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Old 09-09-2012, 08:05 PM   #1
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Default My Harbor Freight folding trailer adventure and review

I needed a toy hauler for the dirt bike, but I am limited on storage. I kept seeing reviews of this trailer
http://www.harborfreight.com/automot...els-90154.html
and it looked pretty solid in person at the local HF store, so I finally bit the bullet and bought one.

It came in 2 boxes, one about 6 feet long and the other maybe 24X24X12. Total weight was about 275lbs.

I unpacked it on the garage floor and this is what we have

I know I have no patience and get pissed off and frustrated and start cursing and throwing things in relatively short order, so I enlisted my wife to read the directions to me step by step. I figured this would keep me in line and not have me skipping steps.
First thing I laid out the basic frame shape

Then after about 2 hours, 2 honestly entirely drama free hours, everything fit and lined up if not perfect then not too far off from it, this is what I have so far.


And it folds!


Here is roughly what it will look like once the deck is on it, and the wheel chock is mounted. The chock has quick disconnect removable mounts, so I will still be able to fold it up.


Here it is folded up where it will live when not in use. Leaving plenty of room to park.



Folding it up is a one person job but is easier with 2 people. Not hard with one though.

I still have to mount the lights, run the wiring, and I am going to re-pack the wheel bearings and get bearing buddies. I have some wood that I am going to make stake sides for it as well. It will be nice to have the hauling capacity of a small pickup truck without having to buy one. Plus with it being a 20 minute start to finish task to get the trailer out, and bike packed up on it, I will get a lot more riding in, which is the whole point

More to come as I finish it up and start to use it.

Next step other than finishing putting it together will be to take the certificate of origin and get it registered. I also plan on welding the frame at the points where it doesn't fold, and converting it to a 2" hitch instead of 1 7/8" I am probably going to get the LED light kit for it as well, but that is 50 bucks, so I am going to see if I can just get LED replacements for the bulbs.

The plywood decking will be left uncoated for now, as I plan on replacing it with expanded steel mesh anyway. Plus I wont be taking this out in the rain so I am not worried about moisture. As for humidity, despite what some people who don't know what humidity is, will say, in Austin there really isn't much.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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Where is the adventure part? I expected mismatched parts, missing pieces, swearing, throwing, and punching. I am disappoint
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:14 PM   #3
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more pics of your wife!
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:17 PM   #4
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Where is the adventure part? I expected mismatched parts, missing pieces, swearing, throwing, and punching. I am disappoint
Well I am not finished yet. So I still anticipate some sort of drama.

Here is what I have found I that I don't like


I am missing 3 nuts. (I seem to run into the missing nut issue often)
The wheel bearings are poorly packed (no biggie, I'll repack) and they put the bearing caps on the hubs with the force of 1000 suns, so I destroyed them both removing them from the hub. So now I need new caps. Not a huge deal but WTF.
The 2" hitch I bought doesn't bolt up to their own damn trailer. Its their hitch, and their trailer, but they don't bolt up. Which means I have to get a 1 7/8 ball until I get a chance to have this 2" hitch welded onto the trailer.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:17 PM   #5
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I have most of the same posters hanging in my garage.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:19 PM   #6
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Yeah!

The trailer looks good enough, I guess, but to be really sure we need more pictures of your wife.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:24 PM   #7
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:29 PM   #8
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Don't use LED replacement bulbs inside a "normal" light housing...you will be disappoint. Get the entire LED light units instead.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:30 PM   #9
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Don't use LED replacement bulbs inside a "normal" light housing...you will be disappoint. Get the entire LED light units instead.
Yeah I figured that would be the result. Ill just wait for a good coupon or sale.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:32 PM   #10
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I always look at those trailers in the HF catalog and never knew anyone who had one. Looks cool for what it is.


But can you drag an 86 Civic home on it?
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:32 PM   #11
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Better
very good...now send me $1000.00

hey if you are granting my requests i may as well ask for something i could use
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:33 PM   #12
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404 adventure not found
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:35 PM   #13
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Are you hauling that behind your mustang? Pickups work pretty good for that, no trailer needed.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:40 PM   #14
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This started life as a HF 4x4 trailer. It saw about 30,000 miles of use in its life. Only repacked the wheel bearings once.

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Old 09-09-2012, 09:16 PM   #16
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I've been using one of those trailers to haul my bike to and from the track for a couple years. I welded mine and painted it though. I suggest painting it at least. The paint will chalk up within a year and look like hell. Another thing I did to make life easy is install gate latches at the top so you can just flip them on and lock it together when folding it up. It wants to fall down once the plywood is on there. I've hauled two street bikes on it before (about 900lbs) and it works great.

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This started life as a HF 4x4 trailer.

Is that trailer pushing a Yugo???

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Old 09-09-2012, 09:45 PM   #18
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I've been using one of those trailers to haul my bike to and from the track for a couple years. I welded mine and painted it though. I suggest painting it at least. The paint will chalk up within a year and look like hell. Another thing I did to make life easy is install gate latches at the top so you can just flip them on and lock it together when folding it up. It wants to fall down once the plywood is on there. I've hauled two street bikes on it before (about 900lbs) and it works great.

Yeah I figure I will have to paint it after I grind the paint off the joints and weld them. Good call on the gate latches. I have a zip tie through holes in the frame right now
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Old 09-09-2012, 09:47 PM   #19
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Are you hauling that behind your mustang? Pickups work pretty good for that, no trailer needed.

Want my paypal addy to send me money to buy and insure a pickup truck?
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404 adventure not found
hey, every man has his own definition adventure...if this is an adventure to him let him be. He even asked for help, now that takes a real man.
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I had a HF jetski trailer. The thing got hit like 3 times and never got hurt. Tore the hell out of the cars that hit it tho
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I had a HF jetski trailer. The thing got hit like 3 times and never got hurt. Tore the hell out of the cars that hit it tho
That's good to hear. I might be getting one.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:38 PM   #23
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Updates!

The trailer is 90% done. Its as done as it needs to be to haul the dirt bike, but I do have some little things I want to do, like build stake sides/front/back for hauling other stuff. I am going to add another eye up in the front to lock the bike with a cable or something. I still need to wire up the front side markers up, but that will be a 10 min job tops.

I did end up repacking the wheel bearings, which I knew was something I would have to do (the grease they pack them with is not quite as good as vaseline. Its THAT bad) so I bought a $9 bearing packer from Pep Boys and used some marine grade LUCAS grease. I also replaced the grease fittings on the hubs, since those are known to break off easily.


I used these threaded eye bolts at the front and back corners for tie down points and to make securing the trailer up in the folded position easier.



I loaded the bike up, strapped it down and took it out for a test drive.




Everything was perfect. I checked the hubs, they weren't hot, so the bearing re-packing paid off.
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That wheel chock has quick release type hold downs. It comes off easily but it is rock solid secure once in place, and when you strap the bike in, the tension pulls into the fasteners, really locking it in place.
When you are done, it comes off easily, and all you are left with are 2 small metal discs.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:48 PM   #25
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So far the biggest expense other than the trailer, has been hardware and wood. I have spent about $30 on bolts/washers/nuts to hold the floor down, and the eye bolts for tie downs. The floor is 2 4x4 foot peices of 3/8th plywood, there are already holes in the frame, so I just marked them on the wood, drilled through and bolted it in place. I cut the corners so it would sit flush and leave access to the frame bolts.
I have a 2X4, and a bunch of 1X4s which I will use to make the sides as well as the front and back panels.
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