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Old 05-28-2021, 02:04 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, not sure if this has been asked or not. I have a 1993 D21 4x4 and was interested in a trailer hitch for the truck. I see on the u haul site that their are 3 different hitch options starting at 130 up to 230 or so. Whats the big difference between the hitches? Any input would be great. Thanks
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Old 05-28-2021, 04:02 AM   #2
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The difference is that two of them have been discontinued, but prior to that i think the difference in price was 1500lbs more towing capacity, although i think the truck was only rated to tow 3500 at best. Think the 2WD v6 could go 5000 though.
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From looking at the U-Haul website. I entered your truck's info and it gave the three hitches you mentioned. The "$129.99 visible square straight tube" means that the lateral tube is visible when installed because it's below the rear bumper. The "$219.99 REC - Square Tube" looks to have the mandrel bent tubing to hide the structure of the hitch. Now, there are 2 choices of the $219.99 hitch. But they don't list why the price difference. Only thing I can see is that the letter "T" is capitalized in one description and the other is a lower case "t". But I seriously doubt that is the reason for the price difference. So I believe that the "curvy" one costs more because it requires more equipment to bend and the other doesn't have any bending. So less cost. All hitches are designated Class III.

So it's a personal choice.

I like the straight myself.

Maybe give them a call and find out what's going on...
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Old 05-28-2021, 06:13 AM   #4
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What is ur bumper rated at?

My guess is that your bumper is rated at your trucks capacity (strong enough)
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Old 05-28-2021, 08:40 AM   #5
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Hi everyone, not sure if this has been asked or not. I have a 1993 D21 4x4 and was interested in a trailer hitch for the truck. I see on the u haul site that their are 3 different hitch options starting at 130 up to 230 or so. Whats the big difference between the hitches? Any input would be great. Thanks
Anything above 2,500 pounds total tow weight is a risk if you use the bumper as the base for the hitch. One panic stop, or one time you take off too hard, and you'll be pulling over to examine the damage. Go to AMAZON and get a generic hitch that bolts to the frame of the truck. They are at least the same price or cheaper. Mainly, you are just drilling some holes in the frame to mount it. You'll get better results if you add your truck to your Amazon account. The matches will be better.

You don't say whether you have a shift or an automatic. Chances are it's a shift. If so, if you try to tow too much weight, you will wear out your clutch pretty quick on hills. If you go with a frame-mounted hitch, you can tow heavier weights if you are mostly on the flat, (say...Oregon coast) rather than trying to do Colorado if you get my drift.

I would like to know what you plan to tow. If it's a travel trailer you'll probably max out at 13-19 feet on that. And not too heavy.

I once owned a Toyota motor home with a two liter engine and an automatic. It was the most gutless piece of crap I ever owned and I got rid of it after my vacation trip to Nevada. One thing I found out is even a small trailer has more QUALITY living space than a small motorhome, and comes with far less problems. You can also beef them up with solar panels, a cool stereo, entertainment center, extra fresh water, extra propane tank, and all kinds of crazy stuff. Never buy a trailer without at least a toilet and shower.

I would go with the frame hitch, and try not to exceed 3,500 pounds total towing weight.
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Old 05-28-2021, 11:19 AM   #6
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A.k.a. a "receiver." I have a ball on my HD OEM bumper for very light things, and the Cat III (wink, wink from the maker -- more like Cat IV) frame-bolted receiver for real work. I think I posted on here previously the receiver's info.
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What is ur bumper rated at?

My guess is that your bumper is rated at your trucks capacity (strong enough)



Bumper will be rated at something like 500lbs of trailer weight. Towing with a ball on the bumper is a great way to rip the bumper off. I always recommend towing with a proper receiver.
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Old 05-28-2021, 03:18 PM   #8
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Hi everyone, thanks for chiming in. No bumper on the rear. Bought it that way. Looking to tow a small trailer for dumping. Nothing over the top. And yes it's it's manual transmission. My plan was to do exactly that, mount it to the frame. Just didn't want to spend 200 or more if I can get something cheaper. My hardbody is my second car and I don't drive it to much. 71k on it.
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Of only you were in my neighborhood, i ripped mine off and sold my truck, so i have a hitch just sitting right now
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My hardbody is my second car and I don't drive it to much. 71k on it.
We pretty much all have Hardbody trucks as second vehicles. Most of us have Volvos as primary vehicles.
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