Gear of the week is the Master Lock hitch lock to secure what you are towing so no one can take your toys.
Ride of the week: Skyline Drive in Virginia. I mean who doesn't want that view?!
1) Entrosys Air Conditioning System.
It's important to wear the proper riding gear to protect yourself but all that leather can be hot in warmer weather. This system allows you to stay cool within your protective riding wear:
2) LiveMap Augmented Reality Motorcycle Helmet.
See the world ahead of you in two ways at once:
3) Aura LED light kit for bikes and trikes.
This kit can light up whatever you ride with almost any color and is controlled with an app on your phone:
4) AX-12 Arai Visor Insert.
This clever little device allows you to tint your helmet instantly from clear to dark easing the sun strain on your eyes:
5) Nationwide Powersports Ultimate Trailer Decals:
6) Gear of the week is the Drift Ghost 4K Action Camera.
To capture all of your exciting riding moments with a tiny sleek device:
7) Gear of the week is the Gen-Y Hitch.
For every possible ball hitch and towing need:
1) Rio Grande River Road in Texas. 50 miles of gorgeous:
Click here to find out more about this amazing drive: http://www.motorcycleroads.com/75/575/Texas/Bend-Region---Rio-Grande-River-Road.html#sthash.vNVg9dfT.dpbs
2) Pacific Coast Cruise on Hwy 1 in California. Once you see these views you will want to load up your bike and hit the coast:
Click here to find out more about this amazing drive: http://www.motorcycleroads.com/75/97/California/Pacific-Coast-Cruise;-Hwy-1.html#sthash.jKeE8mkd.dpbs
3) Gulf Coast Cruise in Florida. Along the water from Panama City to Tallahassee:
Click here to find out more about this amazing drive: http://www.motorcycleroads.com/75/160/Florida/Gulf-Coast-Cruise.html#sthash.taPFEVCA.dpbs
4) Peak to Peak in Colorado. 60 miles through the Rocky Mountains and national parks. It doesn't get better than that:
5) Tail of the Dragon in Tennessee. Watch out for the Gravity Cavity and Copperhead Corner:
6) Cherohala Skyway. 43 miles through national forests and scenery: from Tellico Plains, TN to Robbinsville, NC:
7) Beartooth Highway in Montana and Wyoming. Labeled the most beautiful drive in America. You can see why:
8) Natchez Trace Parkway: 444 miles through Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Called a "drive through history":
9) Arkansas Pig Trail named for being twisty as the tail of a wild hog:
10) Ride of the week is the twisted sisters in Texas. Doesn’t the name alone make you curious?
11) Ride of the week is the Tunnel of Trees in Michigan. I bet this ride is especially gorgeous during autumn when the trees are all sorts of colors.
12) Ride of the week is the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virgina & North Carolina.
We think of our single and double-wide trailers as something that enables a rider, not something that defines a rider.
Many of our owners have been riding their motorcycles, Spyders, Slingshots, etc. for years, and they’ve decided the part they love about their riding experience is what they can do at their destination. The trip to and from those destinations either doesn’t add to their riding experience, or may even detract from it. The end result is riders choosing to pass on an experience they’d probably love simply because, for them, the hassle of the trip there and back just isn’t worth it.
Another big segment of our customers are riders who get physically worn down by the long trips to and from their ultimate riding destinations. For these riders, owning a trailer is the difference between riding at all, or not. Being able to extend the number of years our customers are able to enjoy getting to places they may have been dreaming for years of exploring is what gets us out of bed in the morning.
Everyone has their own reason for wanting (or not wanting) a motorcycle or sports vehicle trailer. We support you either way. If you happen to be one of those folks who likes the benefit a trailer can bring them as a rider, we’d love to have an opportunity to earn your trust and your business.
Our customers have been telling us for years that we make the best trailers they’ve ever used. You can read some of those comments here on our Testimonials page.
Finally, if you have any questions we haven’t answered here on our website, please feel free to drop us a call at (800) 499-1684. We’re not high-pressure sales people. We’re just here to give you straight answers so you can invest in a trailer with confidence, knowing it’s the perfect fit for you and your situation.
[This post is an excerpt from the See Our Trailers page on our website that you may not have seen … but we think is important. Hope you enjoyed it!]
We do our best to keep shipping costs down for the customer. The best way we have found to do this is by folding the trailer into its consolidated storage position. This allows us to ship more safely and at nearly half the shipping cost than if it was fully assembled.
The trade-off is that a small amount of assembly time (1-2 hours) is required when the trailer is delivered. A forklift is required to unload the trailer. If you have access to one, great. If not, we can ship it to a local dealer and they can help you with this. For safety purposes, we recommend that assembly is done by someone comfortable with mechanical assembly. It’s not a complicated process, but you certainly do want to be certain it’s done properly. If that person is you, again, great. If you don’t know anyone you can again ask for help from your dealer. They may charge you a fee (typically between $175 and $350, depending on where you live), but it’s worth it for the peace of mind in knowing everything is properly put together.
If you are going to take this on yourself, or with the help of a friend, almost all of the assembly can be done by 1 person, but you will need one other person for one step that takes about 15 seconds.
If you need to go with the dealer option, we can help if you need it. It will take us additional time since we’re likely not going to be familiar with the local area where you are.
