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Old 09-22-2015, 11:54 PM   #11
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i made my tow hitch similar to cal's. i bought a larger one and cut it down to size.

the frame had some recovery hooks bolted in here and it was easy to take them out and put the hitch in place of the hooks.



thats a 10" drop hitch to make my trailer ride level.
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Old 09-23-2015, 01:03 PM   #12
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Before the canadian dollar tanked I was looking at this hitch. It's good for 10k lbs and only costs $160usd with free shipping. It is 34 inches wide and would require no modification to go on a bus.
https://e-hitch.com/Part/14082#info

IMO this is the best $per lb hitch for a bus.
Working link: https://e-hitch.com/Part/14082

This looks great. 10,000lbs rating without welding. May be exactly what I need.

Has anyone had a hitch/electrical mounted for them at a specialty shop? If so, how much did you pay?
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Old 09-23-2015, 01:07 PM   #13
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Has anyone had a hitch/electrical mounted for them at a specialty shop? If so, how much did you pay?
I had a custom hitch made and installed on a front-engine Blue Bird in Salt Lake City about 3 years ago. Cost was US$330 which included removal of the tow hooks. That was just the hitch; no wiring.
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Old 09-23-2015, 01:57 PM   #14
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wiring will cost another $200 in parts (Brake controller, breakers, extra wire) for the diy.... double that for installed by a shop.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:32 PM   #15
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I don't think it will be $200 for the wiring if you are thrifty.
Princess auto was blowing out discontinued break controllers for $35, and I am reusing the wire from the eight ways for break and 12volt aux line. The taillight converter and 7 pin plug I got from an auto wrecker for $5. My bus was wired entirely with breakers so that works for the break circuit.

So I'm at $40 plus taxes.
Not $40 'murrican bux either but 40 Canadian pesos.
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Old 09-23-2015, 09:52 PM   #16
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There is some good info in this thread.

Nice looking hitches too.

Good job guys.

This will be a good thread to link newbies to.

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Old 09-24-2015, 03:27 AM   #17
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I also use my hitch as a step to climb into the back door. I need to put some nonstick tape on it.
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Old 09-26-2015, 09:40 PM   #18
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I went down to a PPL RV store near me, and they recommended a local welder that specialized in RV's and heavy/commercial trucks and buses. Cost was $750 + tax for a Class IV welded on. I am willing to pay someone with 30+ years of specialty and experience for the confidence of being able to break the bus or bend the frame before I have something go wrong with my hitch.

I still need to do the wiring, but I am still trying to figure out exactly how to pull my pickup yet. I would prefer to pull flat, but the pick-up is an automatic, so I don't want to have to drop the transaxle every time I hook up and unhook.
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Old 09-26-2015, 10:19 PM   #19
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the wiring would be easy if they had not eliminated the factory IH wiring harness at the back, I still have my tail light plugs from when I delivered new internationals
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I went down to a PPL RV store near me, and they recommended a local welder that specialized in RV's and heavy/commercial trucks and buses. Cost was $750 + tax for a Class IV welded on. I am willing to pay someone with 30+ years of specialty and experience for the confidence of being able to break the bus or bend the frame before I have something go wrong with my hitch.This is where you probably should have started.

I still need to do the wiring, but I am still trying to figure out exactly how to pull my pickup yet. I would prefer to pull flat, but the pick-up is an automatic, so I don't want to have to drop the transaxle every time I hook up and unhook.
What pickup has a transaxle?
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