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Post Number:#1  PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:37 am
  

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Just got back from Harbor Freight and brought home this trailer - it was $449.99 and usually sold for $399.99. I downloaded a New Year's Day special coupon for 25% off, so I got it for $299.99!
Got every thing I need (except lengthening the tongue), so I'll build/paint it over the winter.
I'll take pics as I go...

Happy New Year to you all.......
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Congrats! Nice buy.

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sheesh good deal.....

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I will do all the tips I've read in the various HF trailer build posts - I will definitely repack the bearings with high quality grease.
The springs are a single leaf, so no tweaking there, but I can still mount the axle above the springs.
To save electrical loads, I'll replace the bulbs with some good LED's from superbrightleds.com.
The frame is black; I may spray it silver along with the wheels - dunno yet.
I'll lengthen the tongue 24 inches to allow for a cooler.
Saw a neat trick about using a bicycle kick stand as a tongue support - gonna do that.
I already have a Hopkins 46255 lighting isolator to hook up the lights.
I will take the carrier to the body shop to see what the'd charge to spray it using a flexible bumper type paint; be nice to have it the same color as the bike - may be to pricey though...

I'll post some pics once I start the build.

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Could spray it with bedliner spray. Autozone and others carry the stuff in rattle cans.

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That's a great buy Kywinger. I think you will be happy with it and I can't wait to hear how the paint process works out in case I decide to paint mine.

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Slabghost-
Good point :thanks: - if I can find a bed liner spray that's anywhere close to my bike's color, I know I'd be many dollars ahead to do that....

backlander - I'll keep ya posted.

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Trailers are cool.
Just something about them I can't explain.

I think if all they have to do is shoot the paint with no prep, may be pretty reasonable cost

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I spoke to a few people with trailers that used a bicycle kick stand. That was the same thing I was planning on doing with my trailer. They have all told me to not bother because it wasn't strong enough and to go right with a tongue jack stand. Kompact Kamp (http://www.jdtrailers.com/) has them for $40.00
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Well, I put the frame together and mounted the axle on top of the springs-
that isn't going to work! The drop was too severe; so I reassembled with the axle in it's proper location....actually worked out beter because the tongue and the hitch ball are at the same height now.

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I also added some garden hose on the axle bolts to mitigate noise -
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The bearings have a grease fitting, which is great, but I'll repack them with high quality 'merican grease....
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Now I just need a good way to lengthen the tongue. As it stands the axle/tongue ratio is 1.54; I need to add about 8 inches to achieve 1.75.
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And yes, I know the workshop is packed to the hilt....a fella ALWAYS needs more space...but I'm a submariner and am used to cramped and crowded quarters - LOL

I had briefly thought about painting the frame silver, but decided against it. The quality of the black paint is good and, besides, it will match the frame of the bike.
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ok i've slept since some of this stuff happened. or maybe i missed it but why do you need a longer tongue?

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mwbill -
reasons to lengthen include:
1) better handling - a ratio of 1.75/1 tongue length/axle width seems to be the magic number
2) room to mount a cooler
3) ability to shift weight around to maintain about 30 lb. on the hitch

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so whats the plan where are you going to lengthen it ...at the tongue or in the back ...?

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KYWinger wrote:
And yes, I know the workshop is packed to the hilt....a fella ALWAYS needs more space...but I'm a submariner and am used to cramped and crowded quarters - LOL


I see open floor space so that is a lot better than mine. I have to postion bicycles and trash cans a certain way to be able to store all of my crap.

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joe- I'm looking for some suitably sized aluminum square tubing...I'll add it at the trailer side and either bolt or weld it to the existing tongue. If I can find something that fits inside the existing, I figure a 2' length would do it - 1' inside for strength and 1' extension.

I still have to come up with a trick way of mounting the spare tire...

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