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    Default 2020 RT Trailer Hitch mis-information

    I have a riding buddy who picked up his new 2020 RTL today. He has a Freedom trailer so needed a hitch installed on his new bike. At first he was told hitches for the 2020s were not yet available. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the 2020s take exactly the same hitch as previous models. The dealer transferred the hitch from his "old" 2015 RTL to his new bike. Some of you new 2020 owners and potential owners may find this useful..... Jim
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    Good info to have. Joe and Ann have also done a swap out and found the same results
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    Quote Originally Posted by canamjhb View Post
    I have a riding buddy who picked up his new 2020 RTL today. He has a Freedom trailer so needed a hitch installed on his new bike. At first he was told hitches for the 2020s were not yet available. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the 2020s take exactly the same hitch as previous models. The dealer transferred the hitch from his "old" 2015 RTL to his new bike. Some of you new 2020 owners and potential owners may find this useful..... Jim
    Was the harness reusable as is? Others will want to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoMtnSpyder View Post
    Was the harness reusable as is? Others will want to know.
    My friend has a new harness on order. I don't know if the new harness is required because it may be different or if the dealer was too lazy to take it off the old bike and put it on the new one. But the hitch does indeed fit. I saw it today. First 2020 I've seen and I was impressed. BRP did a lot of good things and I believe it is a winner. Another interesting point is he got a full 7-year warranty at a cost of $1,300 additional. Seems very reasonable to me. My bank account is starting to get nervous..... Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by canamjhb View Post
    My friend has a new harness on order. I don't know if the new harness is required because it may be different or if the dealer was too lazy to take it off the old bike and put it on the new one. But the hitch does indeed fit. I saw it today. First 2020 I've seen and I was impressed. BRP did a lot of good things and I believe it is a winner. Another interesting point is he got a full 7-year warranty at a cost of $1,300 additional. Seems very reasonable to me. My bank account is starting to get nervous..... Jim
    That is so good to know. I was never going to pay $669.95 for a darn hitch from BRP.

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    I believe Captjim posted that the previous model hitches do work on the new Spyders

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    The Harness for an F3T/LTD will work. Connectors in rear are different then previous RT's but same as F3 LTD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rick_w View Post
    The Harness for an F3T/LTD will work. Connectors in rear are different then previous RT's but same as F3 LTD.
    That really stinks! I sold my hitch off my F3 Limited when I knew I was getting a 2020 RT Limited. I just assumed it wouldn't fit. Oh, well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Copperman View Post
    That really stinks! I sold my hitch off my F3 Limited when I knew I was getting a 2020 RT Limited. I just assumed it wouldn't fit. Oh, well.
    I did the same thing, oh, well live and learn.
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    Be careful of the changes in the harness due to year of manufacture. I bought a factory harness for my 2018 F3L on line to save a few bucks. It turns out it was for a 2017 and there was an incompatibility for one of the connectors. BRP changes part numbers at will and doesn't send info to the dealers. So, after the parts man at the local dealer and I starred at the parts list for a considerable period of time I bought the "jumper" section that appeared to be different and, low and behold, it fit! The research was a pain in the butt but it only cost $35 for the part.

    The point here is be careful of what year harness you may try to use from any of these bikes. They are not universally compatible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rick_w View Post
    The Harness for an F3T/LTD will work. Connectors in rear are different then previous RT's but same as F3 LTD.
    if this is true then the parts needed are
    710003903 Module
    710005823 Module Harness
    710004851 Trailer Harness

    Also the rear fender extension that is on the 2020 RT may need to be trimmed on the right side as it may make contact with the hitch. It did on my 2018 F3L. The hitch assembly that BRP sales for the F3 comes with a new extension that has a cut out. I just used a box cutter to do that.

    Here is a link to look up install instructions
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    Quote Originally Posted by canamjhb View Post
    I have a riding buddy who picked up his new 2020 RTL today. He has a Freedom trailer so needed a hitch installed on his new bike. At first he was told hitches for the 2020s were not yet available. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the 2020s take exactly the same hitch as previous models. The dealer transferred the hitch from his "old" 2015 RTL to his new bike. Some of you new 2020 owners and potential owners may find this useful..... Jim
    I can confirm the Show Chrome trailer hitch works perfectly on the 2020 RT. I did have to tap out some holes to get all 3 bolts on each side. Were not tapped very well or not clean. But perfect fit other wise. Just fit right over the axel, not pushing on from behind like I saw of some older videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canamjhb View Post
    I have a riding buddy who picked up his new 2020 RTL today. He has a Freedom trailer so needed a hitch installed on his new bike. At first he was told hitches for the 2020s were not yet available. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the 2020s take exactly the same hitch as previous models. The dealer transferred the hitch from his "old" 2015 RTL to his new bike. Some of you new 2020 owners and potential owners may find this useful..... Jim
    I can confirm the Show Chrome trailer hitch works perfectly on the 2020 RT. I did have to tap out some holes to get all 3 bolts on each side. Were not tapped very well or not clean. But perfect fit other wise. Just fit right over the axel, not pushing on from behind like I saw of some older videos. Now I just have to find a compatible Wiring Harness. The Show Chrome is not compatible. Totally different connectors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jredman View Post
    Now I just have to find a compatible Wiring Harness. The Show Chrome is not compatible. Totally different connectors.
    Won't this one work? I understand the rear light harness on the new RT is the same as F3.
    http://www.bigbikeparts.com/template...GroupGuid=9230

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    Quote Originally Posted by IdahoMtnSpyder View Post
    Won't this one work? I understand the rear light harness on the new RT is the same as F3.
    http://www.bigbikeparts.com/template...GroupGuid=9230
    That is exactly the one I bought. Different connectors, do not fit. I tried. Totally different plugs. Similar, but do not fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jredman View Post
    That is exactly the one I bought. Different connectors, do not fit. I tried. Totally different plugs. Similar, but do not fit.
    Then I think your next best bet is to buy the RT module harness, P/N 710005823, cut the module connector off. Take the SC harness you have and cut off the leads that go to the rear lights. Connect the 5 wires out of the relay box to the 5 wires of the BRP Y harness. That'll give you what you want. That is assuming the harness connectors under the seat for the trailer harness are the same on the 2020 as previous. The SC connectors go into the rear light harnesses while the BRP Y harness connects into the bike frame harness.

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