Trailer Repair and Identification


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Wingrider73
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Trailer Repair and Identification

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Hello All:
I purchased an older trailer (see pictures) from the widow of a very good friend of mine who was killed on his Gold Wing a couple months ago. She knows nothing about the trailer except that is has sat under the Oak trees for several years. Can anyone identify the manufacturer/brand name? I paid her $150 for it unseen hoping for the best. When I got it home there are a few issues I will have to repair before it is road ready.

The four corners where the bottom shell attaches to the frame have been destroyed (see picture). This is my primary concern to repair. Is there any other way to repair this other than fiberglass? Lots of water could enter the shell from underneath. My buddy tried to fiberglass the shell but it didn't work. I spoke to a couple dealers at Bike Week Daytona last week and both recommended sanding the shell really clean and use a fiberglass kit to repair it. Is there any sort of cleaning fluid I should use prior to applying the fiberglass? There is a crack in the top shell at the front as well. I think the same treatment with the fiberglass will work here as well.

Is there a stronger/better way to reinforce the piano hinge in front where the top and bottom shells come together?

The weather stripping needs replacement. It is hard and probably leaks. Where can I purchase the stripping? Will auto weather stripping work? Do I use silicone sealant as well? I know it will have to fit over the shell but I want to be sure a weather proof seal is made between the top and bottom shells.

Other than these issues, I will have to rewire the lights and purchase two new tires. I think it will be ready for the road then.
Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions, recommendations, links to supplies.
James
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I think what I might do with that is pull the plastic box off and go to the store and buy a cartop luggage carrier and just bolt it on. All done.
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I can't help with the trailer identification, but I wanted to say I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. My condolences to his family and to you.

I'd be inclined to replace the unit as recommended above.
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Thanks guys
I was in hopes that the fix would not be that difficult. But, alas, it might be.
I am going to try and find a repair shop in town and see what a professional repair job might cost. If it is near the price of the car top i might opt for that service.
James
Thanks for the condolences for the friend. He died doing what he loved most - riding his Gold Wing. He was a Christian and is now enjoying the fruits of his labor while on earth. A great comfort for the family.
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Well here we go!
Sanded the trailer frame and found a manufacture plate the previous owner had painted over. Most of the letters were faded beyond readable but the year of manufacture is 1986. Quite old. I took it to a boat repair business in town and, lo and behold, it is not fiberglass but plastic. Long story short, I left it with them to repair the many cracks and holes with an estimate of $300 to repair. I shopped all over the net to find a better deal as for car top carriers, etc. and decided that the price was justifiable since the shell will fit the trailer frame and the rear lights are manufactured into the bottom shell. If I went with a Sears card top for instance I would have to wield mounts for the rear lights.
So, I decided to bite the bullet and stay with the original shell and trailer frame. When I am done with the repair I expect to have about $500 in it. I think I can get that back on resale so hoping it will be a good investment for the rest of my riding life. We shall see.
Once the project is completed I will post more pictures.
Wish we good luck as I continue to spend $10 to save $1!! :shock:


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