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Old 07-15-2019, 01:20 PM   #1
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Thomas Shorty Tow Hitch

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Anyone out there find a tow bar for a Thomas Short Bus?

IDK if thereís common measurements for frame rails. On this Chevy Express the frame rail measures 39 1/2Ē on center. I need a 4Ē drop to clear the bumper.

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Old 07-15-2019, 08:45 PM   #2
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I haven't ordered this stuff yet, but what I've found so far for a Chevy chassis is

https://www.amazon.com/Buyers-Produc.../dp/B01CIO5XDO

https://www.etrailer.com/p-118392.html#/
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Old 07-15-2019, 08:54 PM   #3
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Not clear if you are looking for a tow bar for the front or a trailer hitch for the back?
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:23 AM   #4
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Not clear if you are looking for a tow bar for the front or a trailer hitch for the back?
Trailer hitch.

So far the only thing Iíve found are the universal hitches that need to be welded.
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:41 AM   #5
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I haven't ordered this stuff yet, but what I've found so far for a Chevy chassis is

https://www.amazon.com/Buyers-Produc.../dp/B01CIO5XDO

https://www.etrailer.com/p-118392.html#/
I thought the frame rails on the Thomas are wider than the stock Express/Savanna. But now Iím wondering. Iíll do some more research and reply back.
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Old 07-17-2019, 12:35 PM   #6
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How long of a bus is it? One other point to consider (and one I also have, as I'd like a hitch as well), is on the long short buses (is that right?). They weld extra frame rail to the end of the existing frame rails, to get the full length. Is there any concern welding or bolting a hitch to the extended frame rails on these? I would think not, assuming the original extension was welded properly, but can't hurt to ask the experts here!

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Old 07-17-2019, 01:58 PM   #7
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How long of a bus is it? One other point to consider (and one I also have, as I'd like a hitch as well), is on the long short buses (is that right?). They weld extra frame rail to the end of the existing frame rails, to get the full length. Is there any concern welding or bolting a hitch to the extended frame rails on these? I would think not, assuming the original extension was welded properly, but can't hurt to ask the experts here!

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I wouldn’t worry about that in a vehicle that’s already done a 100K miles. It’s assured that the designers and builders of school buses aren’t going to put a bus body on a substandard frame.
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Old 07-17-2019, 02:16 PM   #8
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Would like one on mine as well.
While it will be more costly than a DIY installation, I'll be going to U-Haul for the professional install when the time comes...
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:12 PM   #9
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Around $20, strong as any commercial product.
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Old 07-18-2019, 12:08 AM   #10
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Around $20, strong as any commercial product.
I was thinking about that. My bus has a stack of four half inch steel plates between the c channels right about where the hitch would go. I assume itís ballast? Thanks for sharing that.
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