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trailer hitch

Post by fred1diver » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:23 pm



hey everyone, another quick question, how much should I be looking at price wise for a trailer hitch for my gl1200 ?

how difficult is it to wire the bike for a trailer?

as usual, thanks in advance



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Re: trailer hitch

Post by WingAdmin » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:44 pm

fred1diver wrote:
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:23 pm
hey everyone, another quick question, how much should I be looking at price wise for a trailer hitch for my gl1200 ?

how difficult is it to wire the bike for a trailer?

as usual, thanks in advance
You're likely going to be looking for a used hitch - as far as I know, there are no manufacturers that still make GL1200 hitches. Either that, or you could buy one meant for a 1500 (or other bike) and modify it to fit.

Wiring the bike for a trailer is not hard at all - get a trailer isolator, it hooks up to the running, brake and turn signal lights on the back of your bike, as well as a fused line to the battery. It then sends power to the trailer from that fused line.

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Re: trailer hitch

Post by fred1diver » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:50 pm

I found a used one for sale at 100$, is that a fair price?
as for the trailer isolator, I've never heard of those, what are they exactly and where do I get one?

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Re: trailer hitch

Post by DenverWinger » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:30 am

I paid $230 for GL1500 hitch new, so I'd say $100 a good price.

Cyclemax has the isolators, I've installed this one on the 1500.

http://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/gl1 ... /129/59647

It is Plug-and-Play on the 1500, just disconnect the stop/turn light connectors in the underside of the trunk and connect them to the harness on the isolator. Don't know if the 1200 has the same connectors on it, so here's a universal isolator without the plugs.

http://www.cyclemax.com/inc/sdetail/uni ... 108/280311
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Re: trailer hitch

Post by fargofour » Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:17 am

Goldwingonline.com lists one for $139.95.

https://www.goldwingonline.com/products ... 28-38.html. It doesn't say if it's in stock.

I'm thinking of getting one for my 1200 instead of making one, which I did for my GL1000 and GL1500. Must be getting old.

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Re: trailer hitch

Post by leakyroof58 » Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:43 pm

Fred1diver -
I have a hitch off my '87 Aspy, which
is yours for the asking. It was not on
the bike when I bought it, so I don't
know how it goes on. But, if you want
it, just say so. I'm in Bemidji, MN.

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Re: trailer hitch

Post by fred1diver » Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:01 pm

thanks leakyroof, I found one, just have to get nice weather to do all the little jobs on the bike, still wondering about the wiring though ;)

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Re: trailer hitch

Post by alwrmcusn » Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:59 am

JFI.....try RV and/or Camping World type stores for that isolator. I found my first one at WalMart, messed it up trying to install it with VERY unhelpful instruction sheet. Went to my local Camping World, bought another one and he told me what I was doing wrong (oops on me!!) and I installed that one easily and voila!! it works.
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Re: trailer hitch

Post by fred1diver » Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:22 pm

I think I don't have the right hitch :x
I'll post pics later tonight of my attempted install, it might be the right one, I'll let you see and inform me, I might just not know how to install it :?:

well at least it gave me the chance to clean behind the saddle bags

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Re: trailer hitch

Post by fred1diver » Tue May 01, 2018 4:45 pm

leakyroof58 wrote:
Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:43 pm
Fred1diver -
I have a hitch off my '87 Aspy, which
is yours for the asking. It was not on
the bike when I bought it, so I don't
know how it goes on. But, if you want
it, just say so. I'm in Bemidji, MN.
hey leakproof, is that offer still good?
can you find out how much is shipping to J8T3V1
thanks in advance

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Re: trailer hitch

Post by leakyroof58 » Thu May 03, 2018 4:32 pm

Hey Fred1diver -

You can have it, but you may not want it....
It's not 'pretty' like the pics you showed,
not chrome. It's just black, and you may want
to give it another paint job. I don't know if
it's OEM or home-brew.....I better find a way
to give a picture of it so you know.....don't
want you to be disappointed......

Meanwhile, Jeez.....where the heck is
J8T3V1 ??? I know it's Canada, but wow......
You'll never have to worry about being
invaded.....nobody could ever find you anyway.....

