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Old 09-11-2006, 12:45 PM   #31
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Looks damn cheesy in that neighborhood.
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Old 09-11-2006, 07:26 PM   #32
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Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but did you have to cut the sheet of plywood in half to allow you to fold the trailer? Appears that way from the pics, just wanted to make sure. I think I'll have one of these in my garage this week.

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Yes, you have to cut it in half. Home Depot will do it for you.
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Old 09-11-2006, 08:32 PM   #33
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I've got a smaller version of that trailer, looks to be the same manufacturer. I took the leaf springs off, lowered it, added a full length rail that extends a bit over the end. It's a great little trailer! Priced right and stores easily....

I've used it to tow my 1150GS, (a bit large for the unit) but it works perfect for the XR650.
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Old 09-12-2006, 01:13 PM   #34
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I think you just physically remove the plywood.

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Old 09-12-2006, 02:30 PM   #35
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I think you just physically remove the plywood.

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No - the plywood stays on. Tthe trailer just folds over onto itself. You can see it in the pic - the plywood is painted white.

Make sure you position your eye hooks (for straps) in the plywood so they don't contact each other when you fold it - that allows it to fold more compactly.
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Old 09-12-2006, 02:35 PM   #36
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Looks damn cheesy in that neighborhood.
No kidding.


That's why you fold it up and store it in your garage - so you don't have a trailer sitting in your yard
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Old 09-12-2006, 02:41 PM   #37
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Same setup

Great trailer, I replaced the bearings at 9,000 miles... the new ones from HF are better then first set.

I also do not uses the trailer sides to save weight and air drag

Aluminium ramps save weight too and that helps the smaller 4 cyl engines pull the trailer at highway speeds
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Old 09-12-2006, 02:42 PM   #38
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Looking at your photos of the hitch area I would suggest you replace the safety chain hooks with real shackles




I have had the ones on my trailer (the same one) shake loose while towing.
They will every time if connected as in the photo. To make that style work, you need long chains. Pass the whole chain through the loop on the hitch, spiraral the end around the standing chain at least twice, then hook the hook in a link of chain, and pull the whole works tight. Works great untill your buddy borrows your trailer, hooks it like in the photo, and returns it with links of the chain ground down, (from dragging on the pavement) and the advice that "you need to shorten up those chains!"
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Old 09-12-2006, 02:45 PM   #39
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They will every time if connected as in the photo. To make that style work, you need long chains. Pass the whole chain through the loop on the hitch, spiraral the end around the standing chain at least twice, then hook the hook in a link of chain, and pull the whole works tight. Works great untill your buddy borrows your trailer, hooks it like in the photo, and returns it with links of the chain ground down, and the advice that "you need to shorten up those chains!"
Thanks for the reminder - I've still been using it just the way it is in the pic - looks like I need to fix that before making any longer trips.
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Old 09-12-2006, 02:55 PM   #40
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Here is an alternative to that trailer:

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Old 09-12-2006, 03:39 PM   #41
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that's just crying out for a Harley
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Old 09-12-2006, 05:35 PM   #42
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Old 09-13-2006, 07:44 PM   #43
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Porco Giallo,
That's a nice trailer! I didn't know about it when I bought mine. It's a good alternative - I think the decision really comes down to how much you want to spend and how many miles you are going to put on it.

I'm using mine as much as a utility trailer to haul concrete, BBQ's, wood, household goods etc as for the bikes, so it's working out well. I definately need the rails.

Your version certainly looks more sturdy in certain areas, as you pointed out. Better axles/bearings would be nice. RDubb mentioned he broke his fenders on your version of the trailer - losing one on the highway.

I also had a fender break off - due to metal fatigue at the bracket right where it attached to the trailer.


Looks like there are at least two decent options for folding trailers under $1K.
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Old 01-05-2007, 07:35 AM   #44
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hate to bring up an old thread, but curious if anyon has taken any of these trailers on a longer trip?

I am looking for something "smaller" (as compared to an exclosed 8x14 monster that i have to tow with a dodge 2500 heavy duty gas eater) to tote my KLR around with my 6 banger blazer......potentially out of state on some few hundred mile rides....

anyone taken the HF folding trailer (great for me since i have limited storage) on a longer ride? i figure the KLR is 400lbsish...should be ok.

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Old 01-05-2007, 08:24 AM   #45
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I've got a HF 4X8 folding trailer. I got the one with 8" wheels, rated for 990lbs. I've used it to haul 2 dirtbikes, 12 gallons gas, and all the associated riding gear on several 1400+ mile trips. Ran 80+, 0 issues. Make sure you get the load distributed right so the trailer doesn't wobble. I've also hauled my 600+ lb Concours on it. Mine ate the bearings this past year, after 7 years of hard use and no maintenance. For the price, and the ability to fold up, you just can't beat this trailer. Granted, if I had a good place to store one, I would have bought a heavy duty non-folding trailer from a reputable manufacturer.
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