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    Hi all :
    Looking to purchase a Piggyback Trailer. How many of you own one. Does it pull nice behind the bike. Any problems with the topper part ( locks-- hinges etc.) All wiring include. 8 " tires-- are they just as good as 12 " -- What milage can i expect from 8" tires. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grog2u View Post
    Hi all :
    Looking to purchase a Piggyback Trailer. How many of you own one. Does it pull nice behind the bike. Any problems with the topper part ( locks-- hinges etc.) All wiring include. 8 " tires-- are they just as good as 12 " -- What milage can i expect from 8" tires. Any help would be appreciated.

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    I have the Piggy Backer XL. Pulls nice. Some times I forget its back there. The lock is probably the most complained about thing. Its kind of a cheapo lock. Some here has added other kinds of locks. I Cant say much about the 8" tires as I have never had them. Mine has the 12".


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    I have a 2004 model with about 30,000 miles on it. It has the 8" tires and are still on the original bearings and tires. The orginal lock went 3 years before they broke. I replaced the latch with a set of rubber boat hatches. I also installed a rubber seal around the bottom tube lip for when we ran through the rain that would be considered "toad stranglers". This winter I was finding some craking around the 4 mounts and an impact in the right front lower corner. I used some fiberglass and resin to fix and strengthen the bottom tube. I pack the bearings 2 times a year whether it needs it or not. It pulls best when loaded and with about 15 - 20 lbs of tongue weight you have to look in the mirrors to verify it is still there. I use it for touring around the country in the spring through fall and use it on the weekends to get groceies or to take trash to the transfer station.

    Depending on what you do and how often you plan to use it you can not beat the piggybacker for service and customer service from Tom at the factory. While I would love a Tailwind, I just cannot justify the cost and service I get out of the Piggybacker.

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    I have a Piggy. with 8 ' tires. They pull great. Last year I did a 10,000 mile trip in less than 3 weeks and it was loaded top to bottom: side to side. No worry. Better lock would be the one thing that needs some improvement. Locking cover arms would be good too. (made some myself) Can't beat the trailer, even if it cost more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milbear View Post
    I have a Piggy. with 8 ' tires.
    How does that pull with 8 foot tall tires, just curious? Is that a standard upgrade, or something you had to go aftermarket to add?

    I am of course just kidding. I have been thinking of getting a trailer and will have to check these out. Have a Merry Christmas everyone.
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    The suspensions are different between the two also. The 8" you get a straight axle with leaf springs and the 12" you get torsion suspension


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    Quote Originally Posted by WarriorKing View Post
    How does that pull with 8 foot tall tires, just curious? Is that a standard upgrade, or something you had to go aftermarket to add?

    I am of course just kidding. I have been thinking of getting a trailer and will have to check these out. Have a Merry Christmas everyone.
    I'll bet the 8 foot ones are much cheaper than the 12 foot!!
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    I have one of the original styles from my GL1200 days,8 inch wheels. I pulled it all over TX,OK,Ark. with no problem, and now pull it with the Trike, and I have loaded it down relatively heavy with both bikes, and no issues with the 8 inch wheels. Best Bang for the Buck. Ugly little beast but Highly Functional. I did add my own lock! the stock lock isn't worth messing with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KJ5IX View Post
    I have one of the original styles from my GL1200 days,8 inch wheels. I pulled it all over TX,OK,Ark. with no problem, and now pull it with the Trike, and I have loaded it down relatively heavy with both bikes, and no issues with the 8 inch wheels. Best Bang for the Buck. Ugly little beast but Highly Functional. I did add my own lock! the stock lock isn't worth messing with.
    George, we need to get you out of the southwest and over to the east coast. When are you coming into NC and TN areas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIESEL-DAWG View Post
    George, we need to get you out of the southwest and over to the east coast. When are you coming into NC and TN areas?

    Ken

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    I spent a few years there in NC, and VA. Ran corn in the early 70's from Mt Arie to Galax up and down Baldy in the winter. When I left I don't think I left any thing But did later send a wife back , and may even still be wanted in the northern counties Use to hang around the Tarboro area, (How many people even know where that is )

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    I have owned 2 piggies and love both of them. First one I had sent to minnesota so I could use it with my new trike (VW). It was loaded to the hilt and never knew it was back there. Even had to look when I stopped just to make sure it was still back there.

    The newer one that I purchased this year has some upgrades which I like. LED rear lights, Stainless steel bumper. Front stand when not on the bike or trike. Easy to move around. Light weight and tough little trailer. The cooler rack on the front comes in real handy. It is real easy to put together and I have never had any issues with the lock. Works good for me.

