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Slownsy

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Posted: 10/19/20 06:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a 2015 F350 4x4 and am considering getting a front hitch what are you yours and why prefer it op as high as possible for when in the dirt. Suggestions please.
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Posted: 10/19/20 07:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had ours installed by a qualified welding shop and keep it low to carry a bike rack.


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Going to use it for a carrier, or to spot your trailer?
If to spot trailer I suggest you mount as close as you can to the right frame rail. Then the driver can at least see past 1 side of trailer.
If a carrier use 1 at each frame rail for a more stable platform.

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Posted: 10/19/20 08:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What are you using it for is the question. I have a replacement front bumper on mine, a Fab Fours and it has as hitch. I've used it to install fence, move a small utility trailer and wouldn't hesitate to use it to connect to if I got stuck.


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Posted: 10/19/20 09:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

No welding needed, I just installed a Curt front hitch on my truck and it bolted right in, no drilling, no welding. Needed to trim the plastic air dam a little.

Here's the eTrailer link to the hitch that fits your truck.

Two issues with having it up too high are visibility and airflow. If you plan to carry bikes, they will seriously block your vision if they are up too high. In my case, I am using my front hitch for a cooler rack, and a 100-qt cooler will block airflow to the radiator if up too high.

Also beware of bolt-on receivers that mount where your tow hooks are, you don't want to lose use of those when you have a 4x4.

The etrailer link above also has tons of pics of what it looks like installed.


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JRscooby wrote:

Going to use it for a carrier, or to spot your trailer?
If to spot trailer I suggest you mount as close as you can to the right frame rail. Then the driver can at least see past 1 side of trailer.
If a carrier use 1 at each frame rail for a more stable platform.


Same impractical solution every time someone asks this question.
Yes it may be a great solution, but why not show one of your magical hitches and where to buy it?

And you can’t use the ole “it’s so easy, just weld a few pieces together in the shop and voila...”.


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Posted: 10/19/20 10:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have had a "Hidden Hitch" on the front of our Dodge Dually for 12 years. Works well, use it for a bike carrier and a tie-down for the kayaks on the truck roof.

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Posted: 10/19/20 05:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Clarification, I am considering getting a winch in a cradle, for front and rear fitting if getting bogged and traveling solo, yes it happens from time to time, also les money than replacing hole of front bumper and can be used in rear hitch for going backwards. Also less weight on front as can be carry in back of truck. Prefer to get of the shelf, but as in Australia delivery cost also a major consideration thanks.
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Posted: 10/19/20 05:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I built my own for our 2001.5 RAM. Spent a couple hours at a junk yard measuring old rear hitches to rebuild for the front of the RAM.

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Looks like I may have to have something made op. As the of the rack only allows 9000lb pull and I intend to use a 17000lb winch. Thinking side brackets 1/4” thick, 3x3” 1/4” wall tube across, With a 2-3” receiver . And make the mound for hitch out of a short section u channel 8”x3” 1/2” thick.
What do you think.
Frank.

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