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27-02-2020 11:15
eanpee Resurrecting an old thread......what is the current status with the hydra trail and the issues noted above? Any resolutions as yet and is it still considered the bees knees by those who use it? Have its users increased or decreased over the last few years?
06-12-2017 10:50
nickoff Non whatsoever so far. I've given most of the moving parts a squirt of copper based lubricant and give it an occasional wipe over. Some folk suggest carrying a spare wheel but because space is at a premium I just have a bottle of that compressed puncture repair gunk in the van. Thankfully so far not needed.

Nick.
06-12-2017 07:07
Pudsey_Bear Are there any maintenance issues Nick?
05-12-2017 23:45
nickoff
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Originally Posted by QuantumX View Post
So time to resurrect this informative thread i have just spent the last 90 minutes reading every post in the last 39 pages..

Atm i'm looking for a solution for my scooter (97kg) and motorbike (241kg) and this Hydra-Tail seems to fit the bill though this thread opened my eyes and kinda of put me off the solution even though it seems very innovative..

Would anybody care to update on their experiences as Easy-Lifter seems to still be going strong as its now 24 months later...
I've been using mine for around 2 and a half years now when we go abroad. I carry my Honda Transalp 700 on it which weighs in at about 215 kgs. Can't say I've had any real problems, as long as I make sure the bike is well strapped down. I'm thinking of getting a scooter as the weight of the bike can make it a bit awkward loading up. Once on the move you don't realize it's there, except when you hit a speed bump a bit too fast The bonus is in the reverse parking because of the castor type wheels which because they swivel the "trailer" is just like a meter extension on the mo/ho.

Hth, Nick.
04-12-2017 22:33
Mrplodd
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Originally Posted by aldra View Post

Anthony says it is definately not a trailer, it has a vin? Plate stating it can carry up 250KL

Our understanding is that this is train weight and is therefore not added to the laden weight of the vehicle



Aldra
Well it has to be one OR the other.

If itís a rack (which clearly it cannot be because not all of the weight is borne by the vehicle itís attached to) then it impacts vehicle payload.

If itís a trailer (which, by definition it clearly IS because some of its weight is borne by its wheels) then it impacts train weight. If it has a plate detailing what it can carry then it cannot be a rack. Do bike racks have VIN plates ?? Not any I have ever seen.

Clever bit of kit, I just wish someone in authority would give a legal ruling. VOSA wonít because they say itís not their job to and keep claiming itís the courts job to do that BUT because of the uncertainty the Crown Prosecution Service will not take it to court in case they lose!! (The have performance targets to reach so bottle ANY ďiffyĒ subject)

So itís pretty unlikely anyone will ever be taken to court for using one in the UK, but it MIGHT be a different matter on the Continent! (A frames in Spain springs to mind again)

Andy
04-12-2017 22:04
QuantumX So time to resurrect this informative thread i have just spent the last 90 minutes reading every post in the last 39 pages..

Atm i'm looking for a solution for my scooter (97kg) and motorbike (241kg) and this Hydra-Tail seems to fit the bill though this thread opened my eyes and kinda of put me off the solution even though it seems very innovative..

Would anybody care to update on their experiences as Easy-Lifter seems to still be going strong as its now 24 months later...
10-12-2015 18:45
aldra Well a short update

We towed throughout Spain with no problem

Going onto the tunnel they said we had not payed for a trailer

We said its fixed, not a trailer

He came out scratched his head and said

It's a fixed scooter rack with casters

Coming back they didn't even raise an eyebrow

True though the edge can not be seen from the mirrors

We intend to fit a soft rubber flange that we can see

Aldra
08-12-2015 23:50
alexblack13 Hope things work out well Sandra.

Take care and may the new year bring better health for you both.

I know its difficult. I really do.


Have a good Xmas. Try and put the troubles aside for a while.

Very best wishes to you both..

Alex &Carol Black.
05-04-2015 19:53
aldra I have no idea what it is

However we will take the risk
Life is short

In our case it may be shorter

But he can reverse easily

No extra weight on the van

And compared to melonoma

It doesn't even get a look in

Fines can be paid

How I wish I could pay a fine and end this

Aldra
05-04-2015 19:03
Mrplodd It has wheels so some of the weight is borne by the wheels, therefore it's a trailer. Can't be a rack as not ALL of the weight is carried by the MH.
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