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Does anybody have any experience with Cargo Mate or Continental Hauler enclosed trailers? I have heard of Cargo Mate but never the other. They are both manufactured by Forest River which also build RVs and travel trailers.

I am assuming they are not as good as Haul Mark or Wells Cargo but they do ofer the same 3 yr warranty as the rest.

I have found a 04' 7x14 Continental Hauler with extra height option for $3750 new. That sounds really good compared to $4900 for the Cargo mate same size but the Cargo Mate has the white walls/ceiling and checkered floor with d rings.

I have never owned a trailer so I am brand new at this. I still wish I could find a good used one and can kick myself in the rear for letting Neil's go by.

I know everybody has opinions but some feed back would be appreciated. I am really enticed by the cheaper trailer in which I could finish the inside for way less than $1200 but I can feel a little of the "you get what you pay for" tuggin at me! :wink:

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Hey Chris,

I have had a few trailers and really most of the new ones are built pretty well. The extra cost is name and fancy extra's. I had white finished walls on my last one and could not keep from skinning them up. I prefer a V nose because they pull easier. The big difference in pulling is the weight. If you can find a used all aluminum trailer and can buy it for the same price as a steel trailer you would be doing good. You might give this guy a call in Three Rivers Mi. He sells new R&R all aluminum trailers at a real good price. His name is John and his number is toll free 866-428-7670.

You could make a weekend out of it and save some bucks. On you way up you are welcome to stop at our place in Indiana and spend the night.

Have a good one
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Hey Chris,

I have had a few trailers and really most of the new ones are built pretty well. The extra cost is name and fancy extra's. I had white finished walls on my last one and could not keep from skinning them up. I prefer a V nose because they pull easier. The big difference in pulling is the weight. If you can find a used all aluminum trailer and can buy it for the same price as a steel trailer you would be doing good. You might give this guy a call in Three Rivers Mi. He sells new R&R all aluminum trailers at a real good price. His name is John and his number is toll free 866-428-7670.

You could make a weekend out of it and save some bucks. On you way up you are welcome to stop at our place in Indiana and spend the night.

Have a good one
Bill
Bill,

I've been looking at trailer's also. Does this guy have a web site? I doubt I would go all the way to Indiana to get a trailer but I've never had the "steel vs. aluminum" discussion come up before. Thanks!
 

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Thanks for the tip, Bill. I was hoping somebody out of the 49 who read this thread would have a comment. It's not like I'm buying a house or something but I just want to get a descent trailer. I think you're right in that the $$$$ ones are for the name. As long as it keeps the bike dry and will roll I guess I'll be okay with any of the new ones. Used ones are pretty hard to come by and aren't that much cheaper.


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Chris,

That sounds like a really good price for a 7x14......I had a Pace 6x12 (Wag has it now) and it was a great trailer, bought it at HOME DEPOT for $2650 :lol: . I bought an 8x16 Roadmaster last year and love it. Wanted a tandem and somethiing big enough for the Boss and the brides Duece, plus roaming room. 95% of the trailers are using the same axles, skin, roofing, flooring and lights..............I just couldn't see spending another $500 to $1500 on floor tiles and plastic walls......I pull mine behind a motorhome so I didn't care about the V nose, although it does give you 3 to 4 extra feet of enclosed storage. I stayed away from a low rider cause I hate to be bent over when I load this thing.....and I never remember to duck :oops: I installed e-track in the floor instead of d-rings for the straps so I have infinite tie down positioning and have hardware for 4 chocks in the floor.......

One thing to look for is the capacity of the ramp door, if it is only 1000# you need to put a brace or support in the center when you load a BH or eventually your door will bow from the weight.

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Might be careful of the flooring strength as well, either the product it's made of and how well and often its supported.

Had a friend "rescue" me from the roadside a few weeks ago with a 1 year old 10' X 6' open tagalong, with 2" X 6" flooring.

Went well till unloading @ which time the front tire broke thru one of the boards @ a knot. While loading, the tire track appears to have been sharing 2 floorboards equally, but I apparently wiggeled it to center up on the bad one when offloading.

Hell of a lot of fun trying to unscrew that one, and would have been catastrophic enroute!

HAWK88
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Cargo Mates are OK. I bought a used 1999 7x14 tandem axle a couple years ago and it seems to be as well made as any of the brand names. Keeps everything safe and dry and tows really well. Gave $2000 for it, which I thought was a fair deal.

