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Old 04-14-2011, 09:34 AM   #1
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Hi Folks -

I already have a travel trailer, but love to travel on my Harley Davidson. With these molded fiberglass trailers getting lighter every generation, I'm wondering if anyone on here might be able to recommend a manufacturer that is making a good quality unit that can safely be towed with a 1450cc Harley-Davidson Wide Glide.

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Old 04-14-2011, 09:36 PM   #2
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Have ridden Harleys for years-current bike is a newer Road King. I know and know of several riders who have gotten in big trouble pulling a trailer made for motorcycles. In my opinion motorcycles+ trailers= bad juju. I take a week or two motorcycle trip every summer and the same for trailer camping. Different type of trip and not to be mixed IMHO.
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Old 04-14-2011, 11:41 PM   #3
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Have ridden Harleys for years-current bike is a newer Road King. I know and know of several riders who have gotten in big trouble pulling a trailer made for motorcycles. In my opinion motorcycles+ trailers= bad juju. I take a week or two motorcycle trip every summer and the same for trailer camping. Different type of trip and not to be mixed IMHO.
Well, that isn't the advice I was hoping to hear, but I've fortunately reached well beyond that age whereby I take advice from those who have experience. Looks like the motorcycle trips will continue with the pup-tent and sleeping bag. ..and eating at Waffle House (Yummie)

Thanks for sharing... Much appreciated.

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Old 04-15-2011, 12:21 AM   #4
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Well, that isn't the advice I was hoping to hear, but I've fortunately reached well beyond that age whereby I take advice from those who have experience. Looks like the motorcycle trips will continue with the pup-tent and sleeping bag. ..and eating at Waffle House (Yummie)
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Well, you could just get an Airstream and pull it

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FpnbRh9d96...+Airstream.jpg

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Old 04-15-2011, 06:59 AM   #5
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While not fiberglass, LittleGuy makes a small model that can be pulled behind larger bikes:
Little Guy The All New Little Guy JOEY Teardrop Camper Trailer
Little Guy Little Guy Rascal Teardrop Camper Trailer

I've previously owned a larger model LittleGuy, and it was a good place to sleep to stay off the ground, but no comparison to our Trillium for utility and interior space
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Well, you could just get an Airstream and pull it

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_FpnbRh9d96...+Airstream.jpg

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...Or even better

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Old 04-15-2011, 09:17 AM   #7
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I'm gonna have to throw a wrench in here....My parents are avid motorcyclist and ride a Honda Goldwing towing a Combi Camp pop-up style trailer and have never had an issue in over 20 years!
I wouldn't give up on the idea, just make sure your towing the right trailer and of course use common sense.

The picture is of a Combi Camp but it's not my parents and the picture at Dry Falls in WA is my husband and I riding last summer on our bikes, Kawasaki ZX14 (hubbys) Honda Hawk GT 650 (mine! ).
May all your roads be twisty!
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...Or even better

Hilarious!
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Emily, I too have friends that are avid Goldwing riders and have towed a tent trailer with their cycles for years. Never any problems. I can't believe how BIG that trailer is when the ends are folded out. They care a cooler and lawn chairs on top just like the picture you posted. I think people just need to be careful when towing a trailer... no matter WHAT the tug.
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We saw this one parked near us in Trindad, CO one morning in 2009.




Did not see the name of the trailer. But from the link provided by Liz&Kiv, I would say it was a Little Guy Rascal. http://www.golittleguy.com/teardrops/models/rascal/

But these are not molded fiberglass, "tubular steel frame and light-weight composite materials". May not have any molded fiberglass ones? I am not sure if many of the molded fiberglass TT are getting lighter each year, if any. Seems they are going larger not smaller. Only one I can think of which is pretty light is the Little Joe. http://www.weiscrafttrailers.com/littlejoe.html
Esps'l the Roughneck. http://www.weiscrafttrailers.com/roughneck.html
Not sure if it would work for a motorcycle or not?

There are these:
http://www.neoshotrailers.com/

http://www.jdtrailers.com/
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We pulled a fiberglass cargo trailer for about 20 years with our old Goldwing (1200cc) & never had a problem. Always made sure the trailer was packed evenly & the tongue weight was right. DH says the only thing he can remember is in Colorado he pulled out to pass a motorhome & the bike wasn't happy at that altitude so he just pulled back in behind.
Can't suggest the make of trailer as we bought one here in Canada that is no longer made, but Bushtec out of California has one of the highest rated out there & Combi camp is another that people really like if you want a tent trailer. Go to a rally like Americade etc & you'll see all kinds of trailer manufacturers there.
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I guess on a trailer site I should have guessed that the overwhelming sentiment would be pro trailer. What can I say? I won't compromise my safety by pulling one. Maybe invoke brand loyalty and note that all pro trailer messages involve Hondas- Gold wings no less. If you must please be careful and watch out for the draft behind big trucks and what ever you do don't let a trailer wheel slip off the pavement in a corner. I can pack a tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, collapsible cooler and cook kit w/ single burner stove and clothes etc. w/ out a trailer. What more do you need?
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My brother puts thousands of miles on every year, he drives a 2006 roadking, previously a 96 roadking. He pulls a Lee-sure-lite trailer when he feels like it, and has never had any issues, just leave more room for stopping, like any other rig pulling a trailer.


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