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trailer or hitch rack

Post by fred1diver » Wed May 16, 2018 4:03 pm



trailer or hitch rack for travelling? which do you prefer and why?
I have the chance to sell my old motorcycle trailer for a good price, never had the chance to use it since I don't have a hitch installed (bought the wrong one :( )
I've seen the hitch racks, kuryakin and show chrome, they can hold 35lbs, good for a cooler and a few items, it would help me limit the gear I carry lol

but I'm on the fence, what do you all think?



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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by detdrbuzzard » Wed May 16, 2018 6:56 pm

I have a hitch rack on my 1500 wing, never thought about yanking a trailer around nor did I have a need to. with the hitch rack I don't need a trailer plate or insurance and i'm not being charged for a trailer when I take the toll roads
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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by AZgl1800 » Wed May 16, 2018 8:59 pm

I have the rack and a trailer, and will keep them both.

1) if I am just going out for the day and it will be hot, like 85°F or higher, the rack goes with me.
It carries an ice chest with water and ice. That is used to soak my Phase Change vest that is used to protect me from having a Heat Stroke.

IF, I am going out longer than one day, the trailer goes with me, it has a ramp on the front for the ice chest.
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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by themainviking » Thu May 17, 2018 6:19 am

I like to camp, and I especially like to camp by motorcycle. One of the racks, to me, are just to haul a cooler for a day ride, or maybe a set of golf clubs if I golfed, which I don't, anymore. I have had four different tent camper trailers small enough for hauling with the motorcycle, and enjoyed them through different and sundry bikes, and then sold them. I still have a nice light cargo trailer that I can fill with camping gear and go away for anywhere from one to 30 days or so and be reasonably comfortable. Since the rack is so portable, and easy to store on a shelf somewhere, I see no reason at all to not have both like our AZ friend has. So far, I do not have a rack, but if one was to make itself available, I probably would have one.
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Post by dingdong » Thu May 17, 2018 8:29 am

I would personally rather tow a trailer. Reason being, with a trailer, the tongue weight is adjustable. With a hitch rack you are limited to how much you can carry. Too much weight at the rear is a quick way to wear out the front tire as well as making for unstable handling.
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Post by C-dub » Thu May 17, 2018 2:41 pm

I have not convinced myself the trailer thing is for me yet.

I've considered the hitch rack direction. Mostly to be able to get to and from my daughter's softball games with her gear, which wouldn't be much of an issue if she weren't a catcher with a gear bag about as large as my seabag once was. Not as heavy, but fairly large and maybe in the 30-40 pound area. I'm not sure any of the hitch racks I've seen would accommodate it just due to it's physical dimensions.
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Post by dingdong » Thu May 17, 2018 3:50 pm

If you don't exceed the 30/40 lbs you should be okay with the hitch rack.
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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by fred1diver » Mon May 21, 2018 6:24 pm

I just ordered the Kuryakyn hitch rack, should get it by friday, in time for the weekend, hopefully the weather will be nice to go camping

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Post by 823JIM » Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:17 pm

dingdong wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 8:29 am
I would personally rather tow a trailer. Reason being, with a trailer, the tongue weight is adjustable. With a hitch rack you are limited to how much you can carry. Too much weight at the rear is a quick way to wear out the front tire as well as making for unstable handling.
+1 on the trailer. I tent camp (can't afford two week trips moteling it), don't want all the gear piled on bike, making bike top heavy. Haul a trailer and barely know it's there.
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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by fred1diver » Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:57 pm

ok, so my hitch is installed, all that is left is to install the rack bracket, easy peasy I thought, but I can't get the ball's nut to come off, might have to go to the garage to get it removed :x :cry:

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Post by WingAdmin » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:06 pm

fred1diver wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:57 pm
ok, so my hitch is installed, all that is left is to install the rack bracket, easy peasy I thought, but I can't get the ball's nut to come off, might have to go to the garage to get it removed :x :cry:
They're on there really tight, usually with a lock washer. Mine is put on with an impact wrench, and is not intended to come off, ever. :)

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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by CrystalPistol » Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:46 pm





















Rode and handled just fine on many trips, most often with black plastic tote, rarely with smaller cooler. Tote was / is an "Action Packer". just pack it like a piece of luggage and lash it down, extra round red trailer lights take over for those obstructed below.
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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by fred1diver » Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:36 pm

Finally managed to work the bolt loose, installed the receiver rack, then tried to install the rack in it, I had to force it in and the weld on one side gave out, I’ll have to go see a welder friend of mine, bought a cooler today that fit perfectly on the rack, 2 rok straps and it’s good and secure

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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by fred1diver » Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:14 pm

so even with the busted weld, the rack did a perfect job this weekend, went for a 100km ride to and from and everything stayed solid

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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by fred1diver » Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:46 am

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Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:14 pm
so even with the busted weld, the rack did a perfect job this weekend, went for a 100km ride to and from and everything stayed solid
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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by FM-USA » Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:35 pm

You have those 2 angled down rod supports that carries a good part of the load.
It still had 3 points of attachment.
Good to go until it's welded up. Just wiggle it on every stop.
Carry a length of rope, JUST in case.
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I have a homemade hitch carrier and trailer(s), so I have choice of which to pull for the expected load.

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Re: trailer or hitch rack

Post by GaryRatliff » Mon Jun 18, 2018 5:45 pm

I use both. If I am camping by myself for a couple of nights, the rack handles my tent, air mattress and stove well. If I am going for a longer period or if wife is with me, the trailer is needed.



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