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    Fr_Chuck Posts: 81,302, Reputation: 7692
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    Apr 2, 2006, 12:06 PM
    Bumper towing ball
    I have a Chev Van, on the real bumper (step type of bumper) there on the black rubber, it said this bumper not designed for towing. ( or something very simular) but it has a hole right there for a towing ball.

    Exactly why would it not tow a small trailer. I step on the bumper, I put ramps on it to load my van I put over 500 pounds on the ramp.
    I can even stand on it and jump up and down.

    I could understand not putting a 30 foot travel trailer but a small utility trailer to pull my lawnmower I can't understand how it could hurt
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    Apr 3, 2006, 07:58 AM
    I'm with you: Can't hurt. For the life of me I can't imagine why it says not designed for towing yet has the hole in it - unless the hole is in the template and for your model they used a weak gauge of steel.

    I'd think that even if that's the case, as long as it's bolted directly to the frame then you should be OK towing a small utility trailer.

    Of course the downside is that the only to find out I'm wrong would be to lose a trailer out on the road :(... so I'd call a local dealer on it just to be sure.
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    Apr 3, 2006, 06:28 PM
    I will let you know over the weekend. I have this small trailer, in Atlanta, I left it there at my house when I moved to TN about 3 years ago. So I am going to try and tow it home ( about 200 miles) If I loose the bumper somewhere along the way I guess it is printed on there for some good reason.

    But the metal is tough, I had to drill another hole for my ramp set last year and it took a lot of effort to drill it.

    So if anyone finds a bumper on interstate 75 this weekend, it most likely is mine
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    Apr 4, 2006, 11:27 PM
    The bumper sounds like it is fine to tow with, just make sure it is bolted
    Well to the frame as previously stated.

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