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Lowes utility trailer = motorcycle trailer?

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by FLIPEXED, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. 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? :)

  2. KevinD

    KevinD Modulator Staff Member

    Common tire size?

    Bolt a wheel chock in it and haul away!


  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. i'm thinking maybe 3/4" plywood would solve that problem.
  6. and bingo is his name-o
  7. KevinD

    KevinD Modulator Staff Member

    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.

  8. 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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  9. 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.

  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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!

  13. theJrod

    theJrod Racer Extraordinaire

    Had that exact trailer. Towed 2 bikes to Cali multiple times, and I pulled it with a car. Worked great.
  14. 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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  15. 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.

  16. 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!
  17. shelbyguy

    shelbyguy Picture Whore


    this is some
  18. I think you should buy it, put a lift kit on, and some 37x14.5's.
  19. KevinD

    KevinD Modulator Staff Member

    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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