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Old 08-02-2012, 03:04 PM
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I do NOT have a trailer hitch and need to pull a house down (hit by a tornado so it's pretty much bare frame). The bumper looks pretty inconsequential and I don't trust it. I backed it into loading dock at about 5 kph and it dented it. There's also no place to hook on.

My old truck had two heavy-duty rings underneath where I could hook a chain on and pull stuff. Where's a good spot to hook a chain on a 2011 RAM 1500 2WD?
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Does it have front tow hooks ? I added them to my 2010 sport and have already pulled out a couple of tree stumps.
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Nothing on the front. There is a big-ass metal pipe about 4" across that snakes its way from the frame around the back and it looks like the bumper is attached to that. It's got two little holes in it on either side that are far too small to get the hooks for my chain into, and I'm afraid of wrapping the chain around the pipe itself because it looks like it might bend the bumper up when i put a load on it. Suggestions?
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Man, without seeing it I'd hesitate on any advice for fear of damaging your truck. I know that with the front hooks, which you can add for around $150, you will have a safe setup for pulling stuff. Also make sure you use a recovery strap and not anything with hooks, you don't want something metallic hurtling back towards your truck or anyone else that might get in the way.
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A recovery strap looks like a better idea than what I've been using and it should go nicely around the big pipe and under the bumper without causing the kind of damage the chain might do.

I had been using a heavy-duty hemp rope around the four little loops in the box but they were starting to bend and I suspect they're for light-duty use like holding down a tarp.

I'll pick one up on the way out to the site.
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