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Old 02-03-2004, 10:26 AM   #1
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I have a '99 F350 Crew Cab 7.3 PSD Dually. As part of the Cenrurion conversion, it has a V5 rated 10" drop bumper. How much weight can be towed from the bumper. I normally tow a 5th wheel, but have occasion to tow an enclosed utility trailer under 5K lbs, and in the near future may be towing a 10K lb boat and trailer. Do I need to get a regular class V hitch, or should I be okay towing from the bumper. Also, at what weight do I need to consider weight distributing hitch?

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I have a '99 F350 Crew Cab 7.3 PSD Dually. As part of the Cenrurion conversion, it has a V5 rated 10" drop bumper. How much weight can be towed from the bumper. I normally tow a 5th wheel, but have occasion to tow an enclosed utility trailer under 5K lbs, and in the near future may be towing a 10K lb boat and trailer. Do I need to get a regular class V hitch, or should I be okay towing from the bumper. Also, at what weight do I need to consider weight distributing hitch?

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Old 02-03-2004, 01:39 PM   #3
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I have a V5 12" drop bumper. The bumper is rated for 10,000 lbs load 2000 lbs tongue weight. Make sure that the fasteners that attach the brackets to the bumper and the frame are grade 8 and installed correctly if you are towing a lot of weight. I had a friend lose an equipment trailer because the bumper on his PU (Conversion) came off going down the road. He had unfortuately attached his safety chains to the other holes in the bumper and his brand new JD tractor was a total loss. I installed a Valley reciever made for deep drop bumpers before I started towing my TT but I did use the bumper for towing other things.

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I have just purchased a 93 f350 that was used for a 5th wheel. It has a drop bumper that is marked v-5 1000 tongue 10000 trailer. I took the truck to my local hitch installer. They said that it should pull my 28' TT just fine as long as I put one more bolt in each side. I need to be able to pull about 7000 lbs.
My question is, Can anyone tell me where I might find out how much I really can pull?
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I am not sure how comfortable I would be towing a TT from the bumper. With mine I have towed heavier equipment such as a backhoes and bobcat over the winter. My bumper was not only bolted to the frame, but the brackets were welded as well (much to my suprise when I had to remove it after an accident to replace it). There is no provisions for weight distributing hitches or sway control devices with these type bumpers. I now have replaced my V-5 bumper with a factory bumper and class V frame mounted hitch.
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