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lawncuttinfoo
07-16-2006, 09:32 PM
My new trucks bumper is strong enough to haul my trailer but my problem is there are 3 holes middle of which I will use for the ball but the other two are not the correct size to hook my saftey chain to. Is there a piece of equipment to purchase that has saftey chain connections?

Signature Landscaping1
07-16-2006, 09:54 PM
I belive there are hooks, loops something like that you can buy. Northern Tool has them.

grass_cuttin_fool
07-16-2006, 10:02 PM
They are called'' eye bolts ''

wayne

lawnspecialties
07-16-2006, 10:03 PM
Does your new truck have loops underneath the bumper. If so, these are for the safety chains. Usually, the three holes are used (generally by farmers) for different size hitch balls.

JB1
07-16-2006, 10:08 PM
do yourself a favor and not use the bumper for your hitch, spend some money on a reese hitch that mounts up to the frame, a lot safer.

lawncuttinfoo
07-16-2006, 10:08 PM
no loops under the bumper.

Eye bolts nice that would work.

I think I just found what I need, a "step bumper hitch". It has the holes for the chains plus I was not very excited to have the trailer so close to the truck since I need to step over it many times a day plus less turning radius.

Anyone seen a good cheep 6,000 lb class step bumper hitch for sale?

lawncuttinfoo
07-16-2006, 10:12 PM
This is a reinforced bumper rated to 6,000 lb tow and already mounted to the frame, 1.5 " thick instead of the usual 1/4" thick.

lawnmaniac883
07-16-2006, 10:35 PM
Bumpers are not really meant to tow anything constantly, that is what hitches are for. Do yourself a favor and save some headaches.

lawncuttinfoo
07-16-2006, 10:48 PM
I will post a picture of it later but it is bolted to the frame just as well as my old reese undermount was. There is also a sticker posted on it that specifies 6,000 lb tow capability.

There is absolutly no reason to mount an undermount in this situation since I would actually have to remove the bolts from this hitch-bumper to make way for the undermounted one which would have the exact same tow capability.

lawnspecialties
07-16-2006, 10:51 PM
What kind of truck we talkin' here? Just curious.:)

DLCS
07-16-2006, 10:54 PM
I will post a picture of it later but it is bolted to the frame just as well as my old reese undermount was. There is also a sticker posted on it that specifies 6,000 lb tow capability.

There is absolutly no reason to mount an undermount in this situation since I would actually have to remove the bolts from this hitch-bumper to make way for the undermounted one which would have the exact same tow capability.



What kind of truck comes new from the factory with a bumper hitch rated the same as a reciever type hitch? But doesn't have a place to hang safety chains? BTW using eyebolts for safety chain connections is a no no, unless those eyebolts are rated high enough to withstand the jerk of a unhitched trailer.

lawncuttinfoo
07-16-2006, 11:05 PM
pic of bumper hitch

lawncuttinfoo
07-16-2006, 11:07 PM
Sorry I meant to say my new used 95 F150, this bumper was added on by the previous owner.

dcondon
07-16-2006, 11:34 PM
Good luck with it. But like others have said. Put a Reese hitch on there. Believe me or not there is a big difference!!!!!!!!!

DLCS
07-17-2006, 12:28 AM
Sorry I meant to say my new used 95 F150, this bumper was added on by the previous owner.



You will be better off with a reciever hitch, no way would i trust a ball on a bumper for heavy use. If you do get a reciever, i think you will have to go back to a stock bumper cause that receiver will not fit with that drop center bumper.

Scag48
07-17-2006, 11:06 AM
Get a real reciever, bumpers were never meant for heavy towing, only intermittent use.

notoriousDUG
07-17-2006, 01:02 PM
Bumpers ar enot made to tow with.

They may have good TOW capacity but chek out what the rated toungue wieght is... usually not so much.

Do yourself and everyone else on the road a favor and get a hitch.

lawncuttinfoo
07-19-2006, 01:16 AM
500 lb rated tounge weight. ill get a pic of the rating sticker.

notoriousDUG
07-19-2006, 09:50 AM
500 lb rated tounge weight. ill get a pic of the rating sticker.

Which unless you are towing a baby trailer with almost no load you are exceeding.

lawncuttinfoo
07-19-2006, 11:05 AM
My mistake it is 800 lb max. My undermount on my old truck had 2 ratings, I don't know why they list two but as you can see one is 600 and one is 1000, but there is no way I am at 600 lbs since I can lift the front end if I really try.

Here are pics of the bumper rating and my old undermount rating.

lawnboy dan
07-21-2006, 10:41 PM
eye bolts work just fine