3 Reasons Why You Need the Cannon Hitch Extension

cannon3When it comes to safely towing with an extension while using the Ford factory hitch, there is only ONE extension that can do it safely without you having to upgrade and remove the factory hitch for a different hitch: the patented Cannon extension from Torklift!

The major reason why you need the Cannon hitch extension, especially if you want to tow with your Ford Super Duty, is that it’s the only one made specifically for the 2017-2019 Ford Super Duty 3-inch factory hitch that enables you to safely tow with a trailer hitch extension.

 

1.) It’s the ONLY extension made specifically for the 2017-2019 Ford 3” factory receiver

But, if you’re wanting to tow with a truck camper in your truck bed, or want some separation between your truck and trailer, then what can you do? Luckily, Torklift has your back and has made a towing extension specifically for the Ford 3-inch factory receivers. This towing extension system allows you the ability of hauling anything in the bed that’s going to hang over the rear of your truck, and still making use of the factory hitch receiver. Thanks to the Cannon hitch receiver extension, you can bring along anything you want such as a trailer, boat, side-by-side, ATV or even horses on your next family adventure.

When you’re towing and there’s excessive movement, it could lead not only to the need to replace parts prematurely due to unusual wear and tear, but also lead to potentially major accidents that leave you and your loved ones stranded on the side of the road or in a ditch. We’ve ensured that you won’t have to deal with this excessive movement and slop from having to use a reducer sleeve for the extension to fit. We’ve designed the Cannon specifically to insert into the 3-inch receiver so when you’re towing down the road, you don’t have to deal with unsafe towing conditions caused by up and down and side-to-side movement that is typical and dramatically multiplied when a reducer sleeve is required.

 

2.) The Cannon is made with SAFETY in mind using our patented design

Torklift is focused on safety, and that especially includes our towing equipment. The patented Cannon extension utilizes our original SuperTruss lateral support safety chains to prevent the extension from moving side-to-side while towing. This hitch extension also includes an ALL NEW dual set bolt system that prevents extension and receiver movement while towing.

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The Cannon extension is also part of the hitch lines available from Torklift that are the ONLY ones in the industry that have hardened reinforced hitch pin locations. The reinforcement prevents what is hole elongation, commonly referred to as "egging" at the pin site. This leads to excessive movement in your trailer such as when your truck stops, and your trailer keeps moving dangerously. Once the hitch pin locations egg out, the hitch is damaged and can not only lead to trailer hitch component failure, but could also put you, your loved ones and others on the road in dangerous and deadly situations. You don't have to worry about this with Torklift hitches at your back!

Cannon DSBSAn additional safety feature offered by the Cannon extension is our unique design that is on the underside of the extension. Essentially how it works is that once the Cannon is slid into the hitch receiver, there is a dual set bolt system at the end of the extension that slides under factory receiver. Once fully inserted, you can tighten the bolts on the wear plate that’s provided to press the bolts up against the factory receiver. This locks the extension and prevents it from moving vertically while traveling to ensure safety and handling.

 

3.) Comes in multiple lengths for towing behind your truck with a camper

The Cannon extension is available in 36-inch, 42-inch and 48-inch lengths. The Cannon is the perfect companion for all your towing needs.

E1636 Weight Carry:

• 3600 lbs maximum pull weight
• 360 lbs maximum tongue weight

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• 7200 lbs maximum pull weight
• 720 lbs maximum tongue weight.

E1642 Weight Carry:

• 3300 lbs maximum pull weight
• 330 lbs maximum tongue weight 

E1642 Weight Distribution:

• 6600 lbs maximum pull weight
• 660 lbs maximum tongue weight

E1648 Weight Carry:

• 3000 lbs maximum pull weight
• 300 lbs maximum tongue weight

E1648 Weight Distribution:

• 6000 lbs maximum pull weight
• 600 lbs maximum tongue weight

 

4.) Cannon SkidWheel Accessory Available

Cannon Skidwheel IU1Whether you head out onto the coastal beaches or up to the mountain heights into the snow and ice where harsh chemical treatments are prevalent, nothing outperforms the stainless steel and rust free Cannon SkidWheel. Installed on the underside of the extension near the end of the Cannon where the lateral safety chains are attached, the SkidWheel protects your extension from dragging along the ground while you are towing. This is especially true when entering and exiting driveways with an incline and reduces the chance of damaging your towing equipment investments.

How does the Cannon SkidWheel work? It allows the SkidWheel to make contact with the ground before the extension receiver when towing heavy loads and a long extension, that way your towing equipment never reaches the ground. Because the Cannon SkidWheel roller is made out of stainless steel, we’ve ensured it can handle the toughest road conditions without rusting.

Features of the Cannon Extension include:

• Available in three lengths from 36” to 48”
• Internally reinforced
• Hardened reinforced hitch pin locations
• Uses patented, lateral-support safety chains
• Compatible with 2” and 2-1/2” ball mounts
• Includes safety chains
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

*Weight ratings dependent on length of extension.

Our goal at Torklift International is to provide our customers with safe equipment that speaks for itself when it comes to performance. Go big with Torklift Cannon hitch extension for your Ford factory 3-inch receiver for all your towing and hauling needs!

Learn more about our Cannon Ford hitch extension and Cannon SkidWheel and give our tech support a call at 800-246-8132, or purchase them at a Certified Dealer near you!

 

 

kerstinWritten by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 3 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels.

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Towing a trailer behind your truck

Truck Camper Towing TrailerIf you are planning on doing any kind of outdoor adventure that involves you bringing extra cargo or a trailer, chances are you'll need to tow with a trailer hitch! While it may seem unapproachable, setting up and towing a trailer behind your truck is easier than it looks. But, it does require some study and set up in advance to make it as easy as possible when you’re actually towing.

During your research phase, the first thing you need to ensure is that your truck has a rating capacity of at least the max weight of the load you want to haul. Check the owner’s manual for your truck to determine the weight limits and figure out the appropriate hitch to have installed. You’ll want to make sure to stay within the manufacturer’s weight ratings or you could potentially cause major damage to your vehicle, truck and other drivers on the road.

Here are the numbers that you’ll need to know before getting set up to tow behind your truck:

Tongue Weight Gross trailer weight (GTW): how much the trailer weighs fully loaded. 
Gross trailer weight (GTW): how much the trailer weighs fully loaded. 
Tongue weight: the downward force exerted on the hitch ball by the trailer coupler. You’ll need to know your trailer tongue weight in order to determine the best hitch for your vehicle.
Gross combined weight rating (GCWR): The maximum weight of the trailer tow vehicle combined, this weight should never be exceeded. 
Hitch rating: this is an incredibly important number! It’s the weight that the manufacturer has tested and determined that the hitch can handle. For example, the SuperHitch Original can handle 2,000 pounds tongue weight and tow up to 20,000 pounds.


