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    Towing A Tear Drop Trailer?

    I am looking into building a Tear Drop Trailer.
    I will try to keep it as lite as possible. Think it will be around 800 lbs.
    It will be built on a 4x8 aluminum frame trailer.

    Keep in mind that I have the Voyager Trike Kit in the bike.
    That should help with stability.

    So, thoughts......?

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    I would see what the other trailers out there weigh. the weight of your trailer might limit what you can take. it certainly will lessen your mileage. remember that mileage is not only affected by weight of the trailer, but also shape which gives it resistance or drag.

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    I used to tow a Combi-Camp Sport trailer (camper). with a 1200 cc Goldwing... like 14 years. and maybe 50,000 miles. I added electric brakes to trailer.
    aka 1986.... to 2000.. the Combi-Camp was NOT a motorcycle camper.. it was built in Sweden for 3 cylinder cars. and imported into the USA... it was longer then the bike. and about 600 pounds.

    unless you are good with very light weight materials.. home made will not be light. my opinion.
    before that I had a Shure-line cargo trailer... 1983 to 1888. 83 to 86 was an 1100 cc Goldwing

    a friend had a 1100 cc BMW... had an equil-lean side car AND a harbor fright flat bed trailer to carry is Race dirt bike and tools/gas.. it was offset from bike and sidecar.

    and a few others that had cargo type trailers... 5 club members had various cycle campers...


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    Quote Originally Posted by epiphysis View Post
    I would see what the other trailers out there weigh. the weight of your trailer might limit what you can take. it certainly will lessen your mileage. remember that mileage is not only affected by weight of the trailer, but also shape which gives it resistance or drag.
    I plan to look at several commercial brands and DIY trailers to gather ideas on how to build it for wind resistance, weight reduction and of course, usability

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    That's a sharp camping trailer.
    I have considered something like that as well.
    The lower profile would help with mileage.

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    I have towed a 4x8 steel utility trailer with a large snowmobile on it. That was probably close to what you talk about and I definitely noticed it on my '86 Gold Wing 1200. Also remember you already have a trailer/trike kit installed so, in effect you will have the added weight and drag of two trailers. Though yes, the front one does give a lot of stability assistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardV View Post
    I have towed a 4x8 steel utility trailer with a large snowmobile on it. That was probably close to what you talk about and I definitely noticed it on my '86 Gold Wing 1200. Also remember you already have a trailer/trike kit installed so, in effect you will have the added weight and drag of two trailers. Though yes, the front one does give a lot of stability assistance.
    Thus the reason for wanting electric trailer brakes.
    Pulling with 1800 should not be a problem.
    Stopping is my biggest concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver F View Post
    I used to tow a Combi-Camp Sport trailer (camper). with a 1200 cc Goldwing... like 14 years. and maybe 50,000 miles. I added electric brakes to trailer.
    aka 1986.... to 2000.. the Combi-Camp was NOT a motorcycle camper.. it was built in Sweden for 3 cylinder cars. and imported into the USA... it was longer then the bike. and about 600 pounds.

    unless you are good with very light weight materials.. home made will not be light. my opinion.
    before that I had a Shure-line cargo trailer... 1983 to 1888. 83 to 86 was an 1100 cc Goldwing

    a friend had a 1100 cc BMW... had an equil-lean side car AND a harbor fright flat bed trailer to carry is Race dirt bike and tools/gas.. it was offset from bike and sidecar.

    and a few others that had cargo type trailers... 5 club members had various cycle campers...


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