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Old 08-29-2006, 10:19 PM   #1
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Trailer hitches??

I have read all that I can about trailer hitches. Went to three different stores to try to measure some receivers for mounting on my skoolie. However, I have yet to find one that will fit. Closest I have found is one for an import SUV, lexus or toyota I think. Only problem is that the mounting angle gets wider as it goes towards the front.

Does anyone have a part number or a manufacturer's number that has one that will fit a 95 IH bus. Measurements are 34 1/8" from outside to outside of frame, and 27 7/8" from between frame to frame.

On my skoolie, there is a 7" x 2" c-channel running from one frame to the other with the "c" facing up, and it has two huge tow hooks bolted to it. Is it a good idea to remove this "c" channel and bolt the hitch directly to the frame, or to leave it alone and use spacers between the over hanging parts of the hitch. I dont like the spacers idea.

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Old 08-30-2006, 05:38 AM   #2
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Old 08-30-2006, 10:26 AM   #3
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I also have an international

I have a 92 international and I wanted a class 5 reciever for it. It turns out that the 34 inch spacing on my frame is the same as the 2000 and later Ford F-350's and F-450 cab and chasis pickups. After looking around I purchased a Putnam class 5 reciever with a 15000 lb capacity and a 1500 lb tongue weight limit from hitch-web.com for $280 which was $150 cheaper than the Reese hitch that had a lower weight limit, and the Putnam came with a 2" reciever not a hard to find 2-1/4" reciever. here is a link to the hitch: http://www.hitch-web.com/proDescrip.asp ... 5245&OID=8
and here are some pics of my installation: http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/v/Skooli ... ?g2_page=2
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Old 08-30-2006, 10:37 AM   #4
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I took off the tow hooks because they were bent to all hell. The metal that held them on was twisted badly. I just bolted the hitch to the frame rails. I perfer not to weld on them.
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Old 08-31-2006, 12:14 AM   #6
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the better to escape with

Actually my bus was a dedicated handicapped bus so it had seating for 8 little kids and the rest was tie downs for wheel chairs. I guess there weren't a lot of handicapped kids in Humbolt cause it only had 12,000 miles on it. I have one of the emergency exits partly blocked by the combination bunk/bench seat, so it's not that usable but it's still possible to access.
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I used a Chevy pickup hitch and had a welder add extensions to the mounts.



I haul a fully loaded stock car trailer with it and it works awesome.
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I used a step bumper hitch and upsized the mounting holes for 5/8" grade 8 bolts.



(the original 1/2" hardware is shown in the photo.)

More here: http://www.vonslatt.com/bus-body.shtml

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Old 09-02-2006, 08:27 AM   #9
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Thanks everyone for the replies. I knew there had to be a pretty much bolt on application out there somewhere. Will probably be using the SD Ford hitch.

Jake, I like the ease that your idea takes, but I think its a bit undersized for my application. Loooking to haul a 5500# Scout on a 17" flat bed trailer. I think the total weight is around 7,000#. Quite a bit more than a small car.

Again, Thanks everyone for the ideas.

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Jake, I like the ease that your idea takes, but I think its a bit undersized for my application. Loooking to haul a 5500# Scout on a 17" flat bed trailer. I think the total weight is around 7,000#. Quite a bit more than a small car.
The bumper/frame members on my bus are certainly good for +10,000 lbs but yes, I'd want a beefier receiver for that kind of weight, I'd probably just bolt on one of these forged pintle/ball combo hitches from Northern Tool.



http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/ ... _7808_7808

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