What it basically comes down to for hitch towing is weight! Weight is the most important factor when it comes to towing. Both knowing how much weight your trailer hitch can tow and how much weight your truck, hitch and ball mount can handle. 

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All hitches are not created equal. If you’re planning on towing a heavy amount, you need to make sure that your trailer hitch is up to the task. Take for example Charles Spray. He trusts the best hitch available for towing a trailer behind his fully loaded truck and camper: the SuperHitch!

“Getting ready for the Ponies in the Smokies car show in Sevierville, TN. Love your products! It runs great down the highway and that’s the important part.”

-Charles Spray

SuperTruss 3The SuperHitch comes in two different weight capacities. The SuperHitch Original heavy-duty trailer hitch is rated at 2,000 pounds tongue weight, 20,000 pounds with weight distribution and uses our patented dual receiver design (2-inch upper and 2-inch lower) to max out class five hitch maximum capacities.

To fight the blight of wimpy factory and aftermarket tow hitches the SuperHitch Magnum is also available. With weight distribution, the SuperHitch Magnum trailer hitch is rated up to 3,000 pounds tongue and 30,000 pounds towing.

Reinforced Pin Locations
Both of these trailer hitches come with hardened reinforced hitch pin locations to prevent common elongation of the hitch pin holes known as egging. When hitch pin holes are not properly reinforced, the elongated pin holes with extra space around the hitch pin leads to effects of poor handling. For example, feeling the trailer’s dramatic push forward on the tow vehicle while stopping. Gain control and avoid this with the SuperHitch 20K trailer hitch.


The SuperHitch Original and SuperHitch Magnum are built incredibly strong and can handle heavy towing within the vehicle manufacturer’s indicated maximum capacities. They are also made in the USA and are backed by our Legendary Lifetime Warranty.

SuperTruss 2The SuperTruss is an incredibly strong extension for towing when you have overhang in the bed of your truck.


Depending on the application, trucks are often used to both tow and haul at the same time, just like Charles who has a truck camper in his truck bed while towing a trailer. If the cargo in the truck bed blocks the trailer hitch receiver by crossing the threshold of the vehicles rear-end, you'll need specific towing equipment to maintain your ability to tow. The SuperHitch SuperTruss extension pairs perfectly with each model of SuperHitch to give you the ability and convenience of extending your tow hitch in the safest way possible. Take advantage of the versatility of your tow vehicle by giving it the tools it needs to go big.


For a full list of steps on how to tow a trailer you can visit our recent blog for step by step instructions on towing a trailer behind your truck. If you’re interested in purchasing our SuperHitch trailer hitch and want to upgrade like Charles, there are a couple of options available to you! You can click here to visit one of our Certified Dealers near you. You can also contact us for more information or questions at support@torklift.com or by calling 800-246-8132.

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Towing 101: What are the different trailer hitch classes?

Truck CamperAt Torklift we strive to help educate customers so they can learn everything they need to get on the road safely and have a fun time. Whether you’re a newbie wanting to buy your first hitch, or a veteran who’s had many hitches before, it’s always best to do research to find the best hitch class you need for your vehicle to fit your needs.

The hitch is one of the starting points that ensures you’ll have fun on your next adventure because it helps you bring your bike rack or tow trailers behind your vehicle for camping trips or big toys like ATVs or dirt bikes. Learn all you need to know about the different hitch classes that exist and get some ideas of what you’ll be able to tow or haul with each:

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1.) Class I Hitch

Class I Hitch

Considered weight carrying hitches – Class I hitches are typically rated up to a maximum of 200 tongue weight and 2,000 pounds towing and traditionally come in a 1 ¼” receiver with few hitches available in 2” as well. Most vehicles in this hitch class include compact cars, sedans and SUVs. Class I hitches are perfect for smaller accessories or towing small trailers.

Examples of what you can use/tow: bike rack, cargo trays, small tent camper, jet skis


2.) Class II Hitch

Class II Hitch

Class II hitches are also considered weight carrying hitches similar to Class I hitches, but have the ability to handle more weight. Typically rated around 350 pounds tongue weight and a maximum of 3,500 pounds towing, this type of hitch also traditionally comes in both 1 ¼” and 2” receiver sizes. Vehicles in this hitch class are usually sedans and SUVs.   

Examples of what you can use/tow: bike rack, small campers, jet skis, boats


3.) Class III Hitch

Class III hitchClass III hitches are what you normally see on small trucks, SUVs and larger sedans. These hitches tend to be rated at around 500/600 pounds tongue weight and up to a maximum of 5,000 pounds towing and normally come in 2” receivers. There are adapters available where you can convert your 2” to a 1 ¼” receiver, but we would suggest getting the receiver size you need so you don’t have to use the adapters while hauling heavier loads.

Another fun fact about this class of trailer hitches is that you can start using weight distribution to help even out the load you are towing, prevent sag around the tongue of the trailer and be able to tow more weight. Not all hitches available are rated for both weight carrying and weight distributing, so this is where your research will come in handy, especially if you plan on hauling heavier trailers and are going to need weight distribution.

Examples of what you can use/tow: medium sized campers, jet skis, utility trailers, boats, bike rack, cargo trays and more


4.) Class IV Hitch

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Have a large truck and a beefy looking hitch? You probably have a Class IV hitch. These hitches are typically rated around 1,000/1,200 pounds tongue weight and a maximum of 12,000 pounds towing. They come in 2” receivers, but there are some 2.5” receivers available. Class IV hitches are where you start getting into the heavier towing and will most likely need weight distribution for what you’re planning to pull.

Examples of what you can use/tow: trailers, large boats, toy haulers, small travel trailers, utility trailers


5.) Class V Hitch

Class V Hitch

The highest class available for hitches (well, kind of – we’ll explain more below) made for large SUVs, pickup trucks and vans. These hitches are typically rated around 1,200/1,700 pounds tongue weight and 20,000 pounds towing, and come in 2” and 2.5” receivers. Class V hitches are where you are doing the heaviest towing, will need weight distribution and most likely sway control to help make your towing experience more enjoyable and easier to drive down the road.

