Originally Posted by jal0710
Nice job. Looks like he did great, clean work. I think you will enjoy that much more than a bolt-on product.
A quality weld can be stronger than a the original steel, however, there is nothing wrong with bolt on hitches. Realize most truck OEM hitches are bolt on from the factory, as are the vast majority of fifth wheel hitches. My fifth wheel hitch is bolts connecting the frame and rails, holding the hitch with four more removable bolts. And for a standard hitch, it's also being held by a little pin through the receiver.
The problem with welds as well is they are susceptible to cracks and are only as good as the welder.
Point is, I've had both on my trailer, and neither has been a problem. I tow a 18' boat behind my fifth wheel on a bolt on hitch and it hasn't move a single millimeter. Either way, it must be done to spec using quality material and it will be plenty strong enough.