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    Questions for those with a trailer hitch...

    Got stranded while out riding the bike Monday, with a flat tire and 6 broken spokes. Got the bike back to the apartment with a friend's help this morning. I prefer to be self-reliant when it comes to emergencies. I know some of yous guys haul a trailer for track days and cross country events. Where did you purchase your vehicle specific hitch, and what is the towing capacity of the Z3? My Moto Guzzi Jackal is about 560lbs w/fluids, add another 140lbs for a compact folding bike trailer(w/120-160lb tongue weight). Could a Z3 tow 700lbs?
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    Skin, I have a Curt hitch, Z3 specific. It was another brand once.
    Product #11748 - Hitch with Standard Ball Mount

    To remain hidden, it is a vertical receiver type. For a bicycle rack, you end up with a"U" shaped sort of deal. To tow a regular style trailer, Curt says "Weight Carrying 1500 lb. Tongue Weight 150 lb."

    For me, I think that is about double what I would put on a Z.
    My trailer is a Bushtech, about 120 lbs unladen, max about 500 lbs.

    Hope that helps.
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    Thanks for the info Giz, I googled trailer hitches and found the curt hitch yesterday afternoon. Although I'd like to have a small truck, I don't wanna get rid of the Z. Call me a sentimental fool, but I don't want to sell the car, not knowing if the new owner will take care of her.
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    I had a hitch on my 97

    I bought a curt hitch off of eBay and put it on my 97 1.9. Then I towed an 18 ft hobie cat sailboat a few hundred miles to the beach. The hitch is very solid and mounts easily on the bumper supports, but I did have to have the perpendicular piece welded to the frame. Only other mod necessary was putting a small notch in the spare tire tray to allow for the emergency chain hooks to clear everything.

    Totally worth the effort to have the versatility and invisibility of the hitch (when you take the ball off).
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    I've been researching trailer options since there's no place to park a conventional trailer in the apartment complex. I found several compact folding trailers, but they aren't compact enough. I'll probably go with the trailer in a bag. JC Whitney is always e-mailing me 10-20% off coupons and free shipping offers. I'll probably buy it from them... when I get outta the po house
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