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Old 01-19-2012, 12:31 AM
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Is My Bumper Strong Enough For Hitch?

Hey everyone, ive got a 59 chevy apache short fleetside. It has the rounded rear bumper (not the sheet metal style utility bumper), reproduction but its pretty thick and a quality bumper. There is no hole drilled in the center for a ball but I see there are bolt on hitches that require you to drill a few holes in the bottom of the bumper and bolt on.

Im not going to be towing cars or anything, probably just a trailer with my toolbox when I move or furniture once a while.

Is the bumper strong enough to use this or do I HAVE to have a bulky hitch bolted straight to the frame? Thanks guys!

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Why skimp?

While we have all seen the just on the bumper and often they are plenty strong why not just build one that mounts on the frame?

Im not saying it has to be some huge class 4 hitch, with a simple bit of planning you could bolt something together, drill a few holes and mount it on the frame.

My Olds Silhouette has one hidden under the bumper, then they used a piece of .500 think plate that is about 3 inches wide, that slides into a slot and you put 2 bolts in under the van.

Its not going to pull anything huge but its plenty for a small trailer, best part is 2 bolts and its out of my way.
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I wouldn't use the stock bumper.
You plan to only pull a light trailer NOW, but there may come a time when you want to pull a trailer and haul your next project home.
At that point you forget that the hitch is not really up to the chore and go ahead and put that tandem axle trailer on it, loaded with your new prize.
If you are lucky you get home without incident , but you see your nice aftermarket bumper is now scrap metal.
You thank your lucky stars that one bolt hadn't started to pull through, unlike the others.

A nice hitch doesn't have to be clunky.
Build a hitch that mounts high and align the receiver with the license plate. Install a flip down plate holder from a 65 Olds 442 or such and hide the receiver.
Flip the plate down, insert the stinger and tow that trailer without worry about overloading your hitch.
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dont do it
get a good receiver type hitch the tucks up behind your license plate
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i don't think i've seen a bumper hitch since the early 70s.
i would't do it. the universal frame mounted receiver type hitches will work fine
or $10 worth of scrap and a welder gives me good results.

even my truk has a frame mount on it, and it wasn't easy

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