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trailer size

Post by fred1diver » Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:43 pm



hey everyone, looking at getting a trailer for my Wing, would 3.5' x 5' x 20" tall be too big, it seems light enough, the owner tells me it's around 400lbs, simple little trailer with a tarp for a top cover



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Re: trailer size

Post by dingdong » Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:38 am

The weight alone would keep me from buying it. 400 lbs "empty" is a bunch. Doable but.....considering the added weight of all your gear???
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Re: trailer size

Post by themainviking » Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:52 am

My little aluminum cargo trailer is about that size or a bit larger, and it weighs 140 empty. I paid a bit for it, but you should even be able to use a Harbor Freight base and build yourself one that would be a lot lighter than the one you are looking at. That would even be on the high side for a tent trailer, I would think. My Shur Kamp was about 390, and it had a sunbrella tent, which is heavier than the nylon ones.
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Re: trailer size

Post by 823JIM » Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:05 pm

Harbor Freight trailer, a pair of 32" long TSC pick-up tool boxes and cooler. Loaded with camping gear, clothes tools etc. Weighs between 300 and 350 lbs. loaded, 35 lbs. tongue weight.


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Re: trailer size

Post by fred1diver » Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:37 am

thanks everyone, I'll keep looking, at the moment I'm wondering if I should get a trailer or a tent trailer, so I'm looking at all the options

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Re: trailer size

Post by themainviking » Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:59 am

A tent trailer is so handy, for setting up the tent and getting up off the ground, but they are heavier than cargo trailers. Cargo trailers are light and easily towed and moved around, but you are back on the ground with a tent. Those are the options. When I realized how heavy my tent trailer was, and how easily it wagged the dog (bike) I sold it. If I find another lighter version, I may buy another, cause they are sure handy. The Lees-ure Lite one made in British Columbia Canada is probably the handiest, but has the least cargo space. It is lighter than my Shur-Kamp was due to the tent material. My Shur-Kamp had surge brakes which were really nice for stopping within any reasonable distance. If I went for another tent camper, I would look for one with electric or surge brakes.
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Post by DenverWinger » Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:14 pm

My Tent trailer is about 350# empty, probably 550# loaded. Both the 1100 and 1500 pull it very well. Don't be scared.... :shock:
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Re: trailer size

Post by Big Blue UK » Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:42 pm

fred1diver wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 6:43 pm
the owner tells me it's around 400lbs, simple little trailer with a tarp for a top cover
There is no way a trailer like that has a kerb weight of 400lb, more like the maximum gross weight.

My Freewheel International maximum gross weight is 500lbs


My Towsmart has a maximum gross weight of 500Kgs- 700kg suspension units, Mini mag alloys


I designed and had a new towbar manufactured to tow the Towsmart,


I designed the Towsmart drawbar also, both made and fabricated out of stainless steel.


I would be more concerned with the quality of the tow bar, find out who made it, and what its towing limit is, also what nuts and bolts were used to attach the towbar. keep the nose weight to a decent weight, and you will forget you have a trailer hitched up. If going from a 40 into a 60 uphill, I don't accelerate as if the trailer was not hitched up.


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