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Author Topic: Tow hitch for an MC8  (Read 2201 times)
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« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2007, 05:46:59 AM »

Okay, thanks for all the good ideas. So, for those who indicated I probably shouldn't tow 10,000 lbs., I just figured I see buses pulling all kinds of large trucks and SUV's and figured they were in the 7000-8000 lb range. What do you feel would be the max tongue weight and overall weight that would be safe for an MCI. I would like to tow my F350 which weighs about 7000, but I also want to put some toys in and on the truck so I figure around 8000 lbs. There would be no appreciable tongue weight. Does this sound out of line? Or should I tow something lighter. Thanks for those of you who offered your services, although I probably won't be in Ohio with my rig soon, so I will give a call to the more local folks. Thanks again to all for the information
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« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2007, 06:06:27 AM »

I have fifty years experience welding on my own stuff, but I always get a certified welder to weld a hitch. A hitch failure, at minimum, is expensive. Killing people is really hard on the conscience.

If towing four wheels down and not putting any weight on the hitch, then the limit is probably how much horsepower you have, providing you get the hitch designed and built to pull from the drive axle and not from the bulkhead or engine cradle.
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« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2007, 12:50:40 PM »

Chris,

Here is a great thread re: hitches on MC9s.

http://www.busconversions.com/bbs/index.php?topic=4080.msg36996#msg36996

In quickly glancing through the thread, I saw a great post by rv_safetyman and MCI specs.

Also, searching on "trailer hitch" on this board will bring other good stuff as well.

Hope this helps,

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« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2007, 09:54:14 PM »

Thanks everyone for all the feedback. I will work on combining the ideas and trying that shop in California you mentioned.
Chris
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