I'm mighty busy with spring stuff now, but will
take a pic and see if I can figure out how to
send it to you. (The lake in town is STILL mostly
iced over as of today). My yard-cleanup is WAY
behind most years. But, I'll try to follow through
for you in the next few days. Summer will be
short here this year. Leaky

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Re: trailer hitch

Post by fred1diver » Thu May 03, 2018 4:38 pm

thanks
I live in Gatineau Qc

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Re: trailer hitch

Post by dingdong » Fri May 04, 2018 4:12 pm

Fred1driver. That is a hitch for a Gl1500.
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Re: trailer hitch

Post by fred1diver » Fri May 04, 2018 4:22 pm

thanks dingdong, god to know, I'll be able to post it for sale in my area

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Re: trailer hitch

Post by leakyroof58 » Fri May 11, 2018 3:58 pm

fred1diver............

Totally embarassed now....after 2 days of
rain I finally went out and set the hitch out
on my apron of my garage, took a picture,
then got distracted and set camera down.
Time went on, and I forgot about hitch
behind truck in garage.....needless to say,
I backed out of garage, right over hitch!!!
I don't think you want it anymore, and neither
do I........Sorry!!!!!!!!!
wish it wasn't so..........

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Re: trailer hitch

Post by fred1diver » Fri May 11, 2018 6:52 pm

It’s all right, it happens, gonna try and find one on Ebay, it’s the thought that counts

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Re: trailer hitch

Post by fred1diver » Mon May 21, 2018 6:27 pm

anyone looking for a gl1500 trailer hitch ?

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Re: trailer hitch

Post by fred1diver » Tue May 22, 2018 10:33 am

just received my trailer hitch, gonna be a couple of days before I can install it, I hurt my back, so I can't do anything :(

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Re: trailer hitch

Post by fred1diver » Thu May 24, 2018 4:26 pm

Ok so I received my hitch, at the moment I’m trying to install it, almost done but I still have 2 cross pieces to install, but they seem to interfere with the saddle bags so at the moment I’ll leave the cross pieces off ( I wont tow anything)
If you have any ideas on how I can do this please let me know
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Re: trailer hitch

Post by fred1diver » Fri May 25, 2018 3:35 pm

ok, so I enlarged the holes and I managed to get it to fit, now all I have left is to get the wiring done, looking for an isolator at the moment

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Re: trailer hitch

Post by fred1diver » Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:07 pm

Found an isolator, waiting to order it, wondering would it be easier, to do and for the wallet, to install a 5 to 4 plug or to wire the trailer to a 5 pin?

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Re: trailer hitch

Post by AZgl1800 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 6:03 am

for me,
I just made the trailer 5 wire with separate brake lights.

wired the original dual bulb "boat trailer style" fixture as a running light and Turn Signal light.

did not use an isolator although many prefer to.
I wired straight thru from bike light to trailer light, no problems for me at all.

my trailer's lights are LED so no current draw.
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Re: trailer hitch

Post by DenverWinger » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:10 am

When I first got my trailer I tried a 5-4 converter on the 1100, and was immediately disappointed. It worked like it was supposed to, but the voltage drops thru the converter combining stop lights with turn signals resulted in brake lights and turn signals that really weren't much brighter than the running lights.

So I cancelled the converter and wired brake lights ONLY to the left and right connections of the original flat-4 plug, that way I can still use the trailer on my car and Jeep which both use the flat-4 connector.

For turn signals on the bike, I added Amber turn signal lights to the rear of the trailer and a second flat-4 connector for them. The other 2 connections in that plug are ground, and relay-switched 12v from the bike battery going to our big Deep-Cycle Marine battery stored in the trailer. The 12v feed happily charges the deep-cycle battery from the bike alternator as we are going down the road to our next destination. Second Flat-4 not used on the car or Jeep, though I may add the 12v feed on the Jeep.

When I got the 1500, I duplicated the trailer connections, with the exception of adding the CycleMax Isolator kit..... With LED bulbs the Isolator wouldn't be needed, but my trailer lighting is still incandescent.
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Re: trailer hitch

Post by Rednaxs60 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:30 am

For your parts ad pieces don't forget about Princess Auto, I find PA to be a great place to shop. I have a hitch installed with a five wire install, works well.
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Re: trailer hitch

Post by fred1diver » Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:11 pm

Just received my trailer isolator this morning, going to install it tomorrow or next week, already have a round 5 pin plug, so I’ll try that to start, still looking for a decent trailer at a decent price



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