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Old 03-13-2010, 08:04 AM   #1
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Enclosed Motorcycle trailer rental
I need to rent a trailer to take to So Cal to pick up a bike I'm looking to buy. Anyone know of a place that rents trailers with wheel chalks or is there a private party on here that is willing to rent theirs to me for a few days?

Thanks in advance,

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Old 03-13-2010, 09:06 AM   #2
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U-haul as open and enclosed to choose from and cheap by the day.

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Old 03-13-2010, 09:22 AM   #3
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Looking at the U-haul site I only see open motorcycle trailers. I would prefer a ramp door enclosed with wheel chalk so it isn't out in the elements. There has to be a place around town that rents them.

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Old 03-13-2010, 09:30 AM   #4
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Looking at the U-haul site I only see open motorcycle trailers. I would prefer a ramp door enclosed with wheel chalk so it isn't out in the elements. There has to be a place around town that rents them.
I don't think so. I used their enclosed 4x8 to haul my bike to Calif and back a couple of years ago and it worked fine. I put the bike on it's rear stand and used the tie downs in the trailer and it worked fine.

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Old 03-13-2010, 09:49 AM   #5
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I don't think so. I used their enclosed 4x8 to haul my bike to Calif and back a couple of years ago and it worked fine. I put the bike on it's rear stand and used the tie downs in the trailer and it worked fine.
No wheel chock, but I've used one of these too to take my bike back and forth to track days. 1st gear, put the rear on a stand and crank down on the tie downs and it'll be fine. I never had a problem doing it this way.

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Old 03-13-2010, 09:51 AM   #6
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Or you could buy one of those removable wheel chocks and use that for your trip...wheel chocks are one of those things that'll always come in handy.

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Old 03-13-2010, 10:02 AM   #7
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If your renting a lot these work good.

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Old 03-13-2010, 12:06 PM   #8
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How'd you get your bike inside the 4'x8' trailer if it doesn't have a ramp door? The bike weighs 650lbs so lifting it is not an option and it's shaft drive so the rear stand idea is out. The harbor freight chalk looks like a good idea over the pingel I was looking at.

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Old 03-13-2010, 03:49 PM   #9
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If what you're buying has a center stand and you use it to hold the bike level in the trailer be sure to strap the center stand to the front wheel to keep it from closing on you.

Also you can use a length of 2x10 or 2x12 as a ramp.

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Old 03-13-2010, 04:01 PM   #10
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Rent the U-Haul, buy the HF chock, get a 2x10, and be on your way.

The chock ($50 if you find the $$$ off coupon in most M/C mags) will butt up against the front of the trailer and has eye bolts you can strap the bars to. That will make your bike freestanding, just like if it had a center stand.

Next, strap it down so it doesn't "slide around" when you're moving by using the tie-offs inside the trailer. If you strap the sides of the bike to points a little more forward in the trailer, that will keep the chock butted up against the bulkhead of the trailer, and keep the bike from sliding side to side as well.

The one question everybody really wants to know is- Why aren't you riding it back?

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Old 03-13-2010, 09:22 PM   #11
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Too far to ride with variable weather conditions in the passes. I totaled my last bike 3 weeks ago due to changing weather conditions so I'm not willing to risk it on a new bike.

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Old 03-14-2010, 05:30 PM   #12
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I'd rent a truck if you don't have one before I'd rent a trailer! all the way to so cal & back you have to do 55. Oregon not so bad but you will get nailed in Cali! Just my 2 cents!

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