Trailer picture thread


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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by Uncle Fester » Wed Mar 14, 2018 7:08 am



Well, we got the newest edition to our bike, a home made ”Aluma-lite” style trailer I found on the Facebook Market Place. I need to do a small bit of rewiring , adding a few lights it does not currently have, side marker lights for one, and a few other personal touches, but over all, it tows great and has more than ample room.

Some plans include the before mentioned marker lights, a pair of interior USB charging ports, at some point a series of pockets on the interior of the lid for camera, cell, tablet, hygiene stuff, etc. I also think I will remove the prop rod and add a lift shock that will open the lid higher, giving slightly more interior access. I am also considering painting the side and front panels the same blue as the bike, just to jazz it up a bit, but that idea is farther down the list of possible changes I might make as it looks good now.

Any way, here she is
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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by Robertlaura » Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:32 pm

I built this tear drop about 5 yrs ago sleeps two has 12v lights fan radio/cd/dvd player holders for fishing rods on top cooler grill and lawn chairs on front screened sunroof with cover and awwning



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Post by Big Blue UK » Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:00 am

I recently purchased this trailer for my trike Big Blue.






Pic were taken when I picked it up.
9'4" long
4'10" wide
3'8" high
It was commented that it could be made in the US because the front looks like the back of a big old Amercan car with the spare wheel shape on the boot lid.
So far the only information I have, although not 100% certain, is it was thought to be manufactured in Norfolk UK, and was some sort of commission or special order, only a few were made. I have never seen one, and only found one pic of this model trailer online.
I have yet to find any information about the trailer, any identification marks are not there. I can tell it has been re sprayed twice
I have emailed all trailer manufacturers in that part of the country, and they all said "Not us, never seen one before".
Caveats
The drawbar bolts are loose.
The tailgate was not refitted correctly.
A rear tail light lense is broken.
There is a wiring fault.
All this I reckon due to some sort of DIY respray,
The respray finish looks a bit like the skin of a blue orange.

Britax made the tail lights, looked though their substantial online catalogue and they are not there, Googled the part number and got gobbledeygook.
The trim rings around the tail light I thought were plastic, are actually billet alloy.
It has no lid as such, it opens from the rear, like the boot on a really big saloon car.

Going to take some serious time and dosh to get it looking like this,


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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by Uncle Fester » Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:13 pm

WOW! That is a nice looking trailer. . . .
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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by fargofour » Thu May 10, 2018 10:02 am

This winter I built version 2 of my wooden trailer. The plywood on the sides of the old one started delaminating so I went with a all cedar strip version this time. I'm pretty much done, a few odds and ends left.

A few picts.

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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by Ravyn » Thu May 10, 2018 10:16 am

fargofour wrote:
Thu May 10, 2018 10:02 am
This winter I built version 2 of my wooden trailer. The plywood on the sides of the old one started delaminating so I went with a all cedar strip version this time. I'm pretty much done, a few odds and ends left.

A few picts.

Bud.
Wow ! That is a really nice looking trailer. You are a craftsman :-)

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Re: Trailer picture thread

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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by Uncle Fester » Mon May 21, 2018 1:11 pm

Is it just me or does this one sir just a little higher than most ? I bet the little extra helps with loading and unloading. Very nice !
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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by gford » Mon May 21, 2018 7:17 pm

It does sit a little higher, however, i had it up to 90 mph with no problems. Its very light and looking forward to our mid June trip to the north east states.

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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by CrystalPistol » Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:42 pm

Came with the trike, minor upgrades. I made my own 1.25 receiver type hitch, believe it's a cm 2000?
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Re: Trailer picture thread

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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by Metal Mangler » Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:28 am

That looks just like mine. A few design differences but basicly the same. I think it's a great bargin. It is very light pulls great.
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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by Da98SE » Tue Jan 01, 2019 11:47 am

This is a 1999 Motorvation trailer. It has about 20 cubic feet of space and handles my camping gear, spare and cooler. I have rigged a 15 watt solar panel on the top since these pictures. I hook it up to a motorcycle battery and have additional power for camping. It proved very beneficial when my altenator went out on a trip. I hooked the spare battery up to the bike system and kept the bike battery charged why solar charging the back up camping battery. I pull it behind a 1998 GL 1500 SE. It pulls extremely well!
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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by Strodder » Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:20 pm

I built my own trailer from scrap. Went to Salt Lake City one year and the next trip we went to Deadwood SD. No problems even up to 100mph.









