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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-17-2012, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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Utility or Cargo?

I am towing my Shadow from Toronto to Maryland in January so that I can do a Maryland-Florida-Maryland bike trip.
Should I go with a utility (open) or cargo (enclosed) trailer? Please advise.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-17-2012, 07:31 AM
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Depends on what your towing it with. You can cover the bike on an open trailer if needed. you will get better fuel mileage than with an inclosed trailer, if your towing behind an ecnobox. If your towing behind a truck, it wont much matter,

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covering your bike wont be good the straps and cover will rub I have seen nice paint jobs turn to crap by the wind whipping the cover. cars and bikes.


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What will you be pulling it with? If a van, you get a lot of crap sucked onto the trailer, trucks aren't so bad. You know how some vehicles end up with filthy rear ends and rear windows when driving in the rain because the way the air swirls I. Behind it? When pulling a trailer with that kind of vehicle, it does the same thing to the trailer and whatever is on it. I've seen boats get really nasty that way and wouldn't want my bike to go through that.


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Unless its a show bike (you want to show it off as you tow it down the road) and if you can afford it go with a cargo. Then you can carry other stuff easily as well. This time of year you don't know what type of weather you will get so why risk having any adverse weather affect the bike itself.


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We have a Honda Pilot therefore I will go with a 5x8 cargo trailer. Thank you for your help!
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-23-2013, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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utility or cargo?

Thanks for the input. Now that I am back in Toronto, I don't have to clean my bike with a Q-tip.

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