Hello the room!
I need to install a hitch on my bus to tow a ~300lb trailer and ~450lb motorcycle. I've seen the bolt-on, adjustable-width hitches for sale...but there's a hitch.
Welded in at the rear of my frame rails is a massive steel counterweight; it spans the width of the chassis rails and is about 18" long. There is about 5" of rail left at the back of the counterweight, and I'm not sure if that's enough space to accommodate the hole spacing on the bolt-on hitches. The counterweight (I'm assuming that's what it is) is about 3" thick.
Before I get further into dealing with that issue, I wanted to get your feedback on the strength of the bumper as a hitch attachment point. It is 3/16" steel, and obviously welded to the frame at several points. I have read that standard truck bumper hitches (i.e., for F-150s, etc.) are rated for 500lb tongue Weight/5000lb trailer weight. Knowing that a school bus is overbuilt...how do you feel about towing with the bumper?
Thanks for the feedback