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I've noticed a couple of threads lately about trailer towing or trailer wiring. I recently purchased an Aspen Classic camper. This was the weekend to pick it up so I have been working on installing the hitch and wiring. I took a few pics along the way. I hope these help out those who are doing or considering doing something like this.


I settled on the Bushtec hitch and there wiring isolater .

These are nice products and work pretty well. The hitch is stout and is almost completely hidden after install without the ball mount installed.

The install directions SUCK! I've done two of these now and it is an easy install once you figure it out but the directions are of little help

My pics are a little fuzzy but should give a good idea of what needs to be done.

This is the hitch and hardware.
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Here are the electrical components I chose.
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Here is my homemade harness so I didn't have to cut into the wiring on the bike.

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I mounted the Fuzeblock to the back side of the radio module with a piece of stainless steel I had laying around. Then I ran a fused power source directly from the battery to power the Fuzeblock. After that I ran two circuits to the back of the bike following the factory harness. One for the isolator and the other for the brakes.

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After those were run to the back I connected the input side of the isolator to the harness I made, connected one of the power feeds to the inputs for the isolator then added enough wire to the isolator outputs to reach the connector on the trailer.Then I simply unplugged the factory plug,plugged my harness in the middle and routed the wiring neatly.

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Like I said earlier...a little fuzzy

Onto the hitch......
These parts get installed with the fender in place. I took a couple of pics with the fender off to make it easier to see where the brackets go.

The two side plates get mounted inside the fender well with the narrow part at the top.

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There are two bolts on both sides of the fender that get removed and replaced with longer bolts of the same diameter but longer. These are supplied with the hitch.

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After the bolts are replaced the side brackets slide over the longer bolts, with the narrow part at the top, then put the supplied nuts on the bolts to hold the side plates in place.

The rear support brackets attach to the outside of the rear sub frame. On abs bikes the brackets attach under the abs unit on the bottom two bolts. On no abs bikes the holes are there. In either case use the supplied bolts. These are a little longer and allow the use of the supplied nuts.

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Once the side brackets and the rear supports are installed the hitch plate simply bolts to those brackets.

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Also, not only are the supplied directions useless but I think the supplied hardware is actually for a different bike. Both times Installed one of these I had too many bolts for the install. Better to have too many than too few, I guess.

Hope this helps some people out.

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Bill: that's an excellent post. I don't currently have a trailer (or hitch), but I'm thinking about it (and leaning toward a Bushtec trailer). If I follow through, I expect that the info you provided will be of immense help. And I think you ought to market your plug-n-play harness.

In any case, thanks for your time in making this thread.

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Also, not only are the supplied directions useless but I think the supplied hardware is actually for a different bike. Both times Installed one of these I had too many bolts for the install. Better to have too many than too few, I guess.

I also did a bit of a writeup with pics on this. I totally agree with the above ... the directions are ridiculous. As for the "bolt kit", they didn't even ship it with mine so I had to run around sourcing every damn bolt and nut according to their "list". That was a PITA and I couldn't wait as I was leaving in a few days on a camping trip. They did ship them after the fact when I informed them of it.

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I have been waiting since Jan18, 2014 when I ordered it from Bushtec and I was told it was shipped last week, but it's still not here! On the not so bright side, bike has been sidelined by Recall and it's frigin snowin again and not supposed to let up til Thursday!

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I have been waiting since Jan18, 2014 when I ordered it from Bushtec and I was told it was shipped last week, but it's still not here! On the not so bright side, bike has been sidelined by Recall and it's frigin snowin again and not supposed to let up til Thursday!
A friend sent me a picture of her deck today in Calgary, didn't look good. The weather in Manitoba is not great but better than what you have.
I had a trailer for my old bike and used a lot, from shopping to going golfing. I made the trailer and hitch myself and when they are set up right you don't know they are behind you.

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I have been waiting since Jan18, 2014 when I ordered it from Bushtec and I was told it was shipped last week, but it's still not here! On the not so bright side, bike has been sidelined by Recall and it's frigin snowin again and not supposed to let up til Thursday!

Wow! Ordered mine in march. Showed up at the door 4 business days later.


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Bill: that's an excellent post. I don't currently have a trailer (or hitch), but I'm thinking about it (and leaning toward a Bushtec trailer). If I follow through, I expect that the info you provided will be of immense help. And I think you ought to market your plug-n-play harness.

In any case, thanks for your time in making this thread.
Thank You! Glad I can contribute towards your research. I have sold a couple of these to forum members and have made about four in total. No complaints so far.

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