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Old 03-28-2007
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Icon5 Tow Package or Ball on Bumper- any different

would it make any different if i add the tow package to the back of the truck when the bumper already have a ball to it ?
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huh? Not really getting what you just said lol


If your going to tow I suggest getting a hitch. I would never tow with a bumper
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I hitch or "tow package" as you call it will enable you to tow alot more weight then a ball on your bumper. This is because a hitch is attached to your frame. The ball on the bumper will only support as much as the bumper mounts will. Any more, and you will rip your bumper off.
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The max tongue load and max trailer weight rating should be on the bumper. Late model factory Ranger step bumpers are marked 200/2000 lb. Any more than that requires a frame mounted, weight distributing hitch of the correct capacity.

This is covered thoroughly in your owners manual.

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Using a step bumper

The optional step bumper is equipped with an integral hitch and requires
only a ball with a 19 mm (3/4 inch) shank diameter. The bumper has a
907 kg (2,000 lb.) trailer weight and 91 kg (200 lb.) tongue weight
capability.

The rated capacities (as shown in this guide) for trailer towing with the
factory bumper are only valid when the trailer hitch ball is installed
directly into the ball hole in the bumper. Addition of bracketry to either
lower the ball hitch position or extend the ball hitch rearward will
significantly increase the loads on the bumper and its attachments. This
can result in the failure of the bumper or the bumper attachments. Use
of any type of hitch extensions should be considered abuse.
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Be safe, get a frame mounted hitch. The bumpers on our trucks are worthless......
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little tiny utility trailers with a lawn mower is fine for the bumper. but......I find it really hard, even with a 2wd, to properly level the trailer using a ball on the bumper. Definately would suggest a fram mounted hitch, in case you do eventually want to tow something. With the fram mounted hitch, you also have the adjustability on the height of your tongue....with a 2" drop, 4" drop, etc. It all boils down with what you plan to do with the truck.
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I have both, the ball mount to the bumper and a tow hitch mounted under the frame. To be honest the bumper ball sits so high, it not really pratical for anything. I also prefer the frame mount because I can swap out my ball assembly with a D-Ring attachment and use it as a recovery point. It works really well.
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bumper ball sits too high on even a 2wd.
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bumper ball sits too high on even a 2wd.
They may be alright on a regular 2wd, but on an EDGE it sits way to high, the tail end of the trailer will drag sometimes.
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