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Twin receiver hitch for cooler rack

post #1 of 20
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Does any one have this kind of set up for their cooler rack ? I have been told I need one for the cooler rack that is being made for me. This is my first front rack so I'm new to this. If this is an item that needs to be custom made or welded I have a freind in the welding buisness so if any one has plans or a diagram I could show or explain to him he might be able to weld it up for me. Thanks for any and all help.
post #2 of 20
Does your truck have towing hooks in the front?That`s what most use for racks.Take the hooks off and a receiver in each hole the hooks came out of.If your having the rack made,most times the guy making it will have the receivers too.If not,they can be easily made by a good fabricator.
post #3 of 20
If your rack is being custom made. I would think the maker would be able to fabricate or may already have plans for a mounting system for the type truck your mounting too.
post #4 of 20
does it bolt on to the toe hook holes? or hang under them confused on how that would work trying to get a cooler rack myself.
post #5 of 20
I use a tow hook replacement. YOu take th ebumper off un bolt the tow hooks then bolt the reciever into the same spot. It takes about an hour to put them in. Ive been very happy with this system. I have it on a Ford 350, they also make a replacement for chevy as well. the icture below shows them sorta,, but you can see how it works.

search for leeds engineering.
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post #6 of 20
It depends on the truck if your bumper needs to come off or not.I`ve had 2 racks on my F-150`s and neither had to have the bumper off.Just take the hooks off and replace with receivers.


sorry hit edit not quote....jm
post #7 of 20
What size recievers are we talking about. I am currently trying to this samething on my S-10 and am having a problem with the 2 inch size because there are 2 bolts off to the side of the frame and it won't sit flat. With out the hooks in I have all the room in the world till I see the 2 bolts.
post #8 of 20
is there room for a spacer ?

I had a front reciver hitch put on the front of my truck and I love it
post #9 of 20
That I really don't know, I haven't really played with it all that much. My current set up allows me to put my rod holder in with inch x inch tube and I just put the tow hooks on top and screw it down. I had a diamond plate cooler rack made and I'm looking at adding that to the front. Only problem is there are no rod holders on it and I can't screw my rod holder fast to the bumper because it's not flat. When you say a front reciever do you meant the samething as what normally goes on the back? If so where do you get one? I seen a Blazer set up with recievers in the tow hook holes, the guy told me it cost him $300 to have it done, and I'm not looking to spend much more then I already have in it.
post #10 of 20
yes .... on my truck my rod holder is bolted to the bumper 24 /7
I added a front reciver hitch to the frame of the truck this way when I plan to fish I add my basket to the reciver hitch to carry the coolers and stuff
my basket is custom to fit in front of the rod holders when both are on the truck the look like it's 1 piece it works well for me
post #11 of 20
front reciver hitch had installed 150 +labor 200.00 best money spend
this way I can get {wife hint ...... new warn winch to the hitch} for xmas
post #12 of 20
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Originally Posted by Hammer View Post
It depends on the truck if your bumper needs to come off or not.I`ve had 2 racks on my F-150`s and neither had to have the bumper off.Just take the hooks off and replace with receivers.


sorry hit edit not quote....jm


hammer is right. you dont have to take the bumper off the 350......but if oyu do it takes 5 miuntes to remove and install the reciever. If you dont take it off it takes 20-30 minutes to do it because the bumper restricts access to the bolts.. The bumper on my 350 is only 6 bolts and took about 5 minutes to take off, 10 to put back on.

One thing to consider is with a single reciever with a cooler rack you will have alot of torque on the rack and hitch. A rack is much more stable with 2 mounting points.
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post #13 of 20
If you do go with a twin receiver hitch and you use the tow hook points on the front of a truck then you wouldn't have any recovery points on the vehicle. Would this be a concern?
post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by surffishjimmy View Post
If you do go with a twin receiver hitch and you use the tow hook points on the front of a truck then you wouldn't have any recovery points on the vehicle. Would this be a concern?


not at all.......reason being I used the recivers to pull my truck 1.5 miles off the beach and up the road about 10 miles. Make sure you use hitch pins rated to 10k or more to secrure the rack. I leave the pins in my recievers all the time, you never know.
post #15 of 20
Gents,

As I can not find a front hitch mount for my 2008 Suburban - called like everyone, no one is making it yet.... I am looking to remove my existing tow hooks and slide in their place a set of 2" recievers on my 2008 2500 Suburban. Is there any place or vendor currently making these, .. Or a fabricator on Long Island that is good and quick? The end goal is the receivers for a large cooler rack and a attachement for a bike rack..Would also be looking to have a cross bar make to slip into the new 2" receivers, that would have a 2" receiver in the middle for a 4-bike rack supporting no more than 200Lbs... Any ideas??

Tom
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