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Old 09-14-2019, 02:01 PM
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my neighbor had some bushes he wanted to remove. We made an attempt at one with my truck before we dug around the roots. Ended up bending my ball mount. I'm sure the stresses were considerably more than when towing, but it makes you wonder. I knew my 7000 lb mount was at the limit with my boat, so this is a good reminder I waned to upgrade it.
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I seen them break at the welds.
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No surprise the truck was a ford 😁
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Originally Posted by jaws12 View Post
No surprise the truck was a ford 😁
And what does the truck make have to do with the hitch? please bring it together for me.
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Originally Posted by BSL View Post
And what does the truck make have to do with the hitch? please bring it together for me.
Being a Ford, the hitch was the strongest part.
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Originally Posted by BSL View Post
And what does the truck make have to do with the hitch? please bring it together for me.
Sarcasm lost on you?
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Wouldn’t it be all that ford power bent the hitch? More of a Ford brag that a shame
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Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post
Wouldn’t it be all that ford power bent the hitch? More of a Ford brag that a shame

LOL!!!!!!!

That's cute.
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It is a Ford, probably would have bent behind any truck. Did a little digging today and the stump/root ball came out. Now it's time to find a more solid ball mount. Wish I had messed up the 2" ball on the 6000 lb mount instead, but oh well.
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Originally Posted by cajflynn View Post
Being a Ford, the hitch was the strongest part.
I can 100% confirm it's not the damn cab corners that are the strongest part!!
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Originally Posted by BSL View Post
And what does the truck make have to do with the hitch? please bring it together for me.
Is it together now?

….Just a small Ford brag.....
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You looped the load over the ball which put it higher than a straight line pull. Remove the ball, pad the hole and pull from the center line of the draw bar. PLUS, those press formed draw bars aren't as strong as a welded unit, IMHO.....
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That doesn't appear to be a solid steel drawbar. I would only use solid steel for a 7000 lb. boat anyway, but YMMV.

Also... if yanking more trees, bushes, towing broke-down Chevy's, etc... I recommend removing the draw bar, slide tow strap loop into receiver box and put pin through loop end and receiver. This eliminates the lever factor (exponential force) of the ball distance out from the receiver box in the event you're not dead-on straight on the pull. It also eliminates the worry of it possibly hopping off while maneuvering if just looped over the ball.

Just my $.02 worth...
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Originally Posted by ChrisW21 View Post
LOL!!!!!!!

That's cute.
Yet the clear physical evidence shows the truck was able to exceed the capacity of the hitch. Truck seems OK, hitch does not, but you'll deny the obvious data in front of your eyes. I wonder how you vote...
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Originally Posted by Flybull View Post
That doesn't appear to be a solid steel drawbar. I would only use solid steel for a 7000 lb. boat anyway, but YMMV.

Also... if yanking more trees, bushes, towing broke-down Chevy's, etc... I recommend removing the draw bar, slide tow strap loop into receiver box and put pin through loop end and receiver. This eliminates the lever factor (exponential force) of the ball distance out from the receiver box in the event you're not dead-on straight on the pull. It also eliminates the worry of it possibly hopping off while maneuvering if just looped over the ball.

Just my $.02 worth...
And the ball breaking off and becoming a missile.
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Originally Posted by Bailey Boat View Post
You looped the load over the ball which put it higher than a straight line pull. Remove the ball, pad the hole and pull from the center line of the draw bar. PLUS, those press formed draw bars aren't as strong as a welded unit, IMHO.....
Yeah, the chain we had would only work over the ball. Had this crossed my mine I would have swapped my 2" ball/mount as I rarely tow with that one.

This pressed one I didn't really want, however I stopped at s few stores and the other style (welded) were 5-6,000 lb rated, this was 7000. The plan was to pick up a better unit online once I determined the height worked.
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Originally Posted by Flybull View Post
That doesn't appear to be a solid steel drawbar. I would only use solid steel for a 7000 lb. boat anyway, but YMMV.

Also... if yanking more trees, bushes, towing broke-down Chevy's, etc... I recommend removing the draw bar, slide tow strap loop into receiver box and put pin through loop end and receiver. This eliminates the lever factor (exponential force) of the ball distance out from the receiver box in the event you're not dead-on straight on the pull. It also eliminates the worry of it possibly hopping off while maneuvering if just looped over the ball.

Just my $.02 worth...
In the years I have owned this truck (4 or so) I have only ripped out this one bush... but you never know. I'm not sure if that would have worked with the chain we were using, but sounds like it would have been a better solution.

Anyone have links to solid ball mounts. That "drop" is perfect for my boat set up, so if I can find a good solid mount for it, I will be buying that.
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Yet the clear physical evidence shows the truck was able to exceed the capacity of the hitch. Truck seems OK, hitch does not, but you'll deny the obvious data in front of your eyes. I wonder how you vote...
Truck seems fine. I'll update the thread if I find any issues from being a redneck! Lol
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Get a solid cast 16k slug ,I tow 10k on my f350 amd feel much safer with cast solid at those weights and some over kill mixed in ...
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Originally Posted by finatic_21 View Post
Get a solid cast 16k slug ,I tow 10k on my f350 amd feel much safer with cast solid at those weights and some over kill mixed in ...
I'll be looking for at least a 10k if possible. I agree on having more than less.

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