Newbie Question on Transporting Karts

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  • #42191
    Uber Wagon
    Participant

    Hello,

    I am seriouslly considering getting into this sport, but one of my biggest concerns is transporting the kart to and from the track as there is no way I have room to store a trailer at my house.

    I currently drive a Subaru Forester. Is it possible to fit a kart in the back of a vehicle like this with minimial disassembly or am I kidding myself?

    Any reccomendations?

    Thanks,

    Nick

    #58170
    Doug Welch
    Participant

    You probably can but who wants a oily go kart in the back. What many guys do is get one of those small untility trailers that lean up againest the wall of the garage. It works fine for running around to you local track.

    #58171
    Rick Schmidt
    Participant

    Here is a link for a inexpensive trailer I’ve seen at the track.

    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=42708

    They have models going up from this one as well. Your Subaru will pull this safely with the proper hitch.

    Just do it!

    Rick

    #58172
    Kirk Deason
    Participant

    Nick, I got my kart to the track in the back of my subie. Don’t do it. I only did it about 3 times before I bought the trailor. You’ll spend an hour (or more) putting it all together once you get to the track. Not fun when everyone else is out ripping around.

    Get the harbor freight trailor. I have it and it works great. Welcome to karting. Keep asking questions, we’ll help you out. I just started last year, I kinda know what you are going through.

    Kirk

    #58173
    Jon Romenesko
    Participant

    Well, i’m in my 2nd year….and still havent bought a trailer. 8)

    We use my mom’s Town & Country minivan (they actually make great trucks with the rear seats removed!). We only have to take the sidepods and rear wheels off to fit the kart in the van (put a heavy duty moving blanket down first). After a few attempts, we were able to get the packing sequence down pretty well (its like playing Tetris :loony: ). Just make sure you set stuff on top of the kart (if you have to) carefully!. My Dad and i have gotten it down to about only a 30 minute teartown/setup of most of our stuff, which isnt too bad.

    …..however, its still a huge pain in the butt. A Subaru is a bit smaller on the inside though, and i’d bet it would be tough. Over time, you’ll accumulate more and more stuff. If you can, get a trailer, i really wish we had one.

    #58174
    Garrick Mitchell
    Participant

    I have the Harbor Freight flatbed trailer with 12″ wheels, and it certainly gets the job done if you’re not afraid to turn some wrenches (better not be if you’re looking at karting!). I decked it with 1/2″ plywood (should’ve used 3/4″) and built up two rails out of 2×4 to lift the kart above the fenders. I wonder if the same trailer with smaller wheels also has shorter fenders…

    Of course, I had to put a hitch and trailer wiring on the Mazda6 wagon, and after a friendly City inspector said I can’t park the trailer on an unused section of my driveway, I had to get a little clever about storing it. But it all came down to, “how badly do I want a kart?” Badly enough, it looks like… 🙂

    The Harbor Freight trailers can be folded and stood on end, but that’s best done with a second pair of hands available, and you’d feel better tying the top of the folded trailer to something in the off chance those little plastic casters decide to give up. Still, it’s a heck of a trailer for the money ($204 on sale AND with a 15% coupon).

    #58175
    Rodney Ebersole
    Participant

    “Any reccomendations?”
    The luggage rack on top.

    #58176
    Uber Wagon
    Participant

    Thanks for the feedback everyone! I will have to look into one of the smaller trailers that I might be able to lean up against the side of the garage. (The neighbors are going to love me I am sure!)

    -N

    #58177
    Rick Schmidt
    Participant

    If your neighbors have a issue with storing your trailer outside. Seems like you could rig a block and tackle lift and hoist it up to the rafters in your garage. Provided you go with a small trailer.

    You’ll be surprised how full the inside of the old Subie will get, even with a trailer.

    #58178
    Rodney Ebersole
    Participant

    If you need some help acclimatizing your neighbors. I have an old yard kart you could leave strapped on top of your car in the driveway during non race days. 😛

    #58179
    swhannum
    Participant

    Kartique makes a transporting kart stand that slides onto a receiver hitch. The wheels fold up and you put the kart on top, when you get to the track or home you pull it off the hitch fold the wheels down and you have your kart stand! Small trailers are great but you still need a kart stand ounce you get there, this does both. They are available at Action Karting (Bandimere) or CRE for $379.95 and come with the hitch adapter.

    #58180
    stacey cook
    Participant

    Move to Grand Junction and rent one of our garages at the track :cheers:

    #58181
    Uber Wagon
    Participant

    @swhannum wrote:

    Kartique makes a transporting kart stand that slides onto a receiver hitch. The wheels fold up and you put the kart on top, when you get to the track or home you pull it off the hitch fold the wheels down and you have your kart stand! Small trailers are great but you still need a kart stand ounce you get there, this does both. They are available at Action Karting (Bandimere) or CRE for $379.95 and come with the hitch adapter.

    I was actually considering building something like this so I am very intrigued! I will have to go check this out.

    EDIT: Looks like this is what you are talking about?:
    http://www.kartiqueracing.com/product_info.php?cPath=35&products_id=60&osCsid=133479b85164fd12fe857a745f913edc

    #58182
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    I picked up one of the kart stands that mount to the trailer hitch.

    It works great for me. I have a trailer now, however, it is nice to have the option just throwing everything in my truck and hitching the kart on the back.

    #58183
    Uber Wagon
    Participant

    @stacey cook wrote:

    Move to Grand Junction and rent one of our garages at the track :cheers:

    If my last visit was any indication I don’t think I am old enough to move to Grand Junction yet! 😉

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