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Unread 02-02-2005, 06:44 PM   #1
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Bolt on trailer hitch receiver?

Can anybody recommend an off the shelf, bolt on, heavy duty trailer hitch? I want the receiver type where you slide in your ball mount. I know there are several manufacturers but I'd prefer to get one that somebody here recommends. I want the strongest one I can get. Thanks in advance.

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Unread 02-02-2005, 07:01 PM   #2
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I have the round tube Hidden Hitch . . . Click Here

Works great and was easy to install

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Unread 02-02-2005, 07:08 PM   #3
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I have the square tube hidden hitch. Also easy to install and works good. It was also the most reasonably priced I could find locally. I also recommend the plug in wiring harness. Its about $20, but saves having to cut into your wiring.
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Unread 02-02-2005, 07:50 PM   #4
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I just bought a hitch for my rubicon and it is a class 3 hitch for 110 bucks
Didnt really need a class 3 but if i need to resale it will help
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Unread 02-02-2005, 09:09 PM   #5
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I also have the square style Hidden Hitch with the 2" receiver. I bought it as a package deal with the hitch, bike rack (holds up to 3 bikes and slides right into the receiver) and the key locking pin. Got it from Acme Jeep for a great price. I also recommend getting the plug in wiring harness to make the install easier.

The hitch has a higher rating than the TJ's towing capacity and looks like it's built to last. I have an 8 ft. utility trailer that I use to haul all kinds of "stuff" and it has worked out very nicely. No trouble what so ever. The bike rack works great too!

Only disadvantage to a bolt on hitch like this would be that it will decrease your rear clearance if you do any serious off roading.

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Unread 02-02-2005, 09:22 PM   #6
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just don't by the MOPAR hitch from the dealer . . . it bolted up nicely enough . . . but when I slid the ball into the receiver, I noticed that the receiver was welded crooked . . . this really wasn't a huge deal with just the trailer ball . . . but later, when I got a receiver-mounted carrier, the whole f . . . ing thing was sideways . . . come to think of it, the workmanship of the MOPAR tubular side steps left a bit to be desired as well . . . sorry for the rant . . .
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Unread 02-02-2005, 09:54 PM   #7
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I checked everywhere locally and the cheapest I could find in a class 3 hitch was from u-haul. Keep in mind the following prices are Canadian.

U-haul Square- $187 - This hitch is identical to the draw-tite, but u-haul won't admit that draw-tite makes it.
Hidden Hitch square- $295
Draw-tite square- $287
Reese square - $220

Also keep in mind that Draw-Tite, Hidden Hitch and Reese are all the sam company now and they have pretty much stopped production to get rid of all the stock that they had when they all combined in October/November 2004 so you may not be able to easily get all the different types anymore. I have heard that they will only be producing the hidden-hitch and draw-tite hitches and the odd reese hitch that fits applications that the other two didn't manufacture for.
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Unread 02-02-2005, 10:00 PM   #8
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Yep...what he said.

I've got the Draw-Tite square tube Class III hitch on mine. Super easy install. Call around, because out of 4 local shops, they all quoted different prices. I ended up spending $170. The price of steel has gone up over the last couple of years, making these things a lot more expensive than they used to be. I bought one for a truck 4 years ago, and only paid $85. I about choked when the cheapest I could do was the $170 that I ended up spending.
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Unread 02-02-2005, 10:16 PM   #9
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Remember that any hitch bolted on underneath the bumper will drag badly on uneven terrain if you take your Jeep offroad. A replacement bumper with a built-in receiver hitch is a better solution if you also offroad. Olympic's Rock Bumper is one good choice that integrates the receiever hitch into the bumper instead of underneath it for maxium possible ground clearance.
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Unread 02-02-2005, 10:28 PM   #10
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Another Option

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Olympic's Rock Bumper is one good choice that integrates the receiever hitch into the bumper instead of underneath it for maxium possible ground clearance.
Another reasonably priced option is the Garvin Wilderness rear bumper with the built in receiver hitch receptacle. Rusty's Offroad has the best price I've found for this bumper.
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Unread 02-02-2005, 10:39 PM   #11
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i have the mopar hitch on my Jeep and Other than using it as a recovery point it is useless, It have been bent up so much that it looks like crap and I would should just take it off
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Unread 02-02-2005, 10:52 PM   #12
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ditto on RUSTYS and the GARVIN system . . . ordered mine from him yesterday . . .
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Unread 02-02-2005, 11:12 PM   #13
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Don't forget the Jeeperman bumpers. They also have the saftey chain mounts on it as well as d-ring tabs that are welded through. $249.00
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Unread 02-03-2005, 10:30 AM   #14
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I agree that adding a reciever hitch does decrease ground clearance in the back by a couple of inches...but you've got to remember not all Jeep owners (Yes...even the ones that go off-road) are getting themselves into situations where that extra 2" under the bumper makes that much of a difference. As soon as I start hitting trails where my hitch is dragging, I'll get rid of it in a hearbeat...until then, it'll do the job just fine.
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Unread 02-03-2005, 10:34 AM   #15
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are these bumpers rated for towing? thanks!!

sorry to hijack the post!!

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