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trailer hitch receiver bumper?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by dakotasrock, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. dakotasrock

    dakotasrock Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 260

    Has anyone ever fabricated a steel bumper out of tube steel that would go into your receiver hitch that would just protect your truck bumper?
    After all these close calls with backing up within a few inches of walls, barriers, etc, im lucky i havnt hit anything. Im thinking about making one, so I dont put any dings into my truck bumper.

    I guess it could also protect against any small rear end collisions?

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,612

    Stop before you hit something.;)
    Look as you are backing.
    slow down.
    You want a bumper for your bumper?

    Experience..lol have you read the thread, Ever hit anything? :D
     
  3. StoneDevil

    StoneDevil Senior Member
    Messages: 516

    I would suggest more lights in the rear so u could see
     
  4. jjklongisland

    jjklongisland Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    Thats theres funny, right there...
     
  5. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,552

    SOoooo you backed to within a couple of inches of a wall.... and you want ad what 4" or 6" bumper so you would have hit the wall with your bumpers bumper? :dizzy: Then the bumpers bumper WILL flex and ding your bumper :rolleyes: Or try Looking:blush2:

    I added one but filled it with lead for my ballast.
     
  6. Smitty58

    Smitty58 Senior Member
    Messages: 223

    Makes sense to me, I saw one somewhere maybe here. Looks pretty simple just a 6ft piece of 2 inch tube welded to another say 1 ft piece to slide into the receiver. Drill a hole and walla ,bumper for your bumper. Put a strip of reflective tape on it to keep someone from destroying your bumper bumper. Hey while you're at it why not run it all the way around the truck like those amusement park cars ,nah that would be silly. Seriously though I backed into a pole last year and dented my fender ,if I would have had a bumper bumper it would have saved the fender. The bumper bumper is cheaper to replace than the bumper. (boy he sure said bumper a lot)
     
  7. dakotasrock

    dakotasrock Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 260


    MY POINT EXACTLY!!!!
     
  8. ahoron

    ahoron Senior Member
    from here
    Messages: 422

    why not just remove the bumper and built one strong enough?? SO you don't add any length to your vehicle
    maybe buy better mirrors???
    or hire a spotter
    or just learn to drive :D:D:Dha ha just kidding

    objects in mirror are closer than they appear
     
  9. blk90s13

    blk90s13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,157

  10. Young Pup

    Young Pup PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,492

    Isn't that what bumpers are for. To get dings in them. It is a truck adds character to it.
     
  11. ahoron

    ahoron Senior Member
    from here
    Messages: 422

  12. fordzilla1155

    fordzilla1155 Senior Member
    Messages: 127

    that is why a salt shaker serves 2 purposes...
     
  13. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 604

    A few years ago my partner backed into a support coll om in from of a business we plow. It was made out of decorative concrete block. The ball mount on his truck punched a 12 inch hole in the blocks. No damage to his bumper, but cost us almost $500 to repair the building. So I guess the trailer hitch saved us another $500 in bumper damage.

    Also if you guys are real snow plowers at some point in your careers you WILL back into something.
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2007
  14. smoore45

    smoore45 Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    Bumpers have like 4 - 8 bolts. Buy a cheap aftermarket and bolt that on in the winter. Bolt your nice one on in the summer. Besides, if you're using a truck like you're supposed to, it WILL get dings!
     
  15. 04superduty

    04superduty PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,354

    i made a step that goes into my reviever, i got tired of almost falling a couple of times climbing into my bed to get the snow blower. it also welded on a piece that protects the trailer light plug so when i do back into piles it does not get damaged.
     
  16. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,318

    If you just use the trailer hitch as the attachment point for your bumper bumper I think you will screw up the hitch. Imagine if you hit the very edge of the bumper bumper and it did indeed bend in. You could have enough leverage to bend your hitch. That could be pricey. Best advice yet is more lights, be careful, and put a crappy bumper on for the winter.