Trailer Hitch Mount Ripped Off
So my one casualty from this recent 28" blizzard we had here in the northeast was my trailer hitch mount. I was trying to yank another truck out of a snowbank when it ripped right through the rearmost attaching point in the unibody rail and the one hole in the weaker metal behind the bumper.
See picture and arrows.
What would you guys suggest doing? Somehow the 3rd bolt hole for the hitch further forward in the unibody rail is still intact eventhough the bolt itself shows no signs of damage. No obvious escape path for the thing. Need to look closer at that.
The picture shows the drivers side rear "frame" rail. The hitch mounting plate is still attached to the passenger side rail, the rest of the hitch mount broke completely off that mounting plate.
I want a new trailer hitch ASAP and plan to install that myself. How do I get these holes usable again? How "big" (ie expensive) a job would this be for a typical shop/welder to weld? Could the repair possibly be as strong as or stronger than stock?
I've got a plow on my XJ and otherwise, everything went smooth as can be. It was too dangerous to be on the roads during the storm so I gave up trying to keep my 20 driveways clear overnight. Ended up literally plowing between 20"-30" with higher drifts all at once with the XJ. Slow going, must take small bites but you get there eventually if you are smart about it. Never got stuck to the point that I needed a yank, the few times I got hung up, I was able to rock out once in 4LO.
Thanks for any ideas!