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    Glad :)

    You survived the roll over, very happy for ya that day. Im not gonna hit curbs, however! Big Rig(18 wheelers) driver most my life keeps me curb friendly...I agree the swivel is great idea and my ball system is less. No argument, we just never had a issue and it wont lock up on a tip over with ball(KLT). Been there already, with my KLT on its side when I failed to set sidestand right while parking. The DMC had a great hitch, kind a kept the ball lower than most, maybe? It worked great. IF I had the money, the Bushtec is first rate and the swivel is also. My home built was cool enough for us, really enjoyed its ability to track swell behind our KLT1200. Randy

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    Swivle Trailer Hitch

    Quote Originally Posted by brewmeister View Post
    I will not tow a trailer without a 360 degree swivel hitch on the trailer never , its a matter of leaning over to far around a corner and then locking up the ball (without a swivel).That experience wants to stand back up your bike in a turn and thats not good.Just from my own experience. Even if your trailer was forced to flip or turn over from a road hazard on its side it won't force you down while on your bike to follow suit.
    Each to his own but I will never use a swivel hitch. Here is why. Years ago my wife and I were riding through Houston Tex in the outside lane doing 70 mph, pulling a trailer. I passed a car in the lane on my right and that car whipped out behind me and hit my trailer. The trailer flipped up on the left side and stayed there. The tongue was twisted but the hitch stayed locked on. Had I, In my Opinion, had a swivel hitch the trailer would have went up on its top that had two old style aluminum chairs strapped down. That would have allowed the trailer to swing around an pull the bike down. I never slowed down for a curve because of the trailer. Never leaned so far that the hitch prevented more lean.

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    Still fun:)

    I bet stories exist in all of us, swivels or ball type hitches. Either way, I always enjoyed my towing days and may go back to it someday. MY worst day was an emergency stop in Wisconsin, not hitch related at all. Most of our trailers have no brakes and I got CAUGHT in a hard braking maneuver, ALL BRAKES heavy applied. WE stopped, but scared us good! No harm to bike or rider/passenger, but still one to remember. That weight behind a bike is a pusher, don't forget your stopping powers and feet required. We almost ate it, guard down that day....Randy

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    Trailer this......

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    trailer this
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    also this
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    yet this too! needless to say I like trailer towing.
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    We had our first experience towing a trailer to the RA Rally a couple of weeks ago. Dave towed our new to us Kwik Kamp with his RT, with a brand new ball type hitch. I followed on my CS. At one of our rest stops, he noticed that the hitch didn't look right - a lot of thread showing under the ball. The design of the ball was such that a large bolt threaded up into it from below, and it had come loose. We were very lucky - it could easily have dropped right out! Fortunately, he was able to get the bolt tightened up some and we limped along the highway for a dozen more miles to the nearest auto parts store to get a new ball (and some lock-tite!). Crisis averted, we were back on the road in about 15 minutes.

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    Cool

    I have towed a Bushtec behind my CLC for the past 2 years. If you live where hills are few and far between its great but the CLC with its dry single plate clutch can give problems to those that ride in the mountains. I have decided to retire my trailer and replaced my tail bag on the CLC with a U-bag. Since I travel solo the side bags and U-bag along with an Ortleib bag hold more than enough gear for a month or more of travel. The U-bag holds my Redverz tent, air mattress, Jetboil, Kermit chair/table, and lots of small items. I will sell the Bushtec after returning from Salem, OR along with a hitch for a CL/CLC. Having a trailer allows you to carry (everything but the kitchen sink) and the cooler will be missed. In traveling with the trailer you almost forgot it was there as it tracked so well and braking was never a problem rain or shine. An LT, RT, or K1200/1300 GT would never notice the trailer was attached. I rode to/from TX and across country and never experienced any problems with side winds or in passing 18 wheel rigs.

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    sorry but I DO carry a kitchen sink.I'll post it later,it's 6x12x1/2 inch and weighs a few ounces with a pvc tube skelaten and vinal bag.now we're cookin!
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    Here I am trying to decide between which Pelican cases for side panniers, the 18" long vs. 20" version & in this thread we have "Bert & Ernie's Summer Vacation".
    To those that haven't "read" that story to their kids, they do take the kitchen sink along...
    "If I had my life to live over, I'd dare to make more mistakes next time...I'd relax,I'd limber up... I would take fewer things seriously...take more chances... take more trips...climb more mountains...swim more rivers...eat more ice cream." Jorge Luis Borges at age 85.

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    Just got back from a 4800 mile trip pulling a trailer for the first time behind my 12LT. What trailer? Never knew it was there, got the same mileage as another new LT I was riding with and did not have any performance problems with the LT. The trailer is a Unigo. No worries about swivel this or that. The thing leans with the bike and tracks with the bike. One part of the trip consisted of a 2 mile trek down a less than perfect gravel road to a far from perfect gravel driveway. The other LT was behind me for the trip in and said the trailer never bounced, shimmied etc. Get to the hotel at night, unhook the trailer and roll it into the room. Love my Unigo, no other way to go. I was going to read the article about trailering in the ON until someone else who had already read it commented that the author had never towed a trailer. So instead I went for a ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rpbump View Post
    I have towed a Bushtec behind my CLC for the past 2 years. If you live where hills are few and far between its great but the CLC with its dry single plate clutch can give problems to those that ride in the mountains. I have decided to retire my trailer and replaced my tail bag on the CLC with a U-bag. Since I travel solo the side bags and U-bag along with an Ortleib bag hold more than enough gear for a month or more of travel. The U-bag holds my Redverz tent, air mattress, Jetboil, Kermit chair/table, and lots of small items. I will sell the Bushtec after returning from Salem, OR along with a hitch for a CL/CLC. Having a trailer allows you to carry (everything but the kitchen sink) and the cooler will be missed. In traveling with the trailer you almost forgot it was there as it tracked so well and braking was never a problem rain or shine. An LT, RT, or K1200/1300 GT would never notice the trailer was attached. I rode to/from TX and across country and never experienced any problems with side winds or in passing 18 wheel rigs.

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    RpBump, Would you please contact me about your Bushtec trailer. I may be interested in buying it. Thanks.
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