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Old 11-08-2013, 09:14 PM   #31
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I would go for the extra lights if only for the higher position, even without bikes. The stock light position looks nice, and follows the Trillium-style tradition, but is not very functional...
I agree. A great feature of the higher lights is that your lights become more visible to multiple vehicles following behind your Escape. The lower lights can be blocked by the car immediately behind the trailer, but the higher lights can still be seen by traffic further away.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:24 PM   #32
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Sorry, while I do carry bikes on the back I don't have any pictures.

Coming home from a NOG, I was about 1/4 of a mile behind Chuck S and his Escape 19. Chuck, I believe, was the first to have Reace install additional lights on the back. What a difference! Even though Chuck was not carrying bikes, those lights really made a difference. So much so that I had the lights retro-fitted to my 19.

With or without carrying bikes I would recommend the added lights
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:10 PM   #33
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Being safe and enjoying yourself are not mutually exclusive that I can see with regard to more trailer lights. The lights are obviously obscured so I don't see anyone saying to add lights just to spend money.

You say you wouldn't be an avid motorcyclist if you wanted to be very safe --- and we even let you out on the road!!


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I don't want to start a fight, or pick on any one response - but safety for the sake of safety is something that is really wrong with our society, in my opinion. Some people are more interested with being safe than enjoying themselves - no one gets out of this life alive, people!

If I was interested in living my life in the safest possible fashion, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be an avid motorcyclist. I prefer to LIVE, take the risks I deem worthy, and yes, do these things as safely as I reasonably can.

The response of "see, the stock lights really are badly obscured by bicycles, the extra lights really do make a difference" is so much more useful than "OMG, you have to be SAFE, at all costs!!!!!".

Yes, I knew these sorts of responses would occur, and I am -ing. Please, carry on! Everyone is entitled to their opinion.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:39 PM   #34
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I have yet to take my good MTB with me. It is a Specialized Stumpjumper FSR Carbon Comp 29er. To paranoid of it getting stolen. Instead I bring a 20 year old Specialized Rockhopper that has the dual purpose tires. I hope to head to Moab next fall, and the Stumpjumper will definitely come along then.
Nice. Ya so far our MTB's have been traveling in the back of the truck, but it's only been to mtb races and bike parks. It works out pretty well, but at some point we would like to travel with our moto's and mtb's and at that point a bike rack on the trailer would be a likely option.

The wife and I have Specialized Carbon enduros. Hers is an Expert and mine is a S-works. We also have DH MTB's. Great sport.

Sorry for the thread derail.
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Old 11-09-2013, 09:39 AM   #35
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No thread derail, bryan. You are talking about carrying bikes, and you two have a couple very nice ones too.
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:46 PM   #36
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My 2 cents:
I am having a 4 pin trailer plug installed beside the bike rack. If I decide to carry my bikes on a rack ( 2 Mongoose Iboc models ) , I will add an extension arm to the rack with lights that plug in. I also have the option of towing a small trailer for the motorcycle as Reace said the hitch can handle that load. Trailer behind a trailer should be interesting. However, do not think I will be backing up with that rig.
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:51 PM   #37
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I also have the option of towing a small trailer for the motorcycle as Reace said the hitch can handle that load. Trailer behind a trailer should be interesting.
Is that set up legal ( towing two trailers ) legal in Ontario? Lots of states and provinces where it isn't.
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:56 PM   #38
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I have heard various comments as to where it is legal and not legal... will investigate before I head out. Also, I did come across a towing system for the motorcycle that keeps the rear wheel on the ground so not really a second trailer. Would not be an issue if
my better half would drive the rig and I would ride!
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Old 11-09-2013, 02:22 PM   #39
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just looked it up... 2 trailers behind a p/u is legal in Ontario
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I recall a fly fishing friend towing his trailer and a boat trailer on vacation. He had to drop the boat at the state border, drive across, drop the trailer, return and hitch up the boat trailer. Bit of a hassle.
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