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Unread 04-07-2004, 10:41 AM   #1
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Factory hitch or bumper/hitch combo??

I'm getting ready move from TX to Washington D.C. and am looking at towing a small u-haul (the smallest they have) behind my jeep. I have a 2000 2.5L TJ and was wondering if I should go with the factory add-on hitch to the current factory bumper, or look at getting an after-market bumper with a hitch built in? Just wondering if anyone has any experience/tips they could share to assist me in this. Thanx!!!

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Unread 04-07-2004, 10:47 AM   #2
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The receivers built into bumpers are usually not rated for towing. THey are for recovery purposes. I think there are a couple bumpers that actually are rated, but I don't remember which brands. The bumpers usually don't have provisions for hooking up the trailer's safety chains either.
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Unread 04-07-2004, 11:01 AM   #3
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If you have no intention of wheeling and only want to tow, I would go with the factory system. It has the rating (2000 pnds) and chain attatchment points. It is designed by DC to fit on their vehicle should a problem occur.
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Unread 04-07-2004, 11:02 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by Hasso
I'm getting ready move from TX to Washington D.C. and am looking at towing a small u-haul (the smallest they have) behind my jeep. I have a 2000 2.5L TJ and was wondering if I should go with the factory add-on hitch to the current factory bumper, or look at getting an after-market bumper with a hitch built in? Just wondering if anyone has any experience/tips they could share to assist me in this. Thanx!!!
U-haul won't rent you a trailer, they won't rent a trailer to any vehicle where all or part of the roof can be removed. I just did a move and towed a trailer well in excess of 3500 lbs with a Warn rear bumper, the only problem I had with the bumper was connecting the safety chains. GL, and don't exceed that 2000 lb rating, I am getting tube fenders in the next couple of weeks because I did (the yeild sign will never be the same either)
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Unread 04-07-2004, 12:14 PM   #5
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I have the Olympic 57" Rock bumper w/built in 2" receiver and it was advertised with the same rating as the mopar hitch I had on the jeep previously. I didn't like the mopar hitch because of how it sat low under the bumper. Much cleaner look with an all in one. The Olympic was also one of the few in my price range that I could find that had the spots to attach safety chains.
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