Saftey chain connection on new truck?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by lawncuttinfoo, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    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?
     
  2. Signature Landscaping1

    Signature Landscaping1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
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    I belive there are hooks, loops something like that you can buy. Northern Tool has them.
     
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
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    They are called'' eye bolts ''

    wayne
     
  4. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    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.
     
  5. 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.
     
  6. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    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?
     
  7. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    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.
     
  8. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Bumpers are not really meant to tow anything constantly, that is what hitches are for. Do yourself a favor and save some headaches.
     
  9. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    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.
     
  10. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
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    What kind of truck we talkin' here? Just curious.:)
     

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