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    Quote Originally Posted by r11rs94 View Post
    Thanks for the info. I'm sure I'll need one here in RI, I'll have to check it out.
    Another plate method: scan plate and reduce to 75% on to photo paper. Laminate twice and put behind plexiglass (mounted on non bending plate ie aluminum). Keep original and legal plate in trailer. -Bob
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    Question Uni Go problems questions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ridealot View Post
    The Unigo I got rid of because of numerous problems. As Tourunigo said it is a great towing trailer. You couldn't tell it was back there. But after several major problems I just had no faith anymore in it.
    What problems did you have? I have heard of two: 1) the original hitches were not good causing the trailer to hop etc. and 2) a few of the trailers were manufactured with poor quality control and they 'hopped' etc.!
    What exactly happened to your trailer? I am thinking of buying a UniGo with the updated hitch, and trailer for my K1200RS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptRehkopf View Post
    What problems did you have? I have heard of two: 1) the original hitches were not good causing the trailer to hop etc. and 2) a few of the trailers were manufactured with poor quality control and they 'hopped' etc.!
    What exactly happened to your trailer? I am thinking of buying a UniGo with the updated hitch, and trailer for my K1200RS.
    I would like to hear about this as well. Various historic issues regarding quality at various times while produced in NZ. Things got 'way worse' when produced in U.S. Now, things may have improved but it would be in your best interest to research the current status and quality to the best of your ability. Great little trailer though. -Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by tourunigo View Post
    Now, things may have improved but it would be in your best interest to research the current status and quality to the best of your ability. -Bob
    Bob,
    I think I have read about everything that went wrong but I'm like you, "has it been corrected"? That's why I posting this thread, hoping some Uni-Go owners will chime in and speak for the current model condition/suitability. I'm worried about buying a used one until I know which years, model numbers have had all the problems. I doubt if problem model serial numbers are published but I can ask.
    Because of the unknown issues regarding past models/serial numbers and hitches I will probably have to buy a new or near new Uni-Go hoping to bypass the problems BUT I'm not sure if all the problems have been corrected, thus the reason for my post.
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    I considered the Unigo, but ultimately did not purchase it because I could not find any specifics about the problems, or their supposed corrections. Most of the dealers I talked to had stopped ordering them. I ended up getting a hitch for my RT from Bushtec, and a Fulton swivel for a ball application trailer, and ordered a Companion Trailer at the ROT rally in Austin. It is very light, well-made, and stands up on its end in my garage. It also carries my golf clubs with the center insert removed. Google them if you like, they are based in Ft. Worth.

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    Thumbs down Bushtec doesn't make hitch for 1998 K1200RS

    Robert, I apologize that I meant to say Bushtec offers BMW hitches for the LT & RT, not the RS.

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    I pulled a home made trailer, 275-300lb with my 99 K1200LT from houston to breckenridge Co. with no problems. The LT is heavy enough that the trailer didn't push it around. You knew it was back there when you went to pass but just down shift and away you go. It cost a few mpg but as we went from a hot climate to a some what cooler one and camping to boot, the trailer proved it's worth. I had also pulled it on shorter trips as well. It was made with a reworked harbor frieght small trailer and a 20cf sears car top carrier. As mentioned previously, a swivel hitch is a good idea. The hitch for the bike I got from Dauntless and it worked great but is expensive and worth it as installation is easy. On the K1200LT site, Dave Dragon has a great write up about how he made his trailer if your interested.

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    Thanks, for the input. You're right I couldn't pull such a heavy trailer with my K1200RS. I'm looking for a trailer weighing less than 120 lbs, that's why I like the Uni Go at 70 lbs. I intend to carry my camping gear only, and it weighs 65 lbs. Right now I carry it in a Moto Fizz Med bag on the passenger seat. The only problem is the bike feels top heavy. I'm not use to carrying a passenger so I'd like to get that weight off the bike and on the road.
    Does someone make a light (70-100 lbs) two wheel trailer? The Uni Go is the solution but I just can't trust that the manufacturing problems are over with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptRehkopf View Post
    Thanks, for the input. You're right I couldn't pull such a heavy trailer with my K1200RS. I'm looking for a trailer weighing less than 120 lbs, that's why I like the Uni Go at 70 lbs. I intend to carry my camping gear only, and it weighs 65 lbs. Right now I carry it in a Moto Fizz Med bag on the passenger seat. The only problem is the bike feels top heavy. I'm not use to carrying a passenger so I'd like to get that weight off the bike and on the road.
    Does someone make a light (70-100 lbs) two wheel trailer? The Uni Go is the solution but I just can't trust that the manufacturing problems are over with.
    Talk to Jay at Dauntless www.dauntlessmotors.com After visiting his shop this summer we (as a former Uni-Go Dealer) remain impressed with his work and customer service. -Bob
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    Exclamation Dauntless Motors Trailers

