FREE SHIPPING - North Star Trailer Sportstar II ATV Trailer Kit - 5ft. x 9ft.
Arrived sooner than stated and in perfect condition. Put together in a few hours with a handfull of tools. Directions not the best but assembly is so simple you do not need them. Can not beat for the money.
July 27, 2011
it has a spare carrier - hard to assemble
One significant noticable difference between the trailer picture and what i recieved... The product shipped has a spare wheel carrier welded in place half way up the tongue. This is NOT on the pictures - and so i wasted money buying one to be shipped with the trailer... (it is also in the way for the purpose i purchased the product.. so now i will probably have to have it cut off)
The instructions are poor... with quite a bit of estimation needed on how to assemble. The instructions could do with a list of tools needed to assemble it. The one specialist item i needed and did not have was a very large socket for the axle nuts and a torque wrench.
The finished product is pretty sturdy but it was a pain to put together. Several of the nuts welded to the frame are welded slightly offline making it impossible to get the bolts in... I had to put the bolt in from the wrong side several times to 'cut a thread' into the frame to enable me to get these bolts in and even then it was extremely difficult.
the welded nuts for the ramp pins were so tight that I had to use a wrench to get them started and they would not turn without a wrench at all... i put split pins through to give some purchase to a monkey wrench (there is no fixed flat surface on these pins to use a wrench on) and the split pins were sheared off before the pins were even screwed all the way in... WAY TOO TIGHT in the threads!!!! (no, i did not cross the threads... i could get them started from the wrong side but only a half turn... form the correct side it was almost impossible... again poor line up with frame holes i think caused some of this)
The side rails do not line up easily with the pin slots on the base so it takes a bit of force to bow these while fitting.
having said all that - the finished product, once assembled seems pretty solid and worth the effort.
March 17, 2009
I purchased this product about 6 yrs ago and I still use it regularly to haul 2 standard size atv's and 1 jr atv + 3 bicycles. It all fits. It's only drawback is in the assembly instructions, but not to difficult to understand and the fact that it's now full of rust. The paint started coming off within the first year. Maybe it's due to the extreme heat in Florida, but it just started to chip off . Definitely an excellent investment for the price. You'll get years of use.
August 20, 2008
I bought this trailer kit a couple years ago to use with a full size ATV and 2 youth models. The trailer came with all of the parts and assembly wasn't too bad. The instructions were poor but they were enough to assemble the trailer. I agree that better pictures would have been helpful. I put an additional a bolt through the trailer coupling top-down to secure it further. The trailer is fairly light weight at 500lbs and is not too bad for one guy to move around. I would have liked to seen more tie down loops maybe welded to the side of the frame. You cant hook nylon straps through the mesh grating or it will cut them and it will bend the grating if you run a strap hook to it. I have hauled the three ATVs many miles on the trailer and overall it has served me well. I've used it for hauling brush and a bunch of other stuff and it worked well. One thing is that if you don't have a decent load on the trailer it will rattle. I liked the size of this trailer compared to the wider plywood 2-up snowmobile trailers with little tires. Overall I would buy this trailer again especially since the price has dropped since I bought mine.
October 29, 2007
The assembly of the trailer was straightforward with adequate instructions, but they could have used a few more illustrations. All the parts were supplied. The tires appear to be good quality, so I would recommend getting the spare at the same time instead of shopping around for a better deal elsewhere, as I tried. I ended up ordering the spare and bracket from Northern anyway. The trailer deck ends up being about 24" above the ground. It pulls very nicely and loads ATVs from the side very easily. Full size ATVs (not extended versions) fit with a couple of inches to spare on the sides. However, only the front section fits a 48" wide ATV with tires on the deck. The back section is too short and the second 48" wide ATV rides the wheels on top of the fenders. If the deck was about 10" longer the back ATV space would fit a 48" wide ATV. They really "missed the boat on this detail", and should have made the deck just a little longer. I plan to extend the deck on mine to accomodate a 48" wide ATV in the back. In the mean time I made a spanner out of 2x4s and plywood to go between the fenders on top of the deck so that the one side of the back ATV would have the tires resting on something flat (not the corners of the fenders). I also plan to weld most of the bolted sections to add strength. The small side braces that hold the top rail to the deck are a little too flimmsy for my taste, so I will be welding a strip to each one to make it into essentially a piece of angle iron. They also "missed the boat" on this detail. Even with the flaws I have noted it is still a good trailer and a good value. There are very few trailers currently on the market that load two ATVs from the side, and that aren't very long and heavy. The others I have seen are much heavier and cost about $300 more (including freight). I do not regret buying this trailer and I recommend it. However, I wish they had thought the design out just a little better so I didn't have to do so much modification. Granted, I am very picky. I really like being able to load the ATVs from the side and never have to load or unload in reverse.
March 7, 2007