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Alan_Hepburn

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Has anyone here ever tried to convert a tow dolly into a utility trailer? I'm looking for a trailer to tow my motorcycle and have a tow dolly that I can sell to buy a trailer, but if the dolly can be converted I might save some money. I know the axle on the dolly is positioned wrong for use as a trailer so I would have to add an extension ahead of the axle to get the weight distribution right - is the project possible or am I crazy to even think about it?


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Your last thought is probably most correct.

I'd sell the dolly and buy the right trailer for your needs.

I think you'll be better off in the long run and have greater resale value.

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Sell the dolly and buy a trailer. If you try to convert the dolly, its going to always be and look like a converted dolly.


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I am going to go against the majority here. I believe you will not get much by selling the dolly and certainly not enough to buy a trailer. I would modify the tow dolly. If you have a friend that is a good welder he can do it easily. The axle of the dolly certainly will hold your motorcycle with no problems. You can custom design the final product to be much better than a standard trailer and much more functional for your needs. A built in rock guard and a storage box for maintenance items would also add to the functionality. Go for it......


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Would the motorcycle fit from fender to fender instead of front to back? Perhaps over the axle or reinforced channel iron just in front of the fenders. Seems like I have seen a modified dolly with that kind of configuration. They were able to tow a car as well, although I am sure the tongue weight was affected.

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A long time ago, I saw a set up like you're talking about, a dolly converted over to a cycle hauler, only to cycle was a VW trike. They extended the tounge and put a rail all the way up. At the time I thought it was rather nifty. I did't talk to the owner, so I don't know if any other mods were done.





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A tow dolly has no spring setup for the axle as opposed to a small trailer and would bounce down the road. IMO sell your dolly and buy a small trailer for your motorcycle.

Try towing your dolly empty and see for yourself, even with a heavy motorcycle it would bounce wo a spring setup.


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