I made a Harley Sportster side stand fit on it to hold it up.














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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by CWN » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:21 am

I bought my new Smitty's Eagle One trailer at Wing Ding 82 for $600. It has served me well behind 5 wings since.
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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by jbaviera » Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:44 pm

Uncle Fester wrote:
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:17 am

As far as I can tell, ALL the HF trailers with are on recall, as there is not one trailer on their website now, except the riding mower yard trailer.
Last November they started selling trailers again, the recall was for the tires that came with the trailers and their spares. At one of my area stores, I purchased the last Tag-a-long they had. Still need to assemble it, buy a hitch/etc for the bike.....

They have three listed now. One is a 40.5"x48" with 12" tires(something I want for my Tag-a-long) ( https://www.harborfreight.com/catalogse ... &q=trailer ).
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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by guitarzan » Mon Apr 01, 2019 6:39 pm

Hello everyone,
I've been looking at this trailer kit by the Chesapeake Light Craft Company www.clcboats.com/
They offer a class on site directing you how to complete the teardrop trailer, or you can order the kit with the information on how to build it and there are options that are available, one for a galley and another one for a storage box that sits on the front of the trailer frame and other inside options, stereo, lights, fan etc. When you get on the page, you'll see at the in the right hand column different pictures of boats and about halfway down that column you see a picture of the teardrop trailer and just click on it. I think it's interesting, oh the trailer that the camper sits on is a separate charge and I think it may fit on the HF trailer.

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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by jbaviera » Wed May 01, 2019 8:08 pm

DenverWinger wrote:
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:05 am

Tent sleeps two, FULL-size air mattress fits perfect, I'm 6' 6" and can stretch out with plenty extra leg room.PO Photo table.
The tent, bed, table and all folds up and stows on TOP of the main "bucket". the entire bucket below is open for gear storage, semi-accessible by little rear door when tent is stowed.
Free-stands on four adjustable legs to level it out.
I just purchased an 84 Travlite, with no instructions for setup/packing. The PO said it was his dads. It has been sitting for years, and he didn't know how to set it up either. Any chance you could help with a "digital" users manual? Can't seem to find it anywhere.
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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by DenverWinger » Wed May 01, 2019 8:24 pm

Don't know that I'm going to be setting it up right away, but would pictures help?
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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by jbaviera » Wed May 01, 2019 8:45 pm

DenverWinger wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 8:24 pm
Don't know that I'm going to be setting it up right away, but would pictures help?
They certainly wouldn't hurt. I'm not sure how everything connects. I do need to make some minor repairs. The table/bed looks like it got wet at some point and it's delaminating. Cover needs minor repairs, not sure how all the brackets are fairing. Right now, everything is stuffed in the tub by the PO.

If you have setup photos, that would be great, and should go a long way to help me restore the trailer. If you don't, I can wait till you do set it up.
I'll PM you with my email.
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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by guitarzan » Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:41 am

Hello,
I just want to ask you how much a camper like that cost? How does or did it tow?

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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by DenverWinger » Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:14 am

I gave $400 for mine nine years ago, but it is a 36 yr old Camper. Still in good shape, though.

New ones are more like $2000-$4000 range. Keep your eyes open and shop around, there's deals to be had on used ones from time to time.

Although you'll notice it behind you pulling it thru the city, down the road I don't really feel the trailer behind me at all!
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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by guitarzan » Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:44 am

That's good to know. I'll keep looking around and see if I can get a deal. I've seem some but like you said, 2 to 3 K

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Re: Trailer picture thread

Post by echinus1988 » Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:32 pm

I got a used Bunkhouse Trailer about 3 years ago. 1998 model, listed as a 1989, for $2300. I was and am quite pleased with it. Bunkhouse went out of business but Bushtec might still be able to help if a new cover is needed. At least that is the impression I got when I emailed them about the possibility in a few years.

With the GL1800 I never even feel it unless the trailer tires hit a bump. I do have a brake controller and plugged it in but didn't realize I hadn't made connection. I do feel it when that happens. It pushes the bike and you definitely know it's there. As long as the brake controller is on and working I don't feel it at all.

Going through Las Vegas in May, I let my attention lapse and got caught by surprise at a stop light. I hit brakes hard, briefly locked up, then released and reapplied in a more controlled manner. The trailer stopped right behind me with no problems.

I really like having it to camp in and carry a bit extra especially when my son and I go camping. But as was stated above, look carefully because they're out there at fantastic prices and some not so fantastic prices.



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