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post #1 of 12 Old May 10th, 2010, 8:49 am Thread Starter
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Anyone on this site pull a camping trailer? If so what kind. What do you think? Any suggestions? Comments? I have heard some say you can't tell you are pulling one. That is hard to believe. I have sleep apnea and must take a CPAP with me everywhere I go. I am thinking a trailer will make this easier. Thanks.
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post #2 of 12 Old May 10th, 2010, 10:16 am
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I too have a CPAP. I can fit it in the top case (barely) along with an extension cord for when I go rallying or camping. Have been thinking of a trailer and have see the "Bunk House" brand at several rallies. Looks like the ultimate in comfort and storage.
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Hi,
Usually lurk, but when I got my first K12LT in 2001, I purchased a QuikKamp pop up camper and pulled it for about a year and half. YES, you can tell it's back there!! Fully loaded, it was probably about 400 pounds and very much affected the handling of the bike. I rode only one up, can't imagine that the performance wouldn't suffer with 2 up. Sold it and bought my first Bushtec, and now have my second K12LT and Bushtec. First was totaled in wreck in Missouri in 2004. With the Bushtec, fully loaded, you can barely tell it is back there. Tracks very well, and will not really slow you down much in the twisties, but you ARE pulling a trailer! Can't say enough good things about the Bushtec. I have a nice cot, great tent, and all the necessities that may my camp a home. Very comfortable camping without the requirement of pulling a heavy camper behind me. I do miss the easy set up of the pop up, but, when all is said and done, I would not change where I am now. Hope this helps, if you choose a pop up, at least they have lightened them some. Best, Bob



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Anyone on this site pull a camping trailer? If so what kind. What do you think? Any suggestions? Comments? I have heard some say you can't tell you are pulling one. That is hard to believe. I have sleep apnea and must take a CPAP with me everywhere I go. I am thinking a trailer will make this easier. Thanks.

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We have a Bunkhouse that we bought new in 1995. It is a great setup but you definitely know that it is back there. Like any trailer behind any vehicle you have to make allowances for it.

I have pulled it with 2 different Goldwings and 2 LTs....both did a fine job of it.

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Re: camping trailers

They're not for everyone, some people love theirs,
I had a Bunkhouse and hated it, great camper, just hated pulling all that weight.
I'm now on my third Bushtec and love it.
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Re: camping trailers

I had the Aspen Classic and like all have noted, you knew it was back there. The advantage, you can carry enough to keep two comfortable on the road for over a week and also do it rather inexpensively. As for gas consumption, I normally get 48-51 mpg, two up with the camper it was 38- 44mpg. I enjoyed it what few times I had it out. I bought it mainly for both of us to go, (wife) and that worked well. But for me to take it out by myself, overkill, too much room, too much weight, too much effort for short trips. My best advice is determine if this is for one person or two and get one that is right for what you plan to do. Another item, if you get a large one like the Classic or a large Bunkhouse, then I'd suggest getting the electric brakes on it. I had the electric brakes on mine and it worked well. The electric controller was adjustable and under my seat. It made a very noticeable difference in stopping two up with a loaded camper. Sure, the LT will stop it, but with the trailer brakes you take a great part of that effort off the LT and you don't feel the camper trying to push you sideways when you have to brake hard. I think this is the smallest and lightest one made now: http://jdtrailers.com/_wsn/page5.html If you find a smaller and lighter one, do let me know. :-)

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here is mine, yes you know it is there but often forget, I am fitting brakes at the moment I believed that they were not nessesary until I almost t-boned a car the LT brakes were in full anti skid mode and the trailer just kept pushing
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Linton, I just discovered this post. Your camping trailer is exquisite! Very very nice!

Now I want one! Bad!

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thanks Loren
I or we love it, I am not able to camp on the ground anymore, they are expensive and yes we could have stayed in a lot of motels, but we also tow this behind our mazda 3 hatch. it takes less than a minute to put up and your in bed. there are two types available an elite
http://www.elitecampers.com.au/index...d=73&Itemid=98
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Re: camping trailers

I have a timeout ... pulled it with gl1800, Harley Ultra Glide and soon my lt ... I love it ... lots of room and all off the ground ... I replaced the air mattress with a futon. You know it's back there especially on the ultra ... but with the wing I would put a 12' canoe on the time out and go to the lake ... caused at least one cage wreck as the drivers were watching me not the road. It's kind of freaky to see a bike pulling a boat ... LOL
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Re: camping trailers

Thanks all for the info on trailers. I'm looking for a unit in northern AK..no kidding. Just transferred w/military to Fairbanks w/my LT (I know, I should have a GS). I figure an KLT with a trailer is better than nothing in northern AK..no?
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Thanks all for the info on trailers. I'm looking for a unit in northern AK..no kidding. Just transferred w/military to Fairbanks w/my LT (I know, I should have a GS). I figure an KLT with a trailer is better than nothing in northern AK..no?
Not trying to hijack the thread, but we'll have to meet up and do some riding next summer. We just moved to Anchorage ourselves last month. Keep in touch!

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