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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:30 pm    Post subject: Vanagon rear hitch for fiberglass bumper Reply with quote

i have a 1990 camper and am looking at adding a rear hitch so i can haul a trailer or put a storage rack on hitch. i know of rmw's trailer hitch but does anyone else sell a rear trailer hitch?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:37 pm    Post subject: Re: vanagon rear hitch for fiber glass bumper Reply with quote

https://burleymotorsports.net/product/high-clearance-trailer-hitch-for-fiberglass-bumper/

I have the heavy duty version of that hitch and it's great. Installation was easy and I couldn't be happier.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:41 pm    Post subject: Re: vanagon rear hitch for fiber glass bumper Reply with quote

i just dont have the monies to purchase a $485 hitch. that is why i was looking for another solution. in worse case i would just design and fabricate my own if i cant find something in my price range.
i have heard only good things about burley hitches. just a little too much money for me at this time.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:12 pm    Post subject: Re: vanagon rear hitch for fiber glass bumper Reply with quote

I fabbed my own from an old tongue-type hitch.

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I'll be modifying it from a 1.25" to 2" box sometime this year.

I think I have perhaps $75 total into it at this point.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:52 am    Post subject: Re: vanagon rear hitch for fiber glass bumper Reply with quote

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I fabbed my own from an old tongue-type hitch.


I think I have perhaps $75 total into it at this point.

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where did you get the end brackets that attach to the bumper and slide into the frame?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon rear hitch for fiberglass bumper Reply with quote

That hitch actually bolts to the stock bumper brackets. I'm kinda surprised more vendors haven't copied the design. It's way better than the kind that attach to the tow loops.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon rear hitch for fiberglass bumper Reply with quote

a two inch square tube inbetween the brackets would be plenty of steel to carry a trailer is my guess. are you able to pull a trailer with that hitch?
what load do you think it will handle?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon rear hitch for fiberglass bumper Reply with quote

Well, it was originally a tongue hitch, so towing was it's only purpose. I assume it would be fine for small trailers. I've only used it for a four bike carrier. When I swap in the 2" box hitch, I'll use it with the cargo carrier I built for our EV.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon rear hitch for fiberglass bumper Reply with quote

Zeitgeist 13 wrote:
It's way better than the kind that attach to the tow loops.


While that's totally true.....there are thousands of vans with the hitch that attaches to the tow loops, towing right now, and not having the slightest problem. My van started with this same hitch, (but heavily modified Wink )


THIS Pic of a hitch that attaches to the tow loops (like the CURT hitch) is NOT my van, just a Samba pic I googled. I have modified it adding a 2" receiver.
I welded a Harbor Freight 2" receiver on. Etc. If you are going to weld on a trailer hitch better be sure it's welded right. Kinda hard to stress this enough. You might be using it for a bicycle carrier but someday it could have a trailer on it and it better hold, lives are at stake.

11656 Class 1 Fixed-Tongue Trailer Hitch
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Link: http://a.co/eCx6OQb not so much $$... $140.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:24 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon rear hitch for fiberglass bumper Reply with quote

I think the loop hitches are probably just fine for towing, but not for the vertical loading of a bike or cargo carrier.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2018 8:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon rear hitch for fiberglass bumper Reply with quote

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I think the loop hitches are probably just fine for towing, but not for the vertical loading of a bike or cargo carrier.


Good point. But they can't because they don't have a receiver. If you're already modifying, could add a brace. But yeah that's more modification, where a more solid mounting point would just be better. I'd have to put a cargo carrier on one and bounce on it, see how strong it is.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:07 am    Post subject: Re: Vanagon rear hitch for fiberglass bumper Reply with quote

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I think the loop hitches are probably just fine for towing, but not for the vertical loading of a bike or cargo carrier.


Good point. But they can't because they don't have a receiver.


Eh?

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Works just dandy on my van, but I installed the GW version with its support brace. Would a Burley-type hitch be better? No question. But the tow loop version does its intended job for many of us and without issue. Į\_(ツ)_/Į
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:21 am    Post subject: Re: Vanagon rear hitch for fiberglass bumper Reply with quote

Those also sit way too low for my purposes, as the loads would surely scrape when backing out of my driveway
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:40 am    Post subject: Re: vanagon rear hitch for fiber glass bumper Reply with quote

Zeitgeist 13 wrote:
I fabbed my own from an old tongue-type hitch.

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I'll be modifying it from a 1.25" to 2" box sometime this year.

I think I have perhaps $75 total into it at this point.


I was poking around my used bumper pile the other day. I have a used one that appears very close to the one above. I think is just set up for a tow ball though. I would sell it for $150 plus shipping. I have great UPS rates. Figure on $35ish for shipping in the lower 48
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:30 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon rear hitch for fiberglass bumper Reply with quote

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I was poking around my used bumper pile the other day. I have a used one that appears very close to the one above. I think is just set up for a tow ball though. I would sell it for $150 plus shipping. I have great UPS rates. Figure on $35ish for shipping in the lower 48


have you got a pic i might be interested.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Vanagon rear hitch for fiberglass bumper Reply with quote

Here's one that just popped up on Seattle CL:

https://seattle.craigslist.org/tac/pts/d/vanagon-tow-hitch/6546544714.html
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:06 am    Post subject: Re: Vanagon rear hitch for fiberglass bumper Reply with quote

I went a bit overkill. I modified the OEM brackets for the fiberglass bumper.

Plated the OEM brackets. Note the tube is mechanically sectioned through the brackets as I didnít want a place for my welds to fail.

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Notched in the receiver. 2Ē quarter wall tube. Gusset plates for reinforcing.

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Notched the fiberglass bumper.

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I plan to hand a ktm motorcycle off this. Thinkers crossed?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:58 am    Post subject: Re: Vanagon rear hitch for fiberglass bumper Reply with quote

Now that's how it's done. Nice work!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:21 am    Post subject: Re: Vanagon rear hitch for fiberglass bumper Reply with quote

that looks very sturdy should hold a motorcycle. was that a 2" X 3/16" square tube? did you use 3/16" steel for the bumper brackets? nice work! what do you think the hitch weighs?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:30 am    Post subject: Re: Vanagon rear hitch for fiberglass bumper Reply with quote

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that looks very sturdy should hold a motorcycle. was that a 2" X 3/16" square tube? did you use 3/16" steel for the bumper brackets? nice work! what do you think the hitch weighs?


Yes and yes. The whole shebang isnít that heavy. Itís pretty easy to lift. Maybe 50#?

I should warn one issue. If you plate the inside of the OEM brackets the space between the bumper mounting bolts will widen the width of your added plates. It wasnít an issue for me because I had to rebuild my fiberglass bumpers as they were trashed when I got them. And I was modifying the brackets to accommodate. What was a few more holes?
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