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Motorcycle-specific trailer rental in Sac area?

Did a quick search in this forum but didn't see anything... what do you do if you need to transport a pair of 'bikes somewhere with your car/truck? Do you have your own trailer? Do you rent a trailer?

I've been debating buying a trailer for taking a pair of 'bikes somewhere (like visiting relatives in FL) so I can ride while there... I wouldn't mind riding my 'bike the whole way, but my wife & kid aren't too keen on that. The two-bike Kendon trailers are really nice, but I'm not sure I'm up for spending that kind of money for something I *might* do once or twice a year. If I need to move a single 'bike around, I do have a little util trailer with a chock that I can use.

I was curious if you know of a place in the Sac area that rents something like the two-bike Kendon trailers? Or is the only option a U-Haul "flat bed" trailer? (I know they rent a motorcycle trailer, but it only holds one 'bike).

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U-Haul. $14.95 (I think) per day. They have m/c specific trailers.



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U-Haul. $14.95 (I think) per day. They have m/c specific trailers.
That hold 2 'bikes?
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Ooops. One.

You can buy a flat bed trailer add a couple of removeable pingle chocks and justify the purcase by saying it is a dual purpose trailer (hauling stuff to the landfill, or moving furniture etc.)



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Did a quick search in this forum but didn't see anything... what do you do if you need to transport a pair of 'bikes somewhere with your car/truck? Do you have your own trailer? Do you rent a trailer?

I've been debating buying a trailer for taking a pair of 'bikes somewhere (like visiting relatives in FL) so I can ride while there... I wouldn't mind riding my 'bike the whole way, but my wife & kid aren't too keen on that. The two-bike Kendon trailers are really nice, but I'm not sure I'm up for spending that kind of money for something I *might* do once or twice a year. If I need to move a single 'bike around, I do have a little util trailer with a chock that I can use.

I was curious if you know of a place in the Sac area that rents something like the two-bike Kendon trailers? Or is the only option a U-Haul "flat bed" trailer? (I know they rent a motorcycle trailer, but it only holds one 'bike).

Thanks for any leads!
I have my own trailer. I would never put 20-50k worth of bikes on a rental trailer. If you alreay have a small utility trailer, then sell it and buy a slightly bigger one.
You one need about a 6x10' trailer to hold 2 bikes. They're on Craigs List all the time...
There is ia 6x10' on there right now for 1475. For a couple hundred more you can get a new one...
You can buy a new one at Pac West for a couple thousand...

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Well drat... I kinda like the idea of renting a good "use-specific" trailer for carrying the 2 bikes for a (relatively) short time, rather than purchasing another ~$1500+ trailer (and then having to outfit it properly and find a place to store it). I suppose I could sell the small utility trailer, but that is exceptionally handy and can easily be towed by my compact car...

Ah well... decisions, decisions...

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Your thought process is flawed.

Follow me:

Honey we need to sell the small trailer to get this larger one to haul the bikes.

Oh by the way, to tow it, we need this new/used truck. Then the whole family can do things together.

See. There is always a way around problems.


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Unfortunately, I don't like trucks... they're no fun to drive...
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Unfortunately, I don't like trucks... they're no fun to drive...
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He he... I should have worded it correctly... " I don't like trucks that I can afford... "
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6x10 covered trailer a good choice

I have a 6x10 covered trailer, and when I got the bikes I added flush tie down hooks into the floor that have metal backing plates for extra strength. I bolted them down, and put automotive glue between the plates and the plywood floor so these puppies are not going anywhere.

I put 4 hooks in the floor, 2 front and 2 back so I can tie 1 bike. I guess with an extra set in the middle I could fit two bikes, but so far have only hauled one at a time.

I did not get the door on the right front side that is an option on some trailers, and if I ever replace this one I will get the extra door. It makes it much easier to get to something in the front when the trailer is loaded.

Mine did not come with a roof vent either, but I bought one and installed it. If you are not up to cutting and framing a big hole in the roof, buy it already installed. In the Sacramento area, you will need the vent in the summer.

You could probably tow it reasonably well with a 3800-5000 lb capacity tow vehicle.

It is worth it to have your bikes covered and locked, to keep out the weather, and prying nosy eyes away from your bike(s).

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Toy Hauler

I needed at trailer like you are looking for two years ago. I rented a Uhaul flat bed and was not comfortable with it as it really was not rated for that type of hauling.

After I got back home I found a place who specializes in these types of custom trailers for all types of toy hauling and thought they only sold them (yes that was my mistake, thinking).

On a lark I called them when I got home and found out they also rent them. They have single, double and quad carriers along with other fun trailers. It's fun just to go and see what they have.

It is a little distance from where you live, but since your going to Florida, Tracy would be a snap. Give them a call and see what you can find.

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Is this the one off of 205 going west after you make the transition from I-5? That business has grown over the last 15 years.



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Give them a call and see what you can find.
Awesome, thanks SandM!! I'll give 'em a ring!

Florida was just a "fer instance" rather than a "fer shur"... we haven't made any firm plans... which highlights the reason I was trying to avoid buying at the moment... we may or may not be doing this kind of thing regularly, and if we do, it may be the last time too... would like to "try before buy" and even then not buy unless necessary.

Dan-A, I can't argue with you regarding the benefits of a nice covered trailer, but it sounds like that would require at least a small SUV (or a full sized car) which we don't have (and want to avoid getting). Our car will do 2500lbs which will handle an open trailer like a Kendon plus a pair of 'bikes (like our RT and our R) without any problems.

I suppose if this kind of traveling becomes more regular, I could move up to a Prevost with a paint matched toy hauler...
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That's it

Yes Raffy, that's the place. Not the easiest to get to since you can see it from the freeway, but there is no exit for it, but well worth the trip. 100's of speciality and custom made towing trailers.

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Thanks.

All he needs is a freeway off ramp (it will come when the pressure to build more houses brings 'communities' to his location. The housing growth on I-5 before the 205 is incredible. They are building houses at the rate of baking cookies.



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