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otrfun

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Posted: 10/24/20 09:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We mounted a Reese/Draw-Tite front receiver on the front of our '16 Ram 3500 (rated at 500/5000 lbs.; tongue/tow capacity). It's mounts between the front tow-hooks and the front frame mount. Only wanted to haul 2-3 bikes (about 100-125 lbs. inc. bike rack), so we didn't need anything substantial. The tow-hook mounted front receiver does mount a bit high. If you use a standard bike rack it will place the bikes in your line-of-vision. We purchased an Ikuram hitch-mount bike rack and cut-out about 10-12 in. of tubing from from the main telescoping tube. All we see are the very tips of the handlebars (can't see the seats). The bike's tires still have 10-12 in. of road clearance.

No issues with engine cooling even when carrying 3 bikes under heavy load in 110 deg. heat. If you were to place something in front that substantially blocks wind-flow, like a large cooler, that may be another issue.

As for compromising the strength of the tow-hooks with this receiver, we just had our truck winched up a flat-bed truck at a 15-20 deg angle---no problems. Just be sure to keep the pull purely horizontal.

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Posted: 10/27/20 07:31am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Be sure to post back with whatever you decide to build for the truck


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Posted: 10/27/20 09:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

otrfun wrote:

We mounted a Reese/Draw-Tite front receiver on the front of our '16 Ram 3500 (rated at 500/5000 lbs.; tongue/tow capacity). It's mounts between the front tow-hooks and the front frame mount. Only wanted to haul 2-3 bikes (about 100-125 lbs. inc. bike rack), so we didn't need anything substantial. The tow-hook mounted front receiver does mount a bit high. If you use a standard bike rack it will place the bikes in your line-of-vision. We purchased an Ikuram hitch-mount bike rack and cut-out about 10-12 in. of tubing from from the main telescoping tube. All we see are the very tips of the handlebars (can't see the seats). The bike's tires still have 10-12 in. of road clearance.

No issues with engine cooling even when carrying 3 bikes under heavy load in 110 deg. heat. If you were to place something in front that substantially blocks wind-flow, like a large cooler, that may be another issue.

As for compromising the strength of the tow-hooks with this receiver, we just had our truck winched up a flat-bed truck at a 15-20 deg angle---no problems. Just be sure to keep the pull purely horizontal.


I have the tow hook mounted front receiver and want to put a bike rack on it. I will probably use a drop hitch from etrailer and a conventional bike rack.

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Flashman wrote:

I have the tow hook mounted front receiver and want to put a bike rack on it. I will probably use a drop hitch from etrailer and a conventional bike rack.
We tried a drop hitch before modifying the Ikuram bike rack. The drop hitch introduced way too much play. Whenever we went over a bad bump the bikes (along with the bike rack) would slam up and down a good 6-8". There's very little movement with the modified Ikuram inserted directly into the front receiver.

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