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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-03-2018, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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I've looked around the forum and can't find a section to put this so, I'm going to leave it up to the admins to either start a new topic or place it where it needs to go. Looking for info on trailering.

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Hello,

What would you like to know? I've trailered a few bikes a few thousand miles because of time constraints and nasty weather up here in the Great White North.

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So back here now to edit. I will readily I admit I know nothing about towing any type of trailer behind a bike. Towing a bike in a trailer behind a truck, all kinds of experience. I will defer to those that have the experience which you seek and I too shall learn the ins and outs of motorcycle RVing.
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You mean trailing the bike?

Or pulling a trailer with the bike?

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Looking to pull a camping trailer with the bike. I just can't justify loading the bike on a platform to pull it behind me. If I going somewhere, I want to be riding! That said, I'm looking at a used Trailmaster inc. "Aspen Sentry" trailer with great canvas and electric brakes. The seller is asking around $2k and will throw in a Hitch docs hitch and all necessary electrical connectors. I have heard there can be issues with bikes and electric brakes on trailers and am wondering if anyone has experienced any issues with this setup? I'm replacing my front and rear suspension anyway and wonder if I need to factor trailer tongue weight as well. Also, wanted to see if there were any "towers" on the forum who might have products to sell or ideas to offer.

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I tow a trailer behind my bike that holds my dogs in it. I got some pointers you can lean on and take it for what it's worth.

Know that towing a bike changes how your bike will react to sudden changes in your flow of riding for example changing lanes abruptly, or even slow turns. My trailer weighs 185 empty and I put about 46 lbs of dogs (2 dogs) and maybe another 25 lbs of stuff. I have pulled down the highway at 70 mph very comfortably and even taken it down some curvy & hilly roads. My fuel mileage has changed very little, maybe a 1-2 mile per gallon loss which is not big deal to me. My trailer does not have brakes so I can't speak on that part but Kuryakyn sells a harness kit that draws power right off the battery and that might help for your brake system. Maybe, I don't know for sure but it just seems you need to draw juice from the source rather than thru the bikes electrical system to avoid any problems.

As for the tongue weight of the trailer as long as it's not more than 50-75 lbs and is within 10-12% of the total trailer weight you should be fine. My tongue weight is about 23 lbs. I weight 206 and my wife 106. I have not felt the need to adjust my shocks at all.

I know my trailer is back there because I can feel some very minor nuances but most of the time with a really smooth road I do not know it's back there.

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I've pulled a bunkhouse style camper behind my EVO Softail for many years. It's heavy, no make that HEAVY! Everybody and their brother wants to throw something on or in it. It pulls my mileage from 37 to 27. Driving is gutless, not nimble, double braking distance or more. You can feel it on the hills, up and down. You can't back up so you need to be careful everywhere not to get stuck or boxed in. And I still love it. Try to keep the cooler empty and don't let it fill up with stuff. Really easy to just keep adding the kitchen sink. Hitch Doc makes great hitches, very solid. I've always wanted brakes, electric or surge. But never found any to fit my rig. I like being able to access the storage area with it setup or down. I like to be able to stand up to get dressed. Mine is a full/double bed so it uses standard sheets even though it's a foam pad. Let me know if I can awnser any more questions.

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I've been towing for thirty years or so .. Two campers and a cargo trailer .. My campers each weighed around 400# empty , one was pulled with 1984 and 1988 Tour Glides , and the other was pulled with this '11 Ultra . Managed mid thirties fuel mileage with both . Cargo was an Escapade weighed about 150# empty , didn't know it was there ..

Big thing is slow maneuvers , you will know it's there then ... And pay attention to braking distance . No issues with trailer brakes personally ..

Aspen is a quality camper , one of the better ones ..

Wheel bearings .... And put enough air in the trailer tires to keep it on the road , if it bounces all over the highway , let some air out .. My last camper tires were rated at 40 psi max , and the sweet spot was 26-28 psi ...

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I understand that you want to pull a trailer with your bike but there really no shame in putting your bike on a trailer and going somewhere to ride. Now some people will try to shame you for putting a bike on a trailer and going somewhere to ride but being from Michigan I understand that the riding season is not as long as you would like and if you want to ride in the winter you have to go to a warmer climate. I have a enclosed trailer for my bike and I use it at times but I try to ride the bike when I can.
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I understand that you want to pull a trailer with your bike but there really no shame in putting your bike on a trailer and going somewhere to ride. Now some people will try to shame you for putting a bike on a trailer and going somewhere to ride but being from Michigan I understand that the riding season is not as long as you would like and if you want to ride in the winter you have to go to a warmer climate. I have a enclosed trailer for my bike and I use it at times but I try to ride the bike when I can.
Yep. No shame but I understand him too. I pick my battles. I towed from Houston to Colorado then unloaded the bike, of course my tow rig was a my toyhauler so it doubled as my home away from home. I soon though will throw my dog trailer in the back of the truck and the bike on a lowboy and tow all that to just outside of Phoenix unload it all at my uncles and leave my truck and trailer and then runaway to the west coast for a bit. Believe me I will have no reservations doing that. I've been left and right on I-10 and I will not miss riding on that part but I always prefer to be on my bike just like the OP.

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I don't have any experience with the enclosed camper type trailers, but will pull an Aluma pull behind somewhere between 8 to 10,000 a year. We camp out of it by just throwing the tent and related stuff into it. As said above you will know its back there, your stopping distance will change, and so will your handling to some degree. Now all that said, pull one enough and all those things that are different become the norm, so some will say they don't notice it back there.
Somewhere on here there is several threads, and a section on trailer pulling and camping out of a trailer, just don't remember where. I think it is in the Stickies in one of the sections
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