Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 07-06-2024, 05:23 PM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Feb 2020
Posts: 19
receiver hitch install on 2001 Amtran (International) RE bus

Click image for larger version

Name:	20240630_133234_resized.jpg
Views:	4
Size:	458.1 KB
ID:	78144
I haven't found much info for a receiver hitch which would fit my bus, so I figured I'd share what I did.

The outside of the frame rails are 34" wide. This is narrower than most pickup trucks. Adjustable hitches are out of the question for me because i wanted a class 5 hitch. I found that cab and chassis trucks have a 34" wide frame, so off to FB Marketplace I went. After many months of searching (because I'm a cheapskate), and measuring I found a used Curt 15845 receiver hitch for $50 with no hardware. This is a commercial duty hitch
rated to 20K lbs (2700 lbs tongue weight) with or without a WD hitch! It's intended for 1999 and up F-350, F-450, F-550 and F650. The receiver is 2.5".

To get this hitch in place, I removed the bumper and then had to remove a bit of steel from the side pieces which block the air from coming up from the bottom. I intend to use a rubber to cover those areas in the future. Here's a pic:
Click image for larger version

Name:	20240630_132121_resized.jpg
Views:	3
Size:	205.8 KB
ID:	78148

I ordered the hardware kit from eTrailer ($60 shipped for eight grade 8 carriage bolts, serrated flange nuts and four square hole spacers!!). Do not use hardware store grade 8 bolts. I twisted several before deciding that hardware store grade 8 bolts are not really grade 8. Grainger, Fastenal, Cat were options, but it is impossible to find grade 8 9/16-12 carriage bolts. I had to make two plates with two 1/2 square holes each to hold the Curt bolts from spinning.
Click image for larger version

Name:	20240703_163924_resized.jpg
Views:	3
Size:	257.0 KB
ID:	78149 Click image for larger version

Name:	20240703_165218_resized.jpg
Views:	3
Size:	329.0 KB
ID:	78150

The 9/16" holes into the bottom of the frame weren't too bad to drill (used a floor jack under the electric drill as a sort of drill press, but the two 1/2" horizontal holes on either side were a pain in the you know what! I had to use a stubby 1/2" drill bit on an angle adapter, but still couldn't get to two of them. Ended up using a stubby 5/16" drill bit and drilled the hole crooked, then used a carbide burr bit in a Dremel tool to square up the hole and enlarge it to 1/2". I used a shop vac and propped the hose near where I was grinding to keep the chips off my arms and clothing. Those suckers are like needles!

I had to notch the bottom of the bumper a bit.
Click image for larger version

Name:	20240630_171329_resized.jpg
Views:	4
Size:	288.9 KB
ID:	78143

I intend to use a brake controller in the driver's area, a tail light converter mounted in the electric cabinet outside of the driver and a 7-way cable from there all way to the rear bumper for the trailer lights. I'll write that install up in a week or so.
Attached Thumbnails
20240630_133245_resized.jpg   20240703_165244_resized.jpg   20240630_132801_resized.jpg  

cruizinbiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-06-2024, 06:36 PM   #2
Bus Crazy
 
nikitis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2023
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 1,072
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 29
If you are hauling 10k, you'll want a minimum of 3 large bolts on each rail, and you seem to have them. I wouldn't test the 20k
nikitis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2024, 09:17 AM   #3
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Feb 2020
Posts: 19
The trailer is rated for 10k, so I won't be going over that.
cruizinbiker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2024, 07:44 PM   #4
Bus Crazy
 
nikitis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2023
Location: South Carolina
Posts: 1,072
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: T444E
Rated Cap: 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by cruizinbiker View Post
The trailer is rated for 10k, so I won't be going over that.
Should be good to go then!
nikitis is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.