Examples of what you can use/tow: large trailers, equipment haulers, multi-car trailers, large boats, toy haulers, large travel trailers, utility trailer

o To the right is a photo of the SuperHitch Original 20K – rated at 2,000 pounds tongue and 20,000 pounds towing with weight distribution. This is a great example of a Class V hitch that is strong enough to tow heavy duty items – especially with its dual truss design that adds strength and stability


6.) Beyond Class V Hitch

SuperHitch MagnumNow that it’s 2018, trucks are getting more heavy duty and are manufactured with greater strength to tow and haul heavier trailers and RVs. Hitches must keep up with demand. Recently, there are hitches coming out with a 21,000 pound tow rating from the factory which is the highest that many companies go on ratings.

But, there is another hitch available that is the only one if its kind. Not as expensive as a custom hitch of the same weight rating, there is a bolt-on hitch that comes ready to install. This is the SuperHitch Magnum. This hitch is rated at 3,000 pounds tongue and 30,000 pounds towing with weight distribution. Which means that when it comes to towing with this hitch, the only limit is how much your truck can handle!

Also made with a patented dual receiver design, the SuperHitch Magnum is the strongest and safest hitch available that will literally exceed all your towing needs.

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If you’re interested in getting a hitch for your vehicle and want to do some heavy hauling, we have your back with the SuperHitch Original and SuperHitch Magnum! You can purchase it from one of our Torklift Certified Dealers. Or, visit here for more details about this truck hitch and give us a call at 800-246-8132, we’d love to help you with your next hitch.

 

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As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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How to Tow a Trailer

sh4Do you plan on boating this summer? What about camping with some big toys like ATVs and dirt bikes? If you are planning on doing any kind of outdoor adventures that will involve you bringing extra cargo or a trailer, chances are you'll need to tow with a trailer hitch! While it may seem intimidating, setting up and towing a trailer is easier than it looks.

The following information on towing basics applies to most towing applications whether the trailer hitch is towing a boat, a car, or travel trailers and other items that need a lift from point A to point B. What it basically comes down to for hitch towing is: weight! Weight is incredibly important when it comes to towing, both knowing how much weight your trailer hitch can tow and how much weight your truck, hitch and ball mount can handle. Learn more below.

 

1. Make sure your vehicle is rated for towing the load 
Before you even being loading up the trailer, you need to make sure that your truck is strong enough to tow the weight you are wanting to haul. You need to check to determine the weight limits in the owner's manual and determine the appropriate hitch to have installed.

Tongue Weight

• You need to find a few numbers before towing:

o The gross trailer weight (GTW), which is how much the trailer weighs fully loaded
o The maximum tongue weight for your vehicle to determine the class of hitch you'll need to tow the load
o The maximum weight of the trailer tow vehicle combined which should never be exceeded, also known as the gross combination weight rating (GCWR)

 

2. Make sure your hitch is the appropriate class 
Now that you have all the weight rating numbers - is your hitch strong enough to tow all the weight you need? 

• Hitch Class 1: 200 pounds tongue weight, 2,000 pounds towing weight
• Hitch Class 2: 350 pounds tongue weight, 3,500 pounds towing weight
• Hitch Class 3: 500 pounds tongue weight, 5,000 pounds towing weight
• Hitch Class 4: 1,000/1,200 pounds tongue weight, maximum of 12,000 pounds towing weight
• Hitch Class 5: 1,700/3,000 pounds tongue weight, maximum of 17,000/30,000 pounds towing weight

o Look for hitches that are no-drill and completely bolt-on, like the SuperHitch Original, to
prevent any potential rusting of your frame from the drilling
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• Beyond Class 5: As trucks are getting more heavy duty and are manufacturers are coming out with 21,000 pound tow rated hitches. Also, Torklift has a bolt-on hitch, the SuperHitch Magnum, which is rated at 3,000 pounds tongue and 30,000 pounds towing with weight distribution

Depending on your application, it's often that trucks are used to both tow and haul at the same time. If the cargo in the truck bed blocks the trailer hitch receiver by crossing the threshold of the vehicles rear-end, you'll need specific towing equipment to uphold your ability to tow. The SuperHitch SuperTruss extension pairs perfectly with each model of SuperHitch to give you the ability and convenience of extending your tow hitch in the safest way possible. Take advantage of the versatility of your tow vehicle by giving it the tools it needs to go big.

Not sure if you can install the hitch yourself or need to take it into an aftermarket shop or dealership? Watch the video below to see how to install a trailer hitch and how easy the SuperHitch is to install:

 

3. Attach the trailer to the vehicle 
Trailer TongueNow that you have all the weight rating measurements, the correct hitch installed on your truck and the proper ball mount installed in your hitch receiver, you're ready to hook up your trailer! Use the tongue jack to raise the trailer and align it with the ball mount installed on the hitch. Lower the trailer tongue down onto the ball and secure the tongue.

The trailer tongue is on the ballmount installed in your hitch, now you cross the safety chains to the hooks near the vehicle hitch frame, making sure that there is enough slack in the chains, but not so much that they drag on the ground or else sparks will be flying! If your trailer is on the heavier side, it might be a good idea to consider weight distribution for your hitch to even out your towing load.

 

4. Activate the lights with the wiring harness
7 Pin WiringNow that you have your trailer hitched up, now it's time to hook up the wiring harness. The wiring harness is incredibly important when it comes to towing because it makes sure that your trailer's brake lights, turn signal and other connections between the truck and trailer function properly.

Generally, wiring harnesses employ a simple color-coded connection that makes it easy to hook up the lights to the harness. Because of this, it should make it easy to install the connector properly to the tow vehicle's harness.

 

5. Final Checks
Now that you have installed the hitch, hooked up the trailer and installed the safety chains, you should be ready to tow behind your truck! But, before you drive off, it's important to do final checks to ensure that everything is 100% good to go. This includes: 

• Check the tongue weight once fully loaded to make sure you are still within the safe zone of towing weight
• Make sure everything is secured down and that your lighting is plugged in and running properly
• Look at your tires and make sure they are inflated correctly for proper towing

 

6. Drive! ford trailer 2You are now ready for your adventure! Don't forget that your driving style while towing should be different than how you drive in your typical vehicle. Your vehicle and trailer are much less maneuverable and nimble than your car or truck is without a trailer. It's critical that you always compensate for the added length the trailer adds when you change lanes so that you don't run anyone off the road as well as increasing your stopping distance behind other drivers.

 

 

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As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing, and has loved every minute of working for Torklift for over 2 years. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels. 

