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    I would get an enclosed trailer with a ramp door. If you have a lowered bike just rise the trailer tongue and the ramp won't have such a sharp angle when entering the trailer. Also, if they don't see it, they don't want it.

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    There is nothing like an enclosed trailer. I had an open trailer with a drop deck that I built..





    The bike would be covered in mud, road salt etc after a trip. Zero security.........

    I built a large shield on the front to stop road waste from being thrown at the bike. Helped some, but bike still got very dirty and still no security.

    I bought an enclosed trailer. Fantastic. You can store the bike in it all year at home, haul the bike and all your riding cloths asnd if you keep everything stored in the trailer you are ready to go in minutes.

    On the road I sleep in the trailer at rest stops. A nice fold up cot with a nice mattress is stored in the trailer at all times.

    The trailer I have is 6' X10'. Very easy to tow and easy to maneuver. I've towed two bikes cross country a number of times, and with good packing skills, I've fit three bikes (V Strom, Honda 250, Suzuki 500) inside.

    Two bikes leaves plenty of room for luggage, clothing, etc.

    But if I was to do it again, I'd buy a single axle 12' X 6' or even a 14' X 6'. A little more room would be nice. But not necessary.

    I see 6X10 trailers used in excellent shape all the time for $1500 +/-





    I added a propane space heater.....Great for drying wet gear and to take the chill off at night...


    A solar panel and battery supplies lights and 12V for radio etc....



    An aluminum tool box from Home Depot handles tools, spare hub, etc....


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    One of these days (perhaps when the kid graduates from med school....) we would like to have an enclosed trailer. RV/toy hauler? Straight forward enclosed trailer ( I like the way rbertalotto has his set up)?

    Then two years ago, we were at Cabelas in Owatonna, MN. There were a couple of trailers parked on a lot next to their parking lot. We found our trailer!

    http://ice-shack.com/models-8x16-TeamLodge.htm

    You can get it tailored to your needs and the best thing, for me is, it lowers flat to the ground. So, I won't have to stress about pushing a bike up a ramp or trying to back it back down. Mine will be red, have a drop down ramp (obviously), and since I don't plan on doing any ice fishing, no fishing holes. But then again.......
    Too damn many bikes to list

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    A search reveals a whole bunch of these Ice Fishing trailers that lower to the ground. Very neat designs.

    But it appears the lift mechanisms might not be able to lift the trailer with a motorcycle or two inside. Can't find this info for sure.

    The drop deck trailer I built (pictures above) was designed more for transporting machine tools like lathes and milling machines. It could lift and let down gently, 2500 pounds. The drop deck was nice for motorcycles but not necessary. But it was needed for long, low, chopper type bikes what couldn't crest the transition of ramp and trailer deck.
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    Loading Enclosed Trailer

    I'm having trouble figuring out how you manage to load an enclosed trailer. The roof is too low to let you ride the bike on even if the trailer bottom is level with the ground. So, do you walk it on? Are you bent over most of the time? How do you manage to get two bikes in a small covered space? I have an open trailer that lets me have access to the bikes from the outside to guide the bike all the way up on to the wheel lock.

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    Elgin Mary;

    Last year i decided to get a trailer and have no regrets at all. I found a nice Kendon on E Bay and picked it up for $1050.00 about half of retail. The things others have said about the loading ramp are all true, it's a pain to deal with but effective if you have a helper. At home get a neighbor to load up, at a rally , well there is usually a cast of thousands willing to help unload.
    A big plus for the Kendon is it stands up inside a garage and takes up almost no space.

    I would not consider any trailer with those small 10" wheels. Have dealt with them in the past, and it was not good.

    I ended up selling my Kendon for exactly what i had in it, and plan to get either a Drop Tail or an enclosed box type next year.

    There is a lot to be said for arriving at a destination fresh and comfortable while the so called real riders suffer through the heat and wet. But I'm old and busted up, my hero days of thousands of miles in the saddle are about over.

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    With the trailer in the pictures, I use a Baxley Sport Chock and simply ride the bike up the ramp and into the chock. The chock holds the bike securly upright while I tie it down. I use a "Canyon Dancer" handlebar tiedown device and two straps on the rear.

    My trailer is over 6' tall inside height and there is no issue with headspace riding the bike into the trailer.

    Plenty of room for two bikes in a 10X6 with one bike forward and one bike towards the rear, side by side.. Even more room if you back the second bike in, but this requires more folks to load.
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    There are a couple of things to consider when you move to an enclosed trailer. It is a great thing to have the extra headroom for the rid in and stand-up factor but if you tow with a smaller car you will notice it on the road. If some how you manage to get yourself into a "tail wagging the dog" with a trailer that is a bit oversize for your tow vehicle it will make the drive harder and eat more fuel.
    The way rbertalotto has his set up is excellent and while not a camper it can be a great way to get off the ground and out of the elements. That said-if you go this route I really suggest a way to lock the latch open when you are in it. This will cut down on the goofy pranks or worse. Another thing to consider is if you are using the trailer as shelter for the night and your tow vehicle has remote entry-keep the fob near you and if you suspect trouble use the panic feature. HTH Gary
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    Jim Rogers,

    Exactly which folding ramp did you buy and how is it working? I also have a Kendon dual rail and that short ramp is a real pain in the...........well, it causes pain in just about everything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by INDAWIN View Post
    Jim Rogers,

    Exactly which folding ramp did you buy and how is it working? I also have a Kendon dual rail and that short ramp is a real pain in the...........well, it causes pain in just about everything.
    I got the Prairie View Industries MC Ramp (MC1296) (http://www.pviramps.com/products/product-details/id/44). I think it was $189.00. I had to take the first one back as it was only rated at 500#. It was pretty flimsy with open grates, was narrow, and did not attach well. It was more of a dirt bike thing and similar to what one might have gotten at Harbor Freight. I would have had to Carolina Engineer something to make it stay put. This one, WOW. It is wide, rated at 1000#, has a solid deck that has 'non-skid' on it. It comes with an attaching strap that is real easy to use on the Kendon. When unfolded, it is long enough (96") where the slope to the Kendon deck is not bad at all. It is secured in the folded position with the same attaching strap and even has a carry handle installed. This pic is from their web site. If you want one with it attached to my Kendon, send me a PM.
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    Jim,

    Thanks. That's the ticket!
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    OUCH!

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    Winch

    I got a remote controlled winch, on sale for $49, I able to walk my bike up a ramp slowly and carefully. I used it to drag a broken mower up a ramp too. I don't see it listed presently at Harbor Freight, was $99 before half price sale.


    I would recommend this rather then drive up a steep ramp. Makes loading a safe and easy thing, also if you want to us the remote to unload you can. I suggest you get some nylon short straps to attach to bike as to not leave mark.

    I carry a 12 volt marine battery when I use the winch.

    http://maxhootue.ecrater.com/p/89950...keywords=winch
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    Air Stream Basecamp

    One of the coolest trailers I have seen is the Air Stream Basecamp, no longer in production but there are several used ones out there!

    Pull the bike out and you can live in it!

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