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Trailer choices for us poor guys

Hello All

I have spent the entire weekend looking at trailers to pull behind my 05 lt and was wondering if anyone has pulled something that cost under $2000, Most of the nicer units are upwards of $2500, plus $400+ for the hitch.

My wife and I are planning a 3500 trip to South Dakota and it sure would be nice to take a few goodies along with us.

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get a trailer frame from harbor freight, put a car carrier on it, less than $400 complete. I pulled mine from north carolina to canada and back with no problem at all. Put a bit of weight in it and you dont even know it is back there after 5 miles of riding. It might not look pretty but useful and it holds a lot more than some of the other specialty trailers.
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Anyone have any experience with the piggy backer XL , it looks like it might serve my purpose and $795 + $50 to ship it.

Wonder how hard it will be to hook up the electrical?

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Nogills2 (Floyd) has an aluminum trailer that is much less $$ than Bushtec and others. Maybe he'll give you some feedback on it. There are 2 sizes.

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My wife and I are planning a 3500 trip to South Dakota and it sure would be nice to take a few goodies along with us.
Traveling two up with a trailer sure is convenient,
there are a lot of choices for homebuilt or economical trailers,
the piggybacker is essentially a homemade trailer manufactored for you,
several of our members have built the Harbor Freight set-up,
check out Dave Dragon's website, he did a real nice write up.

http://davedragon.rilysi.com/

here's a few other links for you.

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

http://www.gadgetjq.com/trailer.htm

http://www.aerobourne.com/motorcycletrailerindex9.htm


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get a trailer frame from harbor freight, put a car carrier on it, less than $400 complete. I pulled mine from north carolina to canada and back with no problem at all. Put a bit of weight in it and you dont even know it is back there after 5 miles of riding. It might not look pretty but useful and it holds a lot more than some of the other specialty trailers.
+1 on the Harbor Freight.

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+1 on the Harbor Freight.

I only made a few minor changes.
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I have the Aluma trailer, it was around $1800.00 when I bought it. I purchased it new a couple of years ago. Have put around 5000 miles on it so far. I have the Dauntless hitch. I only pull it riding two up, and other than less power, I hardly know it is back there.
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This started life as a "Pumpkin Orange Color" COLEMAN Caboose car trailer.
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I have the Aluma MCT and love it. Managed to find a used one and save a few dollars. August 07 did a five states tour including South Dakota with it. I will not leave town with out it from now on. Getting all of my camping gear off the bike made the ride more enjoyable.

My Brother in law has the Piggybacker XL, he made the same trip with it and he really likes it.

Don't think you will regret getting either one.

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Hey Rusty, and all

Thanks for the info, I was wondering what cycle your brother in law uses to pull the piggy xl, that is in my price range and I am also looking at the rover, It is $1300 plus acc., but for the time being I will just get a basic and add as I go.

So what is the hitch of choice out there? I like the look of the dauntless but the hitch doctor is $200 cheaper?? Ideas or thoughts would be helpful

Thanks for you time
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So what is the hitch of choice out there? I like the look of the dauntless but the hitch doctor is $200 cheaper?? Ideas or thoughts would be helpful

Thanks for you time
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Glen I've never seen a hitch doc hitch in person only in pictures and I wasn't impressed.
How could they make a quality product $200 cheaper?
The two best hitches in my opinion are Bushtec and Dauntless (for different reasons)
If you type Bushtec and Dauntless into the search box you'll get a lot of different opinions, including mine.
here's one.

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthre...htec+dauntless


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Thanks Hans

I am leaning toward the dauntless, and after much research I like some of the more pricey trailers, the Dart is nice and I am taking a trip to Columbus tommorow to check out a few more. My wife and I looked at a cheaper version and she was not impressed.

So I got the OK to investigate further, thanks Honey!

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Re: Trailer choices for us poor guys

Does anybody have any experience with this Bushtech paralever hitch? It looks exactly like the Hitch Doc hitch.

http://www.bushtec.com/bmwhitch.html

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Re: Trailer choices for us poor guys

Have 12000 miles pulling my Bushtec Quantum behind my 2001 LT.
No issues.
What's the question?
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I built this one...it normally has a vinyl cover on it, but I wanted to show the hard suitcase bags. They are wheeled to roll into the motel with you. I have actually put the entire trailer in the room with me. It is only 6 ft long. I had about $600 in it including the suitcases and front case.

