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Old 09-13-2013, 06:58 AM   #1
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Trailers, Motorcycles, length worth avoiding?

As shared in a previous post we are moving from a 5th wheel Toy Hauler to a Class A. (We may have found the 1, going to test drive it this afternoon)

My wife and I are motorcyclist. We have new bikes we ride, and a collection of vintage/antique bikes. To attend antique rally's, we plan tow our 20' V nose enclosed trailer (26' overall) and carry 4-5 of our bikes. With the 39' coach we are probably going to buy, an overall lenght of 66'. I'm not too woried about lenght for these ocaisions as these events are often at facilties such as race tracks and fair grounds where space is not an issue.

The question, some times we simply take 2 of our bikes and take a vacation. We stay in RV parks, visit tourist areas. Is it worth our expense and effort to purchase a used 12' or 14' trailer for hauling just 2 bikes and thereby reduce the lenght down to 54-55'?

My logic, our current rig is a 39' 5th with a 21' long Super Duty. When parked and uncoupled at a site they are 58'. We often fill many campsites to the max, however we do fit and we really have no problem finding sites. Are we best keepning our class A and towed trailer to under 60'? Stay in that lenght range and not be charged extra, or have to decouple and drop the trailer in the overflow area etc..

In the grand scheme, we can probably find a small used trailer for under $2k, it would seem it might save us a lot of agravation?

Thoughts?

Thanks for your time!

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Old 09-13-2013, 07:40 AM   #2
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No such thing as too many toys! That said, there are a few mid engine MH with a garage in the back that would store two motorcycles. The longer you are the more places you will find that can't accommodate. If most of your travel are just two bikes, maybe shorter is better. OTOH $2k will buy some cool farkles for your current rides.

Mostly depends on how you intend to travel.
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We've been around the US with our 40ft RV and a 20ft equipment trailer. Only one place did we have to unhook. No problems did we find.
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I am 42' with 24' enclosed trailer, I have had to unhook only one place so far (Hill City, SD). There may be an occasion, but unhooking isn't that big of deal to me if I have to. The main reason, I like staying hooked up is to have my bike (and temporary garage) conveniently at my spot. I like taking a car/suv and bike depending on weather. Good luck with your decision!
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if you are going to get a smaller trailer and you plan on spending 2k check out Bing Local

or South Georgia Cargo Trailer Sales Is Your Source For Quality Enclosed Cargo Trailers Built To Your Specifications.

I have pulled many of these trailers and they are very well built. and pull great. you can get a new one for around 2k I had a transport company. and pulled these trailers cross country. hope this helps
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Actually, I like 'shorter the better' not for CG spaces, but it's easier to find fueling stations. Some stations, particularly away from major highways, can be challenging to get in and out of.
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I take it that all you class A's pulling trailers are diesel. Can most diesel pushers pull 10K? We are thinking the only way to bring our toys is a trailer with the jeep and bikes inside. So we will need a larger one (we have a small gas now) and a diesel engine for sure, correct? It seems like most specs I have looked at, the gas engines can pull 5K and the diesels can pull 10K. Should we be looking at horsepower instead?
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I take it that all you class A's pulling trailers are diesel. Can most diesel pushers pull 10K? We are thinking the only way to bring our toys is a trailer with the jeep and bikes inside. So we will need a larger one (we have a small gas now) and a diesel engine for sure, correct? It seems like most specs I have looked at, the gas engines can pull 5K and the diesels can pull 10K. Should we be looking at horsepower instead?
You need to check the specs of the DPs also, many of them are only rated at 5 k also. There are a few gassers out there with 10k tow ratings, but hard to find and don't have any slide outs. I believe in 2004, the Freightliner XC chassis increased their tow rating to 10k, and is used by many manufacturers, so it is more than likely that anything newer than that will be good. Don't worry too much about engine size when looking for a diesel, as long as the chassis is strong enough to handle the weight, the engine will be big enough unless you're planning on racing up the hills, and then none of them will be. Good luck in your search.
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Thanks!

Wait now, these are not toys! These are artifacts of history from a time long ago! I will not be mentioning Toys to my wife!

It sounds like most of you don't think a longer trailer will be a problem. Maybe I should hang tight and give it a try for awhile. Seems silly towing a 20' trailer for 2 bikes, but then again having 2 trailers to maintain silly also.

We did buy the unit, look for another post!

Thanks for all the advice and experience!

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I highly recommend you see how you like the 20' trailer, even with just 2 bikes. I would encourage you to stagger the bikes in the trailer for better weight distribution, especially on the tongue and for easier securing the bikes.

I have a condor wheel chock which I really like, I don't secure it to the floor with bolts to allow maximum flexibility, I utilize ratchet straps to secure bike to the floor with 'e' track in the floor. Good luck and can't wait to see pics of your coach!
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These are pretty cool trailer dollys
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We have a 6 x 12 vnose that has probably 15 K miles of towing my motorcycles. It's easy to forget it is there.



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20' I go

You guys convinced me, I'll run the 20 footer for awhile, see how it works out. t is also a V nose, I may try putting my bike wheel chock all the way up in the Vnose, (20' does not include the nose) and see if my Ford Focus will sit behind it.

Thanks Everyone!

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7x14 for me. A power tongue jack for quick disconnects is much cheaper than another trailer and its maintenance. I traded up from a 12' plus V because it was too small. Climbing over gear to check the tie downs at each stop was a pain.
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