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Old 12-01-2014, 08:07 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by jeryan59 View Post
I agree with Thunderfoot, I would add a couple points that I haven't seen, I apologize if I missed them.

First, if you have 3 mirrors on each side, I would position 1 of the blindspot mirros so you can see the trailer axles as you turn right or left. This is easily accomplished in a lot. This helps especially if you have torsion axles so you don't risk overloading an axle if you take one of the tires over a curb.

I would also purchase heavy duty ratchet straps or determine how you will secure the load in the trailer. I unfortunately started with tire bonnets and absolutely hated them as with the width of my vehicle in an enclosed trailer didn't allow me easy access to secure them and I didn't like how dirty I would get putting them on or how sweaty I would get on a hot day. I have air ride on my Escalade ESV and utilizing anything compressing the suspension would result in very loose straps once I reached my destination. I have used rags through the spokes of my wheels to prevent marring and ratcheting each wheel to the 'e' track and 'd' rings. This method does NOT work on all my vehicles as some do not have enough clearance in spoke and brake. I also apply my emergency brake firmly in the vehicle to prevent undo stress on transmission as I ratchet front/back down. I can hook the trailer, load the car and secure ready for travel in the dark in less than 30 minutes easily (just did yesterday morning). Since I have started using the Condor Pit Stop wheel chock for my Road Glide I haven't had any issues with the bike. I use the ratchet straps on the front axle with a rag for marring protection that Harley ships the bikes with. The back I use 2 ratchets one on each side to prevent movement from right to left. Again, on the Harley, if I suppressed the suspension the straps would loosen so I use the rear wheel.

I would either look at US Cargo Control or Mac's Custom Tie Downs, https://www.macscustomtiedowns.com/. I would also recommend an extra strap or two for spares.

I recently added tire pressure sensors that are integrated into my coach's system for the trailer tires.

I have a trailer tongue scale and depending on what I am towing, I sometimes back my vehicle into the trailer to lighten the tongue weight. Find the best method for marking your vehicles in the trailer for the best position for proper weight balance.

It is not very complicated with the trailer, the learning curve will be short actually pulling, don't be afraid to make protected left turns if need be instead of very tight right turns to get where you need to go.

I would also caution you on dips at intersections or entrances/exits, as you may drag the trailer hitch or back end of the trailer.

I would pull into a large parking lot and have a spotter with a cell phone and make very sharp right and left turns so you know if you will get into the nose of your trailer.

Sorry for the length, but wanted to share some of the things I have experimented with from my own experience.
much appreciated, yes have triple head mirrors and have them aimed,

have towed race city tandem tow dolly so I'm used to the length

bike is in bike pro wheel chock, strapped same as I did on race city tow dolly, one over the wheel, two off lower crash bar, two off rear bag guards, have towed 1000's kms like this and seems to work well, the bike is sideways inside front ramp door. have the car strapped down with wheel bonnets on e track, never used this set up but friend has with success, easy to install and ratchets are clear of car, I have to back car in to achieve 900 lbs on the tongue, otherwise way over 1000 lbs\\big believer in tpms, have it on every wheel, repeater, spare sensors,

clearance is good, hitch rides 19 inch off ground, surge brakes so hitch is high, trailer has rear rollers, 60 inch tongue, motor home safe, she would have to jack knife and the frame would hit hitch before trailer hits coach,

thanks you for the info, it is reassuring, and you never know everything and there are always great ideas out there.



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Old 12-02-2014, 05:26 AM   #16
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Lot of great info here- I'll just add one thing !
I upped my Tires to 16's about 8 years ago from the 15's the factories use.
My Tires are Load Range (F) and use 90 lbs of pressure. Not looking for a Tire debate but just adding suggestions for the OP ! I also Change the Tires out every 2 years.

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