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A friend has a trailer that was about 2 inches too short to haul a touring bike w/o the tailgate/ramp hitting the topcase of the bike when in the up position. I made some brackets from 3/16" thick steel, bolted them securely in place and then drilled them to accept the locking pins on the tailgate/ramp. It gives another 10-12 inches clearance at the top now and is very secure!

I also mounted a chock in the front to help with loading/unloading bikes. I loaded and unloaded my K1200GT (test mule) twice by myself...with NO problem! Here are a couple of pics!
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A friend has a trailer that was about 2 inches too short to haul a touring bike w/o the tailgate/ramp hitting the topcase of the bike when in the up position. I made some brackets from 3/16" thick steel, bolted them securely in place and then drilled them to accept the locking pins on the tailgate/ramp. It gives another 10-12 inches clearance at the top now and is very secure!

I also mounted a chock in the front to help with loading/unloading bikes. I loaded and unloaded my K1200GT (test mule) twice by myself...with NO problem! Here are a couple of pics!
Nice solution, Jack.

So he can secure the ramp in the plumb vertical position, OR in the 'laid back' attitude? Is one of the thangs I love about U-Haul's motorcycle-specific trailer. And even with that two-position tailgate placement, U-Haul designed in a slight forward notch/niche at the trailer front railing for the bike's front wheel to nestle against. Without either of those features, an LT wouldn't be able to ride in the U-Haul.
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Re: Trailer Too Short -- Problem Solved!!!

Yea Dick, that is a great idea. Tomorrow I will drill the holes out in the original positions. I covered them with the plate, but why not drill them out and have both positions available??

Gonna do a little more work on her to get her in "tip-top shape"!

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You could have got all manly with it and laid a bead to it. Sheesh. Armatures. (What? I can't spell amateur).



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Looks good Jack..
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Re: Trailer Too Short -- Problem Solved!!!

Very nice! It's really great to see folks actually thinking to come up with innovative solutions - there's always a way...

(I probably would have just cut a small "U" shaped notch in the front of the trailer instead with a plasma cutter. Then again - that would have been really lazy and really ghetto. Two of my best traits.)

You DO have a plasma cutter just laying around, right?

I've always wanted one of those, there's just something so cool about being able to slice through solid steel in seconds... comes in handy in this economy for weekend safe cracking gigs too.


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Re: Trailer Too Short -- Problem Solved!!!

I did the same thing when I bought my new trailer. Just had them build it with longer top rails to extend the gate back. Also had them make the ramp longer and re-enforced the center of the ramp. Got the mods at no cost just had to wait until they did a production run of 8' trailers.

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