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Old 08-04-2019, 09:15 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I was wondering if people had any suggestions for towing hardware. I'm planning to tow my Chevy Express van, and I have already bought a driveshaft disconnect for it, but I could use help with a tow bar selection and/or any other hardware to tow a vehicle.

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Old 08-05-2019, 12:57 AM   #2
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You might want to post the make/model of the vehicle that will be doing the towing.
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I talked with the people at etrailer.com. I talked also with Curt and Draw Tite. Etrailer was by far the most helpful and knowledgeable. In my case it was for exact dimensions for an uncommon installation.
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Old 08-05-2019, 05:55 AM   #4
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You might want to post the make/model of the vehicle that will be doing the towing.

I have a `96 blue bird RE and I'd be towing a 2010 Chevy express 3500
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Wow - a ~6,000 lbs toad!! I'd suggest considering a much smaller/lighter tow vehicle as well as one that doesn't take nearly the work/expense to make towable. The weight of the toad vs. the weight of the towing vehicle is a very good indicator of how well the vehicle will tow.

The RV community has towing down to a science. I've been towing my Jeep Wrangler for quite a few years and many thousands of miles. I have a Ready Brute Elite tow bar that makes connect and disconnect super quick and easy. I mounted a Blue Ox baseplate to the Jeep. In my case, an additional wiring harness needed to be added as well as the cable to the brake pedal. All that varies based on vehicle on what you use for a supplemental braking system.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:01 AM   #6
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Well,


I have 7 kids, so I need a large vehicle when bus is stationary.


I'll look into your suggestions, thanks.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:07 AM   #7
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What did you use to add a hitch to your bus?
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What did you use to add a hitch to your bus?


I went to a local welder who installed a hitch and welded it to the frame. Iíd recommend that route.
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What did you use to add a hitch to your bus?
I did lots of measuring, talking to welders, and browsing for options. Eventually the folks at e-Trailer were helpful in finding a hitch that would come close to fitting. I ordered it, made the necessary modifications, and bolted it on. My frame is stainless steel and has lots of electronics so welding was not a very good option. Figuring out the wiring is then another project...

What is the gross weight of your bus?
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All that varies based on vehicle on what you use for a supplemental braking system.

Is supplemental braking a must?
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