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Can I put an extra battery under the hood of my truck?

hiddenpower truckbedInstalling the HiddenPower on a truck!In the 80’s Torklift was installing second batteries underneath the hood of trucks on a daily basis. With lots of room available underneath the hood it was common procedure. Customers wanted the extra batteries as an always charged up ready to go extension of their RV’s battery because the trucks charging system kept the second battery always ready to go.

 

As the auto industry grew more competitive and more technologically advanced the space under the hood became smaller, until there was no space at all. For many of us who engage in outdoor recreation such as off-roading, or haul any type of camper, this was bad news. This meant having to carry several batteries in your car or RV, taking up space that you could use for something else. That is until Torklift released two battery mount options, the HiddenPower and the ExtendedPower!

hiddenpowermountThe HiddenPower mounts to the frame of your truckThe HiddenPower
This name gives it all away. This battery mount is installed underneath the vehicle bed and can be used for all types of group 24, 27, and 31 twelve-volt batteries, ranging from lead acid, AGM, sealed, or gel cell.

How does it work?
This mount is no-drill and installs quickly. Adding an extra battery that is tied to your truck’s electrical charging system, will keep the battery charged and ready for use with little to no maintenance. Having an extra battery mounted will not only save you time with hassling to pull out batteries and connect them, it will allow you to camp using the battery power without draining the vehicle’s battery when paired with the HiddenPower Wiring Harness. Having this at your convenience will allow you to use your stereo and lights and more, it will save your vehicle from wear and tear that is associated with having to run your vehicle in order to use power, as well as gas. It will also save you from getting a dead battery. This product is backed by a lifetime warranty.

 

The ExtendedPower
The ExtendedPower is the universal battery mount for housing extra truck camper batteries while mounted on any hitch receiver extension, wired or not. It also features locks.

extendedpower trussUse one or two ExtendedPower's for even more battery power!How does it work?
This extra battery mount will allow you to power your accessories without having to turn the truck engine on wasting fuel. It operates just like the HiddenPower. Having an extension on your truck camper’s batteries and depending on the desired location can be easily recharged by solar panels, converters, generators, or truck alternators. These trays bolt directly onto your hitch receiver extension with no drilling required for installation and are adjustable in height. The mounts come with a pin for a quick release allowing the mount to easily disconnect for tear down and storage. The ExtendedPower comes with a group 24 battery box and a lifetime warranty.

The battery mount options Torklift designed have brought back the convenience of accessing power outdoors. Whether you have direct wiring into your electrical system or just easy accessibility to your batteries, we are simplifying so that you can enjoy your experience. The answer to the question that started us off is a no, you can’t really find a spot to put a battery under most new truck hoods, but with these Torklift products you still have options. For more information, you can contact us at 800.246.8132 or visit torklift.com.

 


 

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StableLoad -- The Weight Off Your Shoulders

Did you hear? The StableLoad Challenge is back!
Stressed manSee how stressed he looks driving the heavy load without StableLoads?“I definitely notice there’s a lot of body roll,” said a challenger, cautious in his words as he gripped the steering wheel tighter. A look of discomfort struck his face and he frowned as he pressed harder on the pedal. As the driver pushed down on the gas that propelled the vehicle further, his concerned expression worsened.

 

Thankfully, this scene was not transpiring in the hustle and bustle of a chaotic highway, nor was it taking place in the rough backwoods. It was in fact taking place on an open and controlled route for Torklift’s StableLoad Challenge in Everett, WA.

Participants at Torklift’s StableLoad Challenge were invited to take part in a simple test to see if the StableLoad was everything they hoped it would be. They soon learned that, when it came to producing reliable suspension products and upgrades, Torklift delivered.

The StableLoad Challenge
StableLoad ChallengeWhen it comes to hauling cargo or towing a trailer, nothing is more important than stability. Whether transporting truck campers, trailers or just plain old junk for the garbage dump in your Ford truck, a stable suspension is critical for the protection of your vehicle. Thankfully, Torklift has got your back with the StableLoad suspension stabilizer. 

The StableLoad suspension stabilizer suspension upgrade dramatically improves vehicle handling characteristics by "pre-activating" the stabilizing effect designed for rear overload leaf springs. This is accomplished by keeping your rear leaf springs actively under load, the way your vehicle factory suspension engineers intended them to operate.

By “pre-loading” the factory overload springs, the StableLoad vastly improves the handling characteristics of your loaded vehicle, no matter the weight. Both safety and handling are improved. In addition, sway, body roll and porpoising are dramatically reduced.

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Wondering about how your suspension works? The StableLoad’s quad contact design complements the vehicle manufacturers four point suspension. This is opposed to reducing it to two points of contact, which is the case with all other rear suspension products. In other words, the weight of heavier loads is redistributed evenly across all four points, rather than being reduced to two contact points causing lack of stability and support. As our guests learned in the StableLoad Challenge, this design choice was the difference maker.

Happy ManNow that he's driving with the StableLoads look at how happy and much more comfortable he looks“I’m actually very, very surprised with how stable it is. It’s kind of cliché but it feels like there’s no weight back there,” said the participant, his eyes widened with surprise. He breathed a deep sigh of relief. As he exhaled, he relaxed, letting his shoulders curve against the padded seat. His memories of the poor suspension from before were now replaced with better ones as he reached out to thank a friendly hand from Torklift with a firm handshake.

This performance was apparent when those taking the StableLoad Challenge began to take note of the smooth ride, the solid weight distribution and the overall comfort StableLoads provided. Compared to the sluggish, fish-tail movement brought on by heavy loads and hauls, the StableLoads really shined. The StableLoads are universal, fitting all vehicles with factory installed upper and lower overload springs and the lower quick-disconnect StableLoads have no-drill installations available. Click here to find your application.

AirbagsAirbags have the potential to burst if under too much pressureWondering about how airbags might affect your suspension? The StableLoads even enhance airbag performance by lowering your airbag’s air pressure, ensuring maximum safety on even the most perilous of hauls. Those who were running around 90 PSI before installing StableLoads are now reporting that they run their airbags at 20 or 30 PSI, significantly reducing the risk of their airbags self destructing or causing damage to their trucks.

Leaf SpringsStableLoads work with your suspension to give you the best ride possible

The kit includes four Torklift StableLoads, outfitting one complete vehicle and comes with Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Torklift’s warranty includes coverage for the vehicles factory leaf springs.

 

As the participants returned home, any doubts in their minds on the performance of the StableLoad were replaced with thoughts of confidence and excitement. At long last, the lack of vehicle handling brought on by agonizing weight has been lifted from the shoulders (and suspension) of truck owners everywhere.

Read more about the StableLoad Challenge or click here for additional product information. Find a dealer near you or give us a call at 800.246.8132 with inquiries.

