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Old 02-10-2014, 11:49 AM
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1975 F250 Bumper Towing Options

I have a 1975 F250 Camper Special Custom, everything seems to be more heavy duty than the normal trucks. The side says 8000 GVW and suspension is beefy.

I bought a 2" trailer hitch receiver that is close to fitting this truck (got it for very cheap) and I was going to modify it to fit. I noticed the rear bumper isn't like most bumpers I've seen. It's bolted to the frame in numerous spots and looks very thick.

I can't find a stamped exact towing capacity on the bumper, but it seems like most are rated 4000-5000lbs towing and about 500lbs tongue weight. Did these models come with a slightly better rear bumper or would it be the same as other F250 bumpers?

The hitch receiver it rated at about the same as the bumper. So I figured maybe just weld a 2" square tube to the bottom of the bumper so I could use different hitches/***** to get the right height. Does that seem like a decent idea or should I just stick with the receiver and make it work?
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If you could post up some pics, that'd help.

Stock bumpers bolt on in 4 locations. 2 on either side of the frame.

Aftermarket bumpers are common, but most people weld them on.

I'm not a big fan of bumper towing. For one, you're at a fixed height. Two, they are not rated for much (I can't imagine 5000 lbs...). Three, the trailer is so close to the truck that, depending on the trailer design, could be damaging if you jackknife the trailer while backing up, or are needing to make a sharp corner (intentional jackknife) If you've got a receiver that will fit or can be made to fit, I'd use that. Gives you more options for the differences in trailer heights, among other things.

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Here are some pictures below. What I meant was instead of just the ball on the bumper, weld/bolt the 2" square tube underneath (1/2 pictures) and then I could use different hitches and ***** to get the height I want. Just like with the receiver only it's attached to the bumper.

The camper special has these side brackets also, which have 3 bolts to the frame for the bumper and it bolted to there and another bracket to the side (pictures 3 and 4). What I was thinking was to have a brace (some heavy gauge steel pipe) from these side brackets to the bumper for more support (picture 5) and also bolting to the factory brace to create an X brace.

I could also add a brace in the middle from the frame to the middle of the bumper where the 2" square tube would be (picture 6). This would actually be stronger than just a receiver I think.






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I also have a similar bumper that has a built in receiver under the bumper and did find one online that was rated at 5k towing. was also thinking if I should change it to a standard bumper and get a aftermarket receiver under it or just stick with the bumper and built in receiver that I have now.
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I also have a similar bumper that has a built in receiver under the bumper and did find one online that was rated at 5k towing. was also thinking if I should change it to a standard bumper and get a aftermarket receiver under it or just stick with the bumper and built in receiver that I have now.
It seems to me that the bumper (at least mine) is the exact same as an aftermarket receiver, it's bolted to the frame (3 bolts each side for me). Also the bumper seems like it would distribute the load better. I really wasn't expecting the bumper to be so beefy and so well reinforced.
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i have towed many loads with just the bumper. thing is like jgavac was saying some trailers do get close to the truck. grandpa used to pull 2 loaded hay racks 6 bales high all the time with his 74 2x4. tires spinning all the way up the big hill next to his house.
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