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JohnnyCash 10-17-2021 12:11 AM

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Hey guys, my buddy and i just bought a 5 window skoolie. Its a 2010 express with a 6.0L gas engine, 120k mi.
I want to install a tow hitch. Probably just to tow my atv/motorcycle but cant find much in google as far as what hitch would fit or a good website for it.
Any suggestions will be appreciated or any advice in general about the proccess of converting will be appriciated. Bus still has seats in it so were starting from scratch.

rossvtaylor 10-17-2021 12:44 AM

I install a couple of hitches on buses every month...but without knowing where you are, I don't know if I can assist you. (That's a gentle nudge to fill out your profile with your location. :-) )

Generally, you'll have to have a custom hitch fabricated for a bus. But since yours is built on a van frame you might be able to find a pre-fab hitch. I just did a DDG search for "tow hitch for chevy express" and came up with several bolt-in options for under $200.

Bear Gerschafer 10-17-2021 10:43 AM

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Originally Posted by rossvtaylor (Post 456155)
I install a couple of hitches on buses every month...but without knowing where you are, I don't know if I can assist you. (That's a gentle nudge to fill out your profile with your location. :-) )

Generally, you'll have to have a custom hitch fabricated for a bus. But since yours is built on a van frame you might be able to find a pre-fab hitch. I just did a DDG search for "tow hitch for chevy express" and came up with several bolt-in options for under $200.

Hey Ross, any tips on getting a tighter fit from the hitch post to reciever?
I.e. my cargo carrier is super loose in the hitch reciever. I tried a bit of gorilla tape to fill the gap but still pretty wobbly...

ol trunt 10-17-2021 11:26 AM

I think the slop is normal but I didn't like the racket. I drilled and threaded a 9/16" hole in one side of the female receiver, installed the male section and snugged it down with a 9/16" bolt. I followed this by drilling another (9/16") hole through the side opposite the first hole and through the male insert. I threaded the male insert and tightened the pieces together--no more rattle.

A couple of words of caution. I'm using the term 9/16" as a generality, you'll have to use a smaller drill size where you want to place threads and the actual 9/16" where you want the bolt to pass through. Remember to insert the locking rod (pin) through the assembly before you drill the combined male and female bolt hole or the pin won't line up when you assemble the contraption.
Jack:popcorn:

JohnnyCash 10-17-2021 11:42 AM

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Originally Posted by rossvtaylor (Post 456155)
I install a couple of hitches on buses every month...but without knowing where you are, I don't know if I can assist you. (That's a gentle nudge to fill out your profile with your location. :-) )

Generally, you'll have to have a custom hitch fabricated for a bus. But since yours is built on a van frame you might be able to find a pre-fab hitch. I just did a DDG search for "tow hitch for chevy express" and came up with several bolt-in options for under $200.


Sorry. Ill fill it out.
Im in san diego, ca. But seems like the bus rear axle is wider then the standars express vans.

Truthseeker4449 10-17-2021 12:17 PM

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Originally Posted by JohnnyCash (Post 456172)
Sorry. Ill fill it out.
Im in san diego, ca. But seems like the bus rear axle is wider then the standars express vans.

The axle shouldn't be an issue, it's the frame spacing that matters. I've read that the Ford chassis cabs have narrower frames than the pickups, I'm not sure if this is the case with Chevys.

Consider a weld together hitch. Less DIY than a bolt on style, but probably more likely to work for you and much better ratings. Or if you're looking to tow less than 5,000lbs, I think Reese has a kit that doesn't require welding, just bolt it onto the bottom of the frames and tight the set screws.

https://www.curtmfg.com/trailer-hitches/weld-on

Bear Gerschafer 10-17-2021 04:47 PM

I picked up a Reese universal bolt-on hitch, approx 300 new $150 on Craigslist. Was super easy to drill / bolt-on. Seems very sturdy and rated to 5k lbs towing and 500lbs tongue weight.

As mentioned above, the Harbor Freight cargo carrier I got is a little loose in the hitch reciever but I think that is on HF carrier, not the Reese hitch.

The above mentioned weld-on hitch looked great to me but wasn't an option as I have no welder - so bolt-on was my best bet, and then I got lucky with a craigslist find!

I can find the Reese part # if you're interested :)

JohnnyCash 10-17-2021 05:22 PM

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Originally Posted by Bear Gerschafer (Post 456191)
I picked up a Reese universal bolt-on hitch, approx 300 new $150 on Craigslist. Was super easy to drill / bolt-on. Seems very sturdy and rated to 5k lbs towing and 500lbs tongue weight.

As mentioned above, the Harbor Freight cargo carrier I got is a little loose in the hitch reciever but I think that is on HF carrier, not the Reese hitch.

The above mentioned weld-on hitch looked great to me but wasn't an option as I have no welder - so bolt-on was my best bet, and then I got lucky with a craigslist find!

I can find the Reese part # if you're interested :)



If you can get the part number i would really appriciate it. Ill look on reese and see what i can find

Bear Gerschafer 10-17-2021 06:09 PM

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Originally Posted by JohnnyCash (Post 456199)
If you can get the part number i would really appriciate it. Ill look on reese and see what i can find

I'll track it down, I was wrong it is a Curt hitch ;)

Edit - Curt 13701 Adjustable RV Hitch https://www.etrailer.com/RV-and-Camp...BoCsZQQAvD_BwE

Edit 2 - spelling, fat fingers covered in mortar dust lol

JohnnyCash 10-17-2021 07:46 PM

Perfect. Thanks a lot

Lkn4it 10-23-2021 05:14 PM

I used a regular van hitch on my 1995 and 1997 chevys. There should be measurements on the catalog page for the hitch. You can measure. The distance front to back will be different on the frame. You will need to place the hitch and mark your holes.


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