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    I love motorcycle camping myself and with the addition of wife on back of bike and wanting to camp with me, I need more room for stuff.(ie.camping equipment, my clothing and odds and ends) I have read numerous ads for motorcycle trailers. (Unigo to Bushtec) We have a K1200LT. Question is" Which type of trailer is preferred - single wheel or double wheel? While the double wheel can carry more cargo, the single wheel seems to follow the bike better than the double wheel. What say you. Right now with me - Too much information is confusing. I need info from the experienced.

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    Hi, I began pulling a trailer last year with my 02 1150RT. I pulled it to the National and then home, plus another trip through the mountains of BC, a total of about 3500miles, so my experience is limited. I wanted the same as you more room for camping. We bought a Lee-sure Lite tent trailer. The trailer is about 10 feet long formt he ball to the back, is 48 inches wide and weighs around 200lbs empty.

    The trailer pulls fine. You notice your acceleration is slower and you definitely need more braking distance! On corners, once the load is set correctly you do not notice much if any difference, it tracks perfectly. You do need to remember that there is a vehicle behind you that is 48 inches wide when you pick your track through the corner so you do not drop a wheel off the edge or have the trailer over the center line.

    Tongue weight is crucial, especially on the BMW. My brother tows the same trailer with a Goldwing and just loads it up and it pulls fine. My RT wants the tongue weight just right or it will wobble around at speeds. Once the tongue weight is correct there are no issues. The trailer seems to pull better when i have a passenger as well. Tongue weight needs to be 10 to 15% of trailer weight.

    OK, now the evaluation. Love it! It has transformed camping to have the tent trailer, to sleep off the ground and to have a place to carry stuff. My saddlebags no longer bulge, I don't have to strap stuff on and most importantly the significant other is happy. I love the add a room so we can sit under the screens when the bugs are out and I love having a cooler to keep stuff cold. I say go for a trailer.

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    I have a 1996 r1100rt pull a Bunkhouse tent camper trailer. Have towed it to two
    international rallys. I have at lot more room then I need and find it pulls fine. I do notice that it adds to may stoping distance a little and you must watch it a gas stops because you forget it is behind you and it adds to your rigs length and with.
    Love camping and travel with it. (room for extra stuff and place to sleep of the ground makes camping fun at my older age)

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    I have a Bunkhouse M/C Camper and a Piggybacker cargo trailer. The Bunkhouse pulls good, but you know its there. The Piggybacker is great if your a tent camper. The Bunkhouse now goes for $4500 to $7000 depending on the extras. The Piggy backer is now about $800 . If your on a two wheeler I recomend the swivel hitch. Not for the handling, but if you drop your bike without a swivel hitch you may bend the rear frame of the bike. $$$$ Good luck...
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    Thanks for the response. After seeing the vids about the unigo vs the others, and with our downsized camping gear, I have pretty much decided on the unigo. The size fits us and it looks as though the LT can pretty much pull it without alot of effort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bandman View Post
    Thanks for the response. After seeing the vids about the unigo vs the others, and with our downsized camping gear, I have pretty much decided on the unigo. The size fits us and it looks as though the LT can pretty much pull it without alot of effort.
    I would be very interested in hearing about your experience with this purchase ie communications, delivery timeline, quality, final costs, etc. Our Uni-go has just over 40,000 miles on it (NZ production unit). Some aspects of the trailer must be considered to keep the experience pleasant but overall we have been enthusiastic regarding performance especially. Makes the whole rig about eleven feet long so spread the weight distribution accordingly as if you have a three wheeled bike that long. Anyway, good luck with your purchase. BTW, if you can, I suggest that you ride down to Ohio yourself and pick it up and get the hitch on there. Trip home will give you lots of practice especially if you take the back roads. - Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bandman View Post
    Thanks for the response. After seeing the vids about the unigo vs the others, and with our downsized camping gear, I have pretty much decided on the unigo. The size fits us and it looks as though the LT can pretty much pull it without alot of effort.
    As a former Unigo owner there are a few things I think you should consider. The build quality of the Unigo was all over the place. Not just cosmetic problems but build quality. On my Unigo the swingarm was screwed up. At 75mph the rear tire would grow enough to contact the bracing for the swingarm. The result was that the rear tire had chunks out of the tread. Good luck finding a replacement tire any time soon while on a trip.

    By far the biggest safety problem with my Unigo was the rear axle. The axle was just a low grade long bolt. The wheel bearings they used were not the correct inside diameter for the bolt. If the torque on the axle was not tight enough the inside race of the bearing just spun on the axle. That wears the axle down and lets the back tire wobble around. It took months for Unigo to send me a new axle bolt and bearings. I measured the bolt and bought the correct size bearings. As i was tightening the axle nut the low grade bolt simple snapped in half. That would have been catastrophic on the road.

    Backing a Unigo up is a nightmare. When your backing up and the u-joint they use for the trailer tongue mount gets to the end of its travel the trailer binds and tries to tip over the bike and trailer to the outside. When goiing forward the trailer tire will swivel on the pavement as the bike pulls it forward. The trailer is also so short you can't see it in your mirrors when your backing up to see how much the trailer has turned so that you can stop before the u-joint locks and tries to tip you over.

    And don't forget about the weight. You will be holding up the K1200LT and the weight of the trailer in parking lots. Make one small mistake on balance and things get very heavy in a hurry.

    I loved the Unigo when it worked. But with all the maintenance issues I had I just didn't trust the thing anymore. The best thing I ever did was sell the Unigo and buy a Bushtec. I have about 40K miles on my Bushtec now. I absolutely love the Bushtec. You just aim the bike between bumps and let the trailer hit the bumps. It has such wonderful suspension that you never feel it hit bumps. I also had no idea how great the cooler on the front of the Bushtec would be. We travel with friends every summer to different rallies. When we stop along the road everyone gravitates to the Bushtec. The top of the trailer lid just seems to be a natural helmet holder while everyone enjoys a nice cold drink from the cooler.

    If I replace my Bushtec down the road I will be replacing it with the absolute best motorcycle trailer sold, another Bushtec!

    I don't miss the Unigo at all!



    I love the Bushtec. It handles wonderfully and will hold just about anything you want to take with you easily!

    Tom
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    '93 K1100LT w/Bushtec
    '03 F650CS '09 F650GS

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