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post #1 of 16 Old Mar 26th, 2007, 4:58 pm Thread Starter
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Uni-go recommendations

Have been thinking about getting a trailer for a few years. And now the urge to buy is back. I like the unigo and bushtec. Just don't think I want to spend the extra $ for the Bushtec.
I've read and heard about some problems with the uni-go hitch concerning the bearing. Wondering if this is still an issue with the new manufacturer.
Also, if any one has recommendations for a good dealer to use.

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post #2 of 16 Old Mar 26th, 2007, 8:32 pm
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I too got the wild hair last year to purchase a trailer. well I only had the Uni-go in mind.... I liked the one wheel, leans with the bike & I was not going to carry the kitchen sink on any trips.
Took a short 450 mile trip on the LT to Salt Lake City and bought it used (2003) from Mike. He said he never had any problems. I have only pulled it back to Albuquerque, but I really liked how it worked. Lots of great trailers out on the market. Just need to decide how much money you want to spend and the amount of stuff to carry. My $.02 cents
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Funny you should ask...

I don't have an answer for your bearing question, but I'm also looking at these 2 trailers. 3 weeks ago we rode over to Monroe, OH (home of Unigo) and on Saturday we visited the good folks at Bushtec.

The Bushtec is more expensive (and fully loaded with options can be a LOT more expensive), but its cost is less per cubic foot of storage. I guess it depends on how much stuff you need to haul behind the bike. Unigo: 5 cu. ft. Bushtec: 25 cu. ft. (slightly more or less, depending on model)

Sorry I'm not answering your real question. I'll be watching this thread for others' input. Let me know if you find a magic way to decide between these 2 fine products.

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Hey Doug,

I've had my unigo since 2002 and probably have about 25k on it. Changed the bearings once, not very difficult at all. Next time will switch to the bearings Don Norwood found. Great trailer, goes into the room with me and stays in the hotel as long as I stay at the hotel. Also visited Bushtec and had tour during CCR Gatlinburg and was VERY impressed with the quality workmanship, just more trailer than I need and I like the single wheel.

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Doug, you're used to traveling light so I'd think that the Unigo is really what you want and/or all that you need. AND, you never know when you might want to consider hooking it up to the Duc. Surely the Unigo would work better with the Duc than a Bushtec would, no?
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3 weeks ago we rode over to Monroe, OH (home of Unigo) and on Saturday we visited the good folks at Bushtec.
Hi Howard

I've been considering the Uni-go for some time now. In some correspondence with Mark Huffman there last Fall, he responded with the following to an inquire I made. (He had given me permission to post his reply). Was wondering if he has made the improvements that he was talking about below. Also, did he give you any idea on lead time from order to delivery or pickup? He really hasn't updated his web site much in the past year, but I imagine he's been pretty busy.

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We are in process of a redesign to eliminate the current
>> problems. The chassis has already been redesigned and is upgraded greatly
>> from the NZ version (the NZ version suspension was known to shear off
>> under heavy use and the front drawbar attachment plates would rip off.)
>> The lids leaked occasionally and the finishes would be destroyed by heat
>> in the shipping boxes. The tail fairings would warp and not fit well on
>> most of the trailers also. I have seen a lot of problems and we are
>> working to make them all go away. We are working with any customer with
>> issues on their new trailer and will make all of them right, even if it
>> means replacement of the trailer. We have also done warranty replacements on
>> numerous NZ trailers that are far out of their warranty period because it
>> is the right thing to do. The dealers are right in being unhappy, we
>> expected to be able to deliver trailers in a period of 2-3 weeks and we
>> have not been able to do so due to issues we have no control over. We
>> also cut the commissions of the dealers because most of them are just
>> websites with no shop to service the customer. If you buy a trailer from
>> a dealer you should be able to expect some form of service or support
>> from them, not just an e-mail that says "contact Uni-Go". We are working
>> to make Uni-Go the best trailer on the road on any continent and will not
>> stop until we are there. The bodies and finishes will be completely
>> upgraded in a few weeks and the Uni-Go will soon be a US trailer not a
>> mix of new and old.
>> Regards, Mark Huffman
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Hi Doug,

I have owned a Uni-Go for several years now and dragged it all over Australia.... I love it. The best bit is when you're riding you don't know it's there, the worst bit is, no matter how hard you try you can't see it in the mirrors and you don't know if it really is still there!!!

Mine is a NZ build of course, and I have suffered the suspension failure on a trip back from Tasmania last year, but I fixed it enough on the side of the road with some "borrowed" fencing wire to continue the further 700klm home where I could fix it properly. I wouldn't swap it for any other trailer I've viewed.

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Hi Howard

I've been considering the Uni-go for some time now. In some correspondence with Mark Huffman there last Fall, he responded with the following to an inquire I made. (He had given me permission to post his reply). Was wondering if he has made the improvements that he was talking about below. Also, did he give you any idea on lead time from order to delivery or pickup? He really hasn't updated his web site much in the past year, but I imagine he's been pretty busy.

