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Old 12-30-2009, 12:43 PM
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Default Best Cargo Trailer for Hauling Motorcycle

Hi everyone,

I might be moving across the country for a new job and was wondering if anyone here owns or has owned any kind of cargo trailer. I own a Vstrom 650 and a KLR and I want an enclosed cargo trailer with a rear door that opens to a ramp. I do not know anything about trailers so I don't even know where to start. I am hoping someone on this forum can help me.

1. What size (length) trailer would I need to haul these 2 bikes?

2. What are the best known brands/manufacturers?

3. I own a 2007 Toyota 4Runner. I believe it has a 5K lbs. towing capacity. Is there anything else I should be considering in regards to my vehicle towing this?

4. Are there any specific accessories or requirements that are a real "Must Have" for the trailer (ie. height, lighting)

5. Approximatly what should I be looking to spend for one?

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 12-30-2009, 01:38 PM
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If you won't be needing the trailer after your move check with U-Haul, I think they rent trailers made to haul motorcycles.
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:33 PM
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Hi everyone,

I might be moving across the country for a new job and was wondering if anyone here owns or has owned any kind of cargo trailer. I own a Vstrom 650 and a KLR and I want an enclosed cargo trailer with a rear door that opens to a ramp. I do not know anything about trailers so I don't even know where to start. I am hoping someone on this forum can help me.

1. What size (length) trailer would I need to haul these 2 bikes?

2. What are the best known brands/manufacturers?

3. I own a 2007 Toyota 4Runner. I believe it has a 5K lbs. towing capacity. Is there anything else I should be considering in regards to my vehicle towing this?

4. Are there any specific accessories or requirements that are a real "Must Have" for the trailer (ie. height, lighting)

5. Approximatly what should I be looking to spend for one?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Bobby
A single axle 6x10 or 6x12 would be perfect for you. Install 2 wheel chocks and some eyebolts through the floor for tiedown points.
Pace, Wells Cargo, Continental are good brands, I'm sure there's others. $2500-$3000 new, nice used ones can be had for around $2000. They typically weigh about 1200 lbs empty. Trailer brakes aren't strictly necessary, but I HIGHLY recommend them.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:06 PM
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I agree w/ coral_snake's suggestion to rent a U-Haul. I did that when I bought a bike in Indiana and trailered it back to Texas. You can get a 6X12 that has brakes and will pull behind your 4 Runner. Would be much cheaper than spending a few grand (or more) by buying one that you might not use very often. I subsequently bought my own trailer to haul my bikes when I need to, but it's not fancy ... 5 X 10 flatbed that cost me $900. It also comes in very handy to haul dirt, lumber, etc. I outfitted it with a Pingle chock and eyebolts when I haul the bike. Works for me.

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Old 12-31-2009, 10:25 AM
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Default UHaul won't rent trailers to Ford Explorer owners

Just and FYI: I tried to rent a U-Haul cycle trailer ($14.95/day) to bring back an 05 Wee from Idaho this past weekend but U-Haul's policy forbids renting trailers to Ford Explorer owners due to their history of rollovers. I know you mentioned the 4Runner but I thought others with the same question, but different tow vehicle, might read this thread.
I ended up buying a 4x8 utility trailer with 8" wheels. It worked fine although I'd like to fortify it before another trailer trip.

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I have a snowbear utility trailer, 5 x 8 with a drop tail. They come in various sizes, and only cost about 600 bucks at places like costco, when they have them in stock. 1000 pound weight limit on them too. They have bigger trailers as well, with a bigger ramp, used by a lot of landscapers/lawn guys around here, and for not much more money.
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A 4x8 is fine for one bike but will be seriously cramped with 2 Strom-size machines. I have a 5x8 Spectre utility trailer which is still crowded with 2 big bikes but we manage by putting one in backwards.
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I have a 4x8 snowbear flat trailer with 2 ft walls that can carry 2 bikes but the handlebars extend over the sides.

In your case though for security reason, travelling such a distance I like the idea of 6x10 or so enclosed. Keeping the bikes safe as well as a dry storage for other items. Once to your destination you now have a storage shed.

Get a good condition used one for 1/2 the cost of new and and if you didn't need it again, probably be able to sell it for th same as purchase price.

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I just hauled a Wee in a 5X8 enclosed UHaul. The total cost of the rental was $20.65 for 24 hours. The only issue was the lack of tie down points. I mounted a rim clamp to a piece of 3/4 in plywood. I also reinforced the plywood with some angle iron and mounted some tie down points.


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You could try and pickup a used kendon bike trailer. I have one and I pull it with my Subaru WRX. The trailer has 13" wheels so you can pull it down the freeway for long distances with no problems. It also sits very lot to the ground comes with a ramp and a spare tire. The best thing is that it folds up and stands up in my garage when I am not using it. A used 2 place 2004 and newer one will set you back around 1200.00 But you will never need any other trailer and they hold there resale value if bought used very well.

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