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Posted: 10/11/18 12:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi All,

I plan to embark on full-time camper living for the next measurable duration and would like opinions on front mounted tool boxes for storage. I have an American Built Cattle pusher style bumper which has the receiver tube fabricated in. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews about this, but it always seems to originate out of heavy-duty use or extreme environments, which makes sense. So if you've had issues with your snow plow, or in death valley lets just focus on regular temps.

Will it block cooling performance? How much? Negligible or significant? I know over time it can be problematic, but I am just trying to outfit every square inch of usability on my truck. Since it will be home.

I was following a youtube channel where a chap had his box front mounted because he had a regular cab, and he insisted he conducted a lot of research and it wouldn't hinder his truck.

The truck is a 2013 Ford F350 6.7 Diesel

So what does everyone think, yay or nay?

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Posted: 10/11/18 12:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not mine, found this just now doing a Google Search. Never seen anyone do it like this before.

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Keep headlights and turn signals clear of any obstructions and see no reason why it shouldn't work. Keep everything lower than your light, and you should have air flow for the radiator. --- one would think.

But, I've never done this before. I just thought the photo was interesting.


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just kinda makes me wonder what occupies those big adz boxes. [emoticon]

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Posted: 10/11/18 02:37pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Keeping tool box mounted below headlights/turn signals would be low enough you couldn't see it......
So I would envision property damage from whacking things when turning, parking etc

Other consideration...how much Front Axle Weight you currently have vs FAWR?

* This post was edited 10/11/18 06:21pm by Old-Biscuit *


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I have carried a Honda 3,500 gen in a box on my Ram CTD many times , No probs with overheating . Florida in summertime

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I'm liking the general consensus. This bumper is kind of a curse. I think the tube is a little bit higher than I need it and will definitely block. If I have to install a Curt/Reese receiver for the front, I'm sure the bumper will interfere with that as well and I don't want to cut into the bumper to allow for a lower hitch receiver option. May have to sell that thing soon. It makes working on the truck a royal pain too. Anyway. I plan to carry thing's like Honda 2200 watt generator, gear, etc. Shouldn't weigh more than 300 lbs max and I think the front Axle will accommodate it.

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Many years ago I fabricated a motorcycle carrier/ramp on the front of my Class A gas motorhome. I carried a Harley on that rack for many years and had no overheating issues, even though the naysayers said it would overheat. And it was a 454 Chevy, which given any excuse would run hot. I did have to fit up some auxiliary headlights.


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Isn't going to hurt a thing. Just looks goofy. Can buy a hitch rack for $75 about anywhere. Easy button to try it out.
What kind of "camper". You can put the same hitch rack on an extension behind a TC or most TT/5vers have or can easily accept a light weight hitch rack for the rear bumper.
Keeps the Pinocchio effect to a minimum.


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Unles you're removing the radiator or grille, that bumper Looks like a blessing for getting into the engine bay. Built in steps. Watch your head sliding out from under with a creeper though!

Nice looking rig though!

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Here is my box. First on my 2000 F250 now on a 1999 E250.

Only use it for one trip in the fall each year but have had no problems. I carry about 300 lbs in it.

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