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Author Topic: HF 40X48 trailer into a GoldWing hauler  (Read 374 times)

Offline pidjones

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HF 40X48 trailer into a GoldWing hauler
« on: May 31, 2018, 20:32:38 »
Harbor Freight stopped selling all  trailers (don't know if they will resume selling once their recalls are corrected or not), but I bought this one several years ago and it has been setting in boxes in a shed. Just bolted the frame together a couple nights back. Holding the wheels and axle off for a bit because it is a bit wide for where I've been working on it (already two GoldWings in there along with the wife's washer and dryer - I like clean clothes). Anyway, I want to use it for hauling my "project" GL1000 "the Hunley" to regional shows. Maybe even behind the GL1800? For a rail to put the bike on I've bought the HF 9" x 72" loading ramps. I will mount one ramp upside-down (sides up) with the two supplied end brackets bolted together and a short section of the other ramp as wheel stop. Should just fit. I'll use the rest of it for loading. May end up a piece of crap, but I wanted to try. everything seems to drop in place on it. I need to get some Unistrut to fill in above the tongue up to the ramp. Might find some at "work" (I'm working part-time for my past employer on a research project for a couple months).

I'll get up some photos soon to show progress.
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Offline pidjones

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Re: HF 40X48 trailer into a GoldWing hauler
« Reply #1 on: Jun 11, 2018, 06:59:22 »
First day was just assembling the frame in the garage, then storing it on its side. Next day it got wheels and a rail to hold the bike.
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Offline Hurco550

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Re: HF 40X48 trailer into a GoldWing hauler
« Reply #2 on: Jun 11, 2018, 10:12:51 »
 I'll be curious how this works out! I've been looking at one of these to pull behind my wife's equinox with the dr650 on it.

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Offline pidjones

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Re: HF 40X48 trailer into a GoldWing hauler
« Reply #3 on: Jun 16, 2018, 20:11:18 »
Pretty hot out today. I did get out and mount the Hunley onto the trailer. Rode it right up. The trailer has fold-down side boards because I've seen way too many YouTube videos of guys dumping their bikes loading or unloading them. Still not happy with the strapping down plan I had. The ratchet straps I bought at Harbor Freight are crap - jambing every time. The high-strength cam buckle straps slip at every opportunity. I'm going to Tractor Supply for some SmartStraps. These seem like the best I've ever used.
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Re: HF 40X48 trailer into a GoldWing hauler
« Reply #4 on: Jun 16, 2018, 21:04:16 »
Good straps are a must, worth the investment. I like to spend time making it "just right" so that loading is easy, fast and safe. The key is setting everything up perfect for you and the bike, no good if after loading you can't reach the strap! Looks good in the pic

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Re: HF 40X48 trailer into a GoldWing hauler
« Reply #5 on: Jun 17, 2018, 12:52:23 »
I've had HF trailer sitting around for a few years without doing anything,(unfinished, unregistered)  what was recall about?
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Re: HF 40X48 trailer into a GoldWing hauler
« Reply #6 on: Jun 17, 2018, 14:16:27 »
I've had HF trailer sitting around for a few years without doing anything,(unfinished, unregistered)  what was recall about?

The tires failed NHTSA standards for the load, so HF recalled the trailers altogether. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 119, "New Pneumatic Tires-Other than Passenger Cars."  Anyone that already owns one should swap out tires.

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Re: HF 40X48 trailer into a GoldWing hauler
« Reply #7 on: Jun 17, 2018, 14:19:10 »
The tires failed NHTSA standards for the load, so HF recalled the trailers altogether. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 119, "New Pneumatic Tires-Other than Passenger Cars."  Anyone that already owns one should swap out tires.
that and I had read something about the lights not being d.o.t. approved either.

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1976 BMW R90/6 farkilitious: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=74349.msg882477#msg882477
1975 RD350 Road Racer: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70652.msg833688#msg833688
1973 Ironhead Hardtail: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=68135.msg788081#msg788081
1976 GT250 Rebuild: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=64973.new#new
Full Custom Pit Bike: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=66954.new#new
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
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Re: HF 40X48 trailer into a GoldWing hauler
« Reply #8 on: Jun 17, 2018, 15:15:49 »
Ive been hauling bikes for several years now over thousands of miles without incident.

This is what I like.
Bar harness...the "Originals",  not the new and improved...the new ones destroy grips.  I just used the new style to haul Rachels 400 and they cut through the grips.  So back to using the good old Originals.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GASYVG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Tie downs...
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JRG2F1A/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And a dodge ball.  To cram between front fender and lower triple tree.  To prevent blowing fork seals.  these work fine for my smaller cc bikes, Goldwing may require something larger.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LVW3ESH/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Wheel chock...
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01JARCE0M/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
« Last Edit: Jun 17, 2018, 15:32:51 by trek97 »