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    Re: Finally! Harbor Freight Tag Along Trailer!

    Quote Originally Posted by bvail View Post
    Nice touches. If you find the trailer a bit bouncy (especially with only sixty pounds of cargo) you might consider the PSI in the tires. Most folks run around 25 PSI with these trailers. Enjoy your new trailer.
    I agree on the air pressure being lower. I found between 15 to 20 lbs works best for me.

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    Re: Finally! Harbor Freight Tag Along Trailer!

    I just came back from a 175 mile roundtrip to PA with a load that turns out to be about 75 lbs. After reaching my destination, I unloaded the cargo (it was a delivery) and towed back with a nearly empty trailer.

    The trailer towed great! Really didn't even know it was back there. As a matter of fact, I kept looking into my mirrors to make sure because from the seat, there was no telling it was back there! I did not extend the tongue length beyond what the trailer came with and I had 20 psi in the tires. No bounce and the trailer followed the bike everywhere, no wagging. I'm am real pleased and highly recommend this trailer as a great starter! Plus, it holds quite a bit of cargo!

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    Re: Finally! Harbor Freight Tag Along Trailer!

    Nice work...great looking 'set' with the Wing!!

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    Dude, you really did your homework on this build! I can't think of a single thing you missed to make the perfect Tag-A-Long trailer setup. Kudos, this should be stickied so others can benefit from your excellent write-up and experience.

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    Re: Finally! Harbor Freight Tag Along Trailer!

    Your build looks good. The only thing I did different was to go to an ironworker and have him build a new 24" longer tongue with a cooler rack. For $100 he built it painted it and changed out the ball hitch hardware. I was planning on doing a lot of camping with it and a cooler is almost a necessity.

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    Re: Finally! Harbor Freight Tag Along Trailer!

    Nice report on your addition. As I skimmed over the various comments I didn't notice anything said about the "tire rating". If my memory severs me correctly there have been issues with the quality of the tires that come with the HF Trailers. Or, to put it another way...the rating on the supplied tires do not meet the standards for high speed travel. As a suggestion besure and check this out closely before you really load up the trailer and head out for a big adventure.
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    Re: Finally! Harbor Freight Tag Along Trailer!

    I have grazed across various forums and most of the tire issues have been from folks that have never had a trailer with the small tires. They are convinced that anything less than a 15" tire will cause the planet to start spinning backwards from the high RPM of these itty-bitty tires.

    There are lots and lots of posts with first-hand experience, including me, that have towed the HF trailers with 8" through 12" tires at high speeds that haven't had problems.

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    Re: Finally! Harbor Freight Tag Along Trailer!

    I put on over 10,000 mi on the HF tires, with speeds up over 90 mph at times and never had an issue with those tires. (which were a minimum of 3 yrs old, as that was how long I had the kit sitting around in my garage before I decided to build it)

    If you decide to extend your tongue you can do it yourself for about 1/4 of the price of that which Pete Darby shelled out!



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    Re: Finally! Harbor Freight Tag Along Trailer!

    I do intend to extend the tongue in the future, but I was just going to buy a replacement tongue that is 24" longer than the current one. I have a steel shop near here that supplies them.

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    Re: Finally! Harbor Freight Tag Along Trailer!

    My only issue I had with the HF trailer tires was the stated air pressure on the side of the tire is way too high for the weight of the trailer and it's contents. In 3,000 miles, I wore the centers out of the tires. I put new on and lowered the air pressure to 20 lbs and they are now fine.

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