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Old 05-20-2012, 01:53 PM   #1
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Motorcycle trailer or open trailer

I was wanting to tow a U-haul open trailer for transporting my Honda Helix up to Wisconsin from Illinois. Can you tow an open trailer or does it have to be enclosed?
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Should be able to tow with an open trailer. I have done both. Just need to make sure you can secure whatever you are carrying.
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:28 PM   #3
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I used an open trailer for two years, To haul my harley around, but it Seem to rain almost everytime. So now i have an enclosed. Just make sure you tie down the front and the rear.
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Old 05-20-2012, 03:46 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. I didn't see any reason why I couldn't but there are a lot of laws I don't understand.
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Can't help you on the laws, but would like to say WELCOME HOME BROTHER and thanks for your service.
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I say welcome home to all the Vietnam Veterans. I have towed both open and closed. I like the closed. Security and easier to keep clean.
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99-Am.Star, thanks bro. Seems like a couple of lifetimes ago that I was there. Thanks desertrv. I am just going to haul my scooter once or twice a year and wanted to rent a trailer instead of buying one and having to find a place to park it the rest of the time. An open trailer is a whole lot cheaper to rent than an enclosed.
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Welcome back Charlie Two.

I haven't rented a trailer in a long time but the last time I did it was a couple of hundred dollars. You might want to consider a folding trailer similar to this one.

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99-Am.Star, thanks bro. Seems like a couple of lifetimes ago that I was there. Thanks desertrv. I am just going to haul my scooter once or twice a year and wanted to rent a trailer instead of buying one and having to find a place to park it the rest of the time. An open trailer is a whole lot cheaper to rent than an enclosed.
For cost, and ease of loading, go with an open trailer. The enclosed U-Hauls have limited tie down and headroom. Do not use a cover while pulling it. The overkill flap in the wind and rub off paint and/or scratch the windshield. It is easier to wash than paint or replace the shield.
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Tie downs

You will also need some good rachet tie downs. I use 4, two on each side of the handlebars and 2 on the back attached to the frame. Here is a great article on how to do it. Notice that the hooks are attached to a soft loop on the motorcycle side, not the hooks themselves.

How To: Safely Tie-Down a Motorcycle.
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If you tow many miles with an open trailer the stuff in the trailer may arrive covered with other stuff (Dirt, road grime and grit)

If you use an enclosed trailer the stuff inside stays as clean as when you loaded it.

There are laws about securing loads, and tarping, you must comply with, but there is no law against open trailers that I am aware of

I mean, think about a flat bed SEMI with sides.
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Thanks folks. Some great ideas there.
jfran304, thanks. I'm sure you have many stories from your service in the Air Force. Good job.
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I use to carry my Helix on the back of the RV on a carrier made by HITCH-IT.
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Agp this is exactly what I'm looking for! How did you get the thing up there?
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