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Old 03-18-2011, 07:11 PM   #1
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Lowes utility trailer = motorcycle trailer?
Saw this on sale at the Olympia Lowes for $500. Been contemplating on buying the $299 4x8 Harbor Freight model but kind of turned off by the idea of putting one together plus the additional costs of making it into a functional motorcycle trailer (+$150-200). This one seems to be built solid for just a little more money..... and can double as a utility trailer.

Any advice, thoughts... inputs?


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Old 03-18-2011, 07:15 PM   #2
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Common tire size?

Bolt a wheel chock in it and haul away!


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Old 03-18-2011, 07:17 PM   #3
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I've used a few of these type of trailers for transport......they work great. My only concern would be the metal floor. Could make adding chaulks and tie downs a little more difficult if you dont have the ability to work with steel/metal.

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Old 03-18-2011, 07:18 PM   #4
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This is it right here http://www.lowes.com/pd_100369-15476...y#BVRRWidgetID

12" tire. reviews are mostly positive... i'm seriously thinking about it.

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Old 03-18-2011, 07:19 PM   #5
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Yeah I had a 5x8 utility trailer. It hauled great. I mounted a wheel chock and strapping mounts to the floor board. I hauled a bike from Virginia to Michigan then to Washington in one and worked perfect.

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Old 03-18-2011, 07:25 PM   #6
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I've used a few of these type of trailers for transport......they work great. My only concern would be the metal floor. Could make adding chaulks and tie downs a little more difficult if you dont have the ability to work with steel/metal.
i'm thinking maybe 3/4" plywood would solve that problem.

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Old 03-18-2011, 07:29 PM   #7
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i'm thinking maybe 3/4" plywood would solve that problem.
and bingo is his name-o

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Old 03-18-2011, 07:30 PM   #8
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i'm thinking maybe 3/4" plywood would solve that problem.
A good exterior-grade plywood will add ~$100 to the price of the trailer...



Just sayin'

My trailer has an expanded metal floor, and I just used fender washers & eye bolts to make tie downs where I needed.

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Old 03-18-2011, 07:30 PM   #9
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I've been using one for years. No mods necessary. Tie downs go to the rail and the wheel gets pushed to the front rail.
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:35 PM   #10
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I'd throw on the marine grade plywood(on the bed and ramp) and then get it line X'd, if ya get my drift.

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Old 03-18-2011, 07:37 PM   #11
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i'm thinking maybe 3/4" plywood would solve that problem.

Yep like others said. Wood would be the best floor board to have for want you want out if it. Easier to bolt and secure things to, but yeah it would cost you just a bit more.

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Old 03-18-2011, 09:10 PM   #12
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I own a 4x8 utility trailer.

I can haul anything.

Buy a cheapo, put a wood floor in it (4x8 piece of plywood) and some anchors to attach straps to. Good to go.

Cost me 300 bucks plus plywood. And I can haul two motos as long as they are strapped down.

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Old 03-18-2011, 10:03 PM   #13
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Here's the 5x8 one I had with the wood platform. Hauled 2 bikes just fine. Hauled this day from Michigan down to Deals Gap Tennessee and worked perfect.

Got this for $400!



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Old 03-18-2011, 10:14 PM   #14
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Had that exact trailer. Towed 2 bikes to Cali multiple times, and I pulled it with a car. Worked great.

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Old 03-19-2011, 03:47 AM   #15
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Bought one and towed my bike from Washington to new York and back. Put some wood on it and good to go.
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Old 03-19-2011, 04:23 AM   #16
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Somehow... This just doesn't look like the pic in the ad from Lowes. The Lowes trailer is ultra light and I wouldn't trust it for a long trip. Maybe from my house to PR but not to any other track.

The trailer below is capable of more weight and has standard trailer wheels unlike the tiny 12" wheels on the Lowes trailer. The tiny tongue of the Lowes trailer may be capable but it looks scary if you compare it to the trailer below.

Take a copy of that Lowes page to your favorite trailer shop (like Freeway Trailers in Fife) and let one of the sales guys have a go at it... You will find out everything that is really wrong with it in short order (probably a few things more too...)

$700 substandard trailer; ~$10K pride and joy on the way to the track... Trailer fails... Think about it.


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Here's the 5x8 one I had with the wood platform. Hauled 2 bikes just fine. Hauled this day from Michigan down to Deals Gap Tennessee and worked perfect.

Got this for $400!



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Old 03-19-2011, 05:23 AM   #17
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12" tires don't like to go fast, lol.

just think of this.........your truck has lets say.......30 inch tires. the 12 inchers are gonna spin pretty fast at highway speeds. that puts a heck of a heat load on the bearings. If an upgrade is possible, i would recommend. if not. grease them often!

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Old 03-19-2011, 06:37 AM   #18
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12" tires don't like to go fast, lol.

just think of this.........your truck has lets say.......30 inch tires. the 12 inchers are gonna spin pretty fast at highway speeds. that puts a heck of a heat load on the bearings. If an upgrade is possible, i would recommend. if not. grease them often!
advice^^


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Old 03-19-2011, 06:47 AM   #19
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I think you should buy it, put a lift kit on, and some 37x14.5's.

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Old 03-19-2011, 06:53 AM   #20
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Seriously, don't let the 12" wheels scare you; I've hauled boat trailers all over with 12" wheels and never had a problem, with proper maintenance.

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