 

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Torklift International’s SuperHitch Outlaw Series allows for towing with a truck camper thanks to the SuperTruss Receiver Extension

The Struggle is Real
A trailer hitch never seems as stubby and un-tow-worthy as when you’re trying to tow with the tailgate down or when towing with a truck camper overhang. Anyone that has ever tried to hitch a trailer to their truck’s receiver when the truck camper is attached knows a camper overhang makes it impossible. You’ll surely be troubled with clearance issues, too. But imagine the undue strife and misery one would face as a newbie when it comes to towing with a truck camper: a happy family about to hit the road for a fantastic summer getaway with their truck camper and new boat in tow—only, it slipped dad’s mind that the overhang won’t let him attach his boat trailer to his trailer hitch. You can almost hear the factory hitch’s taunting laughter ringing in his ears as the sun beats down on him. Can you see the look of dismay on his face or feel the throb of defeat in his temples?

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In such a scenario, what is an adventurer to do? Sacrifice the comfort of a mobile domicile in order to enjoy your boat for one day at the lake instead of a weekend? Or perhaps save the aquatic adventure for the next summer and just camp? In this situation, neither solution wipes the pout off of the kids’ faces.

The Solution
Professional bass fisherman James Niggemeyer is here to tell you about Torklift’s SuperHitch Outlaw Series high capacity towing equipment, in particular the SuperTruss Extension. With the SuperHitch SuperTruss, you will never find yourself in a disappointing scenario as the one illustrated above.

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Torklift SuperHitch and SuperTruss receiver extension is the strongest way to tow with a truck camper
The SuperTruss receiver extension is a one-of-a-kind tow extension that works with the SuperHitch to easily allow you to tow despite your truck camper overhang’s best efforts to thwart that ability. With the highest towing capacity in the industry, the SuperHitch SuperTruss features hardened, reinforced hitch pin locations and patented, lateral-support safety chains to safely tow your trailer with strength and stability.

The SuperTruss is designed for campers up to 12 feet and available in eight lengths from 21” to 60”.

 

A professional who knows best
See what professional bass fisherman James Niggemayer has to say about the SuperTruss Receiver Extension:

Needing a towing system he can trust, James Niggemeyer knows that having the SuperHitch and SuperTruss on his rig will get him to and from his competitions safely. Not only is he confident that he’s safely towing, he’s also assured his Lance truck camper and boat are in good hands. Knowing that James Niggemeyer’s experiences with the SuperTruss give him peace of mind on the road, average outdoorsman in the same boat (pun intended) can be just as confident.

Niggemeyer continues…

Niggemeyer“I spend a lot of time on the water and quite a bit of time behind the wheel getting to those destinations [and] the people from Torklift International manufacture the finest in towing equipment for truck campers and just about anything else you can dream up. I have tried the others and I am happy that I now have the best tools for the job. The SuperHitch, SuperTruss extension, StableLoads, Original FastGuns and complete tie down systems make my rig far more stable. With this new equipment I’m road ready and safe! I am happy to be a part of the Torklift International Team!”

Get stacked with SuperHitch Super Power
Want to be able to tow virtually anything, anywhere? Channel your inner superhero and conquer gimpy factory and aftermarket tow hitches with the SuperHitch Outlaw Series. For those of you interested in fully outfitting yourself with the best of the best, here is what else Torklift International offers in the SuperHitch Outlaw Series:

SuperHitch Hero 15K receiver
SuperHitch Original 20K receiver
SuperHitch Magnum 30K receiver
SuperTruss receiver extension
SuperHitch Everest WD System (30K)
SuperHitch Pintle and Ballmount accessories

SuperTruss Extension
Tow with overhang like it's no big deal with the Torklift SuperTruss Extension
And remember, like all of Torklift’s products, everything in the SuperHitch Outlaw Series is proudly made in the U.S.A. and comes with Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Don’t settle for run-of-the-mill towing equipment when it comes to your family’s safety. Stack up towing power with high capacity capability and make towing while hauling your truck camper stress-free.

Learn more about the SuperHitch SuperTruss or to purchase Find a Dealer near you.

 

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Finding your HiddenPower at The Washington Sportsmen’s Show

Washington Sportmens ShowWashington Sportsmen's Show“Excuse me, pardon me,” you chime as you navigate the show you’ve been waiting all year to attend. Moving quickly with intent, your eyes darting back and forth, scanning each booth. You’re like a kid in a candy store, stopping every time something catches your interest. “Where’s Torklift?” you say to yourself as you continue to search row after row. Don’t fret! The magic number to remember is booth 712.

Join Torklift at the highly anticipated Washington Sportsmen’s Show January 27-31, 2016. Located at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup, Washington, the Sportmen’s Show has become the mecca for all outdoorsmen. From wall to wall, sportsmen, hunters and campers alike gather to seek and discover the finest products to assist them in their outdoor adventures. Whether your interests are fishing in serene lakes, camping in exotic locales, hunting mighty beasts or doing plain old work outside, the chances of you finding something to aid your endeavors are high.

As you make your way through the show, you can make out a friendly sight in the distance. You see the word “Torklift” and you’ve been waiting all year to see what innovative products they’ve come up with. When you reach booth 712, Torklift’s HiddenPower battery mount quickly catches your interest.

A HiddenPower Uncovered
Seeing you could always use extra battery power whether for work, hunting or camping trips, you ask a Torklift representative about the hidden battery tray.

You learn that the Torklift HiddenPower battery box is a specially designed and convenient auxiliary under vehicle battery mount for all types of Group 24, 27 and 31 twelve volt batteries such as lead acid, AGM, sealed and gel cell.
Washington Sportmens HiddenPowerOwning a HiddenPower is convenient and installation is simple

You know you could put this battery box to great use. Clearly engineered with convenience in mind, HiddenPower features no drill installations and has a quick disconnect feature for easy access to battery maintenance and service. Not sure where to store an extra battery? The battery mount bolts directly onto the truck’s frame with a hidden location ideal for battery security.

Previously, you’ve often worried about losing power or not having enough of a charge, but as you learn more and more about the HiddenPower’s features, your fears quickly subside. With the HiddenPower, enjoy significantly extended time you can run on your 12-volt systems by keeping them constantly charged. Do you like using electric accessories such as lights, stereos and computers, but dread the fear of running your battery dead by using them without the truck running? By using the HiddenPower Wiring Harness, avoid wasting fuel and leaving your truck engine running by having your accessories directly wired into the extra battery. The HiddenPower auxiliary battery is designed to maintain its charge while RVing by becoming an extension of your RV's battery.

