Trailer towing...

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Trailer towing...

Post by harryball » Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:12 am

Is anyone towing a camper trailer (or any small trailer) with your Ural rig?

I'm curious about something like this, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QRRc3A76gs

But how much is too much for these rigs? Even without loading the thing it would be about 350 lbs with 25 lbs tongue weight. Along with an 80 lb dog and my slim trim 175 lbs frame plus 30 lbs of clothing :P that's 635 lbs of stuff and passengers alone. I'm wondering if this rig would even pull that much weight along much less after loading another 100 lbs of "gear".
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Re: Trailer towing...

Post by Wildhorse Cafe » Wed Jan 13, 2016 11:53 am

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Re: Trailer towing...

Post by INSUBORDINATOR » Wed Jan 13, 2016 12:07 pm

Even though Urals are designed to pull a sidecar, any additional load carried at speed over long distance is bound to result in comparatively more wear & repair. How much? - I have no clue, but the unpleasant thought of difficulties far from home, keep me from doing it.
Guess that's why my ancient Urals have always got me home - they are LOCAL, & I don't push them.
I doubt anyone can give an answer to how "much is to much" - just what they may have gotten away with.
Pretty sure URAL would say "it voids the Warrantee".
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Re: Trailer towing...

Post by 4Paws » Wed Jan 13, 2016 2:02 pm

Go to CRAP in the spring, several folks pull trailers of all different sizes and shapes. Some small campers on through cargo trailers. Haven't seen anyone pulling a pig smoker yet.

no longer have it book marked but there is a web forum devoted to motorcycle campers, might be motocampers.
Was one for sale in the Black Market section a while back.
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Re: Trailer towing...

Post by rivers » Wed Jan 13, 2016 2:08 pm

From previous threads here regarding towing. The conclusion I came to was that I'd want to keep the towed weight at 500 lb max. Not so much will a Ural pull it? More of a braking issue. I talked myself out of a camp trailer. Don't want 500 lb behind me on a downhill grade at road speed or in traffic. I pulled a small loaded utility trailer with the 06. Clutch didn't like it but it'd do it on local 30-35 mph roads. Not great fun but doable locally if/when needed. Once the warranty is up on the 014 I'll prolly do another utility trailer lash up for occasional use(local) but won't be using it for trips.
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Re: Trailer towing...

Post by berger » Wed Jan 13, 2016 2:42 pm

I have pulled a trailer on quite a few trips, some covering 2000+km round trip. A small framed (3x4) trailer and a car top luggage box bought used work great. On my 07 the trailer harness was already there, so I just needed a modular(?) unit for the brakes/signals. Make sure your brakes are adjusted properly and you will be fine.

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Re: Trailer towing...

Post by WEGUNTER » Thu Jan 14, 2016 4:26 am

Rich Maud used to pull a tent camping trailer with his retro. He was trying to sell it a couple of months ago.

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Re: Trailer towing...

Post by mouka » Thu Jan 14, 2016 11:24 am

berger wrote:I have pulled a trailer on quite a few trips, some covering 2000+km round trip. A small framed (3x4) trailer and a car top luggage box bought used work great. On my 07 the trailer harness was already there, so I just needed a modular(?) unit for the brakes/signals. Make sure your brakes are adjusted properly and you will be fine.

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Re: Trailer towing...

Post by BigJames » Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:59 pm

You really need to come by my garage... I even have a trailer hitch that will fit on your bike that does not work on any of mine...
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