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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:16 am    Post subject: Diesel Vanagon Trailer hitch help. Reply with quote

Hey, I was wondering if anyone has a found a relatively affordable diesel vanagon hitch for either the front or the rear. I have found plenty from curt mfg that bolt onto the rear bumper hooks but they are not the 2" receivers im looking for as I would like to use a bike rack. This is the one that pops up everywhere. https://www.curtmfg.com/masterlibrary/11656/images/11656_1024x768_a.jpg

That being said, Does anyone think I could use the gowesty version (http://www.gowesty.com/product-details.php?v=&id=2582&type=) and just leave the t-bar support off as I never intend to tow any trailers and only use a bike rack?

Any help would be appreciated.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 4:11 am    Post subject: Re: Diesel Vanagon Trailer hitch help. Reply with quote

Choice #1 is the burley hitch....
http://burleysmotorsports.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=14

Various others sell the bumper mount with a 2" tube......
http://www.van-cafe.com/home/van/page_1093

http://www.gowesty.com/product-details.php?id=2582


A bike rack hanging has a tremendously quantity of dead weight that will severely stress a hitch and try to twist it.
You need that support for bikes..... Possible as much as if not more than a trailer needs it.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:03 am    Post subject: Re: Diesel Vanagon Trailer hitch help. Reply with quote

So do you think if I ordered the gowesty hitch I could do without tht-bar that goes to the engine mount for my application? I only bring it up as the diesel variant does not have this engine support in the same spot.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 7:25 am    Post subject: Re: Diesel Vanagon Trailer hitch help. Reply with quote

Frankendell wrote:
So do you think if I ordered the gowesty hitch I could do without tht-bar that goes to the engine mount for my application? I only bring it up as the diesel variant does not have this engine support in the same spot.

http://www.gowesty.com/images/ec/products/large/large_46feacb5b2cb4354b8d55d415cdbcd6e.jpg


No, for that hitch it is vital to the hitch's stability.

The burley or similar is what you seek.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:42 am    Post subject: Re: Diesel Vanagon Trailer hitch help. Reply with quote

On my never ending list of things to do is build a rear bumper in a style that suits me. I'm not building a bumper any time soon. I ended up with a Rocky Mountain Westy rear bumper, great folks. It came beautifully packaged. It is a tank. You can mount it, then hang bikes off the back in a half hour. I grow fonder of it every day. My original reluctance was it's overall size. I'm over it. They do a great job. Twin Peaks Bumper. I give it a vote. It is a smart design that packages well for shipping purposes and future partial replacement should it get hit hard enough to hurt it. The quality of the build really exceeded my expectations.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:06 am    Post subject: Re: Diesel Vanagon Trailer hitch help. Reply with quote

Yep, I love mine too.
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