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    I'm looking at purchasing a trailer to tow behind my wing in the near future. Bike is already equipped with a "conventional" style hitch. Looking for
    opinions on the best bang for the buck. Will probably only use the trailer a few times a year (maybe 4-6) on our longer multi day trips. I want something
    with good sized lockable storage, a cooler rack, and good quality. The aluma trailers look like they would fit my requirements with a somewhat reasonable cost but
    I have yet to see one up close. Love the look of the higher end color matched trailers but even the older units are quite pricey.

    So my questions are:

    What brand?
    What options are recommended?
    Where to buy?
    Anything to avoid and why?
    Anyone have a nice trailer they want to part with?


    Any comments and suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!

  • #2
    The Aluma trailers are very well built, but the suspension is pretty stiff. If I were just carrying cloths and camping gear, I would not hesitate to hook up to an Aluma and hit the road. I just would not want to carry things like my photography gear in one.

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    • #3
      There is a good deal on one right here on this board. See:
      http://www.theglforum.com/forum/clas...ailer-for-sale

      Also, the Piggybacker trailer (see: http://www.piggybacker.com/Piggyback...o_Trailer.html ) is regarded as a good choice in entry level trailers. I have pulled one for many miles and they do pull fine, albeit a little rough riding. That said, I have carried expensive electronics (Network switches and routers) cross country several times in my Piggy with no issues. Good luck.
      Richard
      Darksider #390
      Murgie's FAQ

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      • #4
        Fredfirefighter has a nice cargo trailer for sale over on the classified board. It's a heck of a deal at $500.

        http://www.theglforum.com/forum/clas...ailer-for-sale

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        • #5
          I have pulled an Escapade from Ala. to all 49 states & back home, I know it is pricey but it pulls great, & your things in the trailer ride very well..here a link to look at the trailers out there http://www.bidouilles-on-my-wing.fr/gb_remorques.html

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          • #6
            Originally posted by wingleader09 View Post
            Fredfirefighter has a nice cargo trailer for sale over on the classified board. It's a heck of a deal at $500.

            http://www.theglforum.com/forum/clas...ailer-for-sale


            I can vouch for Fred's trailer - it is a nice one and priced very fairly. If you want to spend about 1500-2000 more, then you can find a used Bushtec. They are great pulling trailers, I consider them to be number 2 trailer with number 1 being the tailwinds - but those are over 4 grand used.

            But again - Fred's is a good trailer for a good price.

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            • #7
              I have a Breeze cargo trailer made here in Wisconsin. It's the second one I have had. Easy pulling, lots of cargo space and light weight. If you buy a cargo trailer, I recommend get it with a swivel hitch.
              T.A. Jens
              The Pizza Man
              1800 06 White Champion Trike
              2005 Bunkhouse Camper
              2006 Breeze Cargo Trailer
              GWRRA Life Member

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              • #8
                Originally posted by jmohme View Post
                The Aluma trailers are very well built, but the suspension is pretty stiff. If I were just carrying cloths and camping gear, I would not hesitate to hook up to an Aluma and hit the road. I just would not want to carry things like my photography gear in one.
                Agree on all points...as an owner, buying a brand new one several years ago, it was well worth the (minimal) cost to date.

                Would I buy another Aluma? Yes, without hesitation - as jmohme mentions, it's a utility trailer. Clothing, camping gear...non-fragile stuff? Oh, sure without a doubt.

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                • #9
                  Guys, who was the company that made a trailer that looked much like the Aluma, but wasn't the same? I think the unit had a bunch of quality control issues...or translated I think it was thought of a as a flimsy POS.
                  Richard
                  Darksider #390
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                  • kwthom
                    kwthom commented
                    Editing a comment
                    "America's Best Trailer". Seemed to be a mixed bag, some got a decent one, many got POS.

                • #10
                  We purchased a used Bushtec GL GT trailer and love it! We pull it all the time....even on day trips. That way, we can just dump our stuff in at stops.

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                  • #11
                    I never knew that they had a classified section on this site. Can someone clue me in ??

