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Old 08-04-2019, 09:15 PM   #1
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Towing Hardware

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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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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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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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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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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. I’d 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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Is supplemental braking a must?
As always, nothing is simple...

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Is supplemental braking a must?
Yes. In all states. Weight of toad varies, but 6000 will apply just about everywhere. Break away system required just about everywhere too.
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Is supplemental braking a must?
that depends on what your tow vehicle is, how large the toad is etc - check your local DOT for that info
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https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/trailer-brakes/
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I have 7 kids, so I need a large vehicle when bus is stationary.


I'll look into your suggestions, thanks.
HAHAH I hear ya buddy, my 5th is on it's way in Nov. I too have a 1 ton van, I just made a trailer out of a 30' class a motor home frame that I scrapped out. Tow bar just didn't seem safe enough and I can put some cargo on the trailer also and well the van weights 5800 empty and I know it will be loaded with junk likely too.

I'm also trying to work out a hitch situation but I think I'm going to use one I pulled off a motorhome (rated 5k but I'm going to reinforce it) then just make mounts, bolt and then weld it up together.
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I too would like to know what kind of hitch you add to your bus? 1998 bluebird all american
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Hiway. Flat tows my 2 door Jeep with no brake system at all no problem in the mountains tows great
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Bolting a hitch on be sure you use locktite! And tighten it up with an impact wrench.
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Bolting a hitch on be sure you use locktite! And tighten it up with an impact wrench.
Would grade 8 bolts be needed?
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Would grade 8 bolts be needed?
Absolutely, you should be using grade 8 hardware on any of the tow hardware.
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