigh empty? Then whad b the gvw of it?

Sure I appreciate getting the detailed pictures and dimensions on this one. IF u can share with me kindergarten-like construction instructions, I'd appreciate that as well.

Can I pm u & give u my email?

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Re: super light trailer

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:47 pm

sure,

PM me your email, and I will go out and take some pictures later after the temps climb above freezing :mrgreen:

it was 28°F last night....

What I will do is take a lot of pictures of it, they will be pretty well self explanatory.
Will include dimensions of it.. there is only about 4 inches of clearance between the bike and the sides, the extra ramps for my feet slide down between the tires, they are tied to the trailer with ratchet straps so they don't get lost.

the tailgate is the ramp for the bike, it has angle iron on one end of it, the 2x12 is trimmed about 20° bevel so the angle iron will drop into the rear groove.

Wish I had taken a lot of pictures before the floor was laid....
I have a few of it when we were flooring it up two years ago, maybe I can find them somewhere.
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Re: super light trailer

Post by dingdong » Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:11 pm

Not cheap but lightweight, 320lbs, and capable of hauling a 1500, 112 in.
https://www.stingertrailer.com/product/ ... 12-inches/
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Re: super light trailer

Post by hap2 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:25 pm

Thanks for the Stinger trailer info. You're right. Too expensive. I was hoping to get someone to make me something alot less than that price.

I guess I don't really need one as I'm thinking of just selling the bike & be done with it, but ya never know.

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Re: super light trailer

Post by redbug » Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:00 pm

How about a small boat trailer, use a aluminum mc ramp for a platform and a couple of tie down hooks and you are on your way. The extra length should help on weight distribution on the vehicle and it will pull really nice.
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Re: super light trailer

Post by hap2 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:01 pm

Now there's a good idea. I'll get youtube to help me visualize.

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Re: super light trailer

Post by Mh434 » Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:37 pm

You should be able to find a trailer for a small boat (say, for a 12 footer or less) for next to nothing. Of course, usually, to get one that cheap you have to take the wreck of a boat with it, & dispose of the carcass yourself!.

I wouldn't be surprised if you could do the whole thing for under $300-$400 dollars, all-in.



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