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Old 07-10-2017, 05:52 AM   #11
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Not a good idea.
That setup will give you a front row seat to watch your trailer zooming off in a different direction.

All you need to do is let Uhaul or Camping world look at your setup ad recommend a hitch.
Buy from them, or buy elsewhere. But don't skimp on this or cheap out.
The last thing you want is your towed coming loose and smacking a vanload of kids head on.
In retrospect, this isn't a good idea. I haven't done anything yet. Still pondering the idea and now, with new info available about towing, I'm looking more towards a "real" hitch welded to the frame. I have the means to weld but, getting under the bus is the issue for me! It's very low to the ground.
Basically, I'm back to square one and will probably have to get a garage to install a hitch...
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Old 07-10-2017, 07:10 AM   #12
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In retrospect, this isn't a good idea. I haven't done anything yet. Still pondering the idea and now, with new info available about towing, I'm looking more towards a "real" hitch welded to the frame. I have the means to weld but, getting under the bus is the issue for me! It's very low to the ground.
Basically, I'm back to square one and will probably have to get a garage to install a hitch...
You can buy "box tubes" and have a welder fabricate what you need.
Might be a lot of steel to get it right, but no more expensive than a dealer.
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Old 07-16-2017, 10:09 PM   #13
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The way I did it.
I also have access to some serious metal lol. Which helps.
The receiver was something I had laying around. I have a 17k receiver that will be put above that one.
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Old 07-16-2017, 10:25 PM   #14
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i go to the scrap yard recycle place n pick out a hitch (usually 25dollars) and just fab up the necessary mounts for the frame rails... have done this several times for myself n some others
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Old 07-18-2017, 04:53 PM   #15
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AGREED!

I have a 98 Chevy Astro that had a CHEAP receiver hitch installed by NORCO to carry my power scooter. Unfortunately, the hitch wasn't secured deeply enough (2 holes vs. 4 holes per side). It ended up DESTROYING the unibody frame. NORCO wasn't even authorized by the VA, but they had connections with Ft. Harrison prosthetics, so they got the low bid.
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Old 07-18-2017, 04:54 PM   #16
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The way I did it.
I also have access to some serious metal lol. Which helps.
The receiver was something I had laying around. I have a 17k receiver that will be put above that one.
Is it difficult to drive your bus on its side?
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Old 07-18-2017, 10:39 PM   #17
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Not when you are going fast enough around a corner.
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