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post #1 of 5 Old Jun 14th, 2006, 11:45 pm Thread Starter
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Trailer Hitches

My potential dealer says that installation of a trailer hitch will void the warranty of the drive train by BMW.

Can this be rue!
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post #2 of 5 Old Jun 15th, 2006, 1:22 am
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I believe that I read that in the owner's handbook too. Last year at the CCR a lot of riders had trailers, but I didn't ask about the warranty issue though.
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post #3 of 5 Old Jun 15th, 2006, 7:47 am
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I have a trailer.

Various dealers around the country have serviced my bike, sometimes under warranty. The general consensus is that IF there is a specfic problem that MAY directly RELATE to towing a trailer BMW MIGHT not honor the warranty.

More than one dealer simply said that if it appeared to be an issue, I should (or they would) remove the hitch prior to seeking BMW approval for warranty service.

One last thing. My trailer is a Bushtec. The owners of Bushtec are very proud that BMW NA came to them when the new LT was being engineered in 1998(?) and asked them to design a hitch to compliment the bike and the suspension design. Bushtec eagerly complied. BMW and its dealers KNOW many LT owners tow, and in the case with Bushtec, they encouraged it!

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post #4 of 5 Old Jun 15th, 2006, 8:36 am
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I believe BMW is again talking out of bothe sides of thier mouth. I sounds like the commercials for drugs on TV: dont take if you are pregnanat or intend to get pregnant.

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post #5 of 5 Old Jun 15th, 2006, 9:15 am
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I have a Bushtec hitch and trailer. It is a fact that BMW did not warranty a rear drive on my bike and the excuse the BMW Customer Service Representative gave was because I did tow a trailer. I do think that some dealers work with this a bit, but BMW does indeed have this excuse/reason as an out, if they so choose.

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