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    What size ball for my trailer hitch do I need for the Bunkhouse queen trailer I just bought. I need to go pick it up and want to have the correct ball

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    I think most Motorcycle Balls are 1 7/8.
    I would call them in advance just to be sure.

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    Since they're now owned by Bushtec, I would try calling them.

    http://www.bushtec.com/product-p/9bq1000.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Robinson View Post
    I think most Motorcycle Balls are 1 7/8.
    I would call them in advance just to be sure.
    I believe Harry is right. I have a Bunkhouse King and it is 1 7/8. And if your going to use a Rivco hitch, you'll need a 6 inch drop, not the 3 that most places sell it with. Don't ask me how I found this out.
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    Just guessing it's probably smaller than this one.
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    Sorry a little off topic but I too am looking for a bunkhouse as I hear they are the best. My question is they look pretty heavy to pull. Do they put too much stress on the bike and stoping/

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    Quote Originally Posted by dheaton View Post
    Sorry a little off topic but I too am looking for a bunkhouse as I hear they are the best. My question is they look pretty heavy to pull. Do they put too much stress on the bike and stoping/
    Most of the guys I ride with have been pulling them for years. Both 1500 and 1800. No complaints from any of them

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    Quote Originally Posted by dheaton View Post
    Sorry a little off topic but I too am looking for a bunkhouse as I hear they are the best. My question is they look pretty heavy to pull. Do they put too much stress on the bike and stoping/
    Mine tows very well. You do have to allow additional distance and time for stopping, but so far it hasn't been a problem.
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    My 1996 Bunkhouse King came with a 1 7/8" hitch. I doubt you will need one bigger. I would tell you that you will need an adaptor for the trailer lights. Bunkhouse uses a 6 pin square plug and is setup for a 5 wire system. (separate brakes and turn signals) When I got mine they gave me 2 cables I guess one for the car and one for the bike. Enjoy your new Bunkhouse camper it is one of the best in my opinion. Greg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott1 View Post
    My 1996 Bunkhouse King came with a 1 7/8" hitch. I doubt you will need one bigger. I would tell you that you will need an adaptor for the trailer lights. Bunkhouse uses a 6 pin square plug and is setup for a 5 wire system. (separate brakes and turn signals) When I got mine they gave me 2 cables I guess one for the car and one for the bike. Enjoy your new Bunkhouse camper it is one of the best in my opinion. Greg
    Thanks, That's good info. Did you rewire the bike or make an adapter to go between the Bunkhouse and the bike? I pick up my trailer on tuesday and not sure what to expect

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    Quote Originally Posted by wineoeric View Post
    Thanks, That's good info. Did you rewire the bike or make an adapter to go between the Bunkhouse and the bike? I pick up my trailer on tuesday and not sure what to expect
    Did you buy from factory or used? Do you mind sharing how much you paid?

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    I have an Aspen Classic which is almost the same trailer. I first purchased the isolator kit form Electrical Connection. I also had the Trailmasters Inc send me the round 6 pin connector mate for the Aspen. I purchased a Prodigy brake controller (Tekonsha) to put in the right front glove box, wired everything after installing the trailer hitch
    (1-7/8"), and picked up my new 2003 Aspen Classic in Chicago while on vacation. I like having the electric brakes.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Robinson View Post
    I think most Motorcycle Balls are 1 7/8.
    I would call them in advance just to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dheaton View Post
    Did you buy from factory or used? Do you mind sharing how much you paid?
    Punched a 2011 queen with extras. Used one time. $3200

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    Quote Originally Posted by wineoeric View Post
    Thanks, That's good info. Did you rewire the bike or make an adapter to go between the Bunkhouse and the bike? I pick up my trailer on tuesday and not sure what to expect
    I purchased my Bunkhouse used and then I changed the trailer wiring to a flat 4 wire system to match with my (Valkyrie Trike, cargo carrier, my piggy trailer and Bunkhouse trailer). All use the 4 wire flat plug. I went with the
    Hopkins 46255 Power Taillight Converter 5 to 4 wire $37.50
    http://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-46255-...sim_sbs_auto_1

    It is not plug and play but is easy to install and it is isolated and runs off the battery so it will not use the bikes tail light power and works really well. Nothing else is needed with this setup.

    But you will have to change the wiring and lights on your bunkhouse to use this. I personally like the 4 wire system as almost everything uses a 4 wire system. If you stay with the 6 wire plug you will need the powered wiring isolator that Electrical Connection sells. You will only use 5 wires. The extra wire is for 12 volt lighting from your bikes battery to the trailer.
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