The Wiring Harness is sold separately and completes the HiddenPower installation. The sealed Wire Harness helps protect against dirt and moisture and is fused to protect your vehicles electrical system.

See how it works by watching this video:

It’s Show Time!
As the highlighted Torklift International product, the HiddenPower battery box will be exclusively featured at the Washington Sportsmen’s show. So mark your calendar:Washington Sportmens Show Date

Washington Sportsmen’s Show 
January 27th-31st, 2016 
Washington State Fair Events Center

Booth #712

We’ll let you in on a little secret…. The HiddenPower will be 40% off with a special show discount exclusive to Washington Sportsmen’s Show. You must visit our booth to receive the discount code on this unique hidden battery box, so be sure to come by!

Learn more about the Washington Sportsmen’s Show and find details on Torklift International HiddenPower by clicking here. We hope to see you at the show!

 


 

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Ken and the newest member of his family: Part 3

In this series we are highlighting Ken Pastorius and his adventures through the manufacturing of his truck, the creation of the tie downs for his new truck and his experience with installing and using them. You can check out Part 1 and Part 2 to fully catch up on the story. In our final part we are highlighting Ken’s installation of his truck camper tie downs and Torklift International StableLoads.

Below are some photos of Ken installing his StableLoads, the steps he went through to install them and the finished product which is his 2015 GMC truck all decked out.

IMG 8091Ken's featured on the box! IMG 6745Ken's quote on the StableLoad box

image5Laying out all the parts

“It was a pleasant surprise to see my name and quote in the box. I remember us having the conversation a couple years back but forgot all about it. So, that was a fun surprise.”

– Ken Pastorius

 image8Taking spring pad out for the installationimage6Lifting the truck with a jack

image10Dropping in the bolt

image7Partially installed StableLoad

In Ken’s own words: “The install went very well. I must say, that even from a person with limited mechanical skill, if you have the right tools, this is a relatively simple project.”

We engineered the StableLoad installation to be as easy as possible and with a quick no-drill installation you can install it and be on your way in a couple hours. All of our products are built to be no-drill, but in the rare instances that your vehicle does not have pre-dilled holes from the manufacture we have a drill kit available for installation into the leaf spring.

Lower-StableLoad-EngagedActivating the StableLoadLower-StableLoadInstalled and ready to be used

Some other great features of the StableLoad include:

• Dramatically improves safety, handling and reduces sway, body roll and porpoising
• Ability to turn on and off in seconds*
• Universal fit for all vehicles with factory installed upper or lower overloads
• Quad contact design complements the vehicle manufacturer's four point suspension as     opposed to reducing it to two points of contact with all other rear suspension products  
• Quick no-drill installation**
• Enhances airbag performance by lowering airbag overload air pressure
• Kit includes four StableLoads (outfits one complete vehicle)
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty includes coverage for the vehicle factory leaf springs
• Proudly made in the USA

* Applies only to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload).
** Does not apply to the StableLoad Quick Disconnect (Lower Overload) A7311 (WITH DRILL KIT).

 

image3Ken's final setup with the truck camper

As you can see to the right, Ken’s Talon Tie Downs look great and are very special because they are the very first 2016 TalonTie Downs of the year and are the first product of our 40th anniversary.Also, the white FastGuns look sharp as they match his new truck and the Arctic Fox 1150. The StableLoads are a great improvement and will help him have improved handling and safety while out on the road.

There you have it folks! The third and final part about Ken Pastorius and his adventures of adding the newest member to his family, a 2015 GMC Denali 3500 DRW. Now all outfitted with Torklift Talon Tie Downs, FastGuns and StableLoads, Ken and his family are ready to hit the road! We look forward to hearing more stories of their journeys.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the FastGuns, StableLoads and Talon Tie Downs or where to purchase them. 

 


 

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Torklift Outlaw Series: the Vigilante of the towing industry

What do super heroes like Tony Stark as Ironman, Peter Parker as Spiderman, Bruce Wayne as Batman and Clark Kent as Superman all have in common? They were all vigilantes. 


superhitch-supermanFighting crime with the best interest of the community at heart. Sometimes breaking the law to do good. Seeking justice. Fighting evil with every ounce of their being, not letting the traditional laws of society hold them back one bit. Authorities may hate them but the people sure love them. That’s because these characters possess a power in which they use in a positive way, proving that being an Outlaw isn’t always a bad thing.

In the same sense, Torklift’s SuperHitch Outlaw Series is the vigilante of the towing industry.

Fighting the crime of inadequate factory tow hitches
Depending on the state or country, it’s against the law to drive a vehicle that is exceeding its maximum tow weight rating. Since tow ratings are also heavily dependent on the capacity ratings of your towing equipment, you’ll have to equip your vehicle with a highly rated receiver hitch that maximizes the capabilities of your truck. Recycle the puny factory hitch and prevent it from limiting the power within your truck.

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The guys of TruckU replace factory hitch with SuperHitch

Logo OutlawLuckily, SuperHitch Outlaw Series saves the day. No longer worry about exceeding towing weight with trailer hitches capable of towing up to a whopping 30,000 pounds with a tongue weight capacity up to 3,000 pounds when used with weight distribution.

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Superman has his cape, Batman has his bat mobile, Ironman has his impenetrable suit and Spiderman has his web-shooters. All of these vigilantes have weapons or a defense to aid in their mission of good doing. Your secret weapon?

Torklift SuperHitch.

 

bonnieBonnie Tyler’s popular 80’s ballad - Image SourceHolding out for a Hero...
From the crisp vocal stylings of Bonnie Tyler, you need a hero. You’re holding out for a hero. It’s gotta be strong and it’s gotta be tough and it’s gotta be larger than life....Well, that might not be exactly the way the song goes, but what you’ve long been waiting for has finally arrived and thanks to Torklift International, you no longer have to hold out till the morning light. Go forth and tow those heavy loads with confidence.

Using high tech computer, physical lab and rigorous field test engineering, Torklift International’s high capacity towing series includes receiver hitches, receiver hitch extensions, weight distribution system, wiring harnesses, pintle hook and ballmount adapters and accessories. Pick your poison for your towing needs here:

SuperHitch Hero 15K
SuperHitch Original 20K
SuperHitch Magnum 30K
SuperTruss receiver extension
SuperHitch Everest WD System
SuperHitch Pintle & Ball mount accessories

Riding the rails of the law
Yep, go ahead and remain at large. You still have to tow within your trucks tow load capacity, but you can increase tongue weight capacity and still stay legal and safe. The SuperHitch Outlaw Series saves you from the evils of catastrophic hitch failure due to an inadequate towing system that can’t handle high tongue weight.

