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VanGo66

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Location : Longview, wa
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Trailer hitches

Post by VanGo66 on Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:17 am

I need to build a hitch for my van. Lets see what you guys have goin out there right now. I have an idea, but a little more inspiration never hurt.
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donivan65
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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by donivan65 on Sat Dec 03, 2011 1:05 pm

,,,,Reinforced with 2 " tubing slid into frame





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DanTheVanMan
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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by DanTheVanMan on Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:33 pm

I used part of Donivan's idea and used 2: square stock, slid it into the frame. Then welded 3" channel to it and then bolted a spare Jeep bumper I had with a 2" receiver built into it. Added rear air shocks life is good! cheers


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Space Truckin

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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by Space Truckin on Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:02 pm

Trailer hitch on ebay 499.95 LMAO
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Twinpilot001

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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by Twinpilot001 on Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:07 pm

im using one off my 82 chev van (factory) just mods to the width.
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mo_1040

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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by mo_1040 on Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:40 pm

Mine's pretty much the same as Donivans...was pretty easy to build.
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jrinaman

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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by jrinaman on Sat Dec 03, 2011 3:44 pm

i plan on doing one similar to donavans but right now, i have a hitch i bought for 20.00 and cut ends off, welded on tabs and welded tabs to bumper brackets. it was last minute decesion to drag camper to nats. and took longer to go get hitch than to install. i am not pleased with how it sticks out but need to drop tank to weld the way i want. click on pic to see entire pic
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donivan65
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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by donivan65 on Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:19 pm

VanAgains cartoon is more real than it actually is,,,,,,


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ScottyJones

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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by ScottyJones on Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:37 am

That's great! Do one of my van Rich! Very Happy

VanGo66

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Location : Longview, wa
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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by VanGo66 on Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:44 am

I'm thinkin of having the hitch come through my bumper. Problem being I'd have to cut out all the roll pan behind the bumper between the bumper brackets. My van is lowered so I don't know if i want to have the hitch under the bumper. Thanks for the pics guys.

ChevyVanMan1

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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by ChevyVanMan1 on Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:33 am

Sturdy looking hitches. I need a light duty thing, probably just bumper mounted. However, I need a new Right Rear Bumper mount-the C shaped piece that connects the bumper to the frame. Anybody have a spare floating around (please PM me so I don't steal this thread). Thanks much! Am using later model bumpers on mine as the originals are too light for parking by ear or a bumper mount trailer hitch. Any of you guys weld a bar to your bumper to make it sturdier? I was thinking of a square bar welded to the bumper, drilled to bolt into original brackets then a bolt on trailer hitch mounted thru the bumper and the welded on bar.

Boss illustrations guys, thanks much and happy motoring!

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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by Guest on Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:49 am

I went to Mikes welding on rt 19 in Newport Richie Florida he specializes in hitch fabrication he built and installed a real strong class 4 hitch and installed the electric brake control the harness and plug, can't hardly see it for $350.
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Big W

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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by Big W on Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:21 pm

Your right....I can't see it...CUZ YOU DIDN'T POST A PICTURE...lmao Very Happy ....Do you have a pic Please and thanks?

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hitch picture

Post by Guest on Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:54 am

I'll take a close up when I get a chance but I leave tommorow to head north to visit family for xmas. Will do and up load when I get back but just to give you an Idea of what it looks like. The receiver is tight against bottom center rear chrome bumper. I put a small piece of rubber between the bumper and receiver before install to stop rust from metal to metal contact. It is so tight you can't pull the rubber back out without loosening the hitch. Painted black without the receiver hitch mount installed most people don't even notice it there without bringing it to their attention. I told the facbricator I wanted to make sure I could take out my gas tank without removing the hitch. He said no problem and made it wide enough to bolt to the outsides of the frame on both sides, you can't see anything hanging down under the van, he made a sold steel cross bar connecting both sides that is behind the bumper with a flat steel lip that extends across from under the cross bar wide enough to go from back bottom edge of the cross bar to the back edge of the gas tank then welded both mounting brackets onto the ends of the plate and up into the pockets on the ouside of frame then installed 2 stanless steel, I believe 5/8's bolts on both ends thru the frame with sleeves welded into the holes drilled thru the frame. Just like the rear top shock tower mounts.
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donivan65
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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by donivan65 on Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:16 pm

I got a couple of bumper type ball hitches,,,,,this one bolts to the bottom of the bumper and is welded to the bumper brackets on the side,,,,,





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Big W

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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by Big W on Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:26 pm

rvbvanassoc, I am looking forward to seeing what you had made. I would like mine like that as well. Have a great christmas with the family and I look forward to some pics when you get back. Travel safe my friend.
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panelmanrd

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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by panelmanrd on Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:35 pm

I have a 68 108, used a hitch off of a 2003 dodge
caravan, was almost made for the earlys. bolts to the
bottom of the rear frame rails with 4 bolts. fits just under the bumper and flush with the bumper, no shin banggin
I made plates the went inside the frame rails from the rear
with the bumper off, bolted the hitch on and then the bumper. I have the bumper off at the chrome shop so I can`t
get a pic, but was very easy to install.
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Rick's 66 Chevy Van

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Location : Denver nc
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pic of chevy van

Post by Rick's 66 Chevy Van on Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:48 pm

hey Don where did you get those pic cartoon ?id love too have some of 65 panel and 66 sportsvan
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donivan65
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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by donivan65 on Sat Dec 06, 2014 1:02 pm

VanAgain spent a REAL long time sketching my van while I was working on his van,,,,,,,




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Rick's 66 Chevy Van

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Location : Denver nc
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Re: Trailer hitches

Post by Rick's 66 Chevy Van on Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:13 pm

awlsome id love too have one!!!!

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