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Old 08-15-2013, 06:34 PM   #1
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Before I weld this together. Is the hitch too close to the rear of bus?



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Old 08-15-2013, 07:22 PM   #2
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Re: Hitch?

I ain't never towed a toad, but I understand that the important thing is for the ball to be higher than the connection to the toad's bumper, so it doesn't pole vault through the back window of the bus on a sudden stop.

The distance the ball is from the bumper really only affects how tight of a turn you can make with the bus versus the toad, usually in backing. You aren't going to be backing up connected to the toad. (Are you?) Having the ball as close the the axle as possible improves maneuverability, but you can't have a pin directly over the rear axle on the bus.

I took the curved drawbars for my SUV, and drilled new holes for the retaining pin as close to the receiver as possible, to bring the balls about 2-4 inches closer to the bumper. When backing trailers with short ball-to-axle lengths they don't try to jackknife quite as quickly, and the tongue weight doesn't exert as much leverage in dropping the rear or lifting the front of the car. But I don't think a few inches one way or the other is going to make much difference on a 12 ton+ bus with 25% of its length behind the drive axles.
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:46 PM   #3
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Re: Hitch?

No easy answer,the bus is 8 ft wide so 4 feet on each side.

Towbar is ? 3 feet long...a guess

So unless you jack knife backing up you shoud be fine; look at most 16/20 ft car haulers your in same ball park....

I can measure my trailer Friday so you can compare tounge length if you want,keep it level with toad and you'll be fine
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:01 PM   #4
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Re: Hitch?

Looks like ours but we have a longer drop. Our bus looks like it may sit higher than yours. Same for your tow bar... mine is a Stowmaster 5000 with the hidden brackets... that might drop the tow bar down a bit too. You want the ball and the tow bar to be as flat level as possible. So hook up and see it it's fairly level. Don't forget to use safety cables. We lock our safety cable to the bus and use a threaded link with a thread lock fluid on it to attached to the Jeep (tow bar stays on the Jeep 24/7/365). Reason for doing this is because we had a safety chain stolen once off our popup. It was not in a campground but in a hotel parking lot. After that we welded the safety chain to the trailer tongue. Also I have read enough posts where someone stole safety chains/cables and hitch pins when the RVer was stopped for gas, overnight and for longer than 5 minutes. We also have a locking hitchpin. Our drop ball can be removed since we use the receiver tube to store the Jeep's Hitchhaul while we are parked (locked to the bus).

BTW, I really like the Stowmaster. So easy to hookup with only one person!
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Old 08-15-2013, 08:07 PM   #5
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... So unless you jack knife backing up ...
You are not going to back up a 4 down towed more than a few inches. The front tire camber will not allow you to do more than that.
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David says that in most states, it's a law that your ball isn't more than 15" from the ground. He said he doesn't think it's an enforced law because he has seen pickups with balls set higher. The main thing is the tow bar is level between the towed and the ball or receiver if you are going "ball-less". If you are ball-less, then there's just not much I can say... in public that is.
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David says that in most states, it's a law that your ball isn't more than 15" from the ground. He said he doesn't think it's an enforced law because he has seen pickups with balls set higher. The main thing is the tow bar is level between the towed and the ball or receiver if you are going "ball-less". If you are ball-less, then there's just not much I can say... in public that is.
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Old 08-16-2013, 04:53 PM   #9
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as long as it hits you right in the knee cap when walking by it , you should be ok.
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as long as it hits you right in the knee cap when walking by it , you should be ok.
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You sound like you speak from lots of experience.

Of course it's hard to miss the hitchhaul we store on the back of the bus... and I usually have the bruises to prove that.
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