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Old 08-16-2011, 05:38 PM
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Question What size ball for bumper hitch?

2009 RAM 1500, bought used. It has the factory installed hitch bar that needs a ball mounted thru the bumper - but I can't find out what size I need: diameter and shank length.

Did a search on this forum, and didn't find any help

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When you say you have the factory hitch bar, are you talking about a receiver hitch?

I can't find that spec in the books but I do have a couple of suggestions that may help:

1. Get out your tape measure, some paper and a pencil. Then head for the truck. Or,
2. Go to your local U-Haul store. They will be glad to measure it and sell you the item that will fit.

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The bar is integrated with the bumper, a factory installed steel tube about 3 or 4" in diameter. On top of bumper is printed 5,000 lbs max trailer

U-Haul charges too much for balls (everything, actually)

Anyway, the ball would mount on top of the bumper, thru the steel tube.

I'm wondering if all 2009s got this tube installed?
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if you are just looking for the ball, just measure the diam of the hole and how thick the material is and add 1-2 inches for the nut. As far as size of the ball itself, depends on what the receiver hitch is made to accept.
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Ohh and a pic may help if you are having a hard time describing what you want to do to someone.
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agreed with the above for pic of what your trying to explain
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If you have a factory installed hitch, it would be below the bumper and accept a drawbar. I woldnt recommend using the bumper to tow with, you will end up bending your bumper
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If you have a factory installed hitch, it would be below the bumper and accept a drawbar. I woldnt recommend using the bumper to tow with, you will end up bending your bumper
The actual load would be taken by the steel tube that runs under the bumper - it's about 3 or 4" diameter, and this combo can handle 5,000 lbs trailer.

Tried to get a picture, but just no room - can't get far enough away to get a picture anyone could make sense of.

I guess I'll try the dealer parts dept

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is it a sqaure tube stick out the rear?
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Mike, I understand, but the angle of what you are pulling is what will garf your bumper, plus its way too close for comfort for me to back up to
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