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Will a stock front bumper support a tow bar?

I was given a tow bar that had a 3 foot wide steel plate to attach it with. If I bolt that up to the front bumper, can I tow it with that?
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Re: Will a stock front bumper support a tow bar?

Unless you can somehow anchor it directly to the frame, I wouldn't trust it . That stock bumper is weaker than a recycled beer can . You can literally crush it with your bare hands. I don't understand how they ever got them imported with such cheesy bumpers into the US...
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Re: Will a stock front bumper support a tow bar?

LOL, OK, I'll mount it on the tie down eyes then. [img]images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]
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Re: Will a stock front bumper support a tow bar?

I saw one the other day. The guy took the bumper off, and cut holes through for the tow bar mount(which he attached to the frame), and mounted the bumper back over the mount.
My opinion....Get a real bumper!![img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]
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Re: Will a stock front bumper support a tow bar?

I will be getting a real bumper later, but I ordered $2000 worth of mods today. I'll hold off a bit on the other less important expenses a while.
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Re: Will a stock front bumper support a tow bar?

I had a welder make up a mount that ties into the front spring perches and mounted under the bumper.I had him make it to fit the old lakewood tow bar I had from my "race car" days 20 years ago when we flat tow our cars to the track.Gettint the bar mounted that low made it almost flat when hooked to the hitch on the RV and it also tows great and have never had to get out and straighten the steering wheel in the sami after going through a tight turn and dip in the road at the same time.I'll email a pic of it if you want to see it
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Yeah, please email it. [email protected]
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Re: Will a stock front bumper support a tow bar?

On my 90 Sami, the previous owner had welded a 1/4" steel plate to the back of the bumper, with the tow bar through this plate. It still had the same little sheet metal mounting tabs. This guy pulled it behind his motorhome, and was lucky he didn't lose it! I put on a Blue Ox baseplate which bolts to the frame and is MUCH stronger. I wouldn't recommend anybody pull with the stock bumper. I did have to modify my new tube bumper brackets because they bolted up the the same place as the baseplate. We just cut off the brackets and set them in the width of the bracket, now it all bolts to the same point. This is with a Genuine Steel bumper. No matter what kind of tow system you have, it must be attached to the frame or frame mounted bumper.
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Re: Will a stock front bumper support a tow bar?

No don't trust the front bumper. I have the aftermarket shackles on the front that accept a tow bar in them(conn fer I think) with a draw tite adjustable tow bar, tracks and pulls well.The factory front bumper is horrible, I'm suprised you can even put a licence plate on it without denting it.LOL LOL
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Re: Will a stock front bumper support a tow bar?

No.

Bad things WILL happen if you try that...

The best thing to do (as others may have suggested) is to attach it to the front of the frame using the mounting holes there. I fabbed a set of brackets out of angle iron that bolted to the frame. The tow bar is then mounted to the angle bracket.

Look for the OEM tie-down piece on the front of one of the frame members. You can use it as a template. Be sure to compensate for the downward angle of the frame at the front so that the towbar mount will be perpendicular to the ground.

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