Right , ours is a 2.8JTD , and yes you do notice, mine is an unbraked trailer and with 3 bikes in, you can proper feel it, especially with the back full too. Mine is on its arse up the hills as well, but we only use the trailer for local stuff, if we have to go th europe it all goes in the back.Its a 3lt auto, I took it out for a wee spin with the bikes on the trailer and it barely batted an eye; its an absolute horse of an engine and I get about 25 mpg, can't say fairer than that. The only thing that I noticed is that I wll have to adjust my braking and approach speeds as you can feel the extra mass behind you.
Keep your eye on glow plugs and change gearbox miles at 50,000 mile intervalsIts a 3lt auto, I took it out for a wee spin with the bikes on the trailer and it barely batted an eye; its an absolute horse of an engine and I get about 25 mpg, can't say fairer than that. The only thing that I noticed is that I wll have to adjust my braking and approach speeds as you can feel the extra mass behind you.
Yes. The reason you have no room is that , like everyone else , you put bikes on forwards , and with bars straight, you cant take up any more room if you tried. People fill a garage in a MH with a scooter,and a permanent rack , and 4 straps and I can get 2 bikes and all the gear in with 2 straps . Its not hard , you just have to think about it differently. And of course weight of the bike can be an issue, but I have had a 690SMC in my garage , backwards with no problem .3 bikes!? I'm guessing some dirt bikes as light as a butterfly's fart? I put two in mine, combined weight about 500kg, give or take, depending on fuel load, and there is no more room for anything. The handlebars overlap, luckily hers is low and mine is high, I can't squeeze between them and I' svelte and athletic!
Yes, hear you on the single purpose thing. It was one of the influencing factors on my purchase of the current trailer. I had bee looking at a twin Motolug, nice rig, good quality, excellent rep. However, to coin a phrase, "what is it good for?" Absolutely nothing except hauling bikes...
You stand in front of it and push it in backwards . For me its easier to load backwards and unload forwards than the other way round. The type of bike that is too heavy to do this with it too heavy to go in a garage. with a trailer its all about having a long enough loading ramp to ease the load.And that's exactly what I'm struggling with at the moment, how to size - and find - a single axle trailer that can take two bikes. Not the motolug style, a box style.
The spatial advantages of having one bike facing forwards and one bike facing backwards are not lost on me, but how to load the rearward facing bike in that event is........... Bonkers, that's a lovely outfit you have there. What size is the trailer?
1200GS Well, one of them anyway.You stand in front of it and push it in backwards . For me its easier to load backwards and unload forwards than the other way round. The type of bike that is too heavy to do this with it too heavy to go in a garage. with a trailer its all about having a long enough loading ramp to ease the load.
What bikes are you loading?
Think outside the box, the GS is a big bike but loads of places to lash to, a lot depends on the strength of the trailer. Turning the front wheel into the corner , assuming it is strong enough, gets the bars out of the way. Whatever you do , 2 straps is enough. if it isnt , think again. Add more for peace of mind, but 2 should stop it moving , if it doesnt they arent in the right place.1200GS Well, one of them anyway.
But it's good point you make about the length of the loading ramp. And also what you say about parking them on full lock. I'd just always thought of the front wheel slotting into a paddock stand of some sort.
As my wife still has to make up her mind about what bike she wants I think I might buy a single bike motolug for the time being and sell it when time comes to sort two bikes out. Like you guys I too like the idea of being able to use the trailer to carry more than just the bikes.
We do the same having learnt that hooks jump out on bumpy roads! Use climbing shackles now and multiple straps. Bikes go into hoops at the front of the trailer, jackets hang inbetween, sun loungers strapped behind and push bikes are alongside so can't afford any movement. All well practised over many years.I always have built in redundancy with straps. I have had good quality straps let go and I have others have the hook jump out on very rough roads. I
I looked at these as they seemed a good solution, however I'd need to take both panniers off both bikes to fit them and then find somewhere to put the panniers in our PVC. So that's not going to happen!There are even what I would call "wheel bras" designed for that purpose
I pull it down firmly onto the block so that the front forks compress about 3 of inches with the wheels still in the trailer gutter. It's as firm as a rock and I've trailered my bikes very many thousands of miles to events all over the U.K. and France and as far afield as Italy, Portugal and Poland.Spriddler - Don't you find that if you put a wooded block under the sump then the sump bashes the block? Do you lift the wheels clear?