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Old 07-06-2021, 04:54 PM   #1
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Hitches

How or where do I post about getting & putting a hitch on my bus?
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Old 07-06-2021, 05:02 PM   #2
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What’s your bus? Some get lucky and find a factory made hitch that fits. Others go to a custom maker. If you know your frame rail spacing you can try etrailer.com
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Old 07-06-2021, 06:11 PM   #3
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Old 07-06-2021, 07:29 PM   #4
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There have been a couple of design threads over the last year or so regarding receivers, rated capacities, general towing considerations. I think searching for GVW (gross vehicle weight) or 'tow' will bring them up.

My bus is a shuttle and I got a little spooked by talk of undersized transmissions; still, I'm fabricating a rear deck and receiver using 1/4" wall 2"x3" stock.

It is strong enough to tow anything, I think; but whether the engine and tranny will last is still an open question.

I've seen more pictures for design ideas in the various FB groups (but don't expect meaningful discussion about actual load design over there).
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Old 07-07-2021, 08:04 AM   #5
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You need to know the width of your frame... and then you need to find a work body or cab and chassis hitch that will fit your frame width. They aren't too expensive and are typically Class V or higher.


This is the one I'm running currently. They make different height side rails and as you can see, its somewhat universal.
https://www.draw-tite.com/product/41...-trailer-hitch
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Old 07-07-2021, 08:40 AM   #6
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I made mine.. and it serves 3 functions


It holds a KE100 motorcycle on top

The Onan 4k Genny tucked up under the bus so it's also the genny mount

as well as a tow hitch

https://www.skoolie.net/forums/f10/t...sta-32691.html
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Old 07-07-2021, 12:47 PM   #7
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You need to know the width of your frame... and then you need to find a work body or cab and chassis hitch that will fit your frame width. They aren't too expensive and are typically Class V or higher.


This is the one I'm running currently. They make different height side rails and as you can see, its somewhat universal.
https://www.draw-tite.com/product/41...-trailer-hitch

Do the side plates come pre-drilled by default? The website isn't clear as to whether the side brackets have holes ready for the bolt-on "option" that's mentioned in the instructions.
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Old 07-07-2021, 12:49 PM   #8
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Do the side plates come pre-drilled by default? The website isn't clear as to whether the side brackets have holes ready for the bolt-on "option" that's mentioned in the instructions.

Yup. Here is a link showing the plate options.


https://www.etrailer.com/question-9969.html
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