I am no professional welder by any stretch, but I have never had any of my hitches, pulling rings, bump stops, trailers, etc. break to date. I use 7018 for everything. I am sure it's not by the book, but it works for me.
I'm no pro welder either, but I've had this welder since 1995. I made a winch bumper for my Jeep Cherokee with 7024 so it would look perdy, and welded a 76 dodge colt wagon to an 83 S10 frame with 6013.
First choice would be a Mig but since its not a choice use the 7018. I have used that to splice together the frames of a Dodge 500 front half frame with a rear half of a Chevy C60 dump truck frame. It hasn't broke yet :thumbsupafter some 20 years of use.
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