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Old 09-27-2015, 10:13 AM   #21
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These had transaxles, but automatics weren't available till later, and they sucked.
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Old 09-27-2015, 02:45 PM   #22
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What pickup has a transaxle?
I meant driveshaft, sorry for using incorrect words, and thank you for the correction.
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Old 09-27-2015, 05:44 PM   #23
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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.
You should have had that welder build you a simple wheel lift on the back of your bus VS the hitch.

Then, just like on the back of a tow truck, you could have lifted the drive wheels of the vehicle your towing off the ground.

Much much safer, No wear and tear on the toad, No drive shaft to disconnect, better stopping due to the weight of the toad being on the rear wheels of the bus, ect.

And you could have still used it as a adjustable height trailer hitch.

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Old 04-24-2019, 09:22 PM   #24
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Receiver Hitch and Install in Atlanta

ok so I'm trying my best to troll the 'net to find a local company here in Atlanta GA area that will be able to sell me the receiver hitch assembly that will fit my 1997 International 3800 series with BlueBird body, dt466e and the good old Allison at545 with a 5.9 rear end gear ratio. So far I'm hitting blanks. My plans at to go full time RV at the end of my lease at the end of June this year (2019) but this will hold me up from that b/c of a need to tow dolly my car. Help anyone know of a reputable business in Atlanta that I can go to for this?
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Old 04-24-2019, 10:00 PM   #25
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They may not find something listed in the hitch manufacturers' application tables. Maybe you could try for a custom hitch or general welding shop and say "if I bring in a Draw-Tite 41990 hitch kit, will you install it on my vehicle?"

The Draw-Tite 41990 is a weld-together hitch kit consisting of a 44" wide center section plus left and right brackets. It can be ordered with either 7" or 16" brackets.
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Old 04-26-2019, 05:32 PM   #26
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We went with a standard reese hitch for a f150. took the plates off it that it cam with and it fits perfect between the frame rails.
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Old 06-01-2019, 10:31 PM   #27
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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.
In the Atlanta, GA area, I've been referred to Mike's Trailer Hitches in Riverdale, GA over on the southside of town. They're about the only one here that will touch my skoolie for hitch companies in the area. The others despite not needing a rack, insist they can't handle anything the size of my bus which is a front engine 1997 International 3800 w/BlueBird body(dognose config). I've been quoted $500 as the ballpark figure, and since it's my last month in my apartment here before I go full time RV, next paycheck will most assuredly be going down there to get it done!
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