If I was to buy a new one, I'd probably go for an H&H smooth side with V-nose. http://www.hhtrailer.com
 

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I own a PACE 6'x10' enclosed trailer that serves my purpose . Anyway reading all this about trailers I decided to pull mine out and get it ready for the trip to Flordia because I haven't used it since last years trip to Daytona . As I was moving it I heard this god awful scraping noise coming from the left wheel . I have electric brakes . I pulled the wheel off and laying inside the brake drum is the brake adjuster and spring . Apparently it just broke because there was no damage to the brakes or the drum . I pulled the other wheel off and inside of that brake drum is a huge empty mouse nest but everything else was OK . I cleaned everything up , replaced the adjusters and springs with new on both wheels , greased the bearings and all is well again . I'm just glad I discovered all of this now and not on the road in east bum *--- . Thanks for prompting me to check it out .

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Jack,
The visual I have is one of you working on your trailer in that BEAUTIFUL GARAGE...nice visual.

But, I'm still GREEN with envy over that beautiful setup!!! Some day...

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Bill,
Unfortunately my trailer is to tall to fit in my garage so I had to work on it in the driveway . Can you visualize that in a light snow storm and at 35 degrees. Still better than trying to fix it on the road no matter what the temp. My luck the wheel would have locked up during 5:00 oclock traffic on route 95 , on a bridge , no shoulder to pull off on , and it was the left wheel . I think you got the picture .

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Hey,

when I first bought my Boss I also bought a trailer at ther same time. The thought of my new baby outside at Daytona all by herself was just to much. I also had four bikes and thought a needed to take them all with me.

So I got my new Boss, VTX and Valks stuffed in a 20 foot trailer and headed to Florida. Karen rode her VTX and I rode the Boss and nothing else came out of the box. :)

What I found for me was I hated not riding down to Daytona. That is half the fun. We ride in the rain some years, the cold, the rain and the cold-- it don't freeking matter. :shock: Just ride that bad boy. Electric vest will kill the cold and rain gear for the wet stuff.

We sold the trailer.

See you at the Highlander.
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Rick,

I pretty much share the same philosophy as you when it comes to riding the Boss. I've done some pretty long trips (not compared to Joe and Glenn) with one covering half the country from Houston to central NC. I love doing the cross country stuff and stopping every hour and a half for gas. It really is a good cruising bike to me although the 502 causes my knees to get a little sore after a long day. Riding out to Osage Beach year before last I camped under more than one bridge waiting for the T-storms to pass. I called 800 WX Brief a few times that day and they were real helpful.

The only thing is that my wife won't ride that far on the back and there is no way we can pack enough stuff to get us through a week. Also, eventhough I have and will ride in the wet and the cold, it will be nice to load er up and hit the road when I get ready regardless. Not that a truck and trailer won't break down but I also feel better about that too. I have been stranded 12 hours from home on the Boss and thanks to a helpful Chevy dealer it wasn't more than a 4 hours pit stop but could have been real bad in the middle of nowhere. I guess it boils down to a comfort zone thing. I'll feel better about those long hauls with my truck and trailer and the beast buttoned up.

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i had seven trailers the best one was a
'cherokee" out of ocala fl all 1 1/4 sq tubing POWER COATED any color for the same price EZ grease bearing ramp door is the strongest i seen yet. good people to deal with gizmo
 

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If anyone is interested, I have a 1997 Kendon single rail open trailer for sale for $800.00 .. Harley dealers sell them new for $1495. It was just repainted last week. Really nice trailer, especially when loading alone, not many miles on it, and it stands up against the wall of your garage for out of the way storage. Trailer is in Evansville, Indiana....
 

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Living where I live I've owned a few trailers, have to if you want to ride more then 5 months of the year! :)

I have what I consider the perfect trailer now. I have a Featherlite, it's ALL Aluminum except for the axle of course. It's a 8.5 X 16 V-nose ... witht he V I have an added 2.5' (aprox). This trailer is a car hauler so it's very heavy duty ... floor cross members are at 12" along with wall supports. NONE of my other trailers have been built this heavy. I've added chock mounts (have two in now still need to add a third) so I can haul one bike in the center or two bikes staggered on the walls. I also added "A" Track along outside walls (still need to finish up front) so the tie down points can be moved anyplace along the wall. The A Track is all aluminum too. I've had E Track in trailers before and it gets nasty looking after being used for sometime.

This trailer is light and pulls perfectly straight. Here are a couple pictures, don't mind the mess inside!











You can check it out in Daytona if you want - let me know down there.
 

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Nice Trailer...and snow-blower...and snow shovel!!!

What, do you live up north or something?!?!? We've had a mild winter so far here in Virginia, but some years it feels like I live in Main!

See you in Daytona!!!

Bill

p.s. Do you think a Boss Trike and a Boss Bike would fit in your 16' trailer with the V-Nose, or would I have to go longer?
 
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