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post #1 of 13 Old Oct 28th, 2010, 6:29 pm Thread Starter
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Trailer brakes do you need them?

Hi all been a bit quite here for a while so here is my latest improvement "disk brakes" on my kamparoo sprint, I nearly got cleaned up after the Albany agm not my fault of course, car failed to stop at a red light. ABS was full on both wheels skidding and bum puckering, thinking well times up and it's gonna be ugly. The trailer just kept pushing, annnnd.............. we missed but it did prompt me to install a braking system on the trailer had lots of fun but in the end well worth the effort cheers all
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post #2 of 13 Old Oct 30th, 2010, 4:57 am
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Hi Axel, neat job on the brakes BTW.
Just a couple of questions please.
What does it all weigh when packed up and ready to tow.
Also do you have much storage space.
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nice work Axel..........how does it handle?.................



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fully loaded about 230kg +/-. I have 2 bins in the floor and the space between the mattress and the roof/floor for storage, I run a 35ltre waeco fridge on the front and try to keep the weight on the tow ball at 30kg. it is wired up to 12V, the battery is on the underside rear and charges direct off the bike.
Jim It handles great, the hardest part is getting it rolling, which I mastered long ago with the other trailer, hitting a dip in the road while cornering lets you know it is there, the back end of the bike will twitch and how bad depends on the size of dip in the road. I just set the cruise on 100kph and forget 100000km and going strong no problems to date.

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Re: Trailer brakes do you need them?

Hi Linton.
Good to hear you think they are worthwhile having. Hope to be testing out over-ride brakes on a trailer one weekend soon as well..., part way through putting the towbar on (Classic Ind.), electrics etc will have to wait till after Snowy ride.
We've decided to hire a camper trailer from Elite for 2 months for our trip, rather than buy one.
Went back to all the photo's I took at the Coffs AGM to see how everyone had mounted their towbars and electrics looking for good ideas.

Hey, anyone know if you have to remove the Classic towbar to take the rear wheel off to get a new tyre mounted (only 4 bolts), or is there enough room to drop the wheel without removing it?

BTW, Portland is an overnight stop on our itinerary...!

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Chris thats great news make sure you let me know when abouts you will be in the area.
Classic is the only tow bar you will get here in OZ "that I know of" and yes you have to remove it to get the wheel off, but only if you dont have a hoist, only four small bolts hold it on scarey really, I dont even think about it when its tyre time just part of the drill. I have read all the articles from the states how you need special connections and relays etc. for lights I found this to be not the case with mine, I just spliced into the wires and have never had any worries. mind you I wired the tailer lights before I read about the many problems that might happen

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Thanks Linton.
Next step is working out how to get the tail-light cover off so I can get to those damn wires... must be in my Clymers somewhere (or the manual) :-)
Oh, and I figured that if I attach the wiring plug under the RH case, rather than onto the towbar bracing, then I should be able to remove the towbar without dis-assembling the wiring...

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Thanks Linton.
Next step is working out how to get the tail-light cover off so I can get to those damn wires... must be in my Clymers somewhere (or the manual) :-)
Oh, and I figured that if I attach the wiring plug under the RH case, rather than onto the towbar bracing, then I should be able to remove the towbar without dis-assembling the wiring...
Chris - assuming you're talking about the LT's tail light fixture, click here. Good luck - easy to do.
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You're a gem, Dick, many thanks.
I was being a bit lazy since I've just gotten back to work from a weeks holiday :-)
Looks like a no-brainer now..
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Hey Linton, just noticed your new Avatar!
Damn... how come each time I've been there (twice) its bloody well snowed and you can't see the damn mountain!!!


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funny how's this, I as "team leader" picked the path to travel, ended up going the wrong way up and down dale never saw the damn water and come out at the car park one down. I think she muttered a few times . "you are a dick head" and that avitar was the closest we got to cradle mountain end of story

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Hey Linton, just noticed your new Avatar!
Damn... how come each time I've been there (twice) its bloody well snowed and you can't see the damn mountain!!!
LOL...I'm with you Chris, both times there on the LT you could swear it was the same day that you took that photo... I'm doubting that it is ever clear there and Linton's has been 'photo-shopped'...laugh

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Hi Ian. Nice to see you cruisin' the boards....
hows that little family going, grown enough to allow you to get another bike yet?

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