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post #1 of 14 Old May 7th, 2009, 8:46 am Thread Starter
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looking to add a cargo trailer

I have a 4x7 open trailer and was thing of getting a Thule cargo carrier to mount on it.
Any suggestions or warnings when pulling it. I have a 2005 LT

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Re: looking to add a cargo trailer

A flatbed 4X7 trailer behind an LT would - in my opinion - look rather low rent, especially with a high quality Thule carrier mounted on it. Kind of like putting lipstick on a pig.

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You may want to go over here for more views on your proposed rig - just be prepared for some good natured ribbing:

http://forums.delphiforums.com/MCTrailertowing

With a small amount of cash, a little bit of work and some imagination you can make a decent looking and highly functional trailer from a modified Harbor Freight kit trailer and a Sears cargo box like this:
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Re: looking to add a cargo trailer

Harbor Freight has already done the work for you:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=66771

$429.

I have one that I just finished building. I have only towed it around the neighborhood so far. The Delphi forum mentioned above is wonderful. I lengthened the tongue by 20 ".

Dave Dragon has a wonderful "how to" write up. His web site is http://davedragon.rilysi.com/2007/11...ct-rilysi.html

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Re: looking to add a cargo trailer

Says 45 MPH maximum Towing Speed on that Harbor Freight trailer?? Yikes.

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Says 45 MPH maximum Towing Speed on that Harbor Freight trailer?? Yikes.
That's the attorneys talking...

I've towed mine all day long at 80mph with no issues, even though its not the same trailer as mine it is pretty close. I did reposition my tongue to make it longer which helps.

The one thing I would recommend is ditching the Chinese bearings for some Timkens or other quality ISO certified bearing, and re-packing them with high temp synthetic grease. I could swear the Chinese ones come packed in Cosmoline.


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Re: looking to add a cargo trailer

Thanks everyone. Not sure which way I'm going to go. I was going to cut down my trailer to fit the Thule, which is the case I like. thanks for the info.

ps.. the ribbing is fine. I'm a new LT owner and learning the ins and outs!
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Re: looking to add a cargo trailer

I like that Harbor Freight Trailer, but I have a concern (not based on anything but lack of knowledge) about those 8" wheels instead of something taller. Anyone have input on them?

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I like that Harbor Freight Trailer, but I have a concern (not based on anything but lack of knowledge) about those 8" wheels instead of something taller. Anyone have input on them?
I have 8" on my HF trailer that I took to CCR last year. 3000 miles and no problems.
Checked tire and bearing temp every gas stop, no issues.

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I have 8" on my HF trailer that I took to CCR last year. 3000 miles and no problems.
Checked tire and bearing temp every gas stop, no issues.

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You bringing your trailer tomorrow?

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You bringing your trailer tomorrow?
not planning on it.
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I like that Harbor Freight Trailer, but I have a concern (not based on anything but lack of knowledge) about those 8" wheels instead of something taller. Anyone have input on them?
Hey Jerry - the 8" will turn a little bit faster than 12" - but neither will ever get close to the max rpm design limit. The other advantage with the 8" is that the tongue is pretty much level right off the bat for the LT - without flipping the springs or modding the tongue.

!2" and larger will ride a little smoother and are perhaps more cosmetically appealing - but I doubt if anything carried in the trailer really cares!


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Thanks everyone. Not sure which way I'm going to go. I was going to cut down my trailer to fit the Thule, which is the case I like. thanks for the info.

ps.. the ribbing is fine. I'm a new LT owner and learning the ins and outs!
Sounds like a good plan - Thule quality is so much better than my flimsy Sears carrier. I'll bet the plastic is four times thicker and much more rigid.

You may want to consider bolting it directly to the frame like I did - saves quite a bit of weight. Once you get into the project if you need any help let me know. Here's a link to some of the build photos and ideas I incorporated in mine:

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Re: looking to add a cargo trailer

I appreciate the education on the wheels and tires. Now, what is the rule of thumb on the length of the trailer tongue? I remember someone talking about the length needed to be equal to something on the trailer, but can't remember what it was and this Harbor Freight trailer's tongue looks a little short for a motorcycle trailer.

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I appreciate the education on the wheels and tires. Now, what is the rule of thumb on the length of the trailer tongue? I remember someone talking about the length needed to be equal to something on the trailer, but can't remember what it was and this Harbor Freight trailer's tongue looks a little short for a motorcycle trailer.
I think the rule is coupler to axle distance is twice the wheelbase width.

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