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Old 03-22-2016, 06:47 PM
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Rampage Tube Bumper W/ Hitch Strength?

Has anyone ever towed with a rampage double tube rear bumper with receiver hitch? Manual says for accessories only, and I have a small bass boat I want to be able to tow.

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If that was a HD steel bumper with integrated hitch I would say yes but that's a weaker tube bumper so I doubt it would be safe to do any towing.
Heck, in the ad it even states in bold "NOT RATED FOR TOWING".

The lone review on it says it all :

"Was looking for a receiver hitch to carry a hitch-hauler on our TJ, found this bumper with receiver hitch for the cost of a receiver hitch alone. Mounting brackets mounted securely to vehicle(after dropping the gas tank). However, the bumper attaches to the brackets with undersize bolts. Torqued them to 45ftlbs per directions, bumper could be moved by hand. Next used breaker bar for leverage to tighten, same result. Finally used impact wrench to tighten, this time bumper snugged up but when hitch hauler was installed it sagged approx 3 inches (this while unloaded) Am returning product this week, hope 4wheel stands behind their product. I'll follow up with that."

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Those cosmetic bumpers attach to the flimsy rear crossmember, not the frame, and should never be used to tow. In this case, the legal caveat is warranted. A cursory online image search should convince you that anything heavier than a bike rack in the receiver is unwise.

If you insist on towing while sporting 90s-era tubulars, find a frame-mounted model rated for towing.
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I have the Olympic Rock bumper, one of the few rated for towing. Some of the others are perhaps also strong enough but not rated. Sometimes people try it and find out the hard way that they are not up to the task.
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Most non-rated bumpers now a days, have no provisions for trailer chains, if that helps.
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