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What brand trailer hitch do you have?

Just trying to see what hitches everyone has. My truck came with a Uhaul hitch its a low profile design its tubular. doesn't stand out to much. I want one where all you can see is the receiver.
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Reese Towpower is a nice boxy design. You can definitely see it under your bumper.
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i'm rockin a hidden hitch
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Ive got a Reese , not sure what type , but it looks pretty tough from the under body
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I got a factory class 3 hitch.
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Old 07-06-2011
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for some odd reason my truck didnt come with a hitch on it. stupid if you ask me for a 4wd truck. but i put a reese on mine
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Do the Reese hitches bolt on or is there drilling. I need to add a hitch
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I also have the Hidden Hitch receiver. It is the tubular style. It is about as close as you can get to seeing only the square receiver on the newer style Rangers. My 89 STX had more clearance behind the bumper and the Hidden Hitch receiver designed for it did have only the square receiver and chain loops visible.
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Do the Reese hitches bolt on or is there drilling. I need to add a hitch
They are bolt in.

I put a reese in mine.
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Hidden Hitch, I'll post pics this evening.

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I have a Curt tube style that looks exactly like the pic in the first post. Never heard of the brand before I started looking for hitches so I don't know alot about it except it seems to be holding up quite well under load.
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what about the spare tire?
in the Reese install instructions it says that a 19mm wrench must be used to gain access to the spare tire after the hitch installed.
maybe there's a hitch that allows normal access to the spare?

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I got mine off a wrecked truck at the place I used to work. Not sure on brand. Its either Stock, Reese, or Hidden hitch. one of those 3
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I've got a Reese. i can get the spare tire nut loose to drop the hanger, but the hanger doesn't clear the backside of the hitch.
but i think a spare is worthless anyways, i can't fit a 31" BFG in there anyways.
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I dont really know the brand of my hitch. Somebody sprayed black paint over the label lol.

The brand name now is "This is Taylor's rear bumper"
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The hidden hitch install instructions do not mention anything about spare tire interference, unlike the Reese. looks like thats the one i might go with.
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I've got a factory hitch... no complaints!
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The hidden hitch install instructions do not mention anything about spare tire interference, unlike the Reese. looks like thats the one i might go with.
I had the spare tire in the factory location with the Reese.
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Ended up having to fabricate mine since some dumbass bent the hell out of my last one.
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The hidden hitch install instructions do not mention anything about spare tire interference, unlike the Reese. looks like thats the one i might go with.
i have no interference with my hidden hitch, and the spare tire, my only ***** is that because of the full size spare, and me being as low as i am, i can't seem to get the effin spare tire out from under the truck...lmao
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I have a 31" spare (used but still has some tread) with the Hidden Hitch receiver. It sits right up against the receiver but I have no problem getting it in and out. Clearance when off-road has not been an issue.
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Just a follow up..
I ordered and installed the Hidden Hitch Model# 70181 for my 2007, i really like it.
It was a perfect fit. I had to nurse it a little bit with a mallet but it fits so well it'll stay on your frame without holding it while you set the hardware in place. All the holes are already there, you just need to put in the 6 bolts and your done.

few notes on the install.

lowering the spare tire about 5 inches, this helped me get my hands into the chassis cavity to hold and push the bolts through the holes.

this might have been specific to my truck but just a heads up... the bolts come with these steel plates that lock them from spinning as you wrench down the nuts. on the drivers side most upper hole, i had to saw off about 1/4 from the steel plate that holds the bolt head. once i cut it down it was able to fit into the corner of the chassis and allow the bolt to properly line up with the hole through the frame to get the nut on.

This hitch fits great, should take you less than 30 minutes to install. No interference with the spare tire.
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I have the hidden hitch as well. no fitment issues.
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I have the factory receiver... it's currently leaning up against the wood stove in my garage. Now my receiver is part of my bumper.
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I have a Reese on mine, it came to me with it installed. I have not used it yet, I did buy a Reese rubber plug to fill the hole. I do not have a trailer of any kind so I have not purchased the ball and bar that slide into the receiver. Maybe some day I will buy a Scamp fiberglass camper trailer.
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