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    Default Setting up an Enclosed Trailer (6x12)

    Here's some info on setting up an enclosed trailer that may be of use.

    When I decided I wanted an enclosed trailer, I didn't find much online in the way of setting them up. There was some stuff posted over on http://dirtrider.com forums which gave me a few ideas, but not much. My motivation was that my truck can't carry all 4 dirt bikes (2 adult, 2 kids), plus my garage is full of motorcycles and an enclosed trailer would allow me to store some of the bikes outside my garage, freeing up some space. Plus with an enclosed trailer, you can do some bare bones camping with a step up in comfort from tenting it. I wanted a full blown toy box, but I don't have the towing vehicle to pull it with, so that was out, as I couldn't afford both.

    Step 1 - Buying the trailer. I decided on a 6x12 enclosed, ramp door, side door and roof vent. That would be big enough to haul 4 dirt bikes, or 2-3 street/supermoto bikes and also could be towed safely by my SUV. I decided to buy used as I knew I'd be throwing money into it. I watched Craigslist for about 2 months before buying a Pace American 6x12 for $2400. I looked at several new and used, with buying a good condition used being by far the best value. $2400 was a little higher than I wanted to spend, but it was a fair price for So Cal and considering it came with spare tire worth $150, and the cabinets. I had already missed out on two others by low-balling. This trailer was originally purchashed from Home Depot for $3000. My intended uses were hauling and storing bikes first, camping in it a distant second intended use. Bikes would include dirt bikes for desert and mx track use, as well as street/supermoto for track days, etc.

    Step 2 - Prep. Trailer was bare bones except for some cabinets a previous owner had installed. This is your typical enclosed trailer... butt ugly but useful. I wanted something with a much more finished look inside.




    The cabinets were decent so I decided to keep them. A good gloss enamel outdoor paint was mandatory for durability/cleanup/looks, so I opted for a light grey, 2 coats. I re-trimmed the side door with angle aluminum instead of cheesy brown plastic. I pulled the poorly placed d-rings out of the floor as well.




    Step 3 - floor. I decided to put a black/white checkerboard vinyl floor in. I found the flooring material on Ebay for $180 (one sheet, 13'x8'). Vinyl floors require a good underlayment, so I installed an APA rated 3/8" plywood over the existing 3/4" plywood floor. This gives a smooth level surface to glue the flooring down. Cutting everything to fit, including the underlayment in multiple pieces, and the single sheet of vinyl flooring took a couple days. I glued the entire floor down, and used a rented 75lbs roller to finish the job. I can't emphasize enough how important the underlayment is. Vinyl floors show every imperfection of the subfloor/underlayment, so a smooth even surface is mandatory. The vinyl will crack along any seams that aren't even from the subfloor.



    Step 4 - Bike hauling. I need to haul 4 dirt bikes (2 adult, 2 kids), or 2-3 street/supermoto bikes. For the full size dirt bikes, I love wheel shoes. These work really good, no tie downs. Just roll your bike into it and fold the arms over top of the front wheel. I put two in for the 2 adult dirt bikes, mounted diagonally. I can then put the two kids bikes in with simple tie downs For the street bikes, I have 2 Pingle removeable wheel chalks - not yet installed. These will be mounted parallel to one another, and when removed, only some very low profile mounts remain on the floor. As for tie down points, I opted for E-tracks on either side and the front. If I need tie down points in the very back, I will install a couple flush mount d-rings. To install the E-track, I put stainless bolts where there was angle iron underneath, and 1" heavy duty wood screws in every other hole. This is probably overkill but I don't want anything coming loose or pulling off the floor.



    Step 5 - Ramp door. After slipping on it after a little condensation collected on the latex painted door, I knew it needed a Rhino or Line-x coating. Durable and non-slip, much nicer look as well. Pricey for sure, it cost me $275, but I think its worth it. I wouldn't want to be loading bikes in the cold/wet on that original surface.



    Step 6 - Misc. A few hooks for hanging stuff, plus a bunch of small d-ring tabs on the walls will give me ample use of the vertical space. That's really the key to these enclosed trailers, using the vertical space for things like tables, chairs, awnings, etc.

    Futures: I'd like to get a Mr Heater portable propane heater for the inside, I'd like to mount the spare tire on the outside of the trailer, but I can also get an attachment arm for the e-track if need be. A mesh covering over the open shelves in front so stuff doesn't fly out. Some air mattresses that fit in this space. I need something to hold my gas jugs, and a few other odds/ends.

    When I have the trailer full of bikes and gear I'll post some additional pictures so you can see what it looks like full.

    Materials & Cost:

    Trailer - $2400

    E track - $100 (for tracks and attachment points). I bought mine from Industrial Metal Supply in Kearny Mesa, but you can also order online. I got a couple 10' sections, and 1 5' section. I also bought several of the attachment pieces for tie downs.

