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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-18-2015, 04:38 PM Thread Starter
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I plan to pull my 09' Nomad 1700 out to Wyoming to ride the Bear Tooth this July and I am buying an enclosed trailer. Friends suggest I get a 5'x8'x5'6" tall v-nose trailer to keep the wind resistance down but with the door opening 60" high x 54" wide, that leaves 7" on each side (10" inside) and 2" clearance (8" inside) for a Nomad that is 58" tall x 40.4" wide.
Would anyone else out there that pulls an enclosed trailer please share their comments, thank you.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 03-18-2015, 06:43 PM
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The few that I've seen have kinda flimsy floors. You'll need to weld some plates on the trailer frame for bracing for tie-downs.
I take it a cheapy utility(open) won't do?
I wouldn't want the job of loading & unloading.

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We have a 7x14 v-nose we pull with 3/4 ton trucks big enought for sons 02 mean streak and my 13 voyager staggered side by side and tall enough inside I can stand up (6 and still room in front we put in cabinets to make a dinette and table that makes a bunk and overhead bunk that folds down its tight but fits if your only ever going to have one bike I'd go at leat 6 wide give your self some room to get around the bike to tie down but all this depends on your tow vehicle
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I have a V nose 6x12 and there is lots of room for getting off the bike and loading and unloading and my ramp door is plenty strong enough for loading and unloading. It is a single axles and doesn,t bounce much. Just my 2 cents. It is 6 feet high and this makes a huge difference
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Go with the 6 ft wide-gives you enough room to get around the bike if you need to. I have a 6X10 with a 2ft V nose. My spare is in the V. If it came with tie downs in the floor-you might want to reinforce them. My factory tie downs were zip screws in the Z channel crossmembers. I used 5/16 bolts and used some steel on the bottom to distribute the load. I also added more tie downs on the side. I have a harbor freight tilting wheel chock bolted to the frame rails under the floor. I added 1" in the center to let the front tire sit deeper into the chock. Plan on a pretty good loss in MPG. Its not the weight, its the wind resistance. Even with the V, it still catches a lot of air. I went from 15 to 10-11 depending on speed. I have a queen bed hanging from the ceiling-it is on pulleys, so we can lower it when we get there. Also a shelf in the V for the fridge. Makes a useable toy hauler. Spent the week at Sturgis last year with the wife.
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Have a 5 x 10 and it's plenty big enough. Would like a side door. It's has a low ceiling so the windshield has to come off, but it fits in my garage.
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Go with the 6 ft wide-gives you enough room to get around the bike if you need to....... I have a queen bed hanging from the ceiling-it is on pulleys, so we can lower it when we get there. Also a shelf in the V for the fridge. Makes a useable toy hauler. Spent the week at Sturgis last year with the wife.
That is an absolutely awesome idea, and complete justification for the 6ft wide trailer. Well done!

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That is an absolutely awesome idea, and complete justification for the 6ft wide trailer. Well done!
I agree, very nice!

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A buddy of mine went that small so he could tow behind a mini van. The part he didn't measure is the transition through the doorway. He has to remove his windshield on his voyager to get the bike in there. The trailer has a side door and he installed a latching chock to hold the front wheel. It is a little tight tying it down, but it does the job.

If I were going to tow and ride all the time I would buy one of those clamshell trailers that are aerodynamic but easy to load with the hinged roof.

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5' x 8' vs. 6' x 10'

I used a friend's 5'x8' to haul the Voyager to Ohio a couple of years ago. Fortunately, the trailer had a side door, because there really is not room for a short, fat person to get past the bars once the bike is in the wheel chock.

It was enough of a hassle to convince me I wanted a 6'x10' when I bought my own trailer last year.

I didn't think about hanging a bed from the ceiling, but 6' wide is just wide enough for a blow-up queen size mattress. The one we have is double thickness, so it sits about 18" off the floor, and with a built in pump, all you need is a generator or an extension cord to set up your camper. And there is room for a BBQ grill/camp stove in the nose in front of the wheel chock.

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