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Old 04-27-2013, 10:04 PM   #1
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Re: Towing with your skoolie


Towing the food cart from Socorro to Roswell, you can see how long the drop is on the hitch. You need to have the ball hitch and the hitch cup as close to level as you can get it.



If you look real hard, you can see my Jeep Grand Cherokee (4WD Quadratrac) behind the bus. It looks a lot like the black Jeep in the picture except that it weights 500 lbs more (my Jeep weighs 5500 lbs). We flat tow with a "single person hookup" Stowmaster 5000 (the kind with a ball). We have the Hitchhaul set up with trailer lights on it. A wiring harness runs from the trailer wire pin connector , over the top of the Jeep and down the back window to the trailer wire pin connector on the hitch haul. We use removable hitches on all our vehicles. The bus required a long drop hitch. We store the Hitchhaul on the back of the bus while parked.

David says he can't feel the Jeep behind him, not even when it blew out a front tire (ALWAYS make sure the towed is set up to tow before leaving out after an overnight stop ).

I think that if you are going to tow anything behind you, invest in a rear camera to keep an eye on what you are towing.

Note: My Stowmaster is rated for 6000 lbs. Later models of the Stowmaster 5000 is not. I don't know the cut off date but the tow bar is labeled with the max weights.
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:24 PM   #2
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Re: Towing with your skoolie

I've towed every which way depending on the vehicle pairing. I've built a TOAD for my shorty skoolie which weighs in at 2300 # and will be flat towed. I've towed it some with my '71 Chevy suburban Skoolie (well, it is yellow) which has a 5.7l automatic and I can't tell the thing is even there. You should check the towing laws in the states you plan to operate in as the requirements for towed vehicles varies from state to state. If you chose to flAt tow make sure the vehicle you choose is happy with that as well
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Re: Towing with your skoolie

I have the same set up as you, t444e 545 tranny full size bus, im getting ready to tow, and not not worried about smoking the tranny, there tuff, like anything else just have to look after it, im concerned about the t444e not haveing pulling power, its a bit of a dog at the best of times, but just have to take my time.
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Re: Towing with your skoolie

Lorna, that is a great pic of your bus towing the food cart.

I do not tow. I have no hitch. I am going to pay someone to haul my little truck to Tennessee. It will be cheaper than to weld a hitch for the bus and attach a tow bar for the truck.
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It will be cheaper that to weld a hitch for the bus and attach a tow bar for the truck.
The hitch receiver was cheap (from Northern Tool in Asheville NC). David welded it to a scrap steel plate that was then welded to the frame plus bolted it since he didn't trust his welds. It was bolted after we drug the jeep 1700+ miles. I'm pretty sure it was an optical illusion but the receiver sure looked like it was falling off (it wasn't, we checked at every stop). But it didn't hurt us one bit to add some hefty bolts to the setup. It was a bugger to drill though!









My tow bar and brackets came from two different people on Hitchtrader.com and it took over a year to find what I needed at the price I wanted to pay. I was working with a very limited budget. I believe it cost me right around $300. It's been a long time since I bought (around 2006 thru 200. Probably posted the $$ someplace here. I also has specific needs. I needed a one person hookup (I needed to be able to hookup the Jeep while David was working) and I have a rather heavy Jeep. I think I have the last year they were made that heavy. No sweat, the 6000 lbs should cover several vehicles. Just need to buy new brackets when we replace the Jeep. If you have more time than money, sit on Hitch trader and know what you need. I had both the Blue Ox bar/brackets and the Stowmaster bar/brackets picked out for my Jeep before I started watching. I ended up with Stowmaster because that is what popped up first in my meager price range. The bar I got came from a place that removes them from lots of vehicles for some reason. My bar looked great. The brackets came from an owner who got a new towed and decided to recoup a little $$ from the sale of his brackets (and help pay for his new brackets on his new towed). I watched every day and contacted as soon as I saw the ad pop up. But it did take over a year to get both pieces. Jeep brackets are harder to get than the tow bars.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:30 AM   #6
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I do not have a welder. I am nervous enough just driving the bus without having to worry about towing something. I am leaving very soon.
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Towing isn't a big deal as long as you remember you got something behind you. But if pushed for time, you would most likely be better off looking for someone who wants to travel to the same area you are going that would like a free ride (let them drive your vehicle). Look on Craigslist in your area. You might offer to pay their meal/hotel and in return they can drive your vehicle following behind you. Advertise widely. Make sure your insurance will cover them first. Lots of folks do this.
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Towing isn't a big deal as long as you remember you got something behind you. But if pushed for time, you would most likely be better off looking for someone who wants to travel to the same area you are going that would like a free ride (let them drive your vehicle). Look on Craigslist in your area. You might offer to pay their meal/hotel and in return they can drive your vehicle following behind you. Advertise widely. Make sure your insurance will cover them first. Lots of folks do this.
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I never considered that option.
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I wouldn't tow more than the food cart with that hitch, but that's me.
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I wouldn't tow more than the food cart with that hitch, but that's me.
Little boy, I have seen your bus. If I were you, I wouldn't be making disparaging remarks. The hitch is solid. We think we have an optical illusion going with the bus... either that or too many miles in excessive heat and not enough water consumption caused me to see things. Naw, couldn't have been that. I didn't see the illusion when we traveled with the bus back in December.

And I still say they got land crabs out here in NM. We saw them crossing the 2 lane highway in the morning while it was still coolish... I ran over a few... they kind crunched.
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