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Bumpter mounted hitch vs frame?

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Bumpter mounted hitch vs frame?

Eventually I would like to get a pop-up camper or something like that, would a hitch mounted onto the bumper be sufficient or should I get a frame mounted one?

I took the bumper off once and all thats holding it on are 4 small brackets so, looks kinda weak?
 
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Look here are towing capacities: https://www.trailerlife.com/wp-conte...Guide-1999.pdf

2WD automatics have highest capacities

If your Ranger has an allowed high towing weight then get the frame mounted hitch, may need it one day
 
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I don't see the 2.3 on that list so, I dunno man.
 
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Originally Posted by Moist View Post
I don't see the 2.3 on that list so, I dunno man.
That's one of the reasons why posting the year, engine, transmission, and 2 or 4 wheel drive is important in asking for help.

Even better would be to go to your profile and enter all that info into your signature.
https://www.ranger-forums.com/profil...=editsignature
 
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2.5l is there, won't be a difference

So a 4cyl Ranger should be fine with a good Class 1 bumper hitch, 2,000lbs max load, 200lbs tongue weight

In some locations any trailer over 1,500lbs needs trailer brakes, these can be tongue brakes so no wiring needed
 

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The Bumper may be adequate, but why take the chance, a Frame Mounted Trailer Hitch is a cheap insurance policy... so why not !

I never like the Bumper Mounted Hitch, even when I purchased the new custom rear bumper it doesn't have a hitch built in.... Frame It and Tow Away !

Just my opinion !
 
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