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post #1 of 8 Old Sep 13th, 2012, 6:08 pm Thread Starter
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Thoughts on a trailer

The wife and I have taken up camping off the bike this summer. I have been thinking of getting a trailer. I have been looking at the uni go. Any ideas would be great.

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post #2 of 8 Old Sep 14th, 2012, 2:28 pm
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Re: Thoughts on a trailer

There are many choices and opinions,
the only thing I can tell you about Unigo is that I don't want one, they're "butt-ugly"

I'm sold on Bushtec, opinions vary,
consider how much you're willing to invest
and how often you'll actually use the trailer,

some of the home-made trailers make a great "starter" project

I recommend you do your homework..............

check out the motorcycle trailer towing forum, here


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Re: Thoughts on a trailer

Like my Uni-Go. Perfect amount of space for the extra's. Even have unhooked it and wheeled it into the hotel like a big suitcase when not staying in campgrounds. Don't know it's behind you when riding. Like "SilverBuffalo" said, there are alot of choices. Depends on how much you want to haul. I had a BMW dealer tell me one of the reasons final drives fail is that you have a passenger and / or a trailer???? Then, what is the LT for? Anyway, like my trailer.

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post #4 of 8 Old Sep 14th, 2012, 5:17 pm
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Re: Thoughts on a trailer

HF trailer $ 144.00 with 20 percent off cupon 14 ga diamond plate aluminum $ 60.00
used sears cartop carrier $ 75.00 75 mph on the interstate and you hardly know its there
this works great for me just one more choice good luck

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Re: Thoughts on a trailer

We had a Unigo for a few years. We used it and liked it. It has its pros and cons, and it's good at what it does - it's a small trailer that expands your trip's possibilities and length of time away from home without doing laundry, for example. You can wheel it into a hotel room, as previously mentioned. We took our Unigo on a ten-day trip and had everything we needed, including a laptop.

Last spring we bought a Bushtec because we traded the previous bike and the Unigo on a new bike while we were out of state. Since we no longer had a trailer, this forced us to re-evaluate our trailer "needs", and we went with the Bushtec. It's much larger (25 cu. ft. vs. 5 cu. ft., if the manufacturers' numbers are correct), and for only a bit more money than the Unigo. But... two-up and fully loaded, you'll really know the Bushtec is back there - longer to stop and longer to accelerate. At any kind of speed it's a non-issue, however.

If I had it to do over again I MIGHT have kept the Unigo trailer and gone back to the out-of-state dealer where we bought the new bike, in order to retrieve the Unigo.

This is one of those things that you have to evaluate. I like the idea of the inexpensive home-built or Harbor Freight-type trailers, but I also like the idea of a trailer like the Bushtec that looks like it was made for your touring bike. Maybe start with a smaller trailer and see what it does for you. Good luck.
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post #6 of 8 Old Oct 3rd, 2012, 10:05 pm
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Re: Thoughts on a trailer

I believe the operative word here is "camping". Depending upon how much you want to rough
it a Unigo is more for the hoteling set - that's me and my wife.

If you get serious about camping what Howard S has with over 20 cubic feet of storage, is
the just the ticket. Lots of room for tent, sleeping bags, mattresses, stoves, chairs, cooler
and clothes for two!!

Yea you can pack the Unigo with lots of stuff and it tows like it is not even there but for real
camping 5 cubic feet make it a little rough!!

My 2 cents!!

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HF trailer $ 144.00 with 20 percent off cupon 14 ga diamond plate aluminum $ 60.00
used sears cartop carrier $ 75.00 75 mph on the interstate and you hardly know its there
this works great for me just one more choice good luck

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That turned out real nice, Jim! Great paint job!


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Re: Thoughts on a trailer

Correct on the "UNI" being a hotel hauler.
Want to "CAMP" carrying all the essentials including a cooler ! ... something bigger is in order.

Ours a mid 1980's vintage COLEMAN Caboose clam shell painted to match the bike.
Total invested $ 200 .... value PRICELESS !!
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