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Old 10-08-2018, 07:25 PM   #1
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I have all but completely decided to get the lightest camper and tongue weight for a motorcycle. I've found that the compact Jr. By Hunter to be the one. Wondering if I can get some real world experience on this topic. I found a lady who does this with a little rascal teardrop and she says she has no problems. Thinking and hoping to do the same but with a full on camper. This is her video....
https://youtu.be/5Mnq1KWNByk
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Old 10-09-2018, 06:48 AM   #2
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I've made comments on another thread. I think this is a terrible idea. Of course she says she has had no problems. People who get injured or worse doing stupid stuff rarely put up you tube videos.

Again, I have towed a variety of trailers behind my motorcycle for over 400,000 miles, in multiple countries, in all kinds of weather, without incident (I've ridden about double that amount). At the same time, no motorcycle is rated for towing (try to find tongue weight limit and towing capacity from manufacturers on any motorcycle). So any towing of any trailer you are on your own! How far out you want to go on such a limb is up to you.

We have had discussions here where certain CARS were not suitable/capable of towing a Hunter Jr. Weights in the real world will give you some good information in that regard.

A rule of thumb some people use is to limit towing to half the motorcycle weight. Again, no motorcycle is rated to tow anything, so this is just a rule of thumb, and not some scientific figure.

Personally, I do not base my decisions on what some other people do, as there is no shortage of stupid people doing stupid stuff.

Motorcycles are a riskier forms of travel. The statistics speak for themselves. Adding MORE risk to it is one of those personal decisions each of us have to make. I have made the decision to accept some additional risk by towing a trailer that was designed to be pulled behind a motorcycle, and one that is narrow (Escapade trailer). I have also towed a popup camper, Bunkhouse trailer, designed to pull behind a motorcycle, also relatively narrow. I only carry light stuff, and I am careful in what I load into the trailer. I can tell you, the difference in the Escapade and the Bunkhouse is night and day towing wise. I much, much, much prefer the Escapade, so on longer trips (anything over 500 miles or so), the Bunkhouse stays at home. Meanwhile, I have done up to 15,000 trips with the Escapade.

How much motorcycle towing experience do you have right now? Miles, weather, terrain, steep grades, etc.


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Old 10-09-2018, 07:11 AM   #3
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Can any motorcycle tow 1500# with 150-175# tongue weight?

Consider aerodynamic resistance, too. Wind drag is related to the frontal area and shape of the trailer. A Hunter will catch a lot more wind than the teardrop and its shape is a box.

When side winds hit, sway can result due to the size differential between trailer and tow vehicle, which in this case is exaggerated. Sway on a 4-wheeled tow vehicle is bad, but with a 2-wheeled vehicle it could put you on the pavement in a heartbeat.

Can a motorcycle be outfitted with an electric brake controller? Without trailer brakes you will not be able to stop this rig in a hurry or manage sway.

And last, even if this were physically possible- which I do not believe for a moment, won't it sap all the fun out of riding?
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Bushtec, a popular source for motorcycle trailer hitches:

70 pound tongue weight limit
350 pound trailer weight limit

Can you find a motorcycle hitch that has the capacity for a Hunter Jr, or even that teardrop in that video?

Hunter Jr is going to have a tongue weight of around 200 pounds and a trailer weight of 1400 to 1600 pounds.


Braking is the first problem I have experienced pulling a trailer. It does take longer to stop, a lot longer. And the entire time, the trailer is pushing the back of the motorcycle. Better be in perfect alignment. With two wheels if you are not in alignment the risk of crash is high.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:18 AM   #5
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I have a hunter compact and a motorcycle...... I tow the hunter with a ford f150.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:38 AM   #6
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NO towing a camper trailer such as that JR. Or ANY for that matter.....
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What kind of mirrors would you use?
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What kind of mirrors would you use?
Yes a Bunkhouse (designed to pull behind a motorcycle) is less than 3 ft wide whereas a Hunter is about 6 to 6 1/2 ft wide.
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I have all but completely decided to get the lightest camper and tongue weight for a motorcycle. I've found that the compact Jr. By Hunter to be the one. Wondering if I can get some real world experience on this topic. I found a lady who does this with a little rascal teardrop and she says she has no problems. Thinking and hoping to do the same but with a full on camper. This is her video....
https://youtu.be/5Mnq1KWNByk
I strongly anybody just starting to tow a travel trailer look at this thread. It's an eye opener. Trailer Weights in the Real World
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I like your imagination but a Hunter pushes the envelope too far. As for motorcycles, check out the Ural 2wd. Be safe out there. Click image for larger version

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Watch "Helga's Russian Ural 2008 Gear-Up Military Custom Trailer" on YouTube https://youtu.be/KJGGoDMdPig
Interesting fact from the video; The trialer weighed in at 672lbs which the Washington Safety patrol said that was the largest trailer they had ever seen pulled by a motorcycle.
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If you disagree with this concept that is just fine. State reasons why and move on. I deleted a bunch of rude and insulting posts from folks just piling on. Please be courteous, despite any objections you may have.
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Old 10-10-2018, 04:44 PM   #12
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Manuel I am not entering into the should you shouldn't you side of this topic , just providing information. I suggest you check into the Runaway teardrop trailer site. They make a teardrop specifically for motorcycles. The stated weight is 520 lbs , they have been in business for some time and appear to have a reasonable good product. are reasonable priced and might meet your needs. Since they make a unit specifically for motorcycles they should also be knowledgeable about their use and could possibly connect you with some who have purchased the motorcycle teardrop so you could garner information as to towing with a motorcycle. Lee
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the motorcycle camp trailers I've seen have been popup tent style, and have minimal tongue weight, like 25 lbs.
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I have all but completely decided to get the lightest camper and tongue weight for a motorcycle. I've found that the compact Jr. By Hunter to be the one. Wondering if I can get some real world experience on this topic. I found a lady who does this with a little rascal teardrop and she says she has no problems. Thinking and hoping to do the same but with a full on camper. This is her video....
https://youtu.be/5Mnq1KWNByk
You have seen this one :

https://heliovr.com/micro-travel-trailer/
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