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Here is a pic of my new/used trailer. My question is this. How long should the tongue be?? All of the pics show tongues longer than this. Why is that? Does it matter.

This one is about 45" from axle to end of tongue.




 

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I'll probably regret this question. What does a longer tongue do for you :rolleyes:

Less tongue weight? :confused:
 

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Gets you lots of girlfriends...

Better stability. Easier backing, yes you will eventually have to back out of a parking spot.
That one just looks a little short. Would have to see how it pulls and backs.

Compare to the Bushtec.

I had extended the tounge on my old HF Sears/cartop trailer as well.
 

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Pretty dang SHORT is my thought ......

Picture of what we pull and it does not wag or hunt what so ever.
 

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dthogey said:
I'll probably regret this question. What does a longer tongue do for you :rolleyes:
Dave, Dave, Dave.........

I really think you need to look for the answer to that question on a "different" forum.

Getting back to your trailer, longer wheelbase on any vehicle gives you more stability,
for instance Jeep versus pickup truck.

If you trailer "wags" that usually means you need more tongue weight,

with the trailer wheels that close behind you you're going to feel it more and the turning will be much "quicker"

Backing a trailer up with a motorcycle is already pretty tricky,
you're gonna have to be pretty damn good to back your rig up!

That is a nice looking trailer and the good news is it should not be to difficult to add a piece of square tubing to lengthen it,
then you'll also have a place to put a cooler (win/win)
 

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Ok, it needs to be longer, how much, another couple feet?
 

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A big +1 on Hans' suggestion to add a cooler to the front of your trailer. We are just now discovering how nice it is to have easy/quick access to lots of cold beverages while on a trip. So, however you do it, see if you can't work this into your plans.
 

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DanMartin said:
Per another forum, axle to hitch should be twice the wheel to wheel width
Of trailer.
+1.

I think you'll find out that's waaaay too short when you heavily load the trailer - and are tooling down the interstate at 70 and the "tail starts wagging the dog". It's amplified by having to make a quick maneuver.

FWIW my trailer fully loaded is #300 max, I've found that the LT seems to be happy with that much weight, two up and with full panniers, top case, etc.

 

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dthogey said:
Here is a pic of my new/used trailer. My question is this. How long should the tongue be?? All of the pics show tongues longer than this. Why is that? Does it matter.

This one is about 45" from axle to end of tongue.








OK, I got the tongue lengthened and had a cooler rack added! Thanks again for the feedback guys!! :)


 

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Excellent. I think you'll like the way the longer tongue handles/performs, and I KNOW you'll like the ability to take a cooler on any trip.
 

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I use a unigo trailer and the tounge is not very long. It hides very well behind the bike to be almost invisible while riding. It does attach to the bike in a different way. It doesnt use a ball to rest on instead uses a joint with a lock. The second image at http://reddogscooter.blogspot.com/2009/12/dec-13-2009-uni-go-hitch-update.html

Its also a single wheel trailer so the dynamics are different.
 

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dthogey said:
OK, I got the tongue lengthened and had a cooler rack added! Thanks again for the feedback guys!! :)





Another question. What would you guys recommend for a rack on top of my trailer lid??

Something on both sides of the diamond plate top.

Something I could strap camp chairs or something like that to.
 

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Another question. What would you guys recommend for a rack on top of my trailer lid??

Something on both sides of the diamond plate top.

Something I could strap camp chairs or something like that to.
I simply went to an RV salvage getting 4 tall Aluminum roof rack brackets.
Then over to the Aluminum store getting a 10' stick of 3/4" thin wall tubing.
Hardware store for 4 3/4" copper 90* double female elbows.

Assembled onto roof of the trailer ... Has worked out GREAT !!
 

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I have a swivel on mine and you hardly now it is behind me dosent that strate hitch
limet your lean

Jim
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The hitch doesn't limit the lean at all. I thought the swivel was protection against tipping the bike over. I would love to add the swivel hitch at some point in the future.
 

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I have not towed a motorcycle trailer with a straight hitch but when I was building this just the ball coulper on the ball seemed limited so I made the swivel now I am building a teardrop camper for the bike I dont like tents an I think I will use a heim joint this time and see how it works it will be a lot lighter

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The hitch doesn't limit the lean at all. I thought the swivel was protection against tipping the bike over. I would love to add the swivel hitch at some point in the future.
Swivel certainly helps to minimise the risk of tipping, but there are some circumstances (that can happen very quickly) where just having the trailer attached can cause a tip, regardless of the setup.
This is the result of a sudden fishtail in a soft-spot on a dirt track. The sideways whipping of the trailer when the rear wheel broke loose trying to power the front wheel out of a dirt filled hole flipped the bike & trailer at the same time. The trailer was fitted with a 360 deg rotating hitch and active brake system. :(
 

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Swivel certainly helps to minimise the risk of tipping, but there are some circumstances (that can happen very quickly) where just having the trailer attached can cause a tip, regardless of the setup.
This is the result of a sudden fishtail in a soft-spot on a dirt track. The sideways whipping of the trailer when the rear wheel broke loose trying to power the front wheel out of a dirt filled hole flipped the bike & trailer at the same time. The trailer was fitted with a 360 deg rotating hitch and active brake system. :(

Bummer, hopefully no dirt roads for me
 
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