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Unread 03-24-2011, 02:16 PM   #1
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Default Can I mount a hitch directly to this?

I am wanting to bolt a hitch directly to the aluminum tow slot. Will that member structurally support the tow hitch and a hitch step used to step up into a rear seat. I am attaching a few photos for your comments.
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Unread 03-24-2011, 03:09 PM   #2
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Default Re: Can I mount a hitch directly to this?

that should work for light duty, there was a time when for C.C. that was the only place to really mount a hitch but they have come a long way since than..............................
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Unread 03-24-2011, 05:27 PM   #3
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To carry any load you need a hitch that attaches solid at stock tow slot and at least to each side frame rail forward of rear cross member near differential. GOOGLE and look at pickup Class 3-4 hitch mounts for ideas of locations. You need 3 contacts as far apart as possible for frame to hitch strength.
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Unread 03-24-2011, 06:18 PM   #4
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old mec is right but i think this will be ok just for a step
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Unread 03-24-2011, 06:49 PM   #5
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I think you could weld a couple of peaces of tube together that would extend
back and support the step a lot cheaper than buying those parts.
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Unread 03-25-2011, 09:22 AM   #6
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you can buy just the step for the rear seat i think its approx 80 dollars..................
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Having not looked close at some of the newer steps available myself for rear seats, but I do hear complaints from some new owners about what they think is excess give for a larger than normal person? That along with limited ability to bend old legs enough to get highth needed is common in my area for us OLD FOLKS.
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Having not looked close at some of the newer steps available myself for rear seats, but I do hear complaints from some new owners about what they think is excess give for a larger than normal person? That along with limited ability to bend old legs enough to get highth needed is common in my area for us OLD FOLKS.
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Unread 03-26-2011, 07:23 AM   #9
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Default Re: Can I mount a hitch directly to this?

Thanks for all of the feedback. I do not intend to use the hitch for towing. Only the step. I was given a seat back and support for a rear seat and can easily fabricate the seat bottom with a basic design I have come up with. I was trying to limit cost and I liked the look of the step. I also liked that it could easily be removed. Just wanted to make sure it would not crack the frame if someone stepped up on it. With these two pieces total cost would be $30.
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Unread 03-26-2011, 07:29 AM   #10
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My other concern is the moment force exerted on the frame with someone stepping on the ends of the step.
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