SuperHItch Magum

WHAM! POW! BAM! Just soak in all the super powers of a Torklift International SuperHitch:

• Highest ratings in the industry
• Frame-mounted with no-drill applications
• Dual receiver with same capacity ratings in both upper and lower receiver
• Reinforced hitch pin locations to prevent common elongation wear known as “egging”
• Lifetime warranty

The Mighty Thor once said, “Your ancestors called it magic, but you call it science. I come from a land where it’s one and the same.” Torklift calls it smart engineering.

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At Torklift International, we know our customers can avoid costly mistakes when it comes to towing. We strive to produce products that exceed your expectations and increase your safety while on the road.

There is no question that exceeding your vehicles manufacturer tow capacity ratings will elevate safety hazards. Going overboard might put you in a position of liability in the unfortunate event of an accident. It is also likely to void any warranty or insurance coverage. We strongly suggest staying within the maximum weight capacities set by your vehicle’s manufacturer. We know the capabilities of a Torklift International SuperHitch, just make sure to know the capability of your tow vehicle.

Good always prevails
SuperHitch Outlaw Series is so much more than a hitch made of steel. It’s truth, justice and the American way. Manufactured right here in the USA, the SuperHitch Outlaw Series stands uniquely at the height of quality, capacity and versatility.

Watch this video now to see the crowning jewel of the Outlaw Series, SuperHitch Magnum 30K hitch:

Find fit applications and learn more about the SuperHitch Outlaw Series by clicking here.

 


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Don’t worry about battery life with HiddenPower and ExtendedPower

HP-boxBefore the installationWe love hearing installation stories from our customers, especially when they add extensions and more layers to the stories they have already shared with us. When we originally featured Blanco1 in this blog, he had just received and unpackaged his Torklift HiddenPower and was excited to get it installed. This time, we are sharing his story and thoughts about the installation of his HiddenPower and what he thinks about it now that he’s used it. Here’s what forum user Blanco1 previously said about the HiddenPower: “What’s awesome about it is that it bolts inside the frame rails under the truck and saving me what limited space I have above.”

Now that his HiddenPower battery installation is complete, here's what Blanco1 has to say about his new HiddenPower:

“I personally think this was a great and yet simple idea, I never would have thought of and when I learned about it, I had to get it. Thanks Torklift.”
                               –Blanco1, Rv.net

There we go again, thinking outside of the box, or in this case, underneath the box.

hidden-power-battery-mountThe installed HiddenPowerAs an added bonus, you can also get the HiddenPower Wire Harness like Blanco1 did and “tie it into the main charging wire which feeds the 7 pin connectors located both in the bed of the truck and by the tow hitch.” This kind of wiring for batteries also allows for a quick disconnect of the HiddenPower battery to help aid in future battery maintenance by getting it off the truck in literally less than 2 minutes as well as tying in to your trucks charging system.

battery-mount-installYou can barely even see the HiddenPower
underneath the vehicle
The wire harness allows the spare battery to connect to your electrical system, making it so the battery inside the HiddenPower is always charged, prevents your vehicle from being drained and is always ready for RVing and camping. Some other great features of the HiddenPower and HiddenPower Wire Harness include:

HiddenPower Features:

• Add additional batteries under your truck bed that are always charged up
• Avoid wasting fuel and leaving your truck engine running while using electrical accessories such as lights, stereos, computers etc.
• Power your accessories without turning your truck engine on by having them directly wired into the extra battery
• No-drill frame mounted with quick disconnect feature for battery service
• Hidden when in use with no loss of ground clearance
• Works with group 24 to 31 batteries
• Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell etc.
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

HP-wire harnessThe Wire Harness connects
to your main battery
HiddenPower Wire Harness Features:

• Detaches quickly via quick disconnect plug for battery service
• Enables your HiddenPower battery to become an extension of your RV battery
• Prevents your starting battery on your vehicle from being drained
• Universal design, works with all HiddenPowers
• Sealed Wire Harness to help protect against dirt and moisture
• Fused to protect your vehicle’s electrical system
• Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell etc.
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Don’t miss out on the ExtendedPower

Another great product to consider for mounting extra batteries is the ExtendedPower, especially if you are towing. This battery mount is designed to attach to any receiver extension. The ExtendedPower can also be plugged into the back of your truck so that your alternator can be charging batteries that you add to the ExtendedPower. Instead of wasting fuel to leave your truck engine running to use electrical accessories you can get your power from the battery(s) ready to go on your ExtendedPower battery tray. Some other great features of the ExtendedPower include:

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• Height Adjustable
• Universal applications for all receiver extensions
• Lockable
• Avoid wasting fuel and leaving your truck engine running while using electrical accessories such as lights, stereos, computers etc. 
• Works with group 24 batteries
• Designed for all types of batteries: Lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cells, etc.
• Becomes an extension of your RV batteries and recharges via your RV solar panels, generator, converter etc.
• Kept constantly charged and RVing-ready by your truck’s charging system
• No-drill/easy install
• Attaches and detaches quickly for battery service
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

So if you’ve ever wondered where to mount or store an extra battery or wanted extra battery storage, look no further than the HiddenPower and the ExtendedPower. Your truck or RV battery will thank you. With these products you have the ability to go to remote camping spots and not worry about running out of power with a tray for extra batteries and a spare battery. Or if you go to a campground that limits the amount of time you can run your generator, you can use your extra RV batteries to make sure that you have power when not connected to electricity.

We currently have a $20 rebate for the HiddenPower that you can check out here! For sales or product information about a mounting a battery box, the HiddenPower or ExtendedPower contact us at 800-246-8132.

 


 

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Ken and the newest member of his family: Part 2

In this series we are highlighting Ken Pastorius and his adventures through the manufacturing of his truck, the creation of the tie downs for his new truck and his experience with installing and using them. You can check out Part 1 here where Ken got to see his truck built at the GM Factory. In Part 2 of 3, we will focus on the production of Ken’s 2016 Torklift Talon Tie Downs.

Below are some awesome production photos of the Talon Tie Downs courtesy of Truck Camper Magazine along with the packaging of his FastGuns and Ken’s reaction toreceiving all of his goodies.

