Towing a trailer

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CR500Rider
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Towing a trailer

Post by CR500Rider » Sun May 26, 2013 12:55 pm

Not sure which section this goes in so I apologize in advance. I would like to pull a small Harbor Freight 4x8 trailer loaded with one dirt bike. The trailer weighs around 300lbs with the decking. The bike weighs 235 (good thing I don't ride 4 strokes!). I'll have no more than 600 pounds behind the car. We pulled bike trailers more heavy duty than this one and with more bikes in the 70's with a 73' Dodge Colt 4 banger. Anyone see any issues?
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Re: Towing a trailer

Post by CalAltaDubber » Sun May 26, 2013 1:46 pm

That's a really good question. It's also one I can't really answer except to say that I have seen a cabriolet used to pull a huge camper. That looked awkward. But the owner said it worked.

The only other trailer thing I've seen was when I bought Posh Bunny, someone had welded a couple of plates to the rear frame for a hitch. There were no mounting holes drilled into the plates, and no evidence that the "hitch" was ever mounted. I am confident because there was no hacked wiring in the rear of the car.

My guess is when you find a hitch for the car, there should be some kind of spec. for towing applications. What you have mentioned seems to be fairly small, and is probably OK.

But then, that's only my two cents worth.
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Re: Towing a trailer

Post by CR500Rider » Sun May 26, 2013 3:00 pm

It had a hitch bolted on and a wiring harness in the trunk when I bought it so someone was brave enough to drag something behind it :D

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Re: Towing a trailer

Post by kamzcab86 » Sun May 26, 2013 4:03 pm

http://www.cabby-info.com/specs.htm#Towing

Be sure the car's brakes are in excellent condition.

Bumper-mounted hitches aren't the best (safest) things in the world to use for towing. Be careful. :beer:

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Re: Towing a trailer

Post by CalAltaDubber » Sun May 26, 2013 10:31 pm

kamzcab86 wrote:http://www.cabby-info.com/specs.htm#Towing

Be sure the car's brakes are in excellent condition.

Bumper-mounted hitches aren't the best (safest) things in the world to use for towing. Be careful. :beer:
Sure enough, Kamz to the rescue!

I didn't even think to mention that.
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Re: Towing a trailer

Post by CR500Rider » Tue May 28, 2013 5:03 pm

I had seen that on Kamz site. Great site btw. I guess I'll be the one that says "hold my beer and watch this".

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Re: Towing a trailer

Post by CalAltaDubber » Tue May 28, 2013 11:56 pm

Looks like it all worked out for you. Your set up looks good.
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Re: Towing a trailer

Post by E30blitz » Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:45 am

I would be like ermmmm

How much strain on my clutch and gears and engine and so on

Plus the age


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