In general, once we request a truck, your trailer will ship within a few days especially if the customer is near a major interstate highway. Every location has a different timeframe, depending on where you live and how often trucks travel in your vicinity. States which generally take a bit longer to ship to are Maine and Washington. Our worst case scenario has been a wait of 3 weeks for a truck to get a trailer shipped … but that’s an extraordinary exception.
We have a lot of experience helping customers with this process so please don’t be intimidated and feel free to call with and questions, comments or concerns. We’re grateful for you business and want to be sure you get off to the best possible start with your new trailer!
Over the past few years, we have had a lot of input from our customers on ways we can improve our trailers and customer service.
In response, we have instituted product changes that increase the already excellent on-road reliability. No trailer is going to be maintenance free, but when issues do come up, you want the process of correcting what needs correcting to be as fast and simple a process as possible.
We’ve always take this into consideration in the design of our trailers and, with our latest design improvements, repair and maintenance are now even easier.
Here are some of the design improvements in our 2019 line that will give you the best possible ownership experience:
In past years, we have used an airline system similar to what you would see in a mechanics shop that utilized threaded brass fittings and a pliable hose. While this was a very durable system, when something went wrong it could be challenging to replace in a bind. Now, fittings are all zinc-plated brass push lock style. This is what is normally used for the brake lines on semi-trailers. The line is easily clipped and re-inserted into the fitting in case of line breakage, verses our previous system which required special tools and hard to find small brass parts.
Our new compressor plate design is much sturdier. We’ve also added a splash-mitigation system into it and the fender to prevent water and debris from damaging the compressor and ride height switch. In addition, we’ve moved the dump valve manifold to the inside of the compressor plate. That prevents it from ever hitting high center medians, sides of garage doors etc.
Overall Width of OHT3
A large percentage of our customer base like to store their trailer indoors. This was a bit of a challenge with our wider trailers and owners were running into challenges fitting those into smaller garages. After some research and prototype development, we have engineered a solution that maintains the same deck width of 71’’ while shrinking the overall width by 10 inches, from 102 inches to a svelt 94 inches. This makes the trailer much more suitable for narrower garages and storage facilities, satisfying a long-sought request from owners who like to store their power toys on the trailer and indoors.
Over the past few years we have been developing a plug-and-play system for our trailers. The motivation was elevating the simplicity of repair or replacement in the event something gets damaged. We wanted to make it easier to do required repairs and replacements, without having to undertake serious electrical work. We are proud to announce that the entire trailer fits this standard now! Not only have we modified designs in the trailer to better protect the electrical wiring, but if anything ever goes wrong, the problem is easy to find and fix, following the electrical troubleshooting steps in the owner’s manual.
Offloading Amperage from Ride-Height Switch
If you are already familiar with our trailers, you know there is a lever-activated switch that completes the circuit to the compressor that raises and lowers the deck. We have added a 12-volt relay to stop amperage from going through the switch. What that means for you is a longer-lasting switch mechanism. And, in the event the relay ever does need to be replaced, that can be done faster and easier now.
Those are a few of the more significant improvements in our trailers, as a result of our 2019 design changes.
We’re here for you if you do have any issues and need help or guidance in how to address whatever it is that requires your attention.
And, if you have more ideas on how we can improve our trailers, we’d love to hear what you have in mind!
Before you get on the road with your trailer loaded it is important to balance the tongue weight.
Tongue weight is a measure of the force being put on your trailer hitch (and, thus, your tow vehicle) as a result of connecting your trailer.
When there is too much weight on the hitch, you are putting undue stress and strain on your towing vehicle.
When tongue weight is less than it ought to be, the sway of the trailer can increase with wind or road vibrations and be potentially dangerous … to the point that the trailer can disconnect from the hitch or even flip.
The desired tongue weight for our trailers is between 150-275 lbs. Setting your trailer’s optimal tongue weight is part of the initial set-up when you receive your trailer. Keep in mind, though, tongue weight is specific to the vehicles you put on your trailer.
If you tow different vehicles than those used to initially set your tongue weight, you must re-check tongue weight and, if warranted, move the wheel chocs to account for changes that put the tongue weight outside of the 150-275 pound optimal load, following the steps outlined below.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our support desk at (800) 499-1694.
Steps for Setting Proper Tongue Weight
Connect the trailer to the back of your tow vehicle
Air-lower deck and load up bikes, make sure bikes are secure
Raise deck back to towing height
Disconnect coupler and fold down jack
Place a small or bathroom scale under trailer jack and check weight
If weight is between 150-275 that’s perfect
If the weight is more then 275, reconnect the trailer, unload the bikes, loosen the wheel chocks and move them back by a few inches, repeat the process of putting the jack on a scale and use this same method until weight is achieved.
If the weight is under, use the same process in opposite, scooting the chocks forwards.
Some vehicles, such as Spyders and Slingshots, will have preset positions for balanced weight. If you have any questions give us a call.
The Ultimate Trailers is committed to serving the motorcycle and power sports vehicle markets. To us, that means more than simply selling trailers.
We ride, just like you, and will be using this blog to share things we know, things we learn, and things you share with us to help everyone enjoy their bikes, their travels and the overall community we all belong to.
Bookmark this page and come back often. We will be posting content to this blog at least once a month.
Some of the regular features we have planned include:
Gear of the Week
Ride of the Week
Interview of the Month
We will be providing not only great content, but (hopefully) special offers and discounts from our featured guests.
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If you like to write and would like to contribute a post yourself, also let us know so we can make those arrangements.
We’re looking forward to filling this blog with tons of information that will help you have a richer experience as a rider.