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post #1 of 14 Old Oct 4th, 2006, 8:44 pm Thread Starter
 
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NEW'B"MW HITCH question

well after generous prodding from brother and friends, i purchased a 1200lt.
found a sweet deal. 03 with only 7,700 miles, gps, and all goodies, for $13,000
i sold my venture to do this, and man WHAT A BIKE.
my wife and i just got back to south la. from a 1300 mile trip to the texas state scrc annual reunion.
we rode all over texas hill country on some great twisties and smooth roads.the bike was smooth as silk. best move i ever made. we will be pulling our trailer with it once i get a hitch for the bike.
thus my long winded question.
need advice on any locations to visit on the web such as "hitchdoctor" or other places that members would suggest.

thanks very much.
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post #2 of 14 Old Oct 4th, 2006, 8:51 pm
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One hitch that's pretty popular with the LT crowd is the Dauntless.

http://www.dauntlessmotors.com/hitch...bmwhitches.htm

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ditto what LTSaddledance said.

Hey bro we have to get together as your a neighbor, Me and LT hook up often and roll some miles or do some wrencing, He lives closer to you than I do but I am not far either.

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Hey, me too! Welcome, I also went from a Venture to my 05 LT, not counting the 2 months on a Goldwing in between. If your in the B.R. area give us a holler, I'm in Prairieville. We need to all get together.
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well after generous prodding from brother and friends, i purchased a 1200lt.
found a sweet deal. 03 with only 7,700 miles, gps, and all goodies, for $13,000
i sold my venture to do this, and man WHAT A BIKE.
my wife and i just got back to south la. from a 1300 mile trip to the texas state scrc annual reunion.
we rode all over texas hill country on some great twisties and smooth roads.the bike was smooth as silk. best move i ever made. we will be pulling our trailer with it once i get a hitch for the bike.
thus my long winded question.
need advice on any locations to visit on the web such as "hitchdoctor" or other places that members would suggest.

thanks very much.
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uhhh i have seen the daunltless hitch broken off up here ,

I would stick with the beigger larger hitch if i were you like the hitchdoctor

not that I am thinking about selling my hitch mind you <g>

Seriously though i have seen the other broken off, luckily there was no accident involved just a inconvience trying to get it welded up here on a weekend which could not be done till during the week

Tom

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post #6 of 14 Old Oct 5th, 2006, 7:31 pm
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Thumbs up Hitchdoc hitch comment

I have had both the Hitchdoc and now using a Bushtec hitch. Both have been excellent hitches. I like the rear mouting of the Bushtec better, and I had to romove both for rear wheel changes. I think the Bushtec was a little easier to take on and off. If I remember correctly, they were close to the same price. Both companies are excellent people to deal with and would buy either one and can recommed both. Good luck....Best, Bob



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well after generous prodding from brother and friends, i purchased a 1200lt.
found a sweet deal. 03 with only 7,700 miles, gps, and all goodies, for $13,000
i sold my venture to do this, and man WHAT A BIKE.
my wife and i just got back to south la. from a 1300 mile trip to the texas state scrc annual reunion.
we rode all over texas hill country on some great twisties and smooth roads.the bike was smooth as silk. best move i ever made. we will be pulling our trailer with it once i get a hitch for the bike.
thus my long winded question.
need advice on any locations to visit on the web such as "hitchdoctor" or other places that members would suggest.

thanks very much.
scrc 361
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A couple of good hitches. BIG thing is the isolator relay, that creates separate circuits for the trailer lights. A MUST to protect the sensitive electrics of the LT.

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Smile Check this one.

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Might be a consideration.

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Hitches

I just posted the trip my wife and I just completed towing a tent trailer all over Utah for a total of over 4000 miles. The hitch we have is the Dauntless and it was amazingly strong for the weight we pulled.

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One thing to consider is using only LED lights on your trailer and you will not have to use isolator relays or powered converters. You will also be more visable. IMHO

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post #11 of 14 Old Oct 9th, 2006, 8:56 pm Thread Starter
 
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many thanks from DELTARIDER

all good advice, and very much appreciated.
also, info i did not know was about using all led's and this will delete the need for converters and relays.

i really enjoyed my venture, But, man what a difference.
the ride, response, handling, comfort, etc.
there really is no other bike like it. i will ride a BMW FOR LIFE.
I have had the bike for only two weeks and have put 2,100 miles with my wife and i taking a trip to texas hill country, and enjoyed the trip 100%.
i will be fully retired in about 2.5 years and will be seeing our beautifull country on two wheels wife my wife of 30 years. god willing.!!!!!!!!!!!

again; thanks,
ride safe my friends.
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One thing to consider is using only LED lights on your trailer and you will not have to use isolator relays or powered converters. You will also be more visable. IMHO
Sorry, but I disagree.

Pulling a trailer without a relay on an LT will almost guarantee you problems with the ABS fault sensor - and could potentially cause other serious electrical issues, especially on 05 and 06 models.

Most LED's are highly directional and do not have much visibility from an angle. If you've "got all the angles covered" with LED's they look nice, draw a fraction of the current incandescents do, and will never burn out. Unless you are willing to add side markers fore and aft your trailer lighting will be very hard to see unless you are looking at it straight on.

With the LT's abundant electrical power reserves you don't need to worry too much about powering up trailer lights, (I've got 2 large LED combination tail, stop, turn lamps on mine, 4 LED side markers, 2 white incandescent license plate lights, and 3 red incandescent rear running lights).... oh yeah, and a 12 volt socket inside the trailer for my mini fridge. I get tired of always hunting down ice and dumping water.

...as well as heated vests, aux forward lighting and a few other goodies - all at the same time.


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I don't know if you have visited this site but it is worth looking at. Lots of information about trailer towing.

http://forums.delphiforums.com/n/mai...towing%2Fstart

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.... oh yeah, and a 12 volt socket inside the trailer for my mini fridge. I get tired of always hunting down ice and dumping water.
Ron,

I have been thinking about doing that for some time now. Do you have a thermocouple type cooler or the real deal with a compressor? I have a compressor type and was concerned it might be a little much for the Oydessy. How long will it hang in there without the engine running, long enough to stop for lunch for example?

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