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I just sold my truck and would like to make a minimal investment to be able to carry 5 bikes on a 5x8 utility trailer. I already have a hitch mount 4 bike rack which works okay but I specifically wish to use a trailer because I am also towing a child trailer and don't have room in my jeep for the humans plus the gear - so I need the trailer. The floor is metal grid but I can easily put in a wooden floor to mount stuff too. I'd rather not buy a few hundred dollars worth of truck bed mounts from Yakima since I need 5. I also do not wish to remove front tires. I'm thinking there must be an inexpensive way to do this. Something like a bike rack that you see in front of a school or commercial building that is mounted to the trailer and then some way to secure the rear tires. Any ideas?
 

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I have a 5.5 x 10 ft utility trailer with 3' high wooden sides. I also hang bikes over the side w/ front wheels (kinda like I do off the back of my truck tailgate) when I have a need to transport a lot of bikes. I have put 10 bikes on it that way before (scout group trail ride).

The benefit there, I suppose, is that the trailer is useful for more than just bike hauling.
 

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All thanks for your ideas. Several things to consider. If you did something like the last image showing a rack in the back of a pickup. How would you secure the rear wheel? Would a tie down on each side of the bed (or trailer in my case) and a single heavy duty strap thread through all the tires terminating at the tie downs be sufficient?
 

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Personally, I'd rig up 2 of the above type racks, one at each end of the trailer. Slide the bikes in vertically. This will secure front & rear wheels. Secure the rear wheels with straps and you're all set.

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I mounted fork mounts, alternating down the sides of my 5x8 trailer. I used $15 mounts and metal binding found at the hardware store. It's worked well for years. I highly recommend putting them down the sides and not on the front or rear. Much easier to mount bikes that way.

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holy crap..that yakima trailer is expensive!! super cool tho..

but if i'm gonna own a trailer, it cant be a "one-hit" wonder..it needs to be able to haul other stuff..like mulch :)
 

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I'm in the same boat. I need to build one for 6 bikes. I seen someone on here put 4 on a 40x48 HF trailer. I would love to keep the trailer small for when the wife wants to take the kids while I'm at work.
 

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I want a trailer for bikes (and other) but I am phobic about the small wheel sizes that come with the light trailers. Any thoughts on the pros and cons of small wheels?
 

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Heres my trailer I bought that was a little beat up, but exactly what I wanted for my MultiTaskr truck bed rack system to use as a display and to haul bikes, boards, kayaks etc, I've had 6 bikes mounted in the trailer.
Its a 1955 International truck bed trailer that I picked up for $250 and then went on to put over $1000 for body work, paint and graphics, still looking for the wheels that Im going to put on it.
 

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Just keeping this alive for anyone who needs some ideas... ;)
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Back when I only had my '08 Prius to haul bikes, gear, and riders down dirt roads... I could only fit 2 bikes on the rack out back and one inside with half the split seat folded down. Left room for three people.
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Finally got one of those ~4'X4' HF trailers, welded up an expanded metal deck with tiedown points, bolted on a wooden (with carpet padding) rack to hang bikes over, and hauled bikes up to Willamette Pass, Oregon, down to Santa Cruz, CA, camping gear out to the Sierras...
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It's been a great trailer and really easy to haul behind the Prius.
Now... it was so light that I really didn't feel it back there. It was so small that I really didn't see it back there unless I had the bikes/rack or a high load on it.
I did opt for the trailer with the 12" wheels, btw.
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Finally replaced my old undriveable truck with a new one and don't use the Prius to haul bikes anymore.
Pics are from my CL ad where the trailer is listed for sale.
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Original costs were something like, $250 for the trailer and $40 or maybe slightly more for the metal, plus usual registration/license.
Wood rack was scrap wood at the house.
I hauled 4 bikes, plus riding and camping gear, and 3 guys, up into Oregon once for some lift-served riding.
I got my money's worth out of it.
 

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