It's going to serve three purposes:
One... It'll provide four point mounting/full backing plate for the numbers plate. Anyone that ever hit high water at any momentum can attest to the need of that kind of support.
Two... Quick snatch point. Over the years I've seen dozens of SUVs flooded because of the amount of time it takes to utilize submerged loops that require use of D shackles.
Three... Easy access to the front hitch reciver for winch tray. Winch tray makes sense for us since 98% of the time the truck is a shool bus.
Parts needed, old hitch and ball, little sheet metal, rebar.