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How safe is this??(another and hopfully the last towing guestion from me)

Ok, i just found out that my bumper hitch is rated at 2,000 pounds with 200 pounds tongue weight, how accurate is this rating specificly on the tongue weight, my trailer wieghs about 1800 pounds but i currently have 250 pounds of tongue weight and there isnt a hole lot of options on repacking the trailer, so my question is will the bumper hitsh on my 89 hold up or will i kill the bumper?? My goal is to get a reciever hitch in the next 2 months and i have maybe 6-8 gigs in between now and then, the distances are less than 10 miles one way but several of the gigs i have to go up a kinda steep hill. so in everyone's opinion am i safe, or sould i look into a rental vehicle for these gigs??
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a hitch can be had at any junkyard for probly under 50 bucks.
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a new one can be had for 85 bucks off line, its not the over all cost, its the fact that i own a sound reinforcment company and it pays the bills, so i wont have extra cash untill i get my tax return so i need to know if im ok at least for now.
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you are going to bend the bumper and that trailer is going to sway like no tomorrow
you have to limit the tounge weight to %10 or less of the gross trailer weight or it will not tow properly
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well if a new one is 85 then one in a scrapyard should only be 20 bucks or less.
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i doubt that its that cheap, salvage yards around here arent really much of a deal, i will call and see, but unless its like 10 bucks than thats money thati just cant spend right now.
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but you have money to rent a uhaul ?

<scratchs head
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not really but i really cant afford to leave my trailer with 20 grand in equipment on the road either
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i could probobly get a reciever after 2-3 gigs, if i really cut back on things for the rest of the month, but thats still 2-3 gigs that i need my truck to tow my system.
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i think some yard hopping is in your future
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yard hopping??
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wow you mean you've never went junk yard hopping?

kids these days, whats the world comming to, you kids just get lazyer and lazyer all the time
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there are like 2 junk yards in my area, so there arent alot of options
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i think he is trying to tell you to go and window shop and test fit it with out asking or returning ?
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i think he is trying to tell you to go and window shop and test fit it with out asking or returning ?
lol no, hes talking about junkyard hoping, going yard to yard and looking at the rangers they have. nothing illegal.
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so i take it that no one thinks my bumper can take what im gonna need it to do??
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wow you mean you've never went junk yard hopping?

kids these days, whats the world comming to, you kids just get lazyer and lazyer all the time
So true!!
LOL.....if it's not found online, forget about it. Go outside, are you crazy??


Going through a junk yard is awesome, especially if you actually come out with what you went for.
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so can anyone comment on the question at hand, instead of talking about the junkyard??(not trying to be a butt, but just curious about the my truck)
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your bumper will bend and towing the trailer with a heavily weighted nose will make it sway
you want to be told it is OK
well it's not!!!
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Take it around the block, and see what you think. I'll bet there is some pretty hefty guys that have stepped on these bumpers, and I'd bet they didn't bend. If you think i'll be safe after a short tow. Then use it that way until you get a receiver hitch, but don't waste any time finding one.

A few questions.

How did you measure tongue weight?

How did you get your estimate of trailer weight?

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Just don't do any sudden jerks with it and you'll be fine til you can get a better setup.
Umm this is also known as unsafe.... When you are driving down the road how many people really plan on a sudden stop or turn? Not many, If your trailer is over 2k or a hitch weight of 200, get a reciever. Keep in mind, depending on your state the insurance may not cover you if you are towing something inproper (over weight). Also if you get stopped by a cop (I know this is NOT likely but is possible) you can get a fine. Not worth the risk, get a hitch, they are cheap, easy to install, and a good thing to have on your truck anyways.
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Please do not tow with your bumper, the bumpers on these trucks are a joke, I mean they bend so easy and are so weak, I can't even believe that you would want to pull with it (I know you have limited options). Trust me when I say that it isn't a sturdy piece of equipment and pulling any more than a jet ski on it would be pushing it in my book. You have to think about hills and fast stops, sharp turns and bumps. Its not just the weight, its everything that you must take into account........
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Well at least now im not gonna feel comfortable about it, but right now i dont have alot of options, i just dont have to cash on hand to get a reciever yetand with this damn weather, killing my gigs, it may be longer untill i can get a reciever, but like i said, they are all short distance (under 10 miles one way), and there is a hill involved in one or 2 of them ut its not that bad so i will have to get by on a wing and a prayer, i guess. Well thanks for the help guys. Im gonna try and rebalance the trailer so i can atleast hopefully get that 250 pounds of tounge weight down closer to 200.
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