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A trailer to haul the Rig

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With wife retiring soon and the desire to take One of the granddaughters more place The idea of a trailer kept growing. I wanted a trailer that could haul the wide twin Classic , Any of the ATV's one or two bikes at a time or lumber from town. Also wanted it if one was need to rescue some broke down with their bike. Not asking for much am I?

This trailed is 82 inches inside and has low sides. A fold up ramp that has a curve in it. 144 inches long. The Twin Classic fits. When you want a do all nothing generally works right out of the dealership.  For my own peace of mind a bit more clearance moved the right fender out 1 inch. Quick easy job. Experimented with tongue weight and found a lot of room to work with for placement. Spare tire mount and things like jack  and tools will be stored on right to help balance out the weight. 60 inch long tool box fit in front will help take the sand and rock hits and does not interfere with placement of the rig. I can also remove it with 4 bolts. Empty box weights under 30 pounds. I have the parts but have not mounted them yet , O type track tie downs. Still working on placement.  With rig loaded and things I want to have with it weight comes in under the trailers recommend load. I am not a big fan for pickup trucks so it will be pulled with our Ford Edge.  Step by step it is getting there.

 

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Great looking trailer...  and rig.

But how did you move the right fender out an inch?  Photos please. Is that 82" before or after you moved the fender out?

Couldn't see what brand of trailer, Aluma?   Model?   Single or double axle?  Fellow riders want to know...

Thanks for posting

 

 

 

That is a good solution for what you need. I love my Aluma MC-10 for the single bikes. Pull it behind my 4 Cyl subaru outback with no problems.

 

What brand is your trailer?

Quote from CCjon on December 21, 2019, 6:30 pm

Great looking trailer...  and rig.

But how did you move the right fender out an inch?  Photos please. Is that 82" before or after you moved the fender out?

Couldn't see what brand of trailer, Aluma?   Model?   Single or double axle?  Fellow riders want to know...

Thanks for posting

 

 

 

Brand is a Bear Tracker. All I did to move the fender out was take it off place 1 inch spacers behind it and bolt it back on. Model BTU821442 . I went with a single axle.  Tires are 175/80R13. Trailer weights 450 lbs .  I don't think many rigs get as wide as the Twin classic on a RGU. As this progress I will post more information . This may not see a lot of use , But I wanted to have it ready. I will have it set up so I can place The bike without a sidecar on it properly also. The thing that makes it work is the low sides. When I looked at the dealer was happy to set it up so I could ride on it see how it fit.  Of course after that helping hand I purchased it from them on the spot. I am using a scale to check tongue weight with bikes at different places. With the RGU rig on it the bikes rear tire is 12 inches from the side that allows the bag guard to clear and the Sidecar tire in about 1/2 fro the  right side. My bikes curb weight is 925lbs the sidecar is 350. To balance the load out if needed the sidecar will have gear stored in it.

 

 

I mounted the the wheel chock for the bikes front tire today, put a couple straps on it and went for a ride. Even with no weight add to the sidecar of balance on the trailer it rode great. Ran it from 30mph to 80 Mph up and down grades . Use some entrance ramps that went down hill and some up hill. No issues. 140 pounds of tongue weight right now.  That  would be a little under 10%. I am using a 4 inch rise on the ball right now . Looks like 5 inch would be prefect.

I need the wiring harness to wire up trailer lights for the Ford Edge. Ordered Curt 56272 Custom Wiring harness. First off I will say in the end it worked. But the path to a fished product was interesting. When I ordered it I checked several times to make sure it was the right Custom Wiring harness for my Edge.
Open the box yesterday start reading the instructions. I notice the pictures don't look like an Edge. That is because they were not , they were for Toyota. Go online and check again ,yes I had the right one. Search on line of instruction .
Find links to video on the install from e trailer but none of them turn out to be Curt.
How hard can this be. I lay out the parts figure I got this . The system requires a 10 gauge wire run direct from the battery . A separate note in the box shows that and it runs under the vehicle . No way that works for me. Take half the inside of the car a part and run the wire under the floor board and console . Take half the back end apart and fish the connectors in . Hook up the power wire and first time all the lights work on the Edge, hook it to trailer they all work . I know they did because by this time it was dark out.
Down side other than wrong instructions.
Cheap butt connectors that will get replace
Cheap wire ties I did not use have my own
Self tapping ground screw that stripped out when I used it. No problem , have a box of good ones from another project.
Custom Wiring harness really means it is an multipurpose adapto fit.
Next time I may just spend the cash and have the dealer install a factory one. To be fair at $52 dollars plus the cost of two band aids and free shipping it does work . I have lights on the trailer , legal for me to use it in Wisconsin. Once I reg it and pay the fees I can use it anywhere.
Next Back up cam in the van. It is wireless but has wire, this will be fun I bet.