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Have 12000 miles pulling my Bushtec Quantum behind my 2001 LT.
No issues.
What's the question?

My question was regarding the paralever hitch vs. the dauntless hitch. I thought that Bushtec had another version that was not the paralever.

I nearly went blind reading all of the posts found using Search.

Maybe I read the posts wrong?

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Glenn,

If you're just looking for the hitch,
then the Bushtec works with either the ball or the Bushtec hitch pin.

If you're looking to pull a Bushtec trailer,
then you'll have to go with the Bushtec hitch pin.

The advantage is that Bushtec uses a heim joint that rotates 360 degrees, vice the ball the has limited left and right rotation.

As I understand it, a plus for the Dauntless
is that it's easily removable to change the rear tire.
It's a little more effort to remove the Bushtec hitch,
though not complicated.
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I nearly went blind reading all of the posts found using Search.
Maybe you could just keep doing it until you need glasses

To answer your question, Bushtec makes only one hitch for the LT,
it "pulls" from the rear motor mount.

The Dauntless "pulls" from the rear subframe,
there are advantages and disadvantages to each one.


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Re: Trailer choices for us poor guys

Thanks Hans.

I am not trying to be hard headed, but I think I am still confused.

I have seen photos and installation instructions for the Dauntless hitch.

I have only seen the paralever hitch listed on the Bushtec site. This is the same paralever hitch shown on the Hitch Doc site also.

Is there another Bushtec hitch that I am missing? Or is there only one Bushtec, and it IS the paralever hitch?

From the Bushtec Site: http://www.bushtec.com/bmwhitch.html

From the Hitch Doc Site: http://www.hitchdoc.com/hitch_images/31.jpg

They look the same to me.

It very well may be that Bushtec and the HitchDoc hitches ARE the same...

Thanks again for everybody's patience.

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I think I just answered my own questions.

After looking at Hans' signature photos, I can see his paralever hitch and I know I have read that he has the Bushtec hitch.

I have now successfully deduced that the hitch on HitchDoc and Bushtec sites are indeed the same.

HitchDoc is $294 + Electronic Relay Isolator Package ($59 from Bushtec).

Bushtec is between $349* and $449* (powder coat vs chrome).
*Electronic Relay Isolator Package Included

Does this sound right?

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Glenn,

They're not the same hitches.

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I've had a HitchDoc on mine and never had any issues - the only drawback is that in the event of a flat it will take a few extra minutes to get it out of the way.

One modification that helped to make it rock solid was to the 'X" crossbars.

After they were bolted up correctly I put a small bead on both sides of the "X" to lock them in place permanently and eliminate any flexing. It keeps the ball firmly in place instead of the movement I felt before.

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I think I just answered my own questions.

After looking at Hans' signature photos, I can see his paralever hitch and I know I have read that he has the Bushtec hitch.

I have now successfully deduced that the hitch on HitchDoc and Bushtec sites are indeed the same.

HitchDoc is $294 + Electronic Relay Isolator Package ($59 from Bushtec).

Bushtec is between $349* and $449* (powder coat vs chrome).
*Electronic Relay Isolator Package Included

Does this sound right?
Glen the hitches look alike and mount almost the same BUT.... the Bushtec is a much stronger and well made hitch. I did all the same research last summer and went with a Bushtec hitch and trailer.

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Re: Trailer choices for us poor guys

Thanks all,

The Hitch Doc and Bushtec look similar enough to make me see double.

But with the addition of the relay to the Hitch Doc price, the Bushtec hitch (relay included) wins the price war.

Thanks again for your inputs. There are too many threads for this topic...as well as others. I like the search function within these forums.

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Brother-in-Law uses a HD Ultra Classic to tow his trailer and I have the dauntless hitch, I like the way it tucks up out of sight and when you are not using is removable. No unsightly hitch hanging down.

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