Types of Bumpers

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Vehicles come equipped with different types of bumpers. The type of bumper your vehicle has can affect what trailer hitches will fit. Below are the five types of bumpers your vehicle could have.

Standard Bumper

drawing of a standard bumper

Deep Drop Bumper (also known as a Cowboy Bumper)

This type of bumper is typically found on older trucks and is usually chrome plated. Deep drop bumpers have a heavy-duty towing capacity and a lower ball height than a step bumper. The drop from the bottom of the frame is usually 10 or 12 inches.

drawing of a deep drop bumper

Roll Pan Bumper

Roll pan bumpers are typically found on custom compact trucks. The trailer hitches available will sit in the middle, behind the bumper.

drawing of a roll pan bumper

Step Bumper

This type of bumper is typically found on trucks, vans and SUVs. The small cutout in the center looks like a step. This bumper also has holes for hitch balls and can be used to tow lightweight trailers.

drawing of a step bumper

Tube Bumper

This type of bumper is typically found on jeeps.

drawing of a tube bumper

Updated by: Raymond P.

Last updated: 6/26/18

Questions and Comments about this Article

Zach C.

I purchased a 1996 f-250 that has a bumper. The bumper is rated for 1k/10k. The square hitch mounted under the bumper is rated for 500/5k. Which is cutting it close for my bumper pull horse trailer when it’s loaded.I’ve been searching for a frame mounted hitch/receiver system to fit under my bumper to no avail. Currently, I see only 2 options: 1. Replace bumper with stock bumper and add frame mounted hitch. 2. Get gooseneck trailer as truck has fifth wheel with gooseneck adapter in bed.Is there a 3rd option I’m unaware of? 72208

Reply from Chris R.

We actually have a few trailer hitches available for your F-250 with the deep drop bumper. The highest-rated model we have is the B&W # BWHDRH25198 , which has a towing capacity of 16,000 pounds. This will fit your truck after removing the existing hitch. 59217

Scott B.

I’m look for the cowboy type bumper for a 1996 GMC K1500. Would like to know if you carry them and how much it is? Some are stainless steel. Thanks 70596

Reply from Chris R.

We have a few larger step bumpers like the Westin Fey Diamondstep # 20009-92230 that will work great on your 1996 K1500, but nothing with a deeper profile like the cowboy style you're looking for. You can check out the link below to see more details on the Diamondstep. 57598



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