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Discussion in 'Etrailer.com Trailers and Towing Forum' started by Orchid, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    Warning: Video contains f-bombs.

    Should bumper hitches be trusted?

    I did think it was quite considerate of the camper to pull over to the right. :smiley:
     
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  2. fourhallatts

    fourhallatts Active Member

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    Oh my!
     
  3. Bowman3d

    Bowman3d Active Member

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    can’t stop laughing.
     
  4. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    This is where you would really wish you had electric breaks and a break a way. It's a good thing they were going fairly slow with minimal traffic.
     
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  5. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    Oh yeah, they got VERY lucky with how this ended up.

    Looking at it again just now, it appears they only had one chain that wasn't hooked up. It's wrapped over the top of the hitch.
     
  6. durhamcamper

    durhamcamper Active Member

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    Couldn't have asked for a better outcome. Pup slowly coming to rest against the guardrail. Bumper hitches are not meant to tow any real weight.
     
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  7. xxxapache

    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    Most bumper hitches are rated to tow 3500 lbs. My Toyota's is. I wouldn't pull a little red wagon with it. They are nothing but composite sheet metal. I am on bumper number 4 now due to rust. However, my Ford has an old school step bumper. 3500 lbs would be nothing for it.
     
  8. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Loos like someone also had the truck in or near salt water /air for the bolts to fail. He is really lucky that everything was in his favor.
     
  9. xxxapache

    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, it looks more like a hardware failure than a bumper failure. The same could happen to a bolt on hitch.
     
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  10. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    Probably lives up north where they salt the roads the entire winter. It rusts out the underside of your vehicle unless you spray it off regularly.
     
  11. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    Orchid maybe right Because I have seen many bumps fall off here in New England. Mine is rated for 500lbs on the Tongue while hauling 5000lbs and never gets used for Towing.
     
  12. Snow

    Snow Well-Known Member

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    Good commercial for annual rust preventative spray..
     
  13. xxxapache

    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    Fluid Film is my choice....I don't fool with the little aerosol cans. I buy it by the gallon.
     
  14. SpecialGreen

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    Usually the breakaway is cabled to the tow vehicle hitch. In this case, that is still attached to the camper. There are also YouTube comments about tow-chains, which miss this point.

    Looking at the amount if rust in the video, I'm not sure you couldn't alao lose a Reese/Curtis class-2 hitch (or the frame it bolts to) given 10 years and enough rust.
     
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  15. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    According to my manual, the break away cable is attached to the frame of the TV, in case the hitch comes loose.
     
  16. SpecialGreen

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    Thanks, I didn't know that. I think I'd need to drill a hole in the bumper fascia or rockguard to get to the frame of my minivan.
     

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