Thanks
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Hard to say -- we covered a lot of territory (Q & A) in a short amount of time. He did discuss how the unit is being built now, improvements, etc., but I can't quote specifics. He did show us the redesigned lid hinge/hardware. Lead time was 4-6 weeks IIRC.

As I recall, the shell of the trailer itself -- the fiberglass body -- is made somewhere else and shipped to them. They paint it, assemble everything (all hardware, axle assembly, wheel, etc.), and wire it.

Hope this helps.

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Hard to say -- we covered a lot of territory (Q & A) in a short amount of time. He did discuss how the unit is being built now, improvements, etc., but I can't quote specifics. He did show us the redesigned lid hinge/hardware. Lead time was 4-6 weeks IIRC.

As I recall, the shell of the trailer itself -- the fiberglass body -- is made somewhere else and shipped to them. They paint it, assemble everything (all hardware, axle assembly, wheel, etc.), and wire it.

Hope this helps.
Hi Howard,

Judy and I are planning on stopping at Schoolhouse during that trip we're making to Ohio mid April.

Did, in your opinion, they have a worthwhile number of fully and partially assembled units to look at and discuss? We're pretty sure we're going the Uni-go route strictly because of my lack of desire to pull much more weight with the LT.

It doesn't hurt that the Uni-go lines fit the LT perfectly.

Your thoughts are appreciated.

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Hi Howard,

Judy and I are planning on stopping at Schoolhouse during that trip we're making to Ohio mid April.

Did, in your opinion, they have a worthwhile number of fully and partially assembled units to look at and discuss? We're pretty sure we're going the Uni-go route strictly because of my lack of desire to pull much more weight with the LT.

It doesn't hurt that the Uni-go lines fit the LT perfectly.

Your thoughts are appreciated.
Yes, absolutely you should stop and check the products out. When we were there, they had trailers in many different colors. (they do color matching, of course) There aren't a whole lot of options but you can also see the touring model, the sport model, and whatever they call the third model. (sorry, CRS is acting up)

They probably had 30 trailers in various stages and colors: unpainted, painted, fully-assembled, etc. Trailer tongue in paint or chrome, etc.

Funny thing is, I SWORE I had my camera with me that day but I don't have any pix to share. They had a very cool custom-painted R1150RT and matching trailer -- all painted flat gray with WW II-era USAF markings, with the typical "No Step", "Static Port", and similar stencilings, all well done. You'll have to see it to appreciate it. Again, a picture would have been nice to share...

Let us know when you're going to be doing that trip. I'd like to ride over there and check them out again.

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Yes, absolutely you should stop and check the products out. When we were there, they had trailers in many different colors. (they do color matching, of course) There aren't a whole lot of options but you can also see the touring model, the sport model, and whatever they call the third model. (sorry, CRS is acting up)

They probably had 30 trailers in various stages and colors: unpainted, painted, fully-assembled, etc. Trailer tongue in paint or chrome, etc.

Funny thing is, I SWORE I had my camera with me that day but I don't have any pix to share. They had a very cool custom-painted R1150RT and matching trailer -- all painted flat gray with WW II-era USAF markings, with the typical "No Step", "Static Port", and similar stencilings, all well done. You'll have to see it to appreciate it. Again, a picture would have been nice to share...

Let us know when you're going to be doing that trip. I'd like to ride over there and check them out again.

Thanks a lot Howard. Great info.

We'll be in contact at that time, looks like the weekend of 4/20-4/22. However, a word of warning, Judy won't let me any where near Lebanon without eating at the Golden Lamb

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They had a very cool custom-painted R1150RT and matching trailer -- all painted flat gray with WW II-era USAF markings, with the typical "No Step", "Static Port", and similar stencilings, all well done.
IIRC that bike and trailer belong to the owner of Schoolhouse. Saw the trailer for sure at CCR last year.

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IIRC that bike and trailer belong to the owner of Schoolhouse. Saw the trailer for sure at CCR last year.
You are CORRECT sir! It's Mark Huffman's.

Nice setup, eh? Too bad I didn't have my camera. Definitely could attract a crowd.

You say he was at CCR '06? I saw someone in the vendor area (near the guy selling the helmet sunblocker things) with a Unigo trailer but I sure didn't see this one.

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It's not the aircraft gray that we were talking about earlier, but it was at CCR last year. This one is on a pre-05 K1200GT.
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It's not the aircraft gray that we were talking about earlier, but it was at CCR last year. This one is on a pre-05 K1200GT.
That's the one I saw!

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I bought a Uni-go from New Zealand and can only rave about it. Some of the great features:
Tire (inflated to 26 psi) that lasts 30K miles--what other trailer can boast that.
Able to unhitch and wheel into hotels, on the luggage cart, and into your room.
Very strong: I had a dual cab pick-up back into my trailer at a gas station. Only minor damage sustained (the hitch took the brunt) included tail light lenses smashed. The horizontal egg shell design and rear tire resisted the damage.

The comment about not able to see the trailer (and to feel any resistance) is true--I rely upon looking for the trailer's shaddow while riding.
The manufacturer (USA) is Schoolhouse and absolutely first rate.
I've ridden the trailer at speeds up to 100 mph (it's rated to 130 mpg in turns).

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