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towing with the bumper


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November 2, 2007
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97 xlt
what is the max to tow with the bumper and ball?

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August 10, 2006
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2000 Limited
I believe it is something like 250/2500. I think it is listed on it. Either way, if you plan to be towing, I would recommend getting an actual hitch.


Manual Master
December 11, 2003
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Maryland, USA
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Eldersburg, MD
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2000 Ford Explorer XLS
The limit is 3500 pounds, but with only 350 or 500lbs of tongue weight depending on the year. You'll exceed the tongue weight long before you get to the tow rating of the bumper. Don't tow with the bumper, they are not made for it, get a hitch.


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September 8, 2005
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Humboldt, CA
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'97 XLT 4X4
Ditto. If you look at the support bracket under the bumper, it offers zero weight support. I used it to tow my 500lb. 5x8 utility trailer. I up'd to a class III when I got my boat.


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January 17, 2001
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Towing from the bumper is simply not prudent. Get a proper hitch.

Good luck ....

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