What's in Your Trailer?


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What's in Your Trailer?

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New-to-me trailer, fixed up and ready to go. Registered in Maine because NC was too bone-headed to make it easy. Two hour wait, half of that outside at 42 degrees, only to be told I had to have an original notarized bill of sale from two states away, which was not indicated on their website, and they only took cash but you didn't know how much you needed until you waited the two hours...

After fifteen minutes talking to the Staab Agency in Maine where I used to register all my trailers when I lived in NY, I had a 4-year plate in the express mail at half the cost of a one-year plate in NC. And no inspections, no sales tax, no title fee.

Now I'm considering my first load-out, so let's hear it, what's in your trailer on a typical trip - one-up and two-up?


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just because I have the room, I have left overs.
  • Battery
    Alternator
    Tools
    Cordless drill motor & bits
    Tire patch kits, rope style and the big umbrella type, scrape inside of tire, smear glue, light match.
    Duffle bag with 10 times too many clothes :)
    Space Blanket
    Battery Tender 1.25 amp ( used many times on friend's bikes )
    Jumper Cables, the super small gauge type with 100 strands of fine copper wire, and solid copper clips
    Pledge Lemon spray wax
    Lots of fiber towels, get dirty, throw away
    frogg toggs super big size, I like lots of room for a winter coat
    spare gas, leak proof plastic Jerry Can
    Ice Chest to soak my Phase Change cooling vest in
    Sandles or flip flops
    Oil filter wrench for the flat sided filters
    Snacks a plenty & Water
    Maps maybe, usually don't get used ( cellphones have negated maps )
    Camper's chair, it lays on top of the trailer, to big to stuff inside, Recliner type
    Tarps/covers to cover bike and trailer
probably more crap I don't need
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Re: What's in Your Trailer?

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Mine is still filled with stuff from your house.....and being used as a gun cleaning station...
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Mine's totally empty, standing vertically on it's tail in the far corner of the garage with the tongue safety-chained to the rafters. Storage mode for winter. :D
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AZgl1800 wrote: Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:47 pm just because I have the room, I have left overs.
  • Battery
    Alternator
    Tools
    Cordless drill motor & bits
    Tire patch kits, rope style and the big umbrella type, scrape inside of tire, smear glue, light match.
    Duffle bag with 10 times too many clothes :)
    Space Blanket
    Battery Tender 1.25 amp ( used many times on friend's bikes )
    Jumper Cables, the super small gauge type with 100 strands of fine copper wire, and solid copper clips
    Pledge Lemon spray wax
    Lots of fiber towels, get dirty, throw away
    frogg toggs super big size, I like lots of room for a winter coat
    spare gas, leak proof plastic Jerry Can
    Ice Chest to soak my Phase Change cooling vest in
    Sandles or flip flops
    Oil filter wrench for the flat sided filters
    Snacks a plenty & Water
    Maps maybe, usually don't get used ( cellphones have negated maps )
    Camper's chair, it lays on top of the trailer, to big to stuff inside, Recliner type
    Tarps/covers to cover bike and trailer
probably more crap I don't need
Lot of good ideas there, thank you. Best idea so far from another forum - a moving blanket. It covers any sharp edges and also keeps things from moving around, so maybe it should be called an anti-moving blanket.

Do you really carry a spare alternator around with you?
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klook wrote: Sat Mar 06, 2021 9:25 pm Mine is still filled with stuff from your house.....and being used as a gun cleaning station...
Well, they are good for storing things, so there's that...

Where on the trailer do you plan on eventually mounting the guns?
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DenverWinger wrote: Sat Mar 06, 2021 11:07 pm Mine's totally empty, standing vertically on it's tail in the far corner of the garage with the tongue safety-chained to the rafters. Storage mode for winter. :D
Do you have a rack for standing it up, or do you just put it onto its back end?

With the Aluma/Lumina style trailer it can do that, but I'm concerned that will warble the rivets that hold the back bumper on, eventually.
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Well there is a rail on both sides, planning on a hatch for a turret. Just need ta find a midget to man it.

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Best I've got is a bag-load of caltrops ready to deploy for rearward threats.

Gun mounts and forward-facing threat engagement will have to come in phase 2. ;)
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Re: What's in Your Trailer?

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tamathumper wrote: Mon Mar 08, 2021 8:43 am
DenverWinger wrote: Sat Mar 06, 2021 11:07 pm Mine's totally empty, standing vertically on it's tail in the far corner of the garage with the tongue safety-chained to the rafters. Storage mode for winter. :D
Do you have a rack for standing it up, or do you just put it onto its back end?

With the Aluma/Lumina style trailer it can do that, but I'm concerned that will warble the rivets that hold the back bumper on, eventually.
If I stood it directly on end it would be smashing the tail light lenses. So I had to figure a way to protect the lights. I figured out I can run a 4" length of 1/2" steel pipe thru the frame on both sides and it stops at the leaf spring mounts toward the front of the trailer. Then the pipe is secured at the rear with a u-bolt. So it's actually standing on the trailer frame at the spring mounts on the steel pipes with the tail lights two inches off the concrete. Pipe ends sitting on little plywood pads to not damage the concrete floor. Center of gravity standing on the pipes is such that when I've lifted the tongue 3/4 of the way up that's the balance point, and the trailer tongue is actually leaning against the rafter, no real need for the safety chain but I secure it there anyway.
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♪ 99 Bugs in the Code. ♫ :(
♫ Take one down, Patch it around, ♪
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Good to know, thank you!


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