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Old 05-31-2002, 04:46 PM
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is the bumper hitch on a 1997 3500 dually stong enough to tow a 5000lbs boat/trailer?
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Old 05-31-2002, 04:52 PM
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WHY EVEN RISK IT--JUST PUT A REAL HITCH ON IT...
 
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Old 05-31-2002, 04:53 PM
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I seriously doubt it. I have a 2500 and the bumper is no where near strong enough for my boat and trailer 7000lbs. Heck I dont even think my insert for my ball is rated for my trailers toung weight.
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Old 05-31-2002, 06:29 PM
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Probably yes, but not good. I have a 1/2 ton and have towed a large tandem with tractor on it (somewhere around 5-6k) and the bumber didn't like it too much. I have only done this a couple of times because I didn't have my hitch insert.

If you do decide to try it (not recommended) make sure you aren't real tongue heavy.
 
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The bumper on both my '00 and '01 say max trailer load 5000# with max tonge weight 500#, although I would not do it. I have a reciever hitch for a '01 3500 if anyone wants it.
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Old 05-31-2002, 10:02 PM
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I agree with several of the comments above, you could probably get away with it, but I wouldn't do it. If it is rated for 5000lbs, you know there is a safety factor built in because people always do things they shouldn't.

Buy the hitch and eliminate the worries and the stress.
 
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Old 05-31-2002, 10:23 PM
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Puder, go with a real hitch, not much $ but good insurance.
I tow a 10,000# with my 2000 3500 duelly
 
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My only question is why would anyone build a 3500 dually without a receiver hitch?? Does that mean it was ordered without a factory trailering package?? That would be like putting a 6 cylinder in a corvette...
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i passed on eth dually. I was bidding on ebay and it went for more than i really wanted to spend. I chickend otu at the last minute. Hell it was only $500 more than i wanted to spend but then again it woudl have cost me $800 to ship it too plus NY sales tax.

afterall I am only towing a 5000lbs boat a dually is kind of overkill.
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