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Best 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty Front Receiver Hitch Options

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Best 2018 Ford F-250 Super Duty Front Receiver Hitch Options

Hey, everybody, Ryan here at etrailer. Today we're gonna be checking out our best front trailer hitch options for your 2018 Ford F-250. So we're gonna be checking out three different hitches. Right here we have the EcoHitch. Right here we have the Draw-Tite, and this one is the Curt hitch. And believe it or not, there's actually some pretty big differences between these.

Particularly in between the EcoHitch and the Draw-Tite and the Curt. So the Curt and the Draw Tite are pretty similar, but the EcoHitch really stands apart. And honestly, if I we're to pick one and want one from my own truck, this is the one I would definitely lean towards and probably for three big reasons. Clearance, weight capacities, and just the overall appearance. So why don't we go ahead and just kinda elaborate on that and talk about all three hitches.

So let's go ahead and just talk about the clearance that the hitches offer. This is a pretty big deal especially when it comes to ground clearance. So when it comes to that, the Curt and the Draw-Tite are gonna sit below the metal bumper on the front of your truck, and the ground clearance isn't gonna be that great, really. I mean, it's gonna be decent, but really not all that much. And that's kind of where the EcoHitch kinda stands apart.

This one's gonna sit up kind of in the opening of your metal bumper quite a bit higher. I would say probably close to a foot higher if I had to guess. And, you know, you're definitely gonna have more than enough ground clearance regardless on what you're trying to use. You know, whether it's a winch, a holder or, you know, snow plow or just about anything really. And not to mention too, just the bumper clearance.

So where the end of the receiver tube is gonna sit in relation to the edge of your front bumper. All right, so the the Draw-Tite and the Curt are gonna sit back a little ways, and the EcoHitch here is gonna be pretty flush actually. And so, you know, that's gonna become useful let's say, if you happen to have maybe folding type accessories. So for example, you know, a lot of people are starting to run bike racks on the front because they're pulling a camper behind their truck and, you know, they're just trying to utilize every bit of space they can. So that's where that bumper clearance is gonna come into play. And, you know, with that said, the EcoHitch is gonna be right there pretty much flush with their bumper and give us the most space. So just to kind of give you guys an example, today on our truck, we have that EcoHitch installed. And you can see exactly what I was talking about. It kind of fits in this opening. Looks good, the edge of it sits really close to the sort of edge of our front bumper. And as compared to the Curt and the Draw-Tite, those are gonna sit somewhere down here in this area. So kind of looks a little out of place, you know, you have to cut a thing here and the hitch is all the way at the bottom and kind of sticks out a little ways and kind of just looks funky if you ask me. I think this one looks a lot cleaner. Now I know a lot of people are probably thinking, you know, your front plate goes here, your front license plate. And the EcoHitch actually thought that through. They actually give you a license plate holder, which is pretty cool. And so you're able to slide that in. They give you a pen and clip too that will latch and secure it. And when you have it like this, you can't even tell there's a hitch there. Your truck looks completely factory. So definitely an advantage in terms of appearance as well. So we talked about clearance and kinda within that, talked about the appearance of the hitch as well. We saw what it looked like on the front of our truck and everything else. And so now we can kinda talk about the weight capacity. So, you know, chances are pretty good if you're gonna go through the trouble to put a front hitch on your truck, you're gonna use it. And if you're gonna do all that work, you might as well get something that it can offer the maximum potential. You know, you'd be able to use it for the most things. And again, that's where the EcoHitch kinda stands above the rest of them. So it's gonna have the highest capacities. As far as the maximum gross tongue weight rating goes, that's gonna be a thousand pounds. So the amount of weight pushing down on the hitch. And as far as the maximum gross line pull, that's gonna be 10,000 pounds. So that's gonna be the amount of weight that is pulling on the hitch. The Draw-Tite and the Curt are gonna be rated at the same. So they're gonna have a 500 pound maximum gross tongue weight rating. So half of the EcoHitch. And the line pull, they're both gonna be at 9,000. So a little bit under the EcoHitch, but still a thousand pounds less. So, you know, like I said before, going through the trouble, might as well get the one that's the most heavy duty and will instill some confidence in you to use all those different type of accessories. But other than that, you know, the hitches are gonna share some similarities. They're all gonna have that two inch by two inch receiver tube opening and reinforced collar. So really common size, a lot of different things will work with all of them. They're all gonna have that five eighths pin hole. So pretty standard there. And as far as the installation goes, the Draw-Tite and the Curt they're gonna be really similar. It seems like it's relatively straightforward. The EcoHitch, I can definitely speak to this one. I actually installed this one today, and you had to take the front bumper off, but it really wasn't that bad. I mean, a handful of nuts and bolts and it's off. And once that's out of the way, you got a ton of room to work. So, you know, don't let that intimidate you by any means, especially when it comes to installing any of these. Some you're gonna have to do one time. So not really a huge deal. With that said, we do get a lot of questions too about fitment. So these can, all three are gonna be able to fit gas trucks as well as diesel trucks. I know for a fact this one does not work with trucks that have dual rear wheels, so dualies. I can't speak with a hundred percent certainty on these two. So if you do have a dualie, maybe worth looking into a little bit and checking into that. But like I said, this one for sure isn't gonna fit those dualie trucks. But other than that, at the end of the day, I mean, it's really just gonna boil down to what you're looking to do and what one you like the best. All three are gonna bolt on and get the job done, so it's really just gonna come down to your personal preference. And that'll finish up our look at, of our best front trailer hitch options for your Ford F-250. Hope you found this video useful, and it helps you pick out what hitch is gonna be best for your truck..

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