One of the reasons (but certainly not the main one) I bought the F3T over the other F3 models was that it is designed to be capable of pulling a trailer. We had thought we might take some overnight trips, and without the onboard storage of the RTS or the F3 Limited I knew we wouldn’t have enough room for baggage, my wife’s food, etc. She must eat gluten and dairy free, (more on that some other time) so she has to pack a lot of food that the rest of us take for granted.
I began looking for a new or used trailer, and found a HUGE swing in prices, from upwards of $3,000 for a Can-am 622, and 3rd party trailers from $1,500 to $10,000 new. I finally found the one in the picture below for $950 used. It was barely used, but had been sitting for years and needed some restoration. I offered $800 and took it home.
The next thing I needed to do was to outfit the Spyder for trailer hauling. The BRP OEM hitch is listed for USD $569.99. Ouch. They also claim it is the “Only system on the market that maintains vehicle warranty requirements.” Hmm. SO I decided to look elsewhere, and found a 3rd party hitch, brand new on Ebay for $250, and a wiring harness (Plug and Play) for $89. I think it this hitch looks better than the OEM, and is easily removable, except for the side plates which stay on the bike. It didn’t come with a ball, but my trailer had one with it. After reading the installation instructions that came with the hitch, I decided to go another way. This hitch required jacking up the bike and removing the axle, which proved to be difficult for me and was more than I wanted to do myself. Then I came upon the Show Chrome hitch from Big Bike Parts, which seemed to use a more solid installation method, and didn’t require removal of the axle. Get yours here:
The wiring harness didn’t come with installation instructions, but after watching the Pierre Poliquin video I realized that it would be super easy, and it was. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVJ0tviH0rU&t=1s
To get the trailer up to snuff to match my beautiful Spyder, I used the California Customs Aluminum Deoxidizer and Purple Metal polish:
to get it back to shiny. Here’s a video that shows how to use them on aluminum Diamond plate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpIzp5ftl78 For me, it worked pretty much as it shows in the video, but was a bit more work than the video implies.
I used Lamonster Black Diamond detailer (which is great by the way) on the black parts and the wheels. I took the front hitch coupler which was also rusty, and soaked it overnight in Evapo-Rust, which you can buy here:
This stuff is amazing at removing rust, and completely harmless to your skin or the environment, except for the Iron content in the liquid after use. It can be reused as long as you can stand the increasing rusty color of the liquid! If you want to see how it works, here’s another video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO4lFxl6oE4. The trailer had a lock on the back, but did not come with a key. So, I pulled out the cylinder that came with it and bought a replacement similar to this one:
The cylinder that came with my Spyder for use in a Can-am trailer was not compatible, unfortunately.
STAY TUNED FOR PART 2 NEXT WEEK!