Originally Posted by The Golden Monkey
One question though: is the center ramp supported at the front, under the front wheel of the bike? I'd be a little concerned that it might bend a bit when the bike is strapped down and the trailer has been bouncing down the road for a while.
You really should put a bike shoe or something on the front to stop the bike from rolling forward on a hard stop. If someone brake checks your son, that bike could be in the back seat pretty quick.
Good thoughts....but way ahead of you all.
Have already supported the front of the rails. I ran some large square tubing, 4' wide...across all three rails. Yeah, they flex'd a little when we went to tighten the front strapsl
Also, to keep the bike from rolling forward or backwards, we will be strapping the wheels. Front wheel gets strapped back and the rear wheel gets strapped forward. This will totally eliminate any forward or backward motion of the bike. 2,000 lb straps will get the job done.
Also, I am adding some more angle iron to the sides of the rails where the wheels will sit....so that the tires can't slide or bounce off the rails.
By the way, these trailers come from Harbor Freight with a VIN number on the trailer and an official, legal title. I can't speak for other states, but here in Colorado.....a plate is just a short, 10 minutes away (don't mind the 90 minute wait)....at the DMV.