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Thinking of going with a small trailer and I need some input.
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post #2 of 28 Old Sep 15th, 2008, 12:01 pm
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Re: Trailer and hitch

What do you want?

I just finished my first pull of a cut-down HF with a sears car top carrier (20 CuFt). Loaded to 340 lbs gross with 41 lbs tounge weight on a bushtec hitch. 6,181 miles and although I knew it was there I could still scrape the pegs in the twisties. It did cut down my gas mileage and my rear tire is about worn out. I had to down shift TWO gears to pass. There was a noticable frame wobble if I hit a bump in a turn but you just got used to it. Over all it was an enjoyable trip.
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What did you gas mileage get cut to? Was the wobble in the trailer wheels or just the trailer be pulled by two wheeler?

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What did you gas mileage get cut to? Was the wobble in the trailer wheels or just the trailer be pulled by two wheeler?
The old man wobbles just getting across the street.

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Good Lord John, when they said you could carry the kitchen sink, they didn't really MEAN it!

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Here's a real good place to start
http://forums.delphiforums.com/MCTrailertowing/start
and here's another
http://www.aerobourne.com/motorcycletrailerindex9.htm


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And here's another site that shows how to build one like John is pulling. Me and Mike (Sheldan2) built one and it seems to work fine! (If we could just keep his dog from eating the wiring off!)

http://www.gadgetjq.com/trailer.htm

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What did you gas mileage get cut to? Was the wobble in the trailer wheels or just the trailer be pulled by two wheeler?
In Nebraska on I-80 in a cross wind 27 mpg. I averaged 38.5 on the 6,181 miles.

The wobble was kind of like that you see on MotoGP as they hit the throttle coming out of a turn. Very momentary and not an issue. At slow speeds (not the best for an LT) the front felt very funny in parking lot manuvers. You just get used to it. At speed no issues.

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Good Lord John, when they said you could carry the kitchen sink, they didn't really MEAN it!
I knew I forgot something!!!

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I took delivery of my Uni-go last week and am doing a 2 week trip out east starting Sunday.
Just having used this trailer for a couple days around the area it is fantastic. Don't even know it is there.
Took it to work yesterday for the fun of it. When I went out to the bike after work, there were 4 guys standing around it. 1 Goldwing, 2 harley, 1 scooter. They thought it was pretty neat.
I went with the Dauntless hitch.
Great set up.

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They are not the cheapest trailer BUT I have never felt the trailer back there on ANY road type . Bushtec (in my opinion) is the best way to go.
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...of course you could always go with a ZZ Trailer.

http://www.zztrailer.com/

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...of course you could always go with a ZZ Trailer.

http://www.zztrailer.com/
A bit heavy @ 200# but in my opinion one of the nicest looking trailers out there. Well, except for the 'bra'.
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Re: Trailer and hitch

Now if a cargo trailer is what you are looking for, this one is reasonably inexpensive and also lightweight; http://piggybacker.stehltow.com/#Specifications

But if a camper for just you is what you want, then I'd consider this one; http://jdtrailers.com/_wsn/page5.html

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I'm sure that's probably a great camper John.

but @ 265 lbs it's also one of the heaviest ones on the market,
the Bunkhouse and Aspen trailers weigh in @ 225 lbs
keep in mind that's before you add all of your gear.

I had a Bunkhouse for a year or so pulled it with my 2002 LT,
the furthest I got with it was the UP of Michigan,
I tell you I never hated pulling anything as much as that thing, too damn heavy.
By comparison my current and 3rd Bushtec weighs 125 Lbs
and is a dream to travel with.


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Then you need one of these. BTW, pic taken at campground north of Asheville.


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I'm sure that's probably a great camper John.

but @ 265 lbs it's also one of the heaviest ones on the market,
the Bunkhouse and Aspen trailers weigh in @ 225 lbs
keep in mind that's before you add all of your gear.

