What's the rating on the step bumper for towing?

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  1. starcrwzr

    starcrwzr Junior Member

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    I've installed a 2" Ball on the step bumper of my 2001 Ram Short Bed with the 5.2L engine. What's the towing capacity of the step bumper? Thinking about towing a 20' ultra-light travel trailer and was wondering if I needed a aftermarket hitch installed.
     
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    Gr8bawana Senior Member

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    On my 97 the max tow weight is on the bumper near the holes for hitch ball.
     
  3. starcrwzr

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    Sorry everyone, should have looked in the manual before posting this. The manual says the bumper is rated at Class III and can tow a trailer up to 5000 lbs. Guess I'm going to have to get a Class IV hitch to pull a heavier travel trailer.
     
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    Your bumper would end up tacoing. Probably even if you're towing below the rating.


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  5. MADDOG

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    Yeah, go with a Class IV hitch vs. using a ball on the bumper for that size trailer.
     

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