Can a Front-Mount Hitch and Adapter be Used to Push a Trailer Into Tight Spots?

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How would this item BX88132 mate up with a 65078 front receiver hitch that is already installed on the front of my Silverado 2500? I am terrible backing up my 25 foot trailer. Hoping this combination will allow me to push the trailer into tight spots. Will it work? Thank you

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You certainly aren't alone having a bit of trouble backing up a long trailer. Using a front-mounted hitch like your # 65078 is fine, but the Blue Ox adapter, # BX88132, is designed for flat-towing so it isn't going to work for you. What you can do instead is attach a fixed ball mount, and the Draw-Tite # 80248 is going to give you 9-3/4" of rise.

Please keep in mind that the Draw-Tite has has a max gross towing weight (GTW) of 3,500 lbs and max tongue weight (TW) of 350 lbs in the rise position. If you need a bit more rise, there is also the Convert-A-Ball, # AMSC12, which is going to give you a rise of 10-3/4" and has a GVW of 7,000 lbs and a TW of 2,000 lbs.

For a pin and clip, you can use the Draw-Tite # PC3, and depending on what you need, either a 2" hitch ball, # 40038, or a 2-5/16" hitch ball, # C40007.

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Leslie L.

I have a small teardrop and need to push it up a narrow upslope driveway. What products would I need to create a front mounted push tow bar for my Subaru Outback 2017? 98545

Reply from Jon G.

There isn't anything mass produced for the front of your 2017 Outback so if you're wanting to move your trailer using the front of your vehicle then you're going to need to have something fabricated for you by a shop. 73382

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