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Old 06-01-2013, 05:10 PM   #301
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After reading all the great info on the Harbor Freight trailers I decided to pick one up last weekend. I opted for the smallest one so it can fit inside my garage and stand it up against the wall in winter. The light duty model will work well for transporting my Trials bike. I got it in on sale at the store and with a coupon it was only $160. Assembly is fairly easy but it took me a couple of days. I wanted to make sure everything was nice and tight and spent a lot of time running the wiring. I opted to run a dedicated ground wire from each taillight. A 6' plank with wheel chock does the job and since it is so low it is easy to load. Tried it out today and it pulls great, even had it up to 60mph. The build quality is actually pretty good I think, and yes I cleaned the bearings and packed them with quality grease. One thing I found that should be done is the nut on the bottom of the coupler (the one to adjust the coupler) can come loose and so I replaced with a locking nut. I think it will work well for my intended use.

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Old 06-01-2013, 08:29 PM   #302
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Looks great! Now, secure those fenders by adding a strap from the mount above the frame to the frame. That will reduce vibration and eventual breakage! DAMHIK.

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Ditto.

I now have custom fenders and some poor soul on I5 likely has a HF fender shaped customized grill cutout...

Other than that the trailer has been handy as hell. I've loaded it with a triumph tiger (1999 - the older, heavier one) and run at 70mph with no problems. I did pack the bearings with quality grease though.
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:03 PM   #303
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Cool2 Light weight trailer

Today I pulled my trailer with my little commuter, just to see how it would do. To my surprise, the little Saturn did pretty well. Normally, when I'm commuting, this little 1993 TBI (Throttle Body Injection) car will pull in 42Mpg for me. Of course when trailering, I expect that to drop quite a bit. At any rate, there are a few images of my setup:







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Old 06-03-2013, 04:17 PM   #304
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Took the trailer out for the first time this past weekend on a 5 day camping trip. No issues pulling it or any stability issues other than the wind from passing semis make it move a little. Great addition to the garage!!



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Old 06-17-2013, 10:25 AM   #305
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I just picked up a used one of these yesterday in a very basic state. Plywood on it, and came with the HF wheel chock, but the wiring situation is pretty poor.

I added some more grease through the nipple on the hub using a grease gun, but I'll probably need to add more. I checked the installation instructions online and it specifically states that the bearings need to be greased, and grease is not included. I don't know if that was included in the original instructions years ago, but HF acknowledges that what the bearings come with isn't good enough.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:39 AM   #306
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I just picked up a used one of these yesterday in a very basic state. Plywood on it, and came with the HF wheel chock, but the wiring situation is pretty poor.

I added some more grease through the nipple on the hub using a grease gun, but I'll probably need to add more. I checked the installation instructions online and it specifically states that the bearings need to be greased, and grease is not included. I don't know if that was included in the original instructions years ago, but HF acknowledges that what the bearings come with isn't good enough.
I would suggest disassembling them and hand packing. Adding grease through the nipple is likely not getting to all the bearings.

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Old 06-18-2013, 08:48 AM   #307
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It's been gone over multiple times in this thread about the bearings. You'll want to remove the bearings & clean off whatever was on them, re pack with real grease (Mobil 1 is my go to grease now). I found rust & paint flakes in the hubs, so clean the inside of the hubs too.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:49 AM   #308
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Any suggestions on how to remove that cover outside of the bearings? It's on there pretty tight. Since I didn't assemble it, I'm not sure I'm properly disassembling it.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:31 AM   #309
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Any suggestions on how to remove that cover outside of the bearings? It's on there pretty tight. Since I didn't assemble it, I'm not sure I'm properly disassembling it.
I used an adjustable crescent wrench on mine. I hooked the top jaw the lip on the bearing cap, tapped the handle and the cap was off. My original attempt with a flat screwdriver was unsuccessful.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:36 AM   #310
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Floor / bed options.

I'm choosing a decking material and im concerned that 3/4 in plywood would impede folding. Anyone have trouble?

Also how many fasteners would be needed? I was going just bolt the corners of each square.
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Old 06-21-2013, 05:44 AM   #311
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I'm choosing a decking material and im concerned that 3/4 in plywood would impede folding. Anyone have trouble?

Also how many fasteners would be needed? I was going just bolt the corners of each square.
Hi, I don't own one of these yet but may purchase one soon. It appears from reading the 21 pages in this thread the plywood, properly installed does not impede folding. Lots of useful knowledge here if you're considering the purchase or modifying one.
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Old 06-21-2013, 04:12 PM   #312
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Hi, I don't own one of these yet but may purchase one soon. It appears from reading the 21 pages in this thread the plywood, properly installed does not impede folding. Lots of useful knowledge here if you're considering the purchase or modifying one.
1/2 inch is OK, 3/4" can cause binding.

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Old 06-22-2013, 08:02 AM   #313
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I'm choosing a decking material and im concerned that 3/4 in plywood would impede folding. Anyone have trouble?

Also how many fasteners would be needed? I was going just bolt the corners of each square.
The 3/4 decking makes the trailer pretty heavy to fold up. Plus it is a tight fold up. Lets say the trailer doesn't really like it, and will not fold up touching face to face flush. Close, but no cigar. But then really, you can't go much thinner wood material unless you go hard wood IMHO for what it is worth. Diamond plate would be the cats ass, but pretty spendy also.
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:43 AM   #314
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3/4 works. It's a tight fit to fold but it does fold.
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:51 AM   #315
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