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Old 06-10-2017, 05:44 PM   #1
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Reese hitch on a bus?

I'm wondering how other folks have installed a Reese receiver on their bus. Behind the bumper of mine is nothing to mount to and mounting the receiver directly to the bumper doesn't seem like a good idea.
Ideas and/or photos would be helpful.

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Old 06-10-2017, 05:46 PM   #2
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I'm wondering how other folks have installed a Reese receiver on their bus. Behind the bumper of mine is nothing to mount to and mounting the receiver directly to the bumper doesn't seem like a good idea.
Ideas and/or photos would be helpful.

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It needs to go to the frame. If your frame doesn't extend to the rear, you have to make it. Going to the bumper might work for a bike rack or a cargo basket.
What's your bumper mounted to?

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Old 06-10-2017, 05:54 PM   #3
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I've only been under there once so I don't really know.
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Just an idea.
Remember when they actually made bumpers out of steel and before the plastic bumpers that had have a Reese hitch?
Your bumper should be attached to the frame at some point.
If it looks solid then find a truck that has a bumper mounted ball and look at the load rating on it. You will see tongue load rating and trailer load ratings. Match some of those numbers to what your intentions are for towing and share them with us?
Plus a pic. With your bumper outside and underside will help us help you.
Good luck and let us know.
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What I would be towing would be under 5000 lbs. I'll get the photos tomorrow. Sun has moved behind the trees for today! Thanks!
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Chassis goes to the bumper so it's just a case of constructing a frame to hold the receiver below the bumper...
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I just found a hitch the same width as the frame, took the two nuts and plate off the u bolts that hold the body to the frame, bolted the hitch to the bottom of the frame, and put the plate and nuts back on under the hitch as added security. I dont have any underside shots at the moment, but here it is installed.

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My plan with this is to bolt it to the underside of my bumper with 5/8" grade 8 bolts.
On the inside top of the bottom bend on the bumper I'll add a 1-1/2" x 1/4" flat bar with the same bolts extending through that also. Should give the bumper some added rigidity. Heck, the bumper itself is already bulletproof!
After use, if it appears I need more support, I'll add struts to extend to the frame.
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My plan with this is to bolt it to the underside of my bumper with 5/8" grade 8 bolts.
On the inside top of the bottom bend on the bumper I'll add a 1-1/2" x 1/4" flat bar with the same bolts extending through that also. Should give the bumper some added rigidity. Heck, the bumper itself is already bulletproof!
After use, if it appears I need more support, I'll add struts to extend to the frame.
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.
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