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PostSubject: Re: Info: Trailer towing with a Silver Wing trike   Info: Trailer towing with a Silver Wing trike - Page 2 I_icon_minitimeSun May 12, 2013 1:15 am

I suspect a trike would be a bit safer to tow a trailer, especially with a SW or other fairly light bike. On the other hand motorcycles have been towing trailers for many years with little problems.
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PostSubject: Re: Info: Trailer towing with a Silver Wing trike   Info: Trailer towing with a Silver Wing trike - Page 2 I_icon_minitimeMon Jun 10, 2013 9:38 pm

First impressions towing the Shadow Mini-trailer:

What trailer? That's right, other than the occasional clank or rattle going over bumps, there's no indication that there's a trailer back there. Only the occasional glance in the rear view reminds me that it's there. I've towed the trailer (empty) around town all afternoon to get a feel for it. I detect no difference at all in braking with just me, and only a slight increase with both of us on the trike. Tomorrow I plan to load about 150 lb of weight in the trailer and try it again. I think by the weekend, we will be ready to head for the lake for a little camping. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Info: Trailer towing with a Silver Wing trike   Info: Trailer towing with a Silver Wing trike - Page 2 I_icon_minitimeTue Jun 11, 2013 12:20 am

That's a really nice set-up and it looks great too. What kind of camping gear will you take that will weigh 150 lbs, or are you just going to put 150 lbs in it to see how it rides. I bet you will be much more comfortable camping with a trailer like this. You can probably even bring a inflatable bed too.
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JeffR_ wrote:
That's a really nice set-up and it looks great too. What kind of camping gear will you take that will weigh 150 lbs, or are you just going to put 150 lbs in it to see how it rides. I bet you will be much more comfortable camping with a trailer like this. You can probably even bring a inflatable bed too.

150 lb is the maximum I would ever consider. Actual weight of camping gear - probably less than 100 lb.
9'x10' dome tent, propane camp stove, two folding sling chairs, ice chest of food & drink, air mattress. (I have a folding air bed, but it's a heavy sucker.) tote full of misc. supplies & cooking gear. battery lantern. In other words, the usual stuff. Cool
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I like the way it looks. Do you leave the rear wheel of the Swing in tact? Using it as a power driver or do the rear outside wheels actually drive the trike? Is there a "true" trike kit out there?
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DaveR wrote:
I like the way it looks. Do you leave the rear wheel of the Swing in tact? Using it as a power driver or do the rear outside wheels actually drive the trike? Is there a "true" trike kit out there?

The Danson conversion kit is an "outrigger," as are the majority of conversion kits for scooters - Tow-Pac, Trigg, etc.

Yelvington is the only company that I know of that does a "true" trike conversion where the rear wheel is replaced with a differential axle and supplies power to both rear wheels.
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