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Old 03-15-2010
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Steve,

Here is a portion of a reply that I made a while back, My 'Bird is an FC and it had the channel steel and ball frame originally.

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Great write up and pictures John!

I believe most if not all earlier FC's had a maximum towing weight of #7500?

I have read other places that have said #10,000 but I have never had that confirmed with a placard?

My 1983 FC with a factory BlueBird hitch and placard says #7500 max gross towing weight with a maximum tongue weight of #750.

I believe that refers to the standard hitch that came on some 'Birds like mine, but I had it beefed up some to handle the additional tongue weight.



If I had to do it over again, I would mount the hitch receiver tube on top of the original hitch beam, to go above the rollers, but I have added a roller to the hitch that has worked quire well.





It was originally owned by Grey Eagle Distributing in St. Louis, MO and used as the Budweiser promotion bus.


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Just as a word of caution on the "original" BB u-channel hitches, the channel tends to crack if subjected to any "significant" load.

When I first got my FC 33, I towed my open race car trailer & car 2 or 3 times (total wt. - approx. 4500lbs) only to discover a crack 75% of the way across the channel. End of factory hitch!! (and I consider myself very lucky)

New Drawtite frame hitch installed, plus plates welded to permanently attach the lower "sub frame" at the rear to the main frame rails.

Never a problem since...

BTW John, yours looks quite different than mine as far as the frame attachment. Sorry, no pictures as the rear of the bus is over a very large mud puddle!!
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Ryan could you take a picture of yours from behind? Is your "U" channel attached to the lower bar?
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Yes, it is welded to the lower bar as well as the extra bracket you can see in the picture.

What we guys will do for each other... Climb or in my case roll under a Bird in the dark to take a picture for someone in need

Hope it helps!!

BTW, a picture perfect day here in Clearwater... High of about 68, sunny and a lite breeze... Sorry, had to rub it in
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That is perfect thanks! I will post picture once I get the work done as to the solution we come up with.
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In Florida you can get a trip permit, which cost $10.00. You make application for it at http://www.fdotmaint.com/PermitNew/home.asp . You will usually fill it out about three times before it is just right right, then they contact you for payment info. I do this each time I pull my race car trailer behind the PT42, which ends up being 77'.
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Hi Guys,
Has anyone experienced any issues with law enforcement in regards to towing a 28 ft trailer behind a 40 ft BB. I researched on the internet that some states only allow a maximum of 65 ft total length. How strict are they?

During bike week , there was a truck trailer combo. He was over 90 feet long. When I asked about the lengh and law he informed me that being a private coach he has had no issues. I cant speak from experience , but he as there
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In Florida you can get a trip permit, which cost $10.00. You make application for it at http://www.fdotmaint.com/PermitNew/home.asp . You will usually fill it out about three times before it is just right right, then they contact you for payment info. I do this each time I pull my race car trailer behind the PT42, which ends up being 77'.
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Got stopped in Texas, eh John? Egads!

We've been dragging a 26' trailer behind our PT-40 for several years. Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, and now we are in Texas. We are about 67 ft. LOA. So for no issues but as the man said, it's never an issue until you get stopped.






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Too cool!!

Great place to carry the BB spare.

Do you have a picture with everything loaded?
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