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I spotted this little trailer typically used to haul rototiller and various lawn equipment on my local Craigslist. It seem a heck of a bargain at just $95.00. I couldn't get a receiver carrier for that! What's more, it has a tilt bed which would make it even easier to load up the bike. But, it's just 3' wide x 3'10" long. I'd guess as tiller can be quite heavy that it could handle the weight. Think I could adapt it somehow to handle the length of the TW? Also, I wonder if something like this is ok for highway speed?



Whaja ya'll think??



 

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Those typically don't have any suspension and are definately no highway rated


Yeah, I spoke with the guy and it does not have any suspension so while that might be ok for short hauls around town, it's not gonna work for where I'd like to haul the TW and thats out some backcountry roads. Too bad... the price was right...
 

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I spotted this little trailer typically used to haul rototiller and various lawn equipment on my local Craigslist. It seem a heck of a bargain at just $95.00. I couldn't get a receiver carrier for that! What's more, it has a tilt bed which would make it even easier to load up the bike. But, it's just 3' wide x 3'10" long. I'd guess as tiller can be quite heavy that it could handle the weight. Think I could adapt it somehow to handle the length of the TW? Also, I wonder if something like this is ok for highway speed?



Whaja ya'll think??





I think you will find that trailer too short in length the TW is 83 some inches long and a 52 plus inch wheel base or so.



Good Luck.



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I think you will find that trailer too short in length the TW is 83 some inches long and a 52 plus inch wheel base or so.



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I knew it was too short as is, but figured I could modify it easily enough. It's the fact that is has no suspension that is the deal breaker.
 

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Major problem with trailers like this is NOT going forward....next to impossible to back up. The geometry of a trailer works much better the farther the ball is from the axle of the trailer with regards to backing up. This is why many boat trailers are easier to back up than the Harbor Freight utility trailer models. Short trailers work well if you plan to only drive forward. In gas stations, parking lots, etc. plan ahead and get the pull through spots.
 

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I think the track on that trailer is insufficient--to narrow for a top-heavy load like a motorcycle. I'd want a trailer at least 48 inches between the wheels.
 

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Those little wheels would never survive long at freeway speeds. Then one must figure in the amount of pot-holes, holes so large they'd gobble those little things in just one big "crunch" and there gone!
 

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Those little wheels would never survive long at freeway speeds. Then one must figure in the amount of pot-holes, holes so large they'd gobble those little things in just one big "crunch" and there gone!


Those little trailer wheels are fine if they are maintained, properly inflated, and not overloaded. Failures of that type of wheel and tire are almost always due to one of those three causes.
 

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I know I just showed up to your forum and all. But I grew up in an Okie family. Cheapest choice always the best choice. Breakdowns galore resulted. And no... I see daily those little wheeled trailers of all descriptions littered on the side of freeways and roadways. Growing up we knocked numerous wheels off due to chuck holes tree branches and the like. Now... I am pokin' fun at my own family so as to get along with you.



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I think the track on that trailer is insufficient--to narrow for a top-heavy load like a motorcycle. I'd want a trailer at least 48 inches between the wheels.



So? Here you've demonstrated a prior disagreement of trailer choice and yet you choose to be "exactly what with me?" Are you saying I don't have an opinion? or I just don't have any life's experiences with trailers?



I made a comment only. I believe I am entitled to it sir.



Oh? And Truelite! Try to do some research on the trailer if your still interested, many of those small platforms have speed limitations on them. I own two ATV only trailers with larger wheels than the wheels in your photograph, both of my trailers have speed limitations/warnings.



Also as evidenced from your photo, I see NO evidence of safety chains that are a mandated safety requirement on all trailers. This indicates to me, to include the type of coupler it is NOT legal for highway use. As for city streets and rural roads, most peace officers could care less as these are seen daily and realize the various occupations associated with such use.







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qwerty:



I know I just showed up to your forum and all. But I grew up in an Okie family. Cheapest choice always the best choice. Breakdowns galore resulted. And no... I see daily those little wheeled trailers of all descriptions littered on the side of freeways and roadways. Growing up we knocked numerous wheels off due to chuck holes tree branches and the like. Now... I am pokin' fun at my own family so as to get along with you.



Your Quote:

I think the track on that trailer is insufficient--to narrow for a top-heavy load like a motorcycle. I'd want a trailer at least 48 inches between the wheels.



So? Here you've demonstrated a prior disagreement of trailer choice and yet you choose to be "exactly what with me?" Are you saying I don't have an opinion? or I just don't have any life's experiences with trailers?



I made a comment only. I believe I am entitled to it sir.



Oh? And Truelite! Try to do some research on the trailer if your still interested, many of those small platforms have speed limitations on them. I own two ATV only trailers with larger wheels than the wheels in your photograph, both of my trailers have speed limitations/warnings.



Also as evidenced from your photo, I see NO evidence of safety chains that are a mandated safety requirement on all trailers. This indicates to me, to include the type of coupler it is NOT legal for highway use. As for city streets and rural roads, most peace officers could care less as these are seen daily and realize the various occupations associated with such use.







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I spent a couple years doing failure analysis for a trailer manufacturer. Nothing wrong with those wheels and tires. Lots wrong with people not maintaining them, and they are high maintenance.



Anywho, lack of suspension will cause any wheels and tires to take a beating. Smaller tire outside diameters take more of a beating than larger because they tend to run in to things taller tires roll over. Not a fault of the tire if the operator can't drive.



Your point about lack of safety chains is valid--not highway legal. I can't tell from the picture what coupler is attached, therefore cannot comment on its suitability.



No lights, either.



I'd pass on this trailer. It'll cost too much time and effort to set it up for the street. By then you can find a more appropriate one on craigslist used for a like price.
 

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Before you guys start a flame war, my thoughts of getting this trailer have long past and I've moved along. It was pretty clear this little thing was suited to what it was designed for - towing home a rototiller from the rental shop. I'm slowly learning that often a "cheap" concept is anything but by the time one gets done retrofitting it to be what it is required to do.
 

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I'm sure in reality if Qwerty and I met up on say a trail ride somewhere, we'd laugh our asses off about the stupedness of the entire net thing. The net can be a great and informative venue for information and exchange, but then it can be filled with lousy ill perceived meaning's that honestly dohn-mean-nuttin.



I hope this is all it ever is. A bunch of nothing over nothing. My humble apologies to any and all as I could of handled it much differently.



Peace! And as Roy Rogers' and Dale Evens always said... "Happy Trails to You"







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I'll buy the pie after lunch.
 

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well guys I gotta tell ya. I built a little trailer for my TW, No suspension. 12" tires. Used 2" square tube for the axle and 1/2 pipe for the rest of the frame. It weighs about 75 lbs I can lift it entirely off the ground. I tow it behind my Geo Tracker and still get 33 mpg.





I have put i'm sure over 15000 miles on the little thing on the freeway at 75 and on some of the nastiest gravel roads Idaho can offer without a problem. Oh.. except for one flat. You do have to watch the tire press. I would post some pics but I can't figure out how. Just sayin



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Hey Truelight, there is a hitch carrier on Craigslist in Caldwell Idaho for $50! Not sure if you have a solution to your transport issue yet, but thought you might like to know.
 
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