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Well I took the plunge yesterday and ordered my Bushtec Turbo +2 trailer. Nothing fancy plain white (I will paint it myself) with cooler package and garmet bag. Now for the wait up to 8 to 12 weeks. That should give my maybe a month to get use to pulling it before CCR. Should not be a problem sence I drive tractor/trailers

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post #2 of 19 Old May 17th, 2007, 4:11 pm
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I bought a Uni-Go, should be here in a couple of weeks. If you need a trailer before yours gets here, just pop on over and borrow mine (spare hitch available, too), even if you are the third cousin twice removed.

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I bought a Uni-Go, should be here in a couple of weeks. If you need a trailer before yours gets here, just pop on over and borrow mine (spare hitch available, too), even if you are the third cousin twice removed.
Tony, did you get the one from the BMW ON mag? I got mine in the mail and saw it that night, called the next day and she said someone in Texas bought it.

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Tony, did you get the one from the BMW ON mag? I got mine in the mail and saw it that night, called the next day and she said someone in Texas bought it.


Mwuahahahahahah (evil laughter)

I shipped an empty UniGo shipping crate up to him in NorCal. He's gonna pack it up and ship the trailer to me in that. Worked out more cost effective than taking it to a local crating company and having them crate and ship it to me. A big Thank You to our own Bullet Bill for being kind enough to help me by providing the crate gratis.

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Well I took the plunge yesterday and ordered my Bushtec Turbo +2 trailer. Nothing fancy plain white (I will paint it myself) with cooler package and garmet bag. Now for the wait up to 8 to 12 weeks. That should give my maybe a month to get use to pulling it before CCR. Should not be a problem sence I drive tractor/trailers
Steve your tractor/trailer has brakes on all axles. Ok 77 times the weight.

My Bushtec should be ready at the end of the month. I've been putting off buying one for almost two years. My homemade unit has worked well but I've always wanted to spend another $2700 on something. I just thought I waited late in the season. Plan on the 12 weeks instead of the 8 weeks.

Advice on a trailer. Try not to stop on a steep uphill grade, tends to smoke the clutch. Other than the extra stopping (hello I always wondered what the antilock brakes felt like) distance drive it normally.
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Being able to "take it with you" makes traveling much more "comfortable"

one of the most used features of our Bushtec trailer is the cooler mounted on the front of it,
a picnic at a scenic overlook is always much more memorable than the last greasy spoon you've passed and cheaper too.
I still remember everyone of the places my wife and I "picnic'd" on all of our trips,
but I can only name a couple of the restaurants were we ate.
(the Hard 8 is at the top of that list )

A quick stop at the rest area for a drink and to change from your mesh jacket to the warmer one or via/versa.
A quick look at the atlas or in the Super 8 or Days Inn directories,
followed by a reservation phone call 50/100 miles up the road.

When it gets too hot in the middle of the afternoon you pull into the mall parking lot,
secure your jackets and helmets in the trailer and go "suck up some AC" for an hour or two.

The possibilities are endless.


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post #7 of 19 Old Jul 12th, 2007, 2:09 pm Thread Starter
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Well I took the plunge yesterday and ordered my Bushtec Turbo +2 trailer. Nothing fancy plain white (I will paint it myself) with cooler package and garmet bag. Now for the wait up to 8 to 12 weeks. That should give my maybe a month to get use to pulling it before CCR. Should not be a problem sence I drive tractor/trailers
Just received a call from the dealer that I ordered my trailer from in Houston They show a ship date of 07/30/07 on my trailer. So... I should have it by the 3rd or 4th of Aug.Boy I'm glad to hear this, I'm so ready for CCR . Now I need to hit the "Three Sisters" out in da Hill Country to get use to pulling the thang.

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post #8 of 19 Old Jul 12th, 2007, 3:44 pm
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Hey Steve, if its not too late consider adding the onboard air compressor to your new trailer. Kinda spendy @ $300 or so, but oh what a relief!! If you can't see your way to do it now; it can be added later by/at www.electricalconnections.com Lewis will fix you up with one. Makes adding/deleting air to the suspension sooo much easier and acurate too!

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Now for the wait up to 8 to 12 weeks. That should give my maybe a month to get use to pulling it before CCR.
You REALLY want to be running curves with a big ol trailer like that? Maybe you ought to just send it on to me and I will pull it up to CCR for you.

