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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.