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Old 09-07-2009, 07:28 PM   #91
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I've got more time and money in my trailer than it cost me but I'm happy with the end result. It can haul 3 bikes but it did require some additional work. I use the E-track for hold down points and it works well.




That's a nice set up, but watch your shins!
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Old 09-08-2009, 04:43 AM   #92
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What is a good paint to paint the plywood for weather resistance?

I'm going to be snagging some plywood that has been used for a bed for a couple years, and figure I should paint it, as it may end up stashed outside for a good portion of the year.
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:08 AM   #93
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They're OK to grease the bearings, but they're very cheap grease fittings, mine broke right off. I replaced them with better fittings and that's the way I grease the bearings. Grease them before going on your first trip.
Can you tell me where to get those replacement fittings? Mine broke off too.

Also, when filling with a grease gun, should I fill the cavity all the way?
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:26 AM   #94
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Can you tell me where to get those replacement fittings? Mine broke off too.

Also, when filling with a grease gun, should I fill the cavity all the way?

Oddly enough, Harbor Freight sells an assortment box of them, I think it was $5.





If the threads of the old fitting are still in there, this works well for getting them out. Also, just a few bucks at the store.







When greasing, I pull the grease cap on the axle and when I see the bearing covered in grease, I stop filling.
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Old 09-08-2009, 09:32 AM   #95
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If the threads of the old fitting are still in there, this works well for getting them out. Also, just a few bucks at the store.







When greasing, I pull the grease cap on the axle and when I see the bearing covered in grease, I stop filling.
I would not waste my money on that crappy set, they break off very easy!
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I would not waste my money on that crappy set, they break off very easy!
Works just fine for a broken grease fitting.
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:19 AM   #97
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Can you tell me where to get those replacement fittings? Mine broke off too.

Also, when filling with a grease gun, should I fill the cavity all the way?
Some of the smaller, less 'corporate' parts stores have selection boxes, as do TSC's. I'll probably pick them up from TSC, as I have greater faith in their stuff.
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:21 AM   #98
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I will chime in here as well, I have had one for at least 6 years now. When I got it I cleaned the bearings and repacked them with Mobil 1 grease. Haven't had any bearing issues, ever, I do carry a spare set, they are like $3 at Walmart.
I have changed out the tires to 12 inch car radials, unfortunately nobody makes 12 inch car tires anymore so I can't buy another for a spare. In order to mount the larger car tires I had to raise the fenders about 2 inches.

Right off the bat I did replace the hitch, mine never worked smooth enough that I would trust it. I used 3/4 pt plywood for the deck which I painted then sprinkled sand all over then painted again.
I added tie downs at the corners and also added a rmovable outrigger tie downs at the front. I have towed from Raligh to Orlando with 2 DL1000's on the thing at 80 MPH. I don't think I will do that again though becasue the trailer can't handle the weight in a corner and the whole thing flexes a lot.

It takes about 20 minutes to unfold and set up by myself.



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Old 09-08-2009, 12:13 PM   #99
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I rented a single rail kendon trailer and I was really impressed for the 5 days I used it (at ~$40/day). At times I am tempted to spend $1000 dollars on a used kendon tailer that I will use very seldom ($2000 dollars new).

When I decide to buy a trailer the HF folding trailer will be the ticket with the 12" wheel upgrade.

Any idea how much it weighs?
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:50 PM   #100
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Oddly enough, Harbor Freight sells an assortment box of them, I think it was $5.



Great, thanks. Will try to find something similar, as I have no idea what size the broken one is.
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Old 09-08-2009, 12:51 PM   #101
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Any idea how much it weighs?
I believe it's 263lbs with the 12'' wheels.
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:43 PM   #102
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MoterBiker, what kind of paint did you use? Just some type of rattlecan outdoor paint?

I like your tip on sand, that sounds easy enough. I can just grab some from the volleyball pit about 100 meters outside my front door.
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Old 09-09-2009, 05:23 AM   #103
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MoterBiker, what kind of paint did you use? Just some type of rattlecan outdoor paint?

I like your tip on sand, that sounds easy enough. I can just grab some from the volleyball pit about 100 meters outside my front door.
It was a leftover can of paint my buddy had, I think some kind of primer, we rolled it on like you paint a wall.

Bummed about the lack of 12 inch tires now, probably have to find some 13 inch rims.

BTW, I have trailered 600 pound bikes on that thing behind my 02 Civic with 115 HP, just had to donwshift going up the big hills

I can throw my XT225's on there and tow it with my 2.4L Accord pretty easily too.
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Old 09-14-2009, 06:06 AM   #104
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Has anyone figured out a better way to handle the four bolts that must be removed to make the trailer fold? They're so damn hard to get rid of. I was tempted to try to fit something in there that uses a pin I could pull, or maybe a wing nut, but thought I'd see what others are doing.
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Old 09-21-2009, 03:26 AM   #105
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I only put on 2. The ones on the side rails behind the tires. I also put them with the nuts out, that way I just reach under and slip the bolt into the hole.
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