    Vinyl Floor - $200, purchased from Ebay from seller http://stores.ebay.com/Tiki-Toes

    Wheel Shoes - $48 each, from Prohoists, also purchased off Ebay,

    Ramp Door Line-x Coating - $275

    Removable Wheel Chocks from Pingle, $60 purchased from Cycle Gear

    Hardware/fastners - $150, purchased from Marshalls Industrial Hardware. Everything is stainless steel. It adds up.

    Paint - $40, Home Depot.

    Total: about $3300
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    I've got a similar setup. in My trailer.

    For bedding, I used plywood attached to one wall with hinges, about 10in off the floor so it would fold flush with the wall when folded up, when folded down, I used black ABS pipe and screwed block off caps to the bottom of the plywood, this allows the legs to be removed when the beds are folded up

    if you stagger them, you can get 2 decent size singles in the back, kinda like bunks, with enough room to get in and out without disturbing the other person and a larger one at the front across from the side door.

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    Looks very nice and will definitely serve you well, but I think that you overpaid for the trailer. That being said, I am sure that everything is more expensive in Socal than here. Nice work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaviMac424 View Post
    Looks very nice and will definitely serve you well, but I think that you overpaid for the trailer. That being said, I am sure that everything is more expensive in Socal than here. Nice work.
    Yeah, its brutal out here. When I searched online initially, I found trailers, really good quality ones for $1500 new... all in Georgia, Florida and down south. Same thing in So Cal is $3000... I contemplated driving somewhere, picking one up and towing it back but the time/money tradeoffs just didn't work.
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    I feel ya on that. Stuff isn't such a good deal anymore when you have to drive to pick it up. I turned down a nice little KLX110 the other day for $600 because it would cost me $250 round trip for fuel.

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    Nice looking setup...can't wait to see some pics of it all loaded up!

    One day I'll probably need a trailer, but right now my 6' bed does the trick for 3 bikes, and the hitch hauler for the 4th!

    Thanks for the write up...

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    Nice Job. Really like the floor and ramp work!!!
    Just got Diamond Plate kickpanels for the inside of my 6x10. I am definatly gonna copy a couple of your ideas.

    Looking forward to checkin out the ful load pic
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    Now you need a good break-in trip, say to a track day around March 3rd......
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    wowowowowoeeeeeeeeee yeah JOHN!!! LETS ROLL!!! ya goinna tow it with little Brown??? hahahaha lemme know how it goes with getting a group together.... IRS track day??? your trailer is sweeeeet!! nice floor, i wouldnt expect anything less from ya, hell your bikes will look faster sitting in the rig than the ground outside it for sure!

    and this rain is killin.... cant even ride to school!

    good job man!

    ill keep my eye out for a mini fridge and a generator for ya...

    maybe an awning and some fold out tiki torches... ya got any of that fake grass left???
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzizaVFR View Post
    Now you need a good break-in trip, say to a track day around March 3rd......
    There's still some spots open w/Ti2TT at Buttonwillow on the 2nd & 3rd of March... I'm going. Are you?


    John, nice setup and well done.
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    Break in trip for sure! I'll be running the kids and dirt bikes around for the rest of the winter months, but track days are definitely going to have to be put back on the agenda for this year.

    Won't be pulling this with the little brown, dirty! Will be using the minivan of all things - I've got a class 3 hitch on it. These 6x12's tow really easily. One thing I learned from our buddy Doug (with the gixxer 1k) is that most people tow rigs WAY too big for their two vehicle. Most trucks go donk down because of the strain on the transmissions. I'm trying to convince my wife to start working a little bit, at least enough to cover a new truck payment each month

    Haywood - are you riding the Supermoto or the RC51 at Buttonwillow? Or both??

    Goes without saying, my buddies can use the trailer as well - that's half the fun of having it.
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    I've been riding the '51 (four days last year) at BW, but will probably bring both bikes next time. The SMC has the gearing at 40t to handle it, and I can get a 39t from the guys up the street, I would imagine. Every time I was there last year, there was a guy on an XR600 who was in the B group and did pretty well for himself, so I figure I'll bring it along...

    I've got a handfull of days planned at Streets this year and will only bring the SMC for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSBA View Post
    Break in trip for sure! I'll be running the kids and dirt bikes around for the rest of the winter months, but track days are definitely going to have to be put back on the agenda for this year.

    Won't be pulling this with the little brown, dirty! Will be using the minivan of all things - I've got a class 3 hitch on it. These 6x12's tow really easily. One thing I learned from our buddy Doug (with the gixxer 1k) is that most people tow rigs WAY too big for their two vehicle. Most trucks go donk down because of the strain on the transmissions. I'm trying to convince my wife to start working a little bit, at least enough to cover a new truck payment each month


    Goes without saying, my buddies can use the trailer as well - that's half the fun of having it.

    well if ya ever need a tow, let me know but it would be cool to take it out with the minivan, load it up with us goons and our bikes then hand everyone their asses at the track all day.

    now i know why you got a trailer....
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    Got a pic of the trailer loaded with 4 bikes, gear, some gas cans, a shade canopy, etc. Still plenty of room left for odds and ends.


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