So I got a bumper for Xmas, and it's got a reciever that's not rated for towing. Could I still tow my little trailer with my four wheeler? Or do I need to sell the one I have and buy one that's rated for towing?
You can use it as a Recovery Point. Get one of those Warn receiver shackles.
Depends on the bumper. The receiver in my rear bumper is not "Rated" either, but I know it will tow a small trailer (M416) without any problem. I did verbally asked the Manufacturer before ordering it and they unofficially said the M416 would be no problem. I'm sure mine would tow way more than that, but it is made like a tank. Use good Grade 8 hardware to mount it.
I think the manufacturers just say "not rated" to cover their A**. If it is strong enough to be a recovery point, it should tow just about anything that your Jeep can handle.
Agreed, it is only rated as a recovery point, because if they wanted to have it rated for towing, they would have to comply with DOT rating and testing procedures before they could sell it as a tow bumper. But, it should be fine for what you want to tow with it.
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