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Looking for a class III hitch

Ive been looking into getting a hitch because my truck came without one. Id like it mainly for when i start doing more offroading i would have a point to tie too for recovery straps/towing.

Any suggestions?

Also as a side question, can you fit a 31inch tire in the spare tire area and have a hitch also? That has been one of my concerns.
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Craigslist, Here (Classifieds), and i know you can call u-haul. It took me 3 years to finally find mine because i only wanted the ClassIII Hidden Hitch and didnt want to pay $100-$200 for it.

And you should be able to still fit a 31" spare, but im not 100% on that 1


Also you can look for the rear tow hook that came on some LVL2s. Best bet there would be E-Bay
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i got my hitch from u-haul $165 installed if i remember correctly and only took like 45 minutes i think
also came with lifetime warranty
will replace hitch free of charge including labor if hitch is ever damaged do to
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call uhaul its your best bet
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Craigslist, Here (Classifieds), and i know you can call u-haul. It took me 3 years to finally find mine because i only wanted the ClassIII Hidden Hitch and didnt want to pay $100-$200 for it.

And you should be able to still fit a 31" spare, but im not 100% on that 1


Also you can look for the rear tow hook that came on some LVL2s. Best bet there would be E-Bay
Which hidden hitch do you have Sean? is it like this one
Hidden hitch Class III? (link)

This hidden hitch is the same price as U haul hitches.

So pretty much will both of these be straight bolt in? I really dont want to drill into my frame...
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jcwhitney.com 129 plus shipping, i just bought one.
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jcwhitney.com 129 plus shipping, i just bought one.
Same one I posted?
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i just bought a new hidden hitch for my truck. 94 ranger. i had to drill 2 1/2" holes but it wasent hard. a 2000 though might have the holes there. i dont know.

get one wont regeret it.
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Which hidden hitch do you have Sean? is it like this one
Hidden hitch Class III? (link)

This hidden hitch is the same price as U haul hitches.

So pretty much will both of these be straight bolt in? I really dont want to drill into my frame...
The holes AND bolts were allready there and waiting for the hitch. and yes that is the hidden hitch i currently have. IMO it by far looks the best because all you can see is the reciver and not the brace/support mounting part or w.e u want to call it
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Same one I posted?
yeah, i was on here late last night and didnt look at the link, sorry man.
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So nobody knows about the storing a 31" tire with a hitch?
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Got mine from Hidden Hitch and installed it myself. It's a direct bolt-on in my 2001 rig. I was even able to keep the spare tire mounted under there. This hitch is great. I use it to tow my pop-up camper as well as my rear recovery point for pulling and being pulled out of a stuck.
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So nobody knows about the storing a 31" tire with a hitch?

Yes it will still fit.
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i have a stock hitch that will be coming off the truck (as soon as i build myself a rear bumper) and i fit a 33 inch tire under there with that hitch.

it might be 2-3 months away, but i'll be selling mine, and i'm close
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Thanks for your suggestions guys. Im going to try and get the hidden hitch soon.

what hitch accessories do you guys recommend to get as well? I know for sure im getting a receiver tow hook...

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i ordered this http://www.etrailer.com/pc-BM~989899.htm

sofar ive used both for the various junk ive towed.

and a one of a kind tow hook,

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with the hidden hitch a 31 wont fit perfectly...my 225/70 (26.5") spare was right against the hidden hitch....id take pics for ya but the hitch is now on Sean's (Mr. Special) truck...
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with the hidden hitch a 31 wont fit perfectly...my 225/70 (26.5") spare was right against the hidden hitch....id take pics for ya but the hitch is now on Sean's (Mr. Special) truck...
uh oh.. So then would I different hitch be a better idea to get? Or will they all have this problem?
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it would probably fit alright...it would just hang down at an angle possibly...
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