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Flipping the factory trailer hitch?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Bobcdn, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. Apr 12, 2017 at 9:32 AM
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    Bobcdn

    Bobcdn [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Was thinking of modifying the OEM rear bumper- adding LED light cut outs, maybe foot steps in the corners of the bumper.

    When I was looking at the bumper I started looking at the trailer hitch- thought it looked too low... started to think of cutting through the square tube on each side- rotate it and flip it- put a sleeve inside and weld it back together so that the receiver now lands behind the license plate (move your wiring plug behind the plate as well)- cut a large hole out behind the license plate (use a flip up license plate bracket) when you flip the license plate you should have access to your receiver and your wiring plug. Would give a cleaner look and more clearance/ departure angle.

    Think it would work? Anyone already done it?
     
  2. Apr 19, 2018 at 8:54 AM
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    [​IMG]

    So I seen this pic and it brought me back to the idea of flipping the trailer hitch.

    I am now thinking the easiest way would be to cut the factory receiver tube and safety chain points off and weld a new receiver tub and safety chin points on the top of the existing square tube that runs side to side.

    Something like this; https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Hitch/Curt/9883544.html

    Then use a drop hitch so the ball is at the same height;
    https://www.etrailer.com/Ball-Mounts/Draw-Tite/2793.html

    Licence plate flip bracket;
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FQ23JK/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_68?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    Reuse the trailer wiring plug mount, weld it beside the new receiver so that it sits behind the plate as well.

    Once the weather is nicer I will do some measuring and see if any of this is even close to being able to work.
     
  3. Apr 19, 2018 at 1:55 PM
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    Canoehead

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    I want to do something similar, only I plan to shift the license plate to the left as well, so the plate doesn't interfere with the receiver. Not sure when I will get to tackle this one, but I am following your thread now...
     
  4. Apr 24, 2018 at 4:46 PM
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    stickyTaco

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    The receiver protects that flimsy bumper so I'd recommend just replacing it all

    [​IMG]
     
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