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post #16 of 28 Old 03-20-2018, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Hauling motorcycle(s) on Utility Trailer

It's the first day of Spring - It's snowing like a blizzard is approaching for our 4th Nor'easter of the month, and Scout and I dug some post holes and set some concrete fence posts this morning. So, I'm here catching up on some critical MTF posts. We are still waiting for some good riding weather, but we did finally get the double chocks bolted down, the two bikes up on the trailer, and a test drive to a nearby riding place. (Yes, we could have just ridden there, but that would have missed the point of our test).

Worked out great. And, in a stoke of pure coincidence, we benchmarked my son's new-to-him Subaru Outback.

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post #17 of 28 Old 03-20-2018, 02:11 PM
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Re: Hauling motorcycle(s) on Utility Trailer

Glad the trailer you had worked out for you guys. What brand of chocks did you end up with? I use a condor chock thats easy to move from trailer to Rv to lift..

I feel your pain tho.. I'm so ready to get back on the bike, As are my sons too.. Its a lot of fun being able to ride with the boys, its a great way to spend time with them.

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Re: Hauling motorcycle(s) on Utility Trailer

Bought these off Amazon, don't really see a brand name on them, and not currently available, but still listed from partner "Best in Auto":

3 Position Motorcycle Front Wheel Tire Chock Trailer Mount Stop Pivot Cradle Bike Stand

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post #19 of 28 Old 03-25-2018, 07:26 AM
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Re: Hauling motorcycle(s) on Utility Trailer

I just happen to come across this 4x6 trailer for 1,400. Ph 301-873-5578 Gaithersburg, MD. Maybe call him to find out the maker or distributor.

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Took off a couple weeks ago for a 2 hour run to Weiser State Forest here in PA. Everything worked great. Our all steel folding ramp had been overloaded by a borrowing buddy and returned silently. So, we needed to throw a block of wood under the center hinge to support the bikes. No problem. I'll need to get a little weld job done on these.

No big problem though, I found a nice aluminum folding ramp that is much lighter, easier to deploy, and not yet broken.

Next week we head out for a 4 hour run to Tiadaughton State Forest, where my cabin is. So, on this, another rainy day in spring, I pulled the hub on each wheel, inspected, re-greased, and smacked the cap back on. Topped up the tires, and tested the new-to-me ramp.
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Thanks for all the comments. FWIW my wheel chocked utility trailer worked fine. But, it was not convenient to have to bolt in, or unbolt out whenever I needed the trailer for a different task. Last weekend I needed to move my tractor to my Daughter's house. This coming week is mulch hauling time. But it is finally getting to be nice weather here, so I am anxious to get the bikes out. Last winter I helped a lady from Church with a couple tasks (winterizing an almost new Zero Turn, safety checking and securing handguns, . . . And noticed a three rail motorcycle trailer tucked in the weeds around the back of a shed. I asked about it, and she said she'd never have use for it, but didn't follow-up with actually finding the title. Last week, I asked her if she had looked for the title, and decided on a price. To my surprise, she had title in hand, it was in her name, and she needed some more Handyman assist. So, this afternoon for the cost of about an hour of semi-skilled handyman work to restore some fallen soffit and porch ceiling she offered me the trailer. I took a hand bicycle pump to top off the tires, and pulled it home:



The left light/license bracket is bent, the wiring harness connector is too short to reach the outlet on my truck (so I don't actually know if the lights work), and the safety chains are too short to reach my connect points. But resolution of those things are relatively minor. A good wash, maybe some wheel bearing inspection and grease, and I'll have an easy loading, no conversion option for practically nothing but some of my time. And my wife has often called me good for nothing, so the time is cheap.

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Re: Hauling motorcycle(s) on Utility Trailer

That sounded like a fair trade to me! Thats going to be real handy trailer when you and your son want to take the bikes with you. Nice!!!

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Re: Hauling motorcycle(s) on Utility Trailer

Cant beat that deal!!!

I know your bikes are light, but how much weight can a trailer like that carry? Can it carry two good sized street bikes?

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Its a NuWay trailer with a GVWR of 1180 lbs. I haven't found the exact model on the internet yet for better specs. At 1180 I'll have no problem with my two ~300lb Dual Sports. I guess, judging strictly on the weight, it would be able to handle two 500lb street bikes. If/when I find more, I'll add it here. Thanks for continuing to follow my rambling, multi-year thread.

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One other thought on securing the bikes. Get some non-skid strips and put them on the spots where the tires will rest. What I mean are the sticky-backed strips of sand paper that the big box stores sell as stair treads. They will keep the tires from walking around sideways as the trailer bounces.

I've had a heavy Harley nearly get loose in a Uhaul, as their decks are particularly slick. The stair treads fixed that for good.

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Thanks again to everyone who has read or contributed to this thread. I have to report an update. It turns out the "Title" was only a "Certificate of Origin" dated 1987. The trailer was evidently never actually titled. A local Used Car dealer was only too happy to take a fist full of money from me, hand me a temp tag and forward all manner of forms to the state. Which ultimately were returned (without even a dime) identifying several other steps I needed to take, including a road worthiness inspection. I called around and found a place that would do the inspection for about $180. I declined. So, I have a temp tag (nothing on the tag actually indicates it is temporary), and I've used the trailer for several runs with the bikes. But for a "Free" trailer, this was getting too expensive. So, I listed it on CL, with clear indication I had no title, and set the price well under a titled trailer, but high enough to recover my expenses. I've learned a good lesson, kind of a "There's no such thing as a free lunch" lesson. So, I'm back to hauling with the util trailer for now, which works fine and I won't be hauling firewood nor tractor for a while.



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Sorry to hear about that, what a frustrating outcome but at least you recouped your money. I'm sure in time you'll find another, maybe even better one that will have made this runaround worth it in the end.

You're right, buying vehicles without a title (in your case, albeit unknowingly) is a nightmare. The amount of hoops you have to jump through, costs, and your time involved for the runaround and long waits at the DOL and inspection places to make it all happen is more often than not, not worth the effort. I did it once and will never do it again. Many times CL ads will say "just needs a title"... well, if it's "just" that easy then why don't you go do it yourself and probably get a higher price on top of it.

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Got a used boat trailer put a deck and sides on it called it home made and they gave me a ser num for it and reg it just needed to replace tires and add 3 lights in center of trailer
deck and sides made out of 2x6 &8s weighed in at 1500 lb can go up 3000 cap

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