    Best bang for the buck and customer service is number 1 !!!!

    And when you get tired of it, you can sell it for what you have in it.

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    When I got my trailer I thought it would be used no more than once or twice a year, when my Mrs. came along (kitchen sink). But once I got used to it, I started using the trailer for a grocery getter instead of my P/U @ 14 mpg. Mine is the standard version w/ the 8" wheels, and it handles fine when loaded, but bounces considerably when empty. I don't know if the 12"/torsion would do any better, but may be a consideration, depending on your application. All small trailers bounce somewhat, but I would think that a 12" radial might soak up more of the small bumps.
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    hope to get one some day.....

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    I'm Kinda thinking about getting one, because I can't find good pricing on the HF trailor or the car carrier. The piggback already comes with chrome wheels and LED Lights and the spare with tonge support....

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=90153

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    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=97182

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    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=95974

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    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...2020000P?mv=rr

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    Total so far $490.....

    Still need the kick stand and the cooler rack and then there is misc hardware, freight & labor.

    Piggy backer XL ...

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    Well I just called Piggybacker and talked to them about the XL. They will be shipping mine on January 5 and I shoud have it by the 8th. Thanks for all the good info on the piggybacker. Now I will have to plan a 3 day weekend to use the Piggybacker.
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    Yepp: Best Bang for the Buck No Question about that for sure. I have had mine sense early 05, and still love it .
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    We went and picked up our piggy this past summer. One of the best parts we bought for the trike. Pulled it for over 4000 miles this year, did not even notice it behind me. 8 inches tires did not even slide in the rain over labor day.
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    8 " or 8 ' tires.. hell give me a brake.. I'm lucky to type something that you can make out and read, with these two broken wrist....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milbear View Post
    8 " or 8 ' tires.. hell give me a brake.. I'm lucky to type something that you can make out and read, with these two broken wrist....

    I was only kidding. And I did not know about the wrists. Hope they heal well in time for the new riding season.
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    Here is my Piggy n I love it.

    Took these in front of a little Mom & Pop motel in Burnesville, N.C., while riding the Dragon and the store at Deals Gap.
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    That Titanium bike must be real fast....you ran so fast the paint from your bike sprayed all over the piggy.

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    WK,
    No problems just mess back at you. I wrecked 3 Oct, saw the dr Monday, both are healing, but slowly.. at first they were talking pins, plates and screws if the x rays didn't look better at the two week mark. But I dodged that, the bones moved back into place. I have at least another month wearing splints/ braces and couple more months of OT. I hope that I get back up and ready for next season this sitting day in and out is driving me nuts. They won't even let me drive a car.

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    H/F has the 12'wheel trailers on sale this weekend for $200. and I have a full size car top carrier from sears, we us it in the back of the up-truck when on the road....so it looks like I might have me a trailer soon....Emmitt

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    Something like this Papa Smurf


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    Then theres my Piggy




    Top of the piggy.. the colored in states are the ones I did on my charity ride

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    pick up my frame at H/F tonight for $169....has 8 inch wheels, talk with a friend that works at the ship yard in Mobile, and he's going to cut me a sheet of deck plate for the top...well, post a picture as soon as I can...it's not a peggy but it will do for the time....Emmitt

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    What looks better is to have the trailer cut down aprox 4 inch width wise, that will make the carrier fit real nice between the fenders of the trailer. All ya have to do is cut one end of the cross bars, redrill the bolt hole ..oh dont forget the axle. Your buddy / or if you know someone that has a weld shop can do that real easy for you.. that's how mine is. it gives it a real nice look. plus when you are read I'll get ya some information to make some brace bars to hold the lid opened up wider. I can show you some lighting idea, mine has four lights, all four are running, top two are turn and the lower are brakes
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    should I take four inchs out of the axle too.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaPa Smurf View Post
    should I take four inches out of the axle too.....
    yes, if you don't the tires will be outside the fenders and the **** on the leaf spring will not line up. When I did my HF trailer I also took the "help" springs off.

    Sorry Milbear, did not mean to jump in


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    Quote Originally Posted by alabamaWing View Post
    yes, if you don't the tires will be outside the fenders and the **** on the leaf spring will not line up. When I did my HF trailer I also took the "help" springs off.

    Sorry Milbear, did not mean to jump in
    "BamaWing" is right .. and I took the extra spring off too..

    BTW "BamaWing" no problem we're all here to "Hailp"

    Post soom more pics of the trailer in my album area so you can see my lighting.

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