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Bumper mounted hitch question

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by swissguy69, Jul 27, 2009.

  1. Jul 27, 2009 at 5:39 PM
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    swissguy69

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    I have 2000 Tacoma TRD and I wanted to get some advice on bumper mounted hitches. I bought the truck used so I have no idea of whether the bumper is stock but there's a 3/4" hole in the center of the bumper for mounting a ball. I need to tow a small trailer with a relatively light load (basically hauling a trencher from a rental yard to home and back). Can I just mount a ball and be done with it or do I need to install a frame mount hitch? I've done some googling and I cant find the capacity of bumper mounted hitches for my truck. Any advice would be much appreciated.

    BTW, I'm new to the forum and the amount of info out here is amazing!
     
  2. Jul 27, 2009 at 9:56 PM
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    stucksucksnayota

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    I would look in your owners maneul and see if maybe it has a load table about how much weight you can haul on your bumper I don't know if it will tell you but it would be a start.

    IMO I think you should be fine doing it but don't take my word for it lol. I'm sure someone on here will know more about it them me.
     
  3. Jul 28, 2009 at 7:22 AM
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    wolfgang123

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    i am pretty sure the bumpers cant carry over 400lbs
     
  4. Jul 28, 2009 at 7:50 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    Not recommended. You will damage the bumper.
     
  5. Jul 28, 2009 at 1:32 PM
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    Janster

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    Get a frame mounted hitch....
     
  6. Jul 28, 2009 at 2:10 PM
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    djs05tacoma

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    There is no weight rating stamped onto the bumper near the hole for the ball mount? Not sure how heavy the trailer is but a buddy of mine tows his 3 person jetski on his bumper with no issues, on his 94 yota.
     
  7. Jul 30, 2009 at 6:29 AM
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    brettmc

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    Yep, bumper weight rating is stamped on my 04 stock bumper. I found some frame hitches for 75 skins. Don't forget to get a trailer light kit.

     
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