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Old 06-14-2012, 03:40 PM   #1
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Receiver hitches - how much should I pay?

I just did some initial calling around to get a receiver hitch installed on the bus. The first place said it was a custom job since they would not be able to find a hitch specifically designed for my vehicle. They referred me to a custom hitch and welding shop that quoted me $450! I tried another trailer shop and got the same quote. Is this what I should expect to pay?! Anyone get it done cheaper?
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Old 06-14-2012, 04:28 PM   #2
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Re: Receiver hitches - how much should I pay?

I was give the same "custom job" story by two separate body shops here. The lowest bid I received was $1,400 My trunk compartment is in the rear and the chassis frame is different, but couldn't pay that much. I can't answer your question, but looking forward to seeing if others have succeeded and for a whole lot less.
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Re: Receiver hitches - how much should I pay?

I wouldn't pay that much cause I will make my own
I think it's high,they are a hitch shop so they buy the material in bulk and have the know how

but I buy steel all day and am a machinists so my views are skeuuuuud

So going with say $100 material and a shop rate of $65 an hour at 5 hours of time...it would be close to a big shop and they have the liabilty to do it correctly

So if you don't have a friend who can do it that price isn't unreasonable since most class 5 hitches will run you $200/$300 for a F450 type bolt on hitch plus atleast $100 to mount it for you.

So I say they are close
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:08 PM   #4
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Re: Receiver hitches - how much should I pay?

im in the procces of trying to get a hitch for my blue bird, the frame is 34 in the ford 450 550 should fit,will shave to drill ut holes in the frame, and make a cut out in the bumper. the hitch is about 250 .00 i think i can install it myself

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Re: Receiver hitches - how much should I pay?

This probably won't help, but I thought I'd show you what I did. A friend of mine junked out a chevy van, which had a hitch on it, that he gave me. Of course, it was way to wide for the bus. So I cut the center cross tube out, and narrowed it there. I sleeved the inside of it with another smaller square tube, then rewelded it back up. I wouldn't try it though, unless you have a good 220v. welder and some practice. The orginal receiver tube had a receiver stuck and permantly rusted in. So I just cut it off too, and rewelded a flat plate on, since I already had the bolt on reciever tube. Needless to say, I don't have much in mine. I know the local welding shop here has really gone up in price in the last couple years. So I would guess that $400-450 range probably isn't that far off if they make and install it. Which really sucks.



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Re: Receiver hitches - how much should I pay?

I forgot to mention this was my quick easy solution for now. I plan to change it. It looks great on the bus. The receiver tube is just under the back bumper. Unfortunately, I have to use a 6" drop reciever in order to use my car trailer. I really don't like using that much drop. I don't have any pictures of it mounted. But I'll try and get a couple tomorrow.
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Re: Receiver hitches - how much should I pay?

I installed the Valley brand adjustable motorhome hitch without issue. Back in 2008 it cost $255 shipped from http://www.hitchcorner.com. Only additional cost was a good quality drill bit.
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I installed the Valley brand adjustable motorhome hitch without issue. Back in 2008 it cost $255 shipped from http://www.hitchcorner.com. Only additional cost was a good quality drill bit.
YES!! Now THAT's what I'm talkin' about! Thanks Sean. God I love the internet.
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Re: Receiver hitches - how much should I pay?

Okay, check this out guys: http://www.amazon.com/Reese-Towpower-37 ... roduct_top

Just over $100 and free shipping! There are several like this on Amazon. My likely use is to carry a receiver hitch carry basket on which my generator will sit, plus other light items like maybe bicycles. I may also want to tow a small vehicle behind the bus at some point. The most strain I would put on it may be carrying a motorcycle that would weigh close to 500lbs. That would push a class 3 hitch to it's limits. It seems like the adjustable hitches are mainly class 3.

Here is a quick guide for selecting type of hitch: http://www.hitchesonline.com/hitch_selection.htm

Anyone have any comments?
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Old 06-15-2012, 05:27 PM   #10
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If that is going to be your primary use then I would keep the hitch up high, like mine is now. I made a little carrier to fit in the reciever of my pickup, for hauling the snowblower around. Our last outing in the bus I used it for carrying the generator. Eventually I'm hoping to fit the generator under the bus, thats when I figured I would relower my hitch just for pulling the car trailer. I like the generator up higher though.



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