Scooter carriers not only provide a safe place to transport your scooter if you don't have a pickup truck, they also make it easy to bring your scooter with you on long trips where you can then unload it for short rides in a new location. The basic, do-it-yourself carrier just requires that you have a hitch on your car so you can connect the carrier to it for towing. This approach can work either on a basic car or a vehicle as large as a camper.
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Things you need
- Vehicle hitch
- Harbor Freight mini trailer
- Tape measurer
- Power saw
- Power drill
- Socket wrench and sockets
- Crescent wrenches
- Nuts and bolts
- 2 inch by 4 inch wood planks
- Power drill
- 4 screw hooks
- Motorcycle ties
Have a hitch installed on your vehicle if you don't already have one. Look up your local Harbor Freight dealer in your phone book. Go to the location and buy a mini trailer (generally anything about 4 feet-by-6 feet in square dimension will do well for a scooter) from their selection of trailers.
Have the trailer frame assembled at the shop (it will be a metal frame only), hitch it to your car, connect the electrical signals, and drive home. In a clear working space, use a tape measure to calculate the distance across the mini-trailer frame in terms of both length and width.
Use a power saw to cut a piece of plywood of sufficient size to match your trailer-measured dimensions. Drill holes in the plywood with a power drill to match the already-provided holes in the trailer frame. Drill the holes yourself in the frame beams if they are not present. Bolt the plywood to the trailer frame with nuts and bolts using a socket wrench and a crescent wrench.
Take the length measurement of the trailer and use the power saw to trim two planks of 2-by-4 wood pieces. Place these two pieces on the plywood-covered trailer in the centre, running length wise (i.e. from front to back, not tire to tire). Spread them apart so there is a gap of at least three and half inches running down the middle of the two planks (the scooter tire run).
Nail, screw, or bolt the 2 inch-by-4 inch boards to the plywood once they are positioned properly. Cut a small piece of wood to act as a front tire block at the front of the channel where the tires would fit so the scooter stops once it is on the trailer. Bolt that block to the front end of the channel.
Use a power drill to puncture holes at each corner of the plywood surface. Insert a metal hook with two washers so the plywood surfaces on the top and bottom are protected. Secure the assembly with a nut underneath and tighten with a crescent wrench.
Hitch the trailer to the car so that it is level. Use a wood board to roll the scooter onto the trailer or lift it up and line up the wheels in the plywood channel. Press the front of the scooter down so the front suspension is compressed and strap the handles of the scooter headset to the hooks at the corners in the front of the trailer using motorcycle ties. Tighten them so the scooter stays put.
Hook two additional motorcycle ties to the rear and tighten them as well. Shake the scooter to confirm it is tightly strapped to the trailer. Take the carrier for a test drive with your vehicle.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure your trailer has a permanent trailer number plate on it from your local DMV office before using it on public roads, or you will get a ticket.
- Do not use your scooter centre stand when strapping it down on a trailer. This will cause your scooter frame to bend where the centre stand forces upward, causing damage to your scooter as it gets tightened down with the straps.
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