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PostPosted: January 25th, 2018, 10:05 am 
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Hello everyone. After thinking about this for many years I finally decided to stop waiting and bought the chinook. A beauty of a 1998 concourse but there are a couple issues I need to figure out. The first is that someone removed the receiver hitch so I can’t tow. Does anyone know if that hitch is off the shelf or if it was custom because of the step and frame design? I’d hate to have one made and I don’t want to order the wrong one. My next problem is they had the generator removed but that’ll be next on the list.
All and any advise is welcome as this is my first rv and I plan to use it as a travel machine as well as living in it about one week per month.
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PostPosted: January 25th, 2018, 12:44 pm 
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Do you have a pic of where the hitch receiver is suppose to be? Hopefully, they just cut it off, and you can put a square tubing back. I think it is less than $50 for hitch shops. If they ruin the point of attachment, it can be more messy. I don't think it is your case, but if you have to replace the step/bumper/spare tire holder, it is something in the order of a grand or two if you want the OEM.

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PostPosted: January 25th, 2018, 2:03 pm 
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Thanks so much for getting back to me. No, I don't have a pic today, however I will be back home tomorrow and will upload one then. It didn't look like anything had been cut just that the receiver isn't there at all. I hope your right and it's not a big deal.


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PostPosted: January 26th, 2018, 7:43 pm 
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I think I can dig up a few photos of the hitch on mine (all original). I have a 1999 Concourse. It is somewhat integrated into the steps and etc.

It's the first thing to scrape when, say, coming out of a driveway with a dip (gas stations, etc.), so maybe someone damaged it and just had it cut off?

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PostPosted: January 26th, 2018, 11:31 pm 
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I just don't understand why remove it if it was there originally.... it is like saving 3 lb of extra weight?

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PostPosted: January 27th, 2018, 12:41 pm 
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I have no idea why anyone would taked it off. I'm the 3rd owner And the person I bought it from never towed and genuinely didn't seem to know it came with one. Looks like the whole receiver was just unbolted from the frame.


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PostPosted: January 27th, 2018, 1:26 pm 
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I'm with Blue. Someone hit the ground, mangled it, and just removed it. Can't imagine any other reason. The information for the original fabricator is here in the forum. Can't remember their name. They'll have the dimensions. Won't be cheap.

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PostPosted: January 27th, 2018, 4:29 pm 
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The Company that was the primary supplier of all of the custom-fabricated metal parts for Chinook - such as the rear steps, rear bumpers, miscellaneous brackets on and under the Coach - was ASAP Metal Fabricators, in Yakima, Washington.

They may be contacted via e-mail at valerie@asapmetalfab.com
or by Phone at 888-386-8189 or 509-453-9143

Their Website is http://www.asapmetalfab.com

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Here are a series of photos that may help. These are the stock setup on my 1999 Concourse. Aside from the first one, the rest are taken looking up while my Chinook was on a hoist. If I can clarify anything, just let me know. I could also take additional photos as I'm sitting on the Chinook sofa typing this :D

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A few more in the next post.

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PostPosted: January 27th, 2018, 5:31 pm 
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I meant to note that my Concourse has the manual rear step. I think in all of the photos above the lower step is flipped up on top of the upper step (i.e. driving position). Things are a bit different with the electric step that came later, I believe (and earlier.... I don't know about either).

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