Levering 500lbs past the back bumper to me is not a good idea.
I too have had the ass of manually loading/unloading into the truck bed as its only a matter of time until a bike does a swan dive. Also having been down the trailer road and still having access to the neighbors trailer I choose not to use them unless absolutely necessary. Don't like towing them hate backing them and my last trailer (expanded metal deck) would be parked behind the shed for so long it would be weed locked. After weed whacking the deck I could hook the truck up and rip it free then lights wouldn't work or the tires would be dry rotted or the wheel bearing would be shot. Trailers in general suck.That 'First Step' when unloading can be a real lulu
I've hauled 'em both in my truck bed and my trailer (which I lowered). I much prefer the trailer.
I don't care what trailer it is the smaller the tire the faster it will spin and small diameter tires being dragged down the tarmac at tripe the revolutions of the host vehicle makes me cringe.You ever seen a snowmobile trailer?
But in States like Pennsylvania where trailers are required to be titled and tagged if the trailer is new and does not come with a MSO (Manufacturers Statement of Origin) you are SOL. IF I were to get a HF trailer with no MSO I would have to go through the process of titling a home built trailer. This means filling out and paying for an application then taking the trailer to a certified inspection station where they will verify it meets state requirements then this all gets submitted to the state for processing and eventually if everything is correct they will issue a title.When I was a broke student in 1999, I bought the cheapo 4 x 8' Harbor Freight trailer. I still have it. They still sell them:
1195 lb. Capacity, 48-5/8 in. x 96-1/4 in. Heavy Duty Folding TrailerAmazing deals on this 1195Lb Heavy Duty Folding Trailer at Harbor Freight. Quality tools & low prices.www.harborfreight.com
Throw some plywood on, buy a nice ramp, you're still in business for under $500.
Check out Joe Hauler in Southern California, American made and very strong. Watch out for eBay junk.
Its not the eBay "junk" carrier that is the weak link it is the tow vehicle with 600lbs cantilevered at least 48" past the rear axle. Then add is a bit of inertia when the vehicle is in motion and the forces are further amplified.
You mean a 10K deck over/gooseneck 5th wheel trailer where the tongue weight is carried directly over or just ahead of the rear axle?Not all that much different than hitting a big bump with a 10K deckover on the back of the truck.