                    Thanks

                    Pat

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                    • #12
                      Originally posted by Matzat View Post
                      We purchased a used Bushtec GL GT trailer and love it! We pull it all the time....even on day trips. That way, we can just dump our stuff in at stops.
                      When I first decided to get a trailer, I had a specific use for it. I really did not intend to use it often. The funny thing is that I picked it up and decided that I would pull it for a few days to get accustomed to how it pulled and to get use to any adverse effects that it may have on the bikes handling.
                      Well that was 2007 and that trailer remained hooked to the bike until 2011 when the bike and trailer burned. Then I bought another bike and trailer just like the first.
                      A well designed trailer just makes the bike more useful. In fact, I went for several years with only my Goldwing/Tailwind and my wifes car.

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                      • #13
                        Originally posted by cirbtap View Post
                        I never knew that they had a classified section on this site. Can someone clue me in ??

                        Thanks

                        Pat

                        If you go to http://www.theglforum.com/ then scroll down the page about 2/3rds of the way, you'll see a category labeled "Classifieds".
                        Richard
                        Darksider #390
                        Murgie's FAQ

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                        • #14
                          Thanks for the info and suggestions. Some of you have mentioned the expected cargo. Mainly it will haul our clothes/luggage and some camping gear. Not worried much about
                          carrying any sensitive electronics like cameras or computers. We are looking into doing a little moto camping for both the enjoyment and helping stretch the budget and the trailer
                          would really help with that.

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                          • #15
                            I also own an Aluma, and have been very pleased with it. IMHO it's a great value for the price. As mentioned, Breeze is another very good economical trailer and I would not hesitate to buy one.
                            Ron
                            2002 GL1800A Darksider #1312
                            Experience is the hardest teacher because she gives the test first,
                            and the lesson afterward ~ Vernon Sanders Law

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                            • #16
                              I have had an Aluma since 2009, and still looks and runs like new!

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                              • #17
                                For the money, the Bushtec is good deal but if you want a great deal look at the Starlight by Neosho. The Starlight is well made, an will carry V8 engine block, is easy to tow. Website is: http://neoshotrailers.com/

                                It does use the smaller tires but they are also available at places like Walmart. You can get the trailer with the swivel hitch. There are a lot f options that will effect price but this is true of most trailers.

                                I towed my Starlight for almost a 100,000 miles before it was destroyed in a crash.
                                Harvey
                                Ride Safe and Ride Often

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                                • #18
                                  Originally posted by JohnnieB View Post
                                  I'm looking at purchasing a trailer to tow behind my wing in the near future. Bike is already equipped with a "conventional" style hitch. Looking for
                                  opinions on the best bang for the buck. Will probably only use the trailer a few times a year (maybe 4-6) on our longer multi day trips. I want something
                                  with good sized lockable storage, a cooler rack, and good quality. The aluma trailers look like they would fit my requirements with a somewhat reasonable cost but
                                  I have yet to see one up close. Love the look of the higher end color matched trailers but even the older units are quite pricey.

                                  So my questions are:

                                  What brand?
                                  What options are recommended?
                                  Where to buy?
                                  Anything to avoid and why?
                                  Anyone have a nice trailer they want to part with?


                                  Any comments and suggestions are appreciated! Thanks!
                                  If I had to do it all over again I would go to U-Haul and look at there small trailer. I just saw one near my home and you can haul it with your bike. No repairs, no insurance and no storage. Look into it. I did buy a smaller alumna one year old for 1,000.00. I have had it over 100 mph and it rides like you don't even have it behind you. Your call.

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                                  • #19
                                    Originally posted by wild turkey View Post

                                    If I had to do it all over again I would go to U-Haul and look at there small trailer. I just saw one near my home and you can haul it with your bike. No repairs, no insurance and no storage. Look into it. I did buy a smaller alumna one year old for 1,000.00. I have had it over 100 mph and it rides like you don't even have it behind you. Your call.
                                    I talked to U-Haul about this a few years ago. At that time they would not rent the small trailers to be towed behind motorcycles or convertibles. It was something about the increased possibility of injury if the trailer got out of control. Maybe things have changed?
                                    White '08 Navi
                                    SW OH

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                                    • #20
                                      Depends entirely upon your mission. I have found that being without my trailer is less convenient so I pull it almost all the time. One of the board sponsors...Tom Finch of Texelent Inc. makes the Tailwind. I have had mine now for six years and would not sell it for any amount of money. Yes it is the most expensive trailer but for my wife and I, it is the very best for what we want.

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