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Nealh

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Todays heavy load.

I need to change the hitch position and fit a straight inline hitch to the rear of the bike and a straight tow bar to the trailer bed. The one major flaw I have found since I enlarged the flat bed is the weight and the wide swing arm draw bar causes the bike to still fall/tip over, even with a wide stance center kick stand. Hence in the pic I have used a gas cannister to prop the trailer from tipping the bike over.

Or possiblly it needs a jockey wheel on the bend of the tow arm.
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guerney

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That does look heavy. It's great nothing falls off. Does it handle oddly, not being on the centreline? CF offer an expensive (as usual) support arm for propping up.

I can't get a straight line with the Homcom hitch arm, not with a 50kg load. Can't get the QR tight enough, always rotates downwards.

I was debating whether to attempt moving a big old electric cooker using the CF Small Y. It would just about fit, if it didn't move. But it's hilly and it'd be dangerous and awkward. Weighs 52kg, is 1.3m long, 55.5cm wide and almost 60cm deep. Securing it to the flatbed firmly would be a challenge, even with ratcheting straps... just a couple of cms of movement either side could be catastrophic on the road, would hit the wheels. Decided against it - too wide.
 

Nealh

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With my ratchets and anchors points the load doesn't move much mor ethen 1 or 2mm.
Cars couldn't miss be today with a high load and the diamond strips high up, they won't miss the flags when they arrive as are 18" x 12".
 

jimriley

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My IKEA trailer is great, however, when empty or running light it has flipped over hitting a bump with one wheel, this has snapped the grp flagpole. It's 6mm dia. Inserted into the rear frame. Snapped where it enters the frame.
My thoughts are that I need some sort of spring and a metal flagpole, so the spring would bend when the pipe hits the deck. Any thoughts on the idea or sourcing a spring welcome. The grp could possibly survive if a it had a spring base, so maybe 7mm ID tight wound spring 100mm long?
 

Nealh

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For a pole one could simply opt for a green shoot of Bamboo, the stuff is everywhere and am sure if one hasn't a plany could ask any one with one for one cutting.

I have ordered a £6 F/G pole but if it breaks or I have issues I shall pop over on to the rail embankment and cut a shoot or two down growing at the end of my garden.

Pole mounting wise for trailers there is very little to choose from over here.
 
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Nealh

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Nealh

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Aug 7, 2014
17,300
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West Sx RH
The Bamboo though is cheap and free.
 

Nealh

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Aug 7, 2014
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West Sx RH

Nealh

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Aug 7, 2014
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jimriley

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Thinking about it the dorr stop spring may e to springy and bendy, one may need something a it firmer and dearer.

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That looks very like the USA flag spring posted earlier. However it might be too strong, it's for a long aerial with greater leverage. It needs to readily bend 90deg and return, or the flagpole would still snap. Also a bit expensive to buy and try. I'm off to root in my shed for the door stop spring, I may be some time... ;)
 

Nealh

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jimriley

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I'm back, given it a quick try with the remaining pole, only .5m long, it falls over, spring too weak48369
 

Nealh

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I had a feeling this may be so, I posted a cheaper spring base at a tenner.
 
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jimriley

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Just ordered one, medium duty. Arriving later this week. Will report back.
 

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