Quote from smitty901 on December 26, 2019, 8:08 pm

I need the wiring harness to wire up trailer lights for the Ford Edge. Ordered Curt 56272 Custom Wiring harness. First off I will say in the end it worked. But the path to a fished product was interesting. When I ordered it I checked several times to make sure it was the right Custom Wiring harness for my Edge.
Open the box yesterday start reading the instructions. I notice the pictures don't look like an Edge. That is because they were not , they were for Toyota. Go online and check again ,yes I had the right one. Search on line of instruction .
Find links to video on the install from e trailer but none of them turn out to be Curt.
How hard can this be. I lay out the parts figure I got this . The system requires a 10 gauge wire run direct from the battery . A separate note in the box shows that and it runs under the vehicle . No way that works for me. Take half the inside of the car a part and run the wire under the floor board and console . Take half the back end apart and fish the connectors in . Hook up the power wire and first time all the lights work on the Edge, hook it to trailer they all work . I know they did because by this time it was dark out.
Down side other than wrong instructions.
Cheap butt connectors that will get replace
Cheap wire ties I did not use have my own
Self tapping ground screw that stripped out when I used it. No problem , have a box of good ones from another project.
Custom Wiring harness really means it is an multipurpose adapto fit.
Next time I may just spend the cash and have the dealer install a factory one. To be fair at $52 dollars plus the cost of two band aids and free shipping it does work . I have lights on the trailer , legal for me to use it in Wisconsin. Once I reg it and pay the fees I can use it anywhere.
Next Back up cam in the van. It is wireless but has wire, this will be fun I bet.

I admire your perseverance.  I haven't yet tried to install one of these adapto wiring kits.  We had such a kit for years for a former Mazda Tribute - simply placed the unused kit in the cargo area for the next owner when we sold the vehicle.  Thankfully we had a Chevy truck to pull the trailer.

Looking fwd to learning about installation of a wired wireless back up cam.

Lee Summer Grove, LA R1100GS/CSM Sidecar, Burgman/Texas Ranger, Zuma 50F, MB5, TW200, CRF250L

After getting over the instructions being wrong it was not so bad. I just refuse to run a power wire under the vehicle . Running it inside added a lot of time. The wireless camera thing was kind of a joke.  21 year old granddaughter backed my other granddaughter Handicap van into someone in a parking lot. No major damage. She said she could not see. So I am putting a back up camera in the van. It said wireless and when I open it of course there were wires. The camera is wireless but the unit needs 12 volt power. It does not look to hard to do.

Who knows I might put one in the sidecar it has a reverse. Might be good for a laugh or two. Today goal is mounting some of the Tracks for tie down on the trailer and making the tie down  straps the right length so I don't have to deal with a lot of left over strap. The tracks will make for a clean tie down.

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Many thanks for the update with the trailer project. Many of us are in the market for a better trailering experience for sidecars.  Currently I have a very heavy double axle auto hauler trailer that taxes the V6 tow vehicle. Was the only trailer I could find locally wide enough for an extra wide rig.  Have replaced the transmission fluid twice now due to the burnt smell.

Will google the Bear Tracker brand.

Happy New Year 2020

Quote from CCjon on December 27, 2019, 9:38 am

Many thanks for the update with the trailer project. Many of us are in the market for a better trailering experience for sidecars.  Currently I have a very heavy double axle auto hauler trailer that taxes the V6 tow vehicle. Was the only trailer I could find locally wide enough for an extra wide rig.  Have replaced the transmission fluid twice now due to the burnt smell.

Will google the Bear Tracker brand.

Happy New Year 2020

This is a big reason I did some serious looking around.  A tandem  Axle would have been nice but weight wise it was not needed and the over kill was not worth it. The Bear Track trailer weights 450 pounds With my rig on it and the empty tool box, heavy duty chock still total weight of only 1745lbs. Later I will post some close ups of how the sidecar fire fit right along the right rail . This also helps keep the rig secure on the trailer . This leaves me with 400 lbs of weight I can still have on the trailer if I choose. The Steel Trailers I looked at where just to heavy and not needed for this.

Number one reason this trailer caught my eye was 82 inches inside and the low sides.

 

 

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