1987 - 1996 F150 & Larger F-Series Trucks1987 - 1996 Ford F-150, F-250, F-350 and larger pickups - including the 1997 heavy-duty F250/F350+ trucks
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I think the stock bumpers on these trucks are rated for something like 3000 lbs. So if you just have a small trailer the bumper should be fine.
Bumpers used to be rated for more weight back before receiver hitches became common, but these days they are pretty much just for looks and to absorb the impact of an accident. I had a drop bumper on my old 85 F-250 that was rated for something like 10,000 lbs. I pulled a Bobcat around all the time with that thing. A guy rear ended me and totaled his Suburban, but it didn't do anything but take some dirt off my bumper.
Your best bet is to just get a receiver hitch. Definitely stronger than your bumper and it gives you many more options for towing different trailers. If you need a tow hook, just get one of those inserts with a hook on it.
There should be a rating stamped into the bumper. I was shocked to see that my 1/2 ton has a step bumper rated for 8000 lbs. The frame has an extension that extends back to the bumper. I have hauled a 3000 lb tent trailer. My 92 work truck had a step bumper rated for 3500 lbs.
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- Dr. Seuss" Nelly Belle 1995 Black F150 4x2 SC XLT 300 5 Spd 250k miles
The step bumper is/was rated for 500lb tongue weight and 5000lb pull, but you would be foolish to attach anything close to that much to the bumper of a 20yr old truck. I have pulled 2-3k on the bumper of these trucks with no problems at all.. no bending or sagging so it is stronger than it looks. A while back in another similar post sombody posted a pic of one of these trucks with a tandem travel trailer attached that was in an accident, and while the bumper got bent the trailer and bumper were still attached to the truck.
Wow guys, thanks for the info! I'm not planning on doing anything big, just a junk trailer I throw wood, scrap, or feed in for the ranch. And the hooks would be used for the beach and pullin out people. Some people just don't seem to understand what their vehicle is capable of, say a new ford focus dug in to the front axle? Too many FWD cars get f****d by the sand.
Anyways thank you all for the info.
__________________ "Ol Red"
1994 F150 XL SCSB
4.9L 300 I6 w/ M5OD
Modifications: K&N Drop In
Future Modifications: 4:10 gears, LSD, Full Exhaust System with Duals, Racing Seats
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