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post #10 of 19 Old Jul 12th, 2007, 7:05 pm Thread Starter
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You REALLY want to be running curves with a big ol trailer like that? Maybe you ought to just send it on to me and I will pull it up to CCR for you.
Boy whata friend !!!! next thing ya know you'll want me to park the bike at your house 'cause it's close to CCR from there

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Hey Kat,
You are gonna love that Bushtec.... I pulled a Kwik-Kamp behind my buddy pulling a Bushtec and it pulled like a dream and looks great...

Once you have had a trailer you will wonder how you did without it so long..

Has a great Re-sale also............
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Bruce, "I ride a GW now and have elevated myself from all the LT swine", Harris is right about the remote air compressor. It makes life much easier, and you can do it on the fly. The hand air pump?...no love.

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Boy whata friend !!!! next thing ya know you'll want me to park the bike at your house 'cause it's close to CCR from there

Ya know....now that you mention it.....

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The idea of an onboard compressor is pretty attractive but the price tag is not.

I have a little compressor mounted under the tour pack ($40) and the coil hose is plenty long enough to reach both the LT and the trailers tires
as well as the air fitting for the airchocks on the trailer,
a little "shot" of air when it's needed takes all of 30 seconds.
I'll agree on the "no love" regarding the handpump, don't waste your $$ on that thing

When you do decide to "test drive" the trailer that 10lbs of ice in the cooler is the "key" to proper tongue weight.


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The idea of an onboard compressor is pretty attractive but the price tag is not.

I have a little compressor mounted under the tour pack ($40) and the coil hose is plenty long enough to reach both the LT and the trailers tires
as well as the air fitting for the airchocks on the trailer,
a little "shot" of air when it's needed takes all of 30 seconds.
I'll agree on the "no love" regarding the handpump, don't waste your $$ on that thing

When you do decide to "test drive" the trailer that 10lbs of ice in the cooler is the "key" to proper tongue weight.
Thanks Hans I can always count on you for good advice, Unlike my other "FRIEND" in H-Town I have the Slime brand compressor with a long power cord that should do the trick. Now what 'bout the 10 lbs in the cooler ?

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Well I took the plunge yesterday and ordered my Bushtec Turbo +2 trailer. Nothing fancy plain white (I will paint it myself) with cooler package and garmet bag. Now for the wait up to 8 to 12 weeks. That should give my maybe a month to get use to pulling it before CCR. Should not be a problem sence I drive tractor/trailers
The Trailer is finally here!!!!!! well..... in Houston anyway I'll ride down on Tuesday mornin and pick it up Will follow up with a report and pics then. Not to bad right at 10 weeks

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I'm certain that you'll love your Bushtec trailer.

I've had my Quantum since April of 2004.
Drove the the factory in Jacksboro, TN to pick it up.
They installed the hitch, instructed me on how to hook it up and service it.
I was enroute to the GA Mountain Rally in Hiawassee,
so they recommended that I take Hwy 129.
It's shorter and more fun than the interstate.
At the time, I didn't connect Hwy 129 with the Dragon.
Dawned on me when the curves became tighter and more frequent.
The trailer handled almost transparently through the Dragon.
It's been back the Dragon, twice.
Air shocks work.
Heim joint rotates, as designed, so tires stay firmly planted.
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http://www.photoreflect.com/pr3/Orde...020000&po=0&c=
http://www.photoreflect.com/pr3/Orde...020001&po=1&c=

Stopped by to see Mark Brown (MotoMark1) while he was conducting a Strategic Rider Course at Pope AFB, NC teaching motorcycle handling and curve skills.
The students were negotiating the in-line and 180-degree offset cone weaves and the curve course.
I had my Bushtec along for an errand after work.
I negotiated the course with the Bushtec attached.
Knocked down two cones, but otherwise unscathed.

Service it regularly, maintain the proper tire pressure, keep the tires aligned, maintain the proper weight balance and you won't notice it back there.
Just went over 10K miles pulling it behind my 2001 LT.

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Below is another link to the Killboy.com site.
They caught me pulling my Bushtec Quantum on another foray
through Deals Gap in August of '05.

Pictures #12-#20.

#19 and #20 has the LT leaned over in the turn, while the trailer tracks flat.

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They caught me pulling my Bushtec Quantum on another foray
through Deals Gap in August of '05.
Done it myself...really interesting, isn't it? Whenever I mention that to someone, they are usually astonished that I even considered doing it. But if you're enroute to your destination, what are you gonna do? I don't even remember what the cost was at the time, but the remote air pump/air release was well worth the money.

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