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Trailer Hitch Laws

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by jb1390, Nov 14, 2010.

  1. jb1390

    jb1390 Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    I am setting up a dump body on my neighbors 2006 GMC 2500HD. I did something similar on my truck, and on my previous truck. On the last two setups, I took the bumper off completely. I rewelded the bumper onto the lift mechanism on the first setup (probably what I would do on the 06), on my truck it is a flatbed with a different bumper.

    However, I took the bed off, and noticed that the trailer hitch is very thin-much of the strength of it is the bumper itself. if I took the bumper off, it would bend real easy. My question is-what are the laws (if any-I am in CT for reference) on modifying a trailer hitch? If I disconnected it from the bumper, and reinforced it again with 3" channel, it would be stronger than it was. However, it would also me modified. I could buy a reese hitch that does not integrate with the bumper for $250, but that is money that i would otherwise not have to spend, with a little fabrication.

    Are there any laws against modifying the hitch/bumper? it will still have a bumper, just not connected how it came stock.
  2. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    You can do it, you will just assume the liability.
  3. jb1390

    jb1390 Senior Member
    Messages: 710

    I found a class V hitch that does not integrate with the bumper. I bought it, and will install that instead. If it was my truck, I probably would modify it. But since it isn't, and this guy tows a lot, I decided it is not worth the risk or hassle if something happens, even if it doesn't cause an accident.