    The uni-trak seems comparable to the uni-go, but man are they expensive. $2500 plus $200 packing plus $x hundred shipping for the basic/cheapest model. Their other trailers are too heavy for my bike IMO. I can't do $3000 for a trailer, my wife would kill me! There has got to be some other safe alternative to spending $3000 for 32 gallons of capacity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptRehkopf View Post
    The uni-trak seems comparable to the uni-go, but man are they expensive. $2500 plus $200 packing plus $x hundred shipping for the basic/cheapest model. Their other trailers are too heavy for my bike IMO. I can't do $3000 for a trailer, my wife would kill me! There has got to be some other safe alternative to spending $3000 for 32 gallons of capacity.
    Well, you could look at www.monogo.com Saw one once and owner was very pleased with it. Seems far too low and somewhat spartan in design but if it works then..... -Bob
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    I cannot speak to the condition of brand new Unigo trailers... however, I tried to order one from their Texas Distributor a few months ago... At the time, they told me it would take 9-12 months to complete my order due to backlog!

    Instead, I decided to buy a used one from someone off of ebay (they had used it on an R1100RT)... I used the trailer to go from Houston to New York (and back!) in September 2008. I barely knew the trailer was back there, even with 70-80 lbs loaded and large trucks nearby. It tracked behind the bike really well despite traveling an average of 80 mph (or higher). I even took the Blue Ridge Parkway and more twisties in WVA for more than 10 hrs of straight driving... never had to slow down for the trailer and sometimes had to stop to make sure it was back there... even handled some short stops really well when I had to... Big thanks to Schoolhouse Motorcycle Accessories in Ohio. They were able to send a relay within 2-3 days, even included a nice wiring diagram.

    If you need to carry more than the unigo can handle... then you may reconsider what you really need on your trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmwbhw View Post
    I cannot speak to the condition of brand new Unigo trailers... however, I tried to order one from their Texas Distributor a few months ago... At the time, they told me it would take 9-12 months to complete my order due to backlog!

    Instead, I decided to buy a used one from someone off of ebay (they had used it on an R1100RT)... I used the trailer to go from Houston to New York (and back!) in September 2008. I barely knew the trailer was back there, even with 70-80 lbs loaded and large trucks nearby. It tracked behind the bike really well despite traveling an average of 80 mph (or higher). I even took the Blue Ridge Parkway and more twisties in WVA for more than 10 hrs of straight driving... never had to slow down for the trailer and sometimes had to stop to make sure it was back there... even handled some short stops really well when I had to... Big thanks to Schoolhouse Motorcycle Accessories in Ohio. They were able to send a relay within 2-3 days, even included a nice wiring diagram.

    If you need to carry more than the unigo can handle... then you may reconsider what you really need on your trip.
    Your response is like that of many owners. We have sujected our trailer to many road hazards and it always performed reliably and predictably. A very positive review from just about every owner. As well, they are very difficult to find used. Maybe Schoolhouse has turned some things around but sending parts is a lot easier than delivering a fine product as promised and in the condition expected for the price. I do hope that the trailer eventually evolves to where it rightfully belongs. (glad you found a used one) -Bob
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    I notice you are not using a swivel. When I first began to investigate this, on this board, the attitude of most was that a swivel was absolutely essential. However, after conversing with experienced trailer haulers on the Goldwing board, including designer and manufacturer of Tailwind Trailers, Tom Finch, who lives just North of San Antonio, I have reconsidered, and wish I did not have one. A tall ball is all that is needed, I now believe. Tom has pictures of his Goldwing, laying on it's crash bars for a tire change, with the trailer still attached and unaffected, despite no swivel. Just a thought for anyone else considering towing.
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    I have no personal experience nor evidence of this, but I'd heard pulling a trailer with the K1200LT was a bad idea due to the final drive issues they have suffered just due to the added body weight (same final drive as on a K1100LT but the K1200LT carries more weight). Its been suggested adding a trailer hitch compounds the possibility of FD failure. I don't quite see how if the tongue weight is kept low.
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