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Could I haul this trailer?

Seen a trailer with the following specs, can I haul it with the K1200lt and the dauntless hitch? Thanks

Wheel Base Track

33 in.

Body Length

70 in.

Body Width

42 in.

Overall Length

98 in.

Trailer Volume

25 cu.ft.

Empty Weight

170 lbs.

Load Capacity

350 lbs.

Ground Clearance

7 in.

Wheel / Tire

12 x 4 on 4 wheel / 4.80 x 12B Suretrail tire

Tongue Weight

15 lbs.

Coupler

1 - 7/8 ball

http://www.californiasidecar.com/trailers_le.htm

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Re: Could I haul this trailer?

Yes with out any problems at all. The one main thing to remember is to distribute the weight inside the trailer to keep the tongue weight under 30 lbs for better handling. That trailer was on my short list when I was looking to get a trailer but I went with a Bushtec.

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Re: Could I haul this trailer?

Thanks bud
Bushtec would be my first choice as well, but unless I mug Hilton, I don't think I will get my hands on one this side of the pond!

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Re: Could I haul this trailer?

+1 to what Steve says. I do prefer the Dauntless hitch to the Bushtec. I have owned both and the Dauntless makes tire changes a real pleasure in comparison. Also, I can remove the Dauntless when not in use by just unpinning it.

I do have one recommendation with the dauntless. The bolts that are supplied with it that hold the upper plate around the tubing are too short. Only about 3 threads will grip and I dont feel that is enough. I replaced them with a better grade socket head screw from the local hardware store that were approximately 1/4 inch longer.

I have pulled a Bunkhouse camper http://www.bf-specialties.com/lx.html with no problems.


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Re: Could I haul this trailer?

That bunkhouse looks amazing. If they sold them here I would have one for sure.

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Re: Could I haul this trailer?

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That bunkhouse looks amazing. If they sold them here I would have one for sure.
I've seen bikes pull these to the Ironhorse Campground, they do look pretty neat.

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Re: Could I haul this trailer?

To each his own, that's probably why they make different color LT's.

My experience and opinion is just the opposite,
I had a Bunkhouse camper (great camper) but I hated pulling it,
just too damn heavy for my riding style (I avoid the interstate)

I also had the Dauntless (twice) and removed it both times,
and replaced them both with a Bushtec hitch,
a little more work to change a tire (three bolts)
but I could feel the Dauntless "flex" every time I hit a bump.

The Dauntless is attached to the rear "subframe"
which is pretty wimpy hollow tubing designed to do nothing more
than hold the saddlebags in place
(take a look down under your bags)

The Bushtec hitch is bolted to the rear motormount and is rock solid!

The Dauntless is a nice product for a light trailer,
it just depends on what kind of riding you do
and "how much" you intend to "put into the trailer"

If you're married it will be more than you planned, want, need or will use!


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