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Build Your Own Trailer For Less Than $300.

I found the following link sometime ago (when I owned my kawasaki Nomad), and I thought I would share it with you. This fellow built his own trailer and says it works very well. I already have one of the carriers and am considering "going for it" on this project. Not the fanciest one on the lot for sure...but for less than $300.....well, I just may go for it! See for yourself:

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

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Jack, that is VERY creative.

I had one of the those trailer kits many years ago. It lasted about fifteen years, and I gave it to one of my troops when I was done with it. I assembled the bloody thing in my living room, expecting to roll it out the patio door. Forgot to add the width of the wheels and fenders to the 4x8 dimensions.

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There have been several forum members that have made very similar trailers. DaveDragon, RonKMiller, and the like. One guy even made one out of a little freezer that was quite impressive.
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I am no trailer expert plus I have never hauled one with any motorcycle but I have thousands of miles of trailering motorcycles behind motorhome and pickup trucks (plus farm machinery and construction equipment). Just visually, the center of gravity (CG) (centroid) of that trailer looks quite high compared even to that bike. Also, the traverse leaf springs may be cost effective but don't perform like torsion bar suspension. These 2 issues speak to trail stability and bump dampening which I would think is really important especially for a 2 wheel tug. A trailing arm (rubber) torsion bar suspended wheel(s) would lower that CG I would think. Just some thoughts.

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I have seen a bunch of trailers like that and I even had one back in the 80's. It had so many miles that I had to have the wheel bearings replaced twice (note:had to have). Mine was butt ugly but it went everywhere. I took a 4X4 utility trailer and a car top carrier and two ceder wood planks. I bolted the car top to the planks and then bolter the planks to the trailer frame. Nothing was cut down to fit but it made to through most of the USA before I chunked it and got a little pop-up camper to tow.

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I found the following link sometime ago (when I owned my kawasaki Nomad), and I thought I would share it with you. This fellow built his own trailer and says it works very well. I already have one of the carriers and am considering "going for it" on this project. Not the fanciest one on the lot for sure...but for less than $300.....well, I just may go for it! See for yourself:

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

PLEASE POST BACK AND LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS
Go here for the skinny on building your own: http://forums.delphiforums.com/MCTrailertowing and here for my build: http://s31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...iller/?start=0

I spent about $600.00 total on mine - but I've got a LOT of labor in it. The shocks were overkill but there is no question they make the trailer behave a lot better, and reduce "feedback" through the hitch on tar snakes and rough roads.

I say build your own - good fun!


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Originally Posted by cccpastorjack
I found the following link sometime ago (when I owned my kawasaki Nomad), and I thought I would share it with you. This fellow built his own trailer and says it works very well. I already have one of the carriers and am considering "going for it" on this project. Not the fanciest one on the lot for sure...but for less than $300.....well, I just may go for it! See for yourself:

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

PLEASE POST BACK AND LET ME KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS
What do you think is the question. and What are you going to do with it is the next one. Personally I think the pod is limiting, but I did meet one guy that could take his off and have a flat bed trailer, by pulling 4 spring loaded pins.
My buddy Ranger Rick, built one on their frame but with out the pod thing.
He has spent alot of time on his bike camping so knew what he wanted.
He built a box to hold his gear a cooler rack.
The box lid slides into a slot that hold his camp stove at, just the right level.
His flag pole flips end for end and the same pin that locked it into place, holds a coleman lantern at 7' making a street light for the camp.
I have been on several long trips with him and he has never had any trouble with the trailer.(now his bike!)
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I built on of these trailers and extended the tongue out and make a mount for an ice chest. I decked the trailer and covered the sides with aluminum diamond plate and it looked great. It pulled like a dream. I sold it a couple of months ago to a Harley guy who spotted it in my yard. It was cheap and fun to build and it served it's purpose........

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