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post #1 of 4 Old 12-22-2013, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Welding a trailer hitch

I have an idea of how I want to build a rear bumper for my xj with a built in receiver. My question is, is there any legality issue with welding a hitch myself that that may some day be pulling an actual trailer? I'm a decent welder, but it seems odd that it would be ok for just anyone to weld a hitch and pull a 3k lb trailer down the highway at 70mph. Hence, I was wondering if maybe there is a law against it

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post #2 of 4 Old 12-23-2013, 02:28 AM
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If there's a law etc. would be a local State issue. No such law in CA that I'm aware of and there's over 48K of them for vehicles. I welded my own, I highly doubt anyone's gonna be trying to inspect it going down the highway, but of course that's no reason to do a shoddy job. I've seen tons of "factory" welds from places that are more than questionable. If you're comfortable that you'll have a quality, strong weld go for it.

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I have never seen a law that says you can't build a trailer and I see no difference than building a hitch. Here in Michigan we have an "Assembled Trailer" registration for that purpose.

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post #4 of 4 Old 12-23-2013, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Alright cool, thanks for the info.
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