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Posted: 09/17/20 05:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a platform in which I can carry my Honda 2200 on a front hitch I had installed on my 2013 RAM. The hitch mount on this truck is much higher than most other trucks, so high that when I place the generator on it, it blocks a good portion of the front radiator.

Has anyone carried something like this that would block airflow on this truck?

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Made ca 20k miles with this set, including climbing from Dead Valley having 124F at the bottom and highest engine temp was 218F.
The 15 miles climb was at 75% of throttle even with 440 HP beast.





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Kayteg1 wrote:

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Made ca 20k miles with this set, including climbing from Dead Valley having 124F at the bottom and highest engine temp was 218F.
The 15 miles climb was at 75% of throttle even with 440 HP beast.


Your generator sits much lower than mine does. I will post a picture. My set up that generator will be covering ALL of that front grill area, covering the FORD emblem easily.

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Unless its right up against the body its not blocking the airflow anymore than the big flat plastic Ford Grill bars do. Unless Ram builds trucks with crappy cooling systems that is


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I carried a small amount of wood on a front hitch and my truck overheated. It was due to the fan clutch not engaging. The fix was to get a new fan clutch. So, it is definitely possible to overheat even with small blockage.


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.....if your truck is in need of repair.

OP you wont have issues. My radiator, the fins are about 80% smashed flat. The kids did it over 10 years ago when they were little.


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Put it on and see what happens

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Posted: 09/18/20 04:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think I would modify the carrier you have to lower its height. Look at drop pintle hitch mounts.

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.... Also remember that you are driving a 7 year old vehicle ( mileage not stated ) and parts do wear out & radiators & coolers don’t get plugged up compounding the restricted air flow issue; something to consider.... I’ve had some experience in dealing with these issues...

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Posted: 09/18/20 07:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've driven this across country several times in summer heat. No problems with engine overheating. I do see a slight rise in tranny temp but not enough to worry about.
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