I have an 04 with a receiver hitch on it with a stock bumper. I am looking for a tire carrier/bumper without a receiver hole on it. Does anyone know of a brand to look at? I want to keep my receiver as I pull a trailer, and do not want to use bumper pull. The only think I can find is bumpers with a receiver slot.
Just wondering: Why? If the bumper's built to take it, is there any reason why not to just go with a bumper with a receiver? You end up with a better departure angle and it just simply looks better IMHO: A lot of the bumpers out there are built stronger than any receiver hitch on the market...
Because most tire carriers are only rated to carry accessories, and have no tow rating. I need to be able to pull a utility trailer loaded.
What you've got here is simply a matter of certification: Jeep bumper manufacturers aren't going to spend the wad of money to get an SAE J684 certification on their equipment, so they just rate them for accessories, which doesn't require any certs... They could be 20x stronger than a standard receiver hitch and still wouldn't get the rating.. The bumper I got way back when even has tow-chain attachment points, but when I asked the manufacturer about trailer towing ratings, they basically told me yes,off the record it'd pull anything the Jeep could pull, but they couldn't legally tell me X rating.. It's up to you, but I personally don't have any problem with using it for that. (I also pull trailers with bumper-mounted hitches I've made myself: they don't have an SAE rating either...) Your call, of course, but as long as I knew it was a very substantial bumper, I wouldn't have much of a problem with it: it's not like Jeeps are going to be pulling any 10,000 lb. trailer anyway: anything you'd pull is piddly compared to what most of these bumpers could handle..