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Old 04-17-2011, 01:04 PM   #1
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Rear Bumper/Receiver Hitch Question

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I'll starting a complete makeover on my '97 Wrangler next month. I have a question about rear bumpers. Going through "the catalog", I noticed that some bumpers come with a 2" receiver hitch that is rated at 2,000 lbs. while some have a non-rated hitch.

I intend to get a small utility trailer for local use. Does the non-rated hitches mean you can't/shouldn't use that hitch for towing?

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Old 04-17-2011, 01:44 PM   #2
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That's exactly what it means.

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Old 04-17-2011, 01:55 PM   #3
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Hi all.

I'll starting a complete makeover on my '97 Wrangler next month. I have a question about rear bumpers. Going through "the catalog", I noticed that some bumpers come with a 2" receiver hitch that is rated at 2,000 lbs. while some have a non-rated hitch.

I intend to get a small utility trailer for local use. Does the non-rated hitches mean you can't/shouldn't use that hitch for towing?

Thanks.
No it means they are not going to take the liability. Most can carry that with no problem. But their lawyers are not going to let them say that.
I run the Jeeperman swingaway that has the built in non rated receiver. Its hauled over 3000 pounds many times on 400 mile trips to Chicago and back. It also has hauled my 1600 pound camper everywhere for 3 years, never a problem.
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One thing to look at with the non rated recievers is the lack of tabs to mount safety chains when towing. Many of the bumpers say that they are "Accessory Friendly". That means that you can normally attach a cargo basket or bike rack without much worry.

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The fact is that a bumper mounted hitch does not have the strength of a frame mounted hitch regardless of what or how many times someone towed something.
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The fact is that a bumper mounted hitch does not have the strength of a frame mounted hitch regardless of what or how many times someone towed something.
When you are talking about a vehicle with a tow rating of 2000 pounds it really doesn't matter if its a bumper mounted or frame mounted.

My bumper mounts with 6 grade 8 bolts going into the frame.
How many does a draw tite frame mounted use? I'll give you a hint and tell you it's less then 6.
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How close to the receiver are those bolts mounted? I'll give you a hint, not very. There's a very good reason it's not rated. If you want to tow with yours that's fine, but you're not passing along sound advice.
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How close to the receiver are those bolts mounted? I'll give you a hint, not very. There's a very good reason it's not rated. If you want to tow with yours that's fine, but you're not passing along sound advice.
If the frame mounted low hung draw-tite has 4 bolts that attach to the frame how could six bolts attached to the frame of a bumper mounted be any farther away?
Unless of course the draw-tie hitch somehow shrinks the frame in closer to the receiver when you install it.

OP If you are going to tow with a bumper that has a receiver hitch built in. Like the Rock Hard, Jeeperman and many of the other quality bumpers. Just make sure you get the frame tie-ins and you will be fine towing the small amount of weight a Jeep is rated for.
I would not do it with the tube bumpers or ones that just have a square receiver welded to the bottom.
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I would not do it with the tube bumpers or ones that just have a square receiver welded to the bottom.
Which is EXACTLY what we are talking about. A non rated hitch built into a bumper.
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If the frame mounted low hung draw-tite has 4 bolts that attach to the frame how could six bolts attached to the frame of a bumper mounted be any farther away?
Did you lose two bolts?
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Which is EXACTLY what we are talking about. A non rated hitch built into a bumper.
There is a big difference between a 2 inch square hung under a bumper and a receiver hitch that is is put through the bumper and welded all the way around on both sides. I am sure that doesn't matter to people like you. Bolt grades, torsional strength and even common sense doesn't matter. In your world a 1/8" thick round tube with 4 bolts is far better then 2x4 tube made of 3/16 steel with 10 (6 to the frame 4 to the crossmember) bolts holding it to the jeep. Yet you would only tow a 300 pound trailer with the first choice.

I bet you still have the tags on your pillows and matteresses too.

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