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post #16 of 37 (permalink) Old 06-12-2011, 05:58 AM
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We are putting the kappa on the trailer and using the eight foot bed of our f150 to pack. We have plenty of room
Don't see the point... The Solstice is to drive not to pull around on a trailer but that's just me.

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I have the truck and trailer because I frequently need to take one of the Kappa's, the wife's Kia or one of the bikes in for maintenance.
It’s just a lot easier to have the trailer and not need a ride.

I also haul a lot of building materials which will not fit in the truck. For our house, the kids and neighbors. You know how it is.

I also found out that if you go to a car show and drive your car, it is obviously not as "cool" as cars that show up on a trailer. So I traded my enclosed cargo trailer for a custom built car hauler. I basically got it for free. Jeff painted it for the cost of materials.

And while I agree that the cars are for the fun of driving, personally pounding down the freeway for two 10 hour days is not my idea of fun. Another consideration is that since my wife’s knee replacement surgery, I did not want to expose her to 4 days of sitting in the Kappa just to travel to and from the Nationals. I want her to enjoy the fun of events there without having problems with having to sit in one position for 9 days.

Another consideration was that I can carry all the stuff that the club members traveling with us can not fit into their cars, like luggage, golf clubs, spare tires, gas cans, helmets etc.

Finally, I am not accumulating “boring” miles on my Kappa and am saving the miles for the fun stuff.

The down side is that my wife no longer feel any constraint on buying stuff while she is in Austin . . . I am sure it will be more expensive this way.
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Finally, I am not accumulating “boring” miles on my Kappa and am saving the miles for the fun stuff.
Sacrilege! Any mile in a kappa is fun.

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I am glad you feel that way, and I personally agree but not everyone does.

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Sacrilege! Any mile in a kappa is fun.
Ummm, I've had a few experiences that I would have to exclude from the fun category.

Like crawling through a construction zone at a stop and go pace for an hour+ working the clutch-gas-brake deal until I finally reached an exit off the interstate; that was a totally NOT fun hour.

Or being on I-80 with nothing but tractor trailers in a total downpour with almost no visibility, also totally NOT fun.

So while I agree with you for the most part, there are always exceptions.

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OK, re-posting this question under the proper Thread. I purchased a hitch for my Solstice, and for long trips I would use either a enclosed motorcycle trailer or slide in Cargo carrier. I could leave it at the Hotel during day trips. What if, any pro's or con's.
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ftr99 : OK, re-posting this question under the proper Thread. I purchased a hitch for my Solstice, and for long trips I would use either a enclosed motorcycle trailer or slide in Cargo carrier. I could leave it at the Hotel during day trips. What if, any pro's or con's.
The trailer has more capacity, is more weather resistant, costs more, takes up more space, and is more difficult to secure at the hotel.

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I think I will try this method with my girlfriend. Drive will be nice and quite with her luggage up front in the passenger seat instead of it in the rear. LOL!

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I tried to do that to my wife, but she said, no, absolutely NOT in the rear.



But a girlfriend might be more receptive.

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I tried to do that to my wife, but she said, no, absolutely NOT in the rear.



But a girlfriend might be more receptive.
To many "buts" and the word rear mentioned in the same sentence. Sounds way to kinky for me.

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OK, re-posting this question under the proper Thread. I purchased a hitch for my Solstice, and for long trips I would use either a enclosed motorcycle trailer or slide in Cargo carrier. I could leave it at the Hotel during day trips. What if, any pro's or con's.
Recently took a 10 day trip using the cargo carrier in the receiver hitch. loved it. Easy to install and take down at the end of the day. 10 minutes and I was ready to go out looking for a good restaurant. Trailers are nice, but they're expensive and difficult to secure at the end of the day if you don't want to drag it around town with you.

Found a great piece of luggage to use with it. ROLA Car Top Rolling Duffel, #59101. Weather tight, easy to handle, holds a Ton of assorted B.S. A couple of bungee cords to hold it in place and a cable lock through the handle for security and you're ready to roll.

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That's great packing. Really! I'm going to look at mine and see how much space I have. I've always thought that it was too small for anything, but I can see how well you all packed. I can't hang clothes behind my seat, since it's all the way back (I'm a tall broad)...anyway, great pics and ideas.
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Rob, You don't need to explain! The trailer is awesome and I totally agree with the boring miles on a Kappa! Our vehicles deserve miles where we are smiling! Not commuting.

You're vehicle is a princess and should be treated as such!

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That's great packing. Really! I'm going to look at mine and see how much space I have. I've always thought that it was too small for anything, but I can see how well you all packed. I can't hang clothes behind my seat, since it's all the way back (I'm a tall broad)...anyway, great pics and ideas.
I'm 6 ft tall and still have room behind my seat for a few things, although most of hanging clothes go behind the passengers seat - even when I'm the passenger.

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