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post #1 of 10 Old 12-04-2011, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
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bumper pull a camper

i have a 1997 CC PS that I just bought,no hitch but has a standard low drop bumper.Kinda scary once trailer hooked up.Dont know if a Class V hitch will mount up without having to ditch the bumper.Been thinking of finding a stock one anyway.

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Agreed, that looks scary!

I'm thinking of doing away with my drop bumper and put on stock bumper and a receiver style hitch. I'll watch and see what you decide to do.

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Probably will have to lose the bumper to put any sort of receiver hitch in.



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I have a friend who gave me a Valley 7500lb capacity hitch .Will line right up if I remove the make shift hitch that is welded/bolted to bottom of bumper
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actually its a 5000/7500(weight distributing).Dont know about using it yet.My trailer weighs 7200lbs.I pulled the same trailer with my dodge 3500 for a few years with a standard class 3 with no problems.....might just bolt it up,weld it and add some extra bracing and roll with it.
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had the valley hitch next to a "class v" hidden hitch and it looks pretty much the same.Only thing I could see is maybe a little thicker steel,maybe.I will try to get some pics up.I could not imagine this hitch failing pulling a camper,after the utmost abuse I have seen some class III hitches take, being used as snatch rigs at mud holes and trail rides.The shock loads are crazy and not failure other than torn frames and no hitch will prevent that type of damage.
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That's a weird class III rating. Mine is 5000 non WD and 10000 WD.
The thickness of the steel as well as higher grades of steel, welding, and other factors add to the weight rating.
You can weld it to the frame but the cross tube can still break.



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I'll start a new thread if my question is a distraction... Does someone make a front receiver hitch that doesn't interfere with a potential intercooler or automatic transmission cooler addition later on?

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Kinda off topic...
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