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I'm looking into getting a small flatbed trailer to haul my sporty and a friends bike. I'm not sure what is a good size to get. I've been looking at 4x7 and 5x8. They both have fold down ramp, mesh floor, and a 2000gvwr. What is a good size for two bikes and ample room to tie them down? What do you guys use or suggest? I appreciate any tips or ideas. Thanks.
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I have/use a snowmobile trailer. It a 2 place trailer 101" wide by 10' long. I have never hauled 2 bikes on it, but there would be plenty of room 2, maybe even a third one. Plus its a good size for anything else you might need to haul around. I orginally bought it for my snowmobile, but I have used it for a lot more things than that.

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Mine is 4x8 and I think it would be cramped trying to haul 2 on it. I would at least go with a 5' to 6' wide.
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Why Haul Ride Them
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Rent a Uhaul 5x8 {covered}.
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I have two trailers: a 4x8 that hauls my Sporty and a 6x12 that I used to haul my ATVs. There is no way that I could put more than one bike on my 4x8. 2 bikes would be no problem on the 6x12. The 5x8 may haul 2 if you stagger them but then length may be a problem. Also, the mesh floor will be a problem when it comes to tying down. Make sure you install eyelets with iron underneath.
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If you get a trailer get one with a wood floor. I hauled two bikes to sturges. and apparently every bump we hit the trailer floor flexed toward the center and the bikes were touching. I ended up with some scratches on my cam cover and a broken reflector on the engine guard of the other bike. there is not enough support in the floors on most trailers to support the weight of two bikes unless its a flooring made out of boards.
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Ok, thanks for the tips. I will look for a 5' or 6' wide bed. Thanks for noting the flexing steel floor - I'll definately look for wood.

Does it work to just tie it down to the flatbed against the front rail with ratchet straps - or do I need any special equipment to help hold it up and secure?

I'd rather ride them, but need to haul the kids to relatives on the way to Sturgis this year.
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There are a number of wheel chocks you can buy.
Mine locks the front wheel in place so that I can load/unload and tie it down by myself.
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