I had a Bunkhouse for a year or so pulled it with my 2002 LT,
the furthest I got with it was the UP of Michigan

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You might want to put a 3 in for the first 2, (http://www.bf-specialties.com/lx.html), as BH is 325 lbs and Aspen is more like 350 lbs. I have the Aspen Classic and agree it does put a load on your bike, but even with that I manage to get 38-42 mpg two up. The key to pulling these is you need to have the electric brakes, it makes a world of difference. Stopping is no longer a problem. :-)

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You might want to put a 3 in for the first 2, (http://www.bf-specialties.com/lx.html), as BH is 325 lbs and Aspen is more like 350 lbs. I have the Aspen Classic and agree it does put a load on your bike, but even with that I manage to get 38-42 mpg two up. The key to pulling these is you need to have the electric brakes, it makes a world of difference. Stopping is no longer a problem. :-)

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I stand corrected, I knew the damn thing was too heavy for "my kind" of riding,
maybe when I get (much) older and get a Goldwing I could pull one.

Doesn't matter anymore anyway, my wife has "put a stop" to camping,
her Idea of "roughing it" is no continental breakfast.


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I stand corrected, I knew the damn thing was too heavy for "my kind" of riding,
maybe when I get (much) older and get a Goldwing I could pull one.

Doesn't matter anymore anyway, my wife has "put a stop" to camping,
her Idea of "roughing it" is no continental breakfast.
Hans:

The LT will pull it, but you can forget a spirited ride and it is downshift to pass.

But you hit on something I'm noticing. I bought this for wife and I to travel a bit. Thus far she has been with me two times out of eight it has been used. I see a trend that may mean a change is due. I still like the GT. :-)

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Tanks for all the great ideas...I may build one.
Now how about the hitch ????
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If it will save you any trouble I have a Unigo, hitch, wiring, luggage, and spare tire ready to go, for sale.

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What kind of mileage decrease do you get pulling the Unigo? Seems like
it would be the least amount of weight and wind resistance...

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Lot of good advice, the one thing you can do with a Uni-go you can't do with other trailers....take in the motel room and live out it... take it up an elevator too!

So if you travel and base camp say from a cabin or motel room, you can leave the Unigo in the room.

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What kind of mileage decrease do you get pulling the Unigo? Seems like
it would be the least amount of weight and wind resistance...
I didn't pull mine very far but a trip from Houston to Austin to San Antonio and back to Houston and I think I lost about 3 miles to the gallon, but I was running pretty hard on those last two legs so not sure if it was the trailer or me.

As was pointed out, you can roll the Unigo into an elevator and into your hotel room with you, so it is secure and easier to unpack. You can also roll it into the house a few days ahead of your trip and pack as you want instead of packing it at the last minute. It is easy for one person to pick up and carry. Mine has the chrome handle, which makes rolling it around much easier and interior light which comes in handy.

One of the best things about the Unigo is you can run the twisties and it leans with you, so you don't have to compensate for the trailer.

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Lonewolf, how much are you asking for the "parts"?

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With my Uni-go, I averaged 49mpg on a 3100 mile trip. All speeds up to 80 mph driven. Two up. About 50# in the trailer.

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Just completed the HF/Sears kit and pulled it with a Dauntless. Did a 2,100 mile trip from OH to NC and back. Rode down alone to get a feel for it, not much to feel. Picked up my wife and rode the Cherohala Skyway and the BRP and then traveled home alone. I am VERY pleased with the unit. It fit the investment/use ratio perfectly. I used Dave Dragon's instructions to the letter adding my own improvements along the way. Now we can camp in style.

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I have a unigo trailer for my 02 lt. It is great. One thing you have to do is load it correctly. Just like any trailer, load the most weight low and to the front. I have taken a trip with mine for 600 miles. Its like its not behind you.
Its a great trailer. But more than most people want to spend. I wouldnt have made that investment if it didnt come with the LT i bought.
But I have to say , after having another trailer with another ride, its the best trailer I have pulled.
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