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Old 05-10-2003, 08:29 PM   #1
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Are these safe for towing?

The bumper on my S10 is a little too high for my Trillium causing the trailer to sit at an angle when hitched. Can I use one of those extensions on my bumper which curve down to allow the ball to sit lower? The other end bolts to where the ball would have originally gone. Hope I don't sound confusing!
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Old 05-10-2003, 08:46 PM   #2
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There is quite a discussion about this very thing in Towing 101 thread. may not be on an S10, but it's a bumper hitch with drop.
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/read.php...TID=2183&page=2
first page has a lot of good information also. :)
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Old 05-10-2003, 10:47 PM   #3
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Hi All
My personal feelings is that anyone who tows a RV from just the Bumper is asking for trouble.I beleive a good hitch set up is the way to go.On some of the bigger tow vehicals its may be ok but i prefer safety.:)
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Old 05-11-2003, 09:53 AM   #4
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Hitch extension

Todd:

If it's what I'm thinking of, it's a piece of flat bar bent into sort of an 's' shape.

I wouldn't.

Get a frame mounted reciever hitch! :)
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Old 05-11-2003, 05:44 PM   #5
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I wonder why they make them then..

I am surprised companies such as Reese would make them if they
werent safe. The reason I'm questioning this option is I am selling the S10 in the fall and really didnt want to invest the $400 in a frame hitch. but if thats what I have to do..

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Old 05-11-2003, 07:10 PM   #6
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lot cheaper then 400

i just did a quick seach on hitches s-10
http://www.sporttruckdirect.com/hitches.html
had em for 130
Boys and their toys
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Old 05-11-2003, 08:13 PM   #7
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Car swap shows/swap meets are a good place. I bought a class III for $40. Junk yards also have them, needless to say but, if you remove it, its cheaper.

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Old 05-12-2003, 12:33 PM   #8
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* * * * * * I am surprised companies such as Reese would make them if they
werent safe. The reason I'm questioning this option is I am selling the S10 in the fall and really didnt want to invest the $400 in a frame hitch. but if thats what I have to do..

*Todd
Well, Reese and the others are in the business to make money. The drop bar itself is safe. If you attach it to a strong enough bumper, it will be fine. But, the standard step bumper isn't really all that strong. It will be the bumper that fails, not the drop bar, and that won't be Reese's problem. They sell a strong bar, but have no control over what the public installs it on.
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:05 PM   #9
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Hi Todd, Thought that I was finished on hitches but guess not...The factory bumper on my 1/2 ton pickup has the same tow capacity rating as any class three (3) receiver hitch, 5000 lbs. On my 90 pickup it`s 4000 lbs. Also on a receiver type hitch, your ball is usually mounted on a piece of flat iron that is bent to the req`d heght or is just straight. The only problem is that the offset load on your bumper if great enough could twist your bumper because of the lever mechanical advantage but the amount of tongue weight req`d to do this has not been figured out. I weigh 250 lbs. and I could jump up and down on my hitch all day and it wouldn`t even know I was there... The bumper is directly bolted to the vehicle frame and as such acts as a frame hitch. GM says that for loads in excess of the bumper capacity a frame hitch be installed....So check your bumper capacity and use your discretion and common sense as to tongue loads....Benny
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On the bumper it states Max 2000lbs and max tongue weight of 200lbs. The tongue of the trillium is easy to pick up.
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You may also want to check to see what the legal requirments are. Some states and some areas of Canada will not permit towing on the bumper.
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