Posted 9/16/2004 5:04 PM (#4744) Subject: Trailer Size for a Ultra & SC
I am getting ready to buy a cargo trailer to tow behind my RV. I also will be getting my sidecar for my HD Ultra Classic soon. Can someone tell me how large of an opening I will need to drive this rig into the trailer ?
Posted 9/17/2004 6:40 PM (#4754 - in reply to #4744) Subject: RE: Trailer Size for a Ultra & SC
Location: Menomonie, Wisconsin USA
Everything is different. Adjustments and accessories can add or subtract inches and I've only found one good way to measure. Take the bike to the trailer shop and tell them you won't buy unless you can see how the rig fits on it. My measurements said a 6 foot width would be sufficient, I was wrong, I have 3 inches between the siderails and the rig to either side of a 7 footer. Three inches was enough for me on an open trailer, but a friend of mine isn't happy unless he can walk all around the rig.
I bought my Sport Warrior from a private party, but he was more than happy to hook it up to his pickup and let me drive up onto it before I made my decision. The bike fit to my satisfaction and I paid the man and went home to get my truck.
Posted 9/17/2004 8:57 PM (#4755 - in reply to #4744) Subject: RE: Trailer Size for a Ultra & SC
I have a Heritage with a Liberty car,it is a tight fit getting it into a 7 foot wide Haulmark lowhauler,I would strongly suggest a 8 foot wide.
Posted 9/18/2004 12:37 AM (#4757 - in reply to #4746) Subject: RE: Trailer Size for a Ultra & SC
Location: Boise, Idaho
Another thing to consider is how the trailer pulls. We ordered a custom 8' Pace Low-hauler and drove 1,000 miles to Provo Utah to pick it up when it was finished. The first time we got it up to over 55 on the freeway and caught a gust of wind from a passing semi (75 mph speed limit there) it started whipping and we just about lost it. Pulled over and adjusted the air pressure in the rear shocks of the truck and started off again. Fine till we hit some new rain grooves then it started whipping again. The third time we were between two semis when it went into it's act.
We were only 11 miles from the factory by then. My bride said it wasn't dying for and wanted out. We drove back to the factory at 40 mph much to the chagrin of the freeway traffic and they took it back in and had us wait outside in 100 degree heat for five hours while they "looked" at it.
Then they brought it back out and said it was fine. I asked what was wrong and they said they couldn't find anything wrong, it was fine. So
I got our money back, drove back to Washington and built my own sidecar hauler. It pulls great at any speed but it is an uncovered trailer.
Posted 9/18/2004 4:37 PM (#4762 - in reply to #4744) Subject: RE: Trailer Size for a Ultra & SC
Thanks for all the input. I will probably be purchasing a Haulmark or United 8-8.5 Trailer. Now all I have to do is figure out how long it needs to be. Thinking 12-14'.
Posted 9/18/2004 10:48 PM (#4763 - in reply to #4762) Subject: RE: Trailer Size for a Ultra & SC
Location: Boise, Idaho
I just checked my receipts. It was a 8'x12' Haulmark lowhauler that we had the problems with. A customer of mine got one and had no problems with it. He tows it with a 1 ton Ford 4x4 with an extended wheelbase however.
Bottom line is: See how it pulls with and without a load before you spend your money.
Posted 9/20/2004 5:17 PM (#4780 - in reply to #4744) Subject: RE: Trailer Size for a Ultra & SC
Haven't checked the width with the sidecar rig, but a horse trailer usually pulls nice. Good long ramp so you don't drag your frame and designed for having weight concentrated on a few points.
Posted 9/24/2004 4:54 PM (#4813 - in reply to #4744) Subject: RE: Trailer Size for a Ultra & SC
My Harley and Harley Sidecar require a 6 1/2 foot clearance (inside measurement). A six footer is too narrow. I bought a 7X10 open trailer and fabricated a stone guard and siderails out of oak planking. Still can get wet but I'm 2500 dollars ahead. I guess a 7 footer in an enclosed (they are quite a bit more $$$$) is what you will need. Be sure to get a side door. And it will not be easy to get off the cycle because there is little room on each side. I just go over the side rails on mine. If you would like a digital image of what mine looks like just send me a private email through this site and I'll send you a shot or two. HDSIDECARRON (from the hills of east TN)