New Cyclist With Questions About Trailer Hitch Racks

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  1. Tennjed

    Tennjed New Member

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    Ok so I am a new rider who doesnt really know anything about anything. I have a 2002 Dodge Dakota. It has what seems to be a plastic bumper (but feels solid. I have stood on it many times). It has a round hole which I assume is for a ball for a hitch. Here is a pic

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    Can I buy a mount and a rack like these

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    Draw-Tite Ball Mounts - DT40566
    Towing starter kit includes 9" long, powder coated ball mount; 2" diameter, chrome-plated, pre-torqued hitch ball; and pin and clip. Slides into 2" square trailer hitches.
    Features:
    Starter kit has everything you need to tow, minus the hitch
    Ball mount provides drop or rise to fit your application
    Specs:
    Application: 2" x 2" trailer hitch receiver
    Gross towing weight: 6,000 lbs
    Tongue weight: 600 lbs
    Ball mount length: 9" from center of hitch pin hole to center of ball hole
    Rise: 2-3/4" from top of inside of hitch opening
    Drop: 4" from top of inside of hitch opening
    Ball size: 2"
    Shank diameter: 1"
    Limited lifetime warranty

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    Rola TX-103 3-Bike Rack for 1-1/4" and 2" Hitches - Tilting
     
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  2. dabac

    dabac Well-Known Member

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    Look at this quote from the text about the trailer hitch: "slides into 2" square trailer hitches."
    Your car haven't got a 2" square trailer hitch, it has a vertically aligned circular hole.
    In a bumber which MIGHT, or might NOT, be strong enough to mount things to.
    First, check in the manual for the car what the load restrictions for the bumper mount is. If that is OK, start looking for only the ball part for a trailer to bolt onto your bumper. Then you can clamp the trailer hitch carrier of your choice to that ball hitch.
     
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