I want to put a hitch on my jeep for a cargo rack, but I want to be able to tow something in the future. I've herd that the hidden hitches hang too for when I take her to the trail, is somthing like this going to work?
I have a very similar hitch and yes they can drag when wheeling. Almost all the time you can avoid it by being aware of the hitch and driving properly. The class 3 hitches will take a beating and still work great. Just make sure and take the ball off before you wheel and you will not have much of a problem. I would love to have a new bumper with a built in hitch, but that will not work for what I use my hitch for.
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Most Jeeps are 2k. LWB (unlimited and 4 door) Jeeps are 3.5k.
What this boils down to is leverage. The short wheel base Jeeps towing over the rated capacity have a tendency to lift the front end off the ground during heavy braking, or push the front end in corners (lack of turning response).
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Yep avoid the bolt on receiver hitches, they drag on the terrain if you offroad. A bumper hitch I used for 11-12 years that is rated for towing is the Olympic Rock bumper. Its hitch is integrated into it at bumper height, not welded on below as some are. You can see it on Quadratec's website though you can very likely find it cheaper on the internet.
And as mentioned above, just keep in mind the TJ's max-safe tow limit of 2,000 lbs. with the Unlimited's being 3,500 lbs. And those limits (especially the TJ's) are very realistic, they are not conservative.
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I have a TJ with a "Hidden hitch" which was there when I got it.
THe receiver port does hang down below the bumper, HOWEVER it does not hang down very far and is still higher than the fuel tank.
My ASSUMPTION is that while it is certainly possible to drag the receiver, you'd probably have to work at it.
AS stated above, you want to be sure you've removed ball mount before hitting the trail.
Personally... I kinda like having the hidden hitch shielding my fuel tank from the idiots who like to tail-gate.
Also, as stated above, it cannot be over emphasized that the vehicle capacity is the towing limit, not the hitch capacity. So the class three is nice to have but 2k is the limit.
I'll also be mounting one on top of my front bumper.
When towing ANYTHING with ANYTHING.....just be careful. Plan a head.
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I have a U-Haul Class 1 hitch for around $120.00 Canadian, installed it myself. The receiver is about 2" out from the face of the bumper and sits 2.5" below the bumper. It's about the same distance off the ground as the tow hook and not as low as the exhaust pipe.
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