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Question... Does the 1998 Mountaineer need a tow hitch

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Hello All,

This is my first post, so I apologize in advance if I duplicate a question that has been previously asked.

I recently bought a 1998 Mountaineer. I need to tow a Uhaul trailer (5'x8'). I see the port/hole for the tow ball but I am not sure if I need to buy a tow hitch or if one is already installed from the manufacturer. If so, I am sure that it is a low load capacity.

Please help, I am not sure if I need one or not.

Thanks
 


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Blee1099

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I don't recommend towing with the bumper ball, get a frame mounted hitch receiver.
 




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Hello All,

This is my first post, so I apologize in advance if I duplicate a question that has been previously asked.

I recently bought a 1998 Mountaineer. I need to tow a Uhaul trailer (5'x8'). I see the port/hole for the tow ball but I am not sure if I need to buy a tow hitch or if one is already installed from the manufacturer. If so, I am sure that it is a low load capacity.

Please help, I am not sure if I need one or not.

Thanks


Good question. I assume the owners manual is missing from the suv. It's is possible that information is in it. Here is a link you may download a free owners manual.

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I use my bumper ball a few times a year with no problem. I have a 99 exp 5.0 2wd. I use it for small loads like a 5X8 with no issues at all.

Hope that helps.

Cheers
Rick
 




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What's going into the 5x8 trailer? if its just general house stuff like clothes and furniture, then I think the bumper hitch might be fine. Just be sure to pay attention and operate within the weight limits of the bumper/vehicle. A few of us have towed small cars (on a tow dolly) with a bumper-mounted ball.
 




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Thanks for the advice. I am towing household items. No big furniture. Just nick nacks: small dresser, boxes, etc. There is nothing heavier than 25 lbs. I think that my total weight (for the trailer contents) will be less than 500-600 lbs. It seemed better to rent the trailer than to make 5-6 trips by loading the truck down.
 




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