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    How to put a 6' TW on a 4' trailer!

    Been working on this project for quite some time. I have seen on other sites people carrying dirt bikes on these small harbor freight trailers (40" x 48"). They looked kinda goofy but really caught my attention. Well long story short.... I have to pull my TW with my car because the dog won't ride in the truck. We have to take the dog (don't ask). I wanted something light for the car. It is 2004 Buick Leasbre with 200,000 miles on it. It is the dog's car (don't ask). I remembered seeing these little harbor freight trailers and thought: why not give it a go. So here we go. Trailer $289, title and tag $150 ish, plywood $35, hardware $150, extra lights $40, time invested 60 hours (at least), and lastly it was fun.

    If you will look at the back of the bike, you will see I added brake lights to the motorcycle that match the trailer's. There are numerous details like that I added. Really over done but it is my first trailer.

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    With the bike.
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    With the car.
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    Good solution for when the dog wont ride in the truck.
    Noticed you have a hole in your security protocol by not pixelating the trailer's license plate like the TW and the Buick. Could this possibly be a harbinger of the end of civilization as we know it?
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    good start, a little short on the tongue lenght, how does it tow and back up?
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    Just watch off camber turns or downhill turns. That trailer with that bike will flip over. I know. Just brake early before getting into the turn and drive conservatively on twisty roads. An S turn downhill is the worst to get these narrow trailers with tall loads to lift a tire and go over.
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    Backs up fine with the bike. Without the bike.....I can't even see it! I will just have to get out and move it manually. I can just pick it up and move it wherever I want. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ski Pro 3 View Post
    Just watch off camber turns or downhill turns. That trailer with that bike will flip over. I know. Just brake early before getting into the turn and drive conservatively on twisty roads. An S turn downhill is the worst to get these narrow trailers with tall loads to lift a tire and go over.
    Thanks! I will take all the advice I can get. I have zero experience with trailers. I never thought about it turning over! I pulled it around for about 20 miles on different types of road conditions. It seemed to do good. I did modify the suspension some. I took off 2 of the springs. It was a 1000lbs trailer. The bike with trailer add-ons is only 300 or so. There is some give to the springs now. Before it was like jumping on concrete.
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    First, nice job on the trailer and smart move, getting all this advice!

    Now, a question about the oft seen "security protocol" of pixelating or covering license plates when posting vehicle pix...car, trailer, bike, etc.
    For that to truly be an effective measure, wouldn't you have to keep your plate(s) covered all the time?
    On the web, going down the highway, getting gas, parked in your driveway, campground, church or beer-joint?
    Just askin'...

    Quote Originally Posted by Fred View Post
    Good solution for when the dog wont ride in the truck.
    Noticed you have a hole in your security protocol by not pixelating the trailer's license plate like the TW and the Buick. Could this possibly be a harbinger of the end of civilization as we know it?
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    Good job on the trailer for sure. This might have been another option depending if you don't mind to stand out in a crowd.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Darth View Post
    First, nice job on the trailer and smart move, getting all this advice!

    Now, a question about the oft seen "security protocol" of pixelating or covering license plates when posting vehicle pix...car, trailer, bike, etc.
    For that to truly be an effective measure, wouldn't you have to keep your plate(s) covered all the time?
    On the web, going down the highway, getting gas, parked in your driveway, campground, church or beer-joint?
    Just askin'...
    Haha! Thats a great idea! I will pixelate my plates on the vehicles instead of just in pictures. That will stop all these bills coming in from red light cameras and toll roads. LOL
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    Well done!
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