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Old 04-09-2005, 06:07 PM   #1
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I built my own hitch for 2500 Ram, thought i would post it. When i ordered my truck the factory receiver hitch didn't look as strong as i like it and i thought the $350 cost was a little too much so i didn't order it. It is hard to find an aftermarket hitch for Dodge because of the box frame design i found out later. The round tube under the bumper is a fairly good design as far as stock bumpers go, so i decided to bolt it in together with my frame mounted hitch i built. The side plates are 1/2" inch thick and extend 24" long up on the frame. The cross member is 2 1/2" square steel with double gussets on each end. The hitch plate is 3/4" thick and 12" wide with 3 holes for additional trailer knobs if needed. It has double 2 1/2" braces underneath. It also has 2 3/4" bolts welded upright that bolt through the factory bumper. A total of 12 5/8" bolts through the frame. It is double welded with 6011 rods first and then a wide bead with 7018 rods. Bought the steel from a steel scrap yard for 10 cents pound. I had to buy a little more than what i needed (you just have to take what they have no matter the size) but ended up only spending about $17 for steel. I made templates from cardboard, trimming it with scissors to fit the frame and mark the holes and them cut out the side plates. I now have a very strong hitch with low cost. I have never been a fan of hitch recievers, all of the weight is on the 1 hitch pin. If someone is considering building their own hitch maybe this will help. I have 3 pics of it.

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Old 04-09-2005, 06:10 PM   #2
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Another pic.
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Old 04-09-2005, 06:33 PM   #3
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Old 04-09-2005, 08:20 PM   #4
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Nice design.. As far as I am cncerned I will never tow anything that is going to be able to break that hitch pin. Then again I have a fifth wheel, but would suggest even a goose neck for the best strength. Why not sell your design on EBAY to guys looking for the strength that you have made? YOu could get 300 bucks easy
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Old 04-09-2005, 08:32 PM   #5
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That hitch pin is rated for quite a bit of weight and I've never heard of one breaking before, but outlaw reminds me of my father who is a professional welding teacher and federally certified welder. He re-enforces everything with a stick welder
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Old 04-09-2005, 09:14 PM   #6
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Thats my grandfather and two of my brothers. Rather over do it than under do it..
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Old 04-09-2005, 11:22 PM   #7
 
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Alrighty, where can I order mine at?
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