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Old 12-16-2012, 08:14 PM   #1
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Trailer tarp suggestions?

Getting ready for a long haul and i would like to keep the bike out of the weather as much as possible. What are you all using for a bike tied down to an open trailer?

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Old 12-16-2012, 08:32 PM   #2
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I'm gonna start out by saying what I'm posting is not about a bike but about bass boats. I know I'll get flamed because it's not the same but here goes.

Unless you can find a fitted cover that is specifically designed for tailering I wouldn't cover it. I have seen too much damage from the wind beating the cover against boats. Some of the covers were supposed to be approved for use while trailering. You'll feel sick to your stomach if you uncover it & find damage.

I would tow as is & clean it when I arrive. That's just me & my opinion.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:34 PM   #3
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yep any tarp is gonna flap around in the wind - no matter how tight you tie it down
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:29 PM   #4
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Thanks! I was thinking there would be friction damage unless there was a soft liner. I take it in the open then!



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Old 12-16-2012, 09:41 PM   #5
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I'm gonna start out by saying what I'm posting is not about a bike but about bass boats. I know I'll get flamed because it's not the same but here goes.

Unless you can find a fitted cover that is specifically designed for tailering I wouldn't cover it. I have seen too much damage from the wind beating the cover against boats. Some of the covers were supposed to be approved for use while trailering. You'll feel sick to your stomach if you uncover it & find damage.

I would tow as is & clean it when I arrive. That's just me & my opinion.
+1 a loose tarp or something will cost a lot more than the elbow grease to clean it once you get there. I have seen the damage it can cause.
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:36 PM   #6
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Make a cargo net to throw over top of the tarp it helps to keep the tarp from flapping around a lot.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:48 AM   #7
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I have a Kendon open trailer that I have used for around 8k miles. I have never had a problem, I believe the bike is more at risk to road junk while being ridden than while being pulled on an open trailer. I cover the bike when I arrive at my destination, but have never done it while the bike is on the trailer. And will never do it while pulling the bike for reasons already mentioned.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:48 AM   #8
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Valuable thoughts and advices. I read your topic with great interest.

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Old 12-17-2012, 07:20 AM   #9
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As an alternative to using a tarp, you might want to try using blue painter's tape on a few select areas of the bike (nose?) if you are concerned about stone chips, debris, etc damaging the bike while it is being towed.

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I don't use a trailer but my pick up . I use a movers blanket under tarp. Tie down all eyelets. Never had a problem.
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