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Old Sep 3rd, 2008, 9:53 pm Thread Starter
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Trailer Hitch Options

Am looking at a trailer for my LT. Am leaning toward either making a HF/Sears Box unit or purchasing either a Piggy Backer XL or a Road Dog Deluxe.

My question is what trailer hitch to purchase. Looking at the following: Hitch Doc, Bushtec or Dauntless. Any recommendations.

My use of the trailer would be limited to a couple times a year for some 3-5 day camping trips.

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Old Sep 4th, 2008, 12:11 am
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Re: Trailer Hitch Options

Dauntless 101% !!

All other other hitch's are in the FRIGGEN way !!

The brackets that support the actual hitch are passive without the hitch plugged in. Dauntless's design is far and away the most elegant, simple and easy too add or remove

As for the trailer itself? ..... that's tough !!
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Old Sep 4th, 2008, 9:42 pm
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Plus 1 on the dauntless, took a trip out west and it performed flawlessly, my time out trailer (DART) was great also.

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Old Sep 5th, 2008, 7:45 pm
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+2 on Dauntless Motors. I bought my trailer form Dauntless too. It is the the Zenith which is a model they manufacture under license to Peak Trailers for distribution in the USA. They also sell the Champion Colorodo, the Uni-go, the ZZ and a new Dual Sport trailer called the Uni-Trak, which they designed and are manufacturing. Their customer service has always been the best.

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Old Sep 12th, 2008, 6:34 pm
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Re: Trailer Hitch Options

Hanshi,

I am in the process of building the HF/Sears trailer and with Dave Dragon's instructions it has been a breeze. My only hold up is the machine shop. I live in a small town and had a little trouble getting the SV unit from Sears as they have a new style of box that is narrower and longer but is still 20 cubic feet.
I too can't justify the cost of a high end unit because of limited use but am looking forward to doing some camping.

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Check out this unit! I just pulled it to CCR and back, with some extra miles thrown in!

You wont believe the price, below 2K!
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Old Sep 12th, 2008, 8:28 pm
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My question is what trailer hitch to purchase. Looking at the following: Hitch Doc, Bushtec or Dauntless. Any recommendations.

I had two Dauntless hitches and replaced them both with a Bushtec.

Dauntless makes a great hitch, looks great,
partially remove-able to change out the tire, very convenient

So why did I take it off my LT and replace it with a Bushtec?

Bushtec pulls from the lower motormount.
Take a good look at what's holding up your bags and tailsection,
it's pretty wimpy.

Dauntless pulls from the hollow tubular frame and saddlebag mount, in time and especially with a heavy trailer pulling back and down on the hitch with every bump, sooner or later the rear subframe is going to stress crack just like the old airhead BMW's did if you put a top box on.

Now that's not to say that the Bushtec is the perfect hitch,
it's more work to change a tire, 3 bolts on the front and 2 on the rear of the hitch. After you've done it a couple of times it's easy.

And you also have to remove the front bolts of the hitch to remove the right side footpeg bracket when you change the transmission oil.

You decide, it depends on the weight of your trailer and what type of roads you intend to ride on,

is the Bushtec worth the extra effort,
in my opinion yes (ymmv)
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