Handcrafted trailer hitch


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GramKate
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Handcrafted trailer hitch

Post by GramKate » Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:18 am



I'm taking this moment to tell you all how talented my husband is. He worked as a welder for a rail car manufacturing company for 32 years. And in that time, he was the first welder in their 100+ years history to be awarded the Master Welder Certification. When he was getting ready to retire, we traded in our 1993 GL1500 on a brand new 2008 GL1800 GoldWing. A friend also had a 2008 GL1800, but his had a trailer hitch on it. Knowing that we were planning to do some cross-country traveling, he wanted to add a hitch to our bike. Unfortunately, to buy a hitch would have cost us $350.00 and after retirement the money just wasn't in the budget.
Our friend loaned us his GL1800 so that my husband could see his hitch assembly, take measurements and build one for our GL1800. It took him a few days to get the assembly drawn up, but once he did the new hitch came together pretty fast. While he was putting it together, he decided to fix it so that it was on a swivel. Now when we're towing the trailer, the swivel allows the trailer to turn as smoothly as the bike does. And when we're not towing the trailer, he can remove the ball so that when we're on Memorial rides he can insert a 3x5 flag. It makes for a really great display. And all for less than $50.00.
He took it up to the dealership where we bought the bike and showed it to them. They were impressed with his work and the quality of the hitch, but were more than a little ticked off that it cost them a $350.00 sale. Even though the one that they were selling didn't swivel.



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Re: Handcrafted trailer hitch

Post by Big Blue UK » Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:36 pm

Nice one Kate, my missus has never logged onto a forum to tell everyone how talented I am.
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Re: Handcrafted trailer hitch

Post by redbug » Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:58 pm

good looking hitch, nice welds and finish,unique design on the swivel ball too.
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Re: Handcrafted trailer hitch

Post by offcenter » Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:24 pm

redbug wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 3:58 pm
good looking hitch, nice welds and finish,unique design on the swivel ball too.
Really? Are there pictures?
I don't see any pictures.
Sounds like a nice project.
George in Jersey.
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Re: Handcrafted trailer hitch

Post by GramKate » Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:28 am

I had to find the pictures, but they're here now. The hitch is made of Stainless Steel and works perfectly. Included in this post are pictures of the finished hitch assembly both before and after it was added to our 2008 GL1800.
I'm very proud of my husband's talent for being able to create such wonderful things....especially because he's completely self-taught.
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Re: Handcrafted trailer hitch

Post by GramKate » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:08 am

I am adding pictures of the homemade trailer that my husband created by starting with a car-top luggage carrier known as a turtle. We took it on one trip, then found a trailer that matches our GL1800. So a friend who had admired it offered us $500.00 for it.
The third photo is of the GoldWing with a 3' x 5' American flag on a homemade stainless steel pole sitting in the trailer hitch that my husband built. This picture was taken on 10 Sept 2011 as he and a group of friends were getting ready to leave from Williamsport, PA to head for Schenksville, PA for the 10th Anniversary of Flight 93 at its crash site.
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Re: Handcrafted trailer hitch

Post by AZgl1800 » Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:06 pm

After having pulled my trailer several thousand miles with just a ball hitch, 8-)

and then, being coerced into adding a swivel to the tongue, :o

I have been made a believer..... a swivel hitch makes towing a trailer "Invisible" because I forget it is there, have to look in the mirror to see if it is with me :D

IMO, they are well worth adding on.

I know of one story in particular, where the rider ( name with-held ) went to sleep, his
GL1500 ran off the road to the right, crossed a ditch and into a large cow pasture, no trees thankfully.

the trailer did a 360 flip and landed back on its' wheels.
he was returning from a grocery trip to get eggs and stuff for a Meet 'n Greet....
only one dozen eggs broken, out of six cartons!

the bike stayed rubber side down.... :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: Handcrafted trailer hitch

Post by echinus1988 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:28 am

Beautiful job on the hitch. You and my dad would have gotten along, he was the same way. Self taught but could repair and build just about anything.



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