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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-10-2018, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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I’m ready to buy a trailer hitch but would like some feedback. I know I want a hidden vertical hitch so that my local dealer doesn’t flag my bike when it’s sitting in the parking lot. I’ve narrowed it down to 3 choices: HitchDoc because they are made in the US and look solid, but holy crap, they are twice as expensive as my other two choices, the Kuryakyn and the Rivco. I had a Rivco hitch on the Goldwing and really liked it, but I have no experience at all with Kury hitches. One of the considerations is that it needs to be relatively easy to take off if I need to take the bike in for service, but it still needs to be solid. I will be towing a Bunkhouse XL camper trailer. Does anyone have any experience they can share with any of the aforementioned hitches? Thanks!!

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Use an mchitch , used to leave it off except for when I actually was towing , and even pulled into dealer once with it on and the never said a word .. I think it depends on the dealer , but they are getting pretty nitpicky now ..

Bunkhouse will be a good pull for the RG , I had a Time Out , was over 400 empty , and pulled pretty easily , still got 35 mpg running 70-80 .. Pretty certain the Bunkhouse is heavier ..

mine is well out of warranty and the esp expired , so no worries anymore here ..

just be sure and get load equalizer wiring harness , powers directly from the battery

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I have been running this Kurykan hitch for the past year; https://www.kuryakyn.com/products/5021/receiver-hitch

My trailer is from harbor freight. Went cross country and a few other trips last year with no problems. Easily was at 80 on cruise control with 2 of us on the bike and I didn't even notice the trailer behind me.

I am in the same boat as the other poster. My dealer didn't say anything about the hitch when I brought the bike in to be worked on for warranty work. In fact I think they removed it before the adjustor came by because I found the wires moved when I picked my bike back up.

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I have a Kuryaken that I never installed. I would let it go priced reasonably. I ultimately went with a hitch from Inline trailers. They installed it for me while at sturgis 2015. I've used it for hauling my Aspen Sentry camper.

I would not consider either easy to remove quickly. The Kury does not use a hitch/receiver. The hole is on the mounted bracket and you attach the ball. It stays attached all the time.
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HitchDoc is very solid. Much heavier material. Never take it off my Softail. Waiting till next year to get one for the RGS when warranty is over.

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HitchDoc is very solid. Much heavier material. Never take it off my Softail. Waiting till next year to get one for the RGS when warranty is over.

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I went with a company out of Colorado. The guy's name is Jeff and was really helpful with my questions. His website is www.steelhorse57.com and last I checked the hitch I got for my 2017 was $200.00, powdercoated black and is relatively unseen with the exceptions of part of the bracket that slightly extend outward from the fender. They are a 4 point attachment.

I made a custom dog trailer to tow behind my bike and have traveled with it approximately 2500 miles since I completed it back in late March.

I also use a freedom pivot ball and the Kuryakyn wire harness with the isolator. My trailer has 14 different points of LED illumination and my bike has never had a problem lighting them up.

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I just installed a Bushtec hitch on my '18 RGU. I pull a Bushtec trailer so I went with them. Well made and takes about an hour to install. It uses the vertical receiver that locks onto the bike and is removed when not in use.

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Being a towing truck of 24/7 towing service i will recommend you to use Mchitch, It will solve your problem, i have experienced it and its very comfortable for towing. One more thing there are some websites who guides about the towing so you can consider that option also.

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Follow up, I ended up buying the FBI (Fat Baggers Inc.) Hitch for my 15RGS. Install was easy, it's hidden with the receiver removed. Still have to come up with wiring.

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