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Oct 26th 2020, 11:15 AM   #1
 
  May 2016
  PDX

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
Good enclosed trailer?

Am thinking of upgrading to an enclosed trailer for my track adventures. Thinking a 5x8 or maybe 5x10 to build out. Would normally be just my bike, but being able to haul two is good, happens once or twice a season. I'd also likely be sleeping in the trailer (thermorest, etc. on the floor is fine, don't need a bunk necessarily).
A buddy suggested trailersplus.com as a place to start.

Tow vehicle is a Nissan Frontier 4.0L V6 6-spd, which should be fine for a trailer that scale. Pulls my current open folding trailer with two bikes and track gear in the bed for two guys without breaking a sweat. Will probably sell that trailer to offset the cost.

What are some decent recommendations?

Thanks, Syringe.
Oct 26th 2020, 01:33 PM   #2
 Alpine 318is's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Kirkland, WA

  2011 Triumph Daytona 675 Track
5x8 Won't handle 2 bikes and gear. I think you'll need at minimum a 6x10 and best would be 6x12
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Oct 27th 2020, 01:26 AM   #3
 Thumperpilot's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Rome

  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
Featherlite 12' works well.
Oct 27th 2020, 01:03 PM   #4
 
  May 2016
  PDX

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
Thanks for the input, guys - still shopping around.
Oct 27th 2020, 01:39 PM   #5
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  Apr 2016
  Seattle, WA

  '79 XS650; '01 FZ1; '72 CB175; '69 CL175; '09 Ninja 250r
I have a 5x10 (6' 5" tall) and it's just big enough for my 2 bikes (staggered + a bicycle), all my gear, tools, generator, and canopy, etc. It's a tight fit, but not so tight that It's a tetris game getting things in/out.

It's light, made by Mirage, and has been a champ...it doubles as storage in the off season, and makes going to the track super easy. I picked it up used a few years back and so glad I did. To sleep, I have a cot I toss in the back, so I'm off the ground--works perfect.

If I were to do it again, I'd probably go with a 6x12....so it could be built out a bit more...like a toy hauler with a few cabinets up front and some other comforts. But I'm good for now. It's easy to pull, easy to park and meets my needs for my current parking situation.

I think trailer quality is one of those things that is hit/miss depending on brand. I've heard horror stories, especially with the RV type trailers. I think I'd look for a trailer with a straight through axle (vs. spindle type) that can support the weight you will need. Steel frame construction (Although I heard aluminum frames can be good too) I'm just not familiar with them. And then I'd look at the quality of the roof/roofing material and seams to get a sense of how well it's built. Leaks in a trailer are such a pain in the ass...my buddy's had a constant issue and the trailer grew mold. Mine's been good so far, but I'm sure its a matter of time...and condensation is also a factor, so ventilation/insulation help here.
Oct 27th 2020, 02:17 PM   #6
 
  May 2016
  PDX

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
Thanks for the insight -- there's a trailer wholesale place in Scappoose, OR that appears to have several of those 5x10 and 6x10 Mirage trailers that look pretty solid, and relatively affordable.

As it is just my bike + gear most of the time, 5x10 would probably be okay. That especially since I'd have room in the truck, but I will probably venture up there and look for myself.

A buddy has a 6x12 that's really good for two bikes, but I think that's overkill for me.

Alumaweld looks good, too....and it appears I can see Featherlites without a long drive, as well. Good to have options.

I like the V-nose on those, although I don't know if its significant in helping with aerodynamics. It seems like stepping into this trailer business I need to stay weight-conscious to not totally overwork the Frontier.
Oct 27th 2020, 03:54 PM   #7
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  Apr 2016
  Seattle, WA

  '79 XS650; '01 FZ1; '72 CB175; '69 CL175; '09 Ninja 250r
Ya, your car's tow capacity and vehicle weight (payload) need to be a factor in your decision.

I estimate my trailer is like 3000-3500 lbs fully loaded, with approx. 350-400 lbs to the hitch. If your anywhere near there on your Frontier, you may be pushing it a bit. (Remember, payload is the combined weight of everything in your car including you).

Hope that helps some.
Oct 27th 2020, 07:56 PM   #8
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

I picked up an enclosed used Wells Fargo ‘motorcycle’ trailer with 2 removable front wheel chocks this year. Double axle with a built in full width ramp that drops down. No leaks. Trailer brakes. I think it is called a 20’, but that is tongue to back.
So far it has moved two households a fair distance, hauled motorcycles, a riding lawn mower and equipment, among other tasks. I am very happy with it. Not sure I would buy a new one after getting/using this one. Plenty of used ones out there. Paid $4K for it.
Oct 28th 2020, 06:29 AM   #9
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  Dec 2018
  Goldendale WA

  Classic Sportsters, Triumph & BSA
Roof leaks can be cured pretty cheap using rubber like roofing membrane from building supply places. Goes on in one piece secured by contact cement - lasts for many years and WON'T come off and not expensive.
Oct 29th 2020, 01:56 PM   #10
 
  May 2016
  PDX

  2016 ZX-10R; 2017 Z900
All good information, thank you.
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