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Old May 12th, 2013, 08:59 PM   #1
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anyone ever use one of these little guys?

Are they stable at highway speeds? How well do they handle bumps (of course I want to jump it)?

http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...res-42708.html
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Old May 12th, 2013, 09:04 PM   #2
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Its called the Haul ass master.... Should be fine on the freeway, right? Oh, thats haul master....
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Old May 12th, 2013, 09:20 PM   #3
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Trailers suck.
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Old May 12th, 2013, 09:28 PM   #4
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I have my buddy's in my back yard and have towed a few things on the highway with it, no problems at all.
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Old May 12th, 2013, 09:30 PM   #5
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I got one. survived a 1800 mile move loaded with furniture. flimsy design, needs a good thick plywood deck to stiffen the trailer up.
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Old May 12th, 2013, 09:40 PM   #6
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If you plan to weld it, because HF hardware typically sucks, and add a thicker piece of wood or metal for a deck, it works well for the cost.
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Old May 12th, 2013, 09:50 PM   #7
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Don't step on the fenders, otherwise they're ok for the money. Leave it outside and it will biodegrade in about 5 years.
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My brother has owned one of those for several years now. He hauls 2-3 dirt bikes on it at a time at 80+ mph. He has put a couple welds on it where the hardware loosened up and put a thick plywood top on it. Other than that it has held up good in my opinion. He flat out abuses and neglects things also.
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I wouldn't trust it...there is a reason its cheap and that reason doesn't include quality
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My buddy has one, welded it so it doesn't fold anymore. I towed it from Detroit to SL w/a kawa kfx with my ranger. No issues.
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Father in law has the 4x8 version of this, i have used it many times including a few trips to the U.P. they dont suck for the money
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A few years ago I bought the 4x8' one for home depot runs and transporting motorcycles. For the price it didn't suck and was less expensive than insuring an old f150 I only used for said tasks. It tracked fine on the freeway even empty but any trailer that light is going to bounce around without some weight on it.
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anyone ever use one of these little guys?

Are they stable at highway speeds? How well do they handle bumps (of course I want to jump it)?

http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...res-42708.html
When you buy one, let me know. I've been looking at towing one of these with my Fusion, to hold all our camping/travel gear, for long raod trips.

My overall goal would be something like this, but pulled with a car instead of a motorcycle. And maybe a 1-1/4" reciever welded to the back for my bike rack.


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When you buy one, let me know. I've been looking at towing one of these with my Fusion, to hold all our camping/travel gear, for long raod trips.

My overall goal would be something like this, but pulled with a car instead of a motorcycle. And maybe a 1-1/4" reciever welded to the back for my bike rack.


You're picking up exactly what I am laying down. For road trips when we don't have the kids I am thinking about something like this to tow behind our focus. Pretty much looking at something small enough for a cooler and maybe a few bikes. Even if it drops the mileage of the focus down into the 20's it would still pay for itself in one or two trips compared to us driving my truck.
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I've also been looking at the version of the trailer with the larger 12" wheels, for an extra $40 it should slow the bearings down and take pot holes and bumps better.

http://www.harborfreight.com/1090-lb...res-90153.html
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Just bought one of the 4x8 folding trailers a few weeks ago. Hauled 800lbs of dirt on it past week. Works well and barely takes up any space in the garage when it's folded.
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I wouldn't trust it...there is a reason its cheap and that reason doesn't include quality
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After looking at them in the stores I said hell no. Just go craigslist shopping and pick up something better with bigger wheels, better bearings, and a spare tire. Just be careful as a cheaper/rundown trailer will cost you more than one in good working order. They like to nickel and dime you...
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Don't step on the fenders, otherwise they're ok for the money. Leave it outside and it will biodegrade in about 5 years.
this, I used one from a friend a few years ago, the metal was rusting and coming apart in huge flakes, almost like de-laminating plywood, but it pulled down the highway just fine. Seeing the condition, I never asked to use it again and bought my own small trailer, but not an HF one.

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take a stop at Tractor Supply and compare quality/prices
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take a stop at Tractor Supply and compare quality/prices
I looked at some of the tractor supply trailers, they were about $500 for similar size.

I am not sure this is the route I want to go anyway. I don't really feel like dealing with a trailer.
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