TCM 6Templates of the Talon Tie Downs that fit different kinds of trucks including Ford, Dodge RAM, Chevy and more

TCM 5Welding the tie down parts together, they’re still smoking hot

 

TCM 4Sandblasting the Talons to make them clean and prepare them for powder coating TCM 2Adding finishing touches to the Talon Tie Down stickers by adding the stickers to the ends

One of the things that is so grand about Ken and his story is that he is receiving the very first Talon Tie Downs made for 2016. Yes, I repeat: the very first Talon Tie Downs of 2016. They are also the first product of our 40th anniversary year and we couldn’t be any prouder of them.

IMG 2763Wrapping Ken's FastGuns with love IMG 2764The FastGuns are wrapped nice and tight 

“I'm very grateful to Torklift Manufacturing for providing these products and everything else you have done for us over the past several years. You've proved to be an amazing company with products that truly provide a great service for RV enthusiast.”
                  – Ken Pastorius

IMG 2767Boxing the FastGuns up with care

IMG 2769Each box of our FastGuns are hand wrapped and packaged 

In the photos above you see us packaging Ken’s white FastGun turnbuckles. They are the number one selling quick disconnect camper turnbuckle in the world and are 100% lockable and tool free, making them incredibly easy to use and safe from potential theft. Another great thing about our FastGun turnbuckles is that they are made from high impact powder-coat stainless steel making them more resistant to diminished quality when it comes to impact, moisture, light, chemicals and weather conditions.

At Torklift, we go through stringent checks to make sure that every part is made correctly and that what we are shipping out is of the highest quality. Once everything was thoroughly checked and packaged, it was time to send Ken the new toys for his truck… but with a funny twist.

image1Ken got his new Torklift gear!

image2Did he really order a box of hamsters?

 

 "I can't tell you how excited I was to come home and find my Torklift order sitting in the garage. Donna said I reminded her of a kid on Christmas morning. But upon closer inspection, I was a little concerned I may not have gotten the items I ordered and then we both laughed.”

No, Ken didn’t order large boxes of hamsters or dog bones or kidneys, but we are glad that Ken and his wife had a good chuckle about it.

Below is more information on the Talon Tie Downs that Ken received:

• Rust free corrosion protection for life
• Finishing Kit included
• Available for best-selling applications
• Tie down receiver tube and tie down insert are each 100% military grade aluminum
• Ultra-light weight
• Fast, no-drill installations
• No loss of ground clearance
• Hidden when not in use
• Best ride quality in the industry
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Make sure you stay tuned, part three of his adventures will be out soon which include feedback on his experience with the Torklift products.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the FastGuns and Talon Tie Downs or where to purchase them. 

 


 

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Ken and the newest member of his family: Part 1

We here at Torklift International love our customers and like to share their latest news and achievements. In this series we would like to highlight Ken Pastorius and his adventures through the manufacturing of his truck, the creation of the tie downs for his new truck and his experience with installing and using them. In Part 1 of 3, we will focus on the production of Ken’s 2015 GMC Denali 3500 DRW.

GM Factory GMC Truck Assembly Factory in Flint, MI In Ken’s own words, “the opportunity we were given to visit the GM Flint Truck Assembly Plant and watch our truck get built was a very unique and once in a lifetime experience.” What started as an inquiry on RV.net asking about the compatibility between the Arctic Fox 1150 Truck Camper with the 2015 GMC Denali DRW turned into an invitation from General Motors to tour the plant where their truck was being assembled in Flint, Michigan.

Below are some of the photos that Ken took and shared with us while he and his wife were at the plant watching their ‘baby’ get assembled.

Bed of Truck Box of the truckFrame of Truck Cab of the truck

 Over 40 years ago, Ken used to work on an assembly line in a different truck manufacturing plant and noticed a night and day difference between then and now. When talking about the quality of people working on the GM assembly line, Ken stated “there is no more prying or banging on something to fit. No more having to lift a heavy part into position. It was more like a precision partnership between man and technology.”

 

 Duramax EngineEngine and transmissionAssembled Frame Assembled Frame

Engine and Frame Together Engine and Frame Together

Rear BumperRear bumper

Engine and frame together Engine and frame together Hood being added to the carHood being added to the car

“Tuesday, July 21st, we went someplace a little out of the ordinary to watch the birth of our new baby. The Flint Truck Assembly Plant in Flint, Michigan, where we watched our 2015 GMC Denali 3055 DRW come to life.” - Ken Pastorius

New Pastorius Truck New truck for the Pastorius Family!

Ken is not kidding when he said, “she may purr like a kitten but don't be fooled, she is a beast with the heart of a lion.” That isone beautiful truck that will be great for camping and adventuring! “Now, the only thing left to do, is to get her all accessorized in Torklift products and the two of them will be ready for their first adventure, together.”

2015 Denali with Arctic Fox 2015 Denali with Arctic Fox Two weeks later the new truck is safe at home and excitement is building! We are so thrilled to be working with Ken to outfit his new 2015 Denali with the first set of 2016 aluminum Talon Tie Downs and to see where Ken and his family will go on their latest adventures. Thank you so much Ken for sharing your story with all of us.

 

One of the things that is so awesome about Ken and his story is that he will be receiving the very first Talon Tie Downs made for a 2016 vehicle and the first product of our 40th anniversary. These tie downs are the first product of our anniversary year and we couldn’t be any prouder of them. Below is some more information on the Talon Tie Downs:

• Rust free corrosion protection for life
• Finishing Kit included
• Available for best-selling applications
• Tie down receiver tube and tie down insert are each 100% military grade aluminum
• Ultra-light weight
• Fast, no-drill installations
• No loss of ground clearance
• Hidden when not in use
• Best ride quality in the industry
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Make sure you stay tuned, parts two and three of his adventures will be out soon which include the production of his very special Talon Tie Downs. In the meantime, below is a video of Ken’s trip to GM and the production of his new Denali.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the Talon Tie Downs or questions about other Torklift International products.

 


 

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Extend your camping trip with HiddenPower and ExtendedPower battery mounts

hiddenpower1Hidden on the frame of your truck

Going on long camping trips in your truck camper are incredibly exciting. But, even though you’re going on a long trip, it doesn’t mean you can’t have access to power the entire time. Imagine how much longer you can stay on your camping trip if you only had installed an extra battery. Don’t be forced into cutting your trip short. Instead of running out of battery power in the middle of your camping trip, consider bringing along extra batteries with Torklift’s HiddenPower and ExtendedPower battery mounts.

HiddenPower
HP-boxWhen you go on a long camping trip, every inch of space matters. All of the items and gear that you are bringing with you are crucial for a successful trip. Instead of wasting space on extra batteries to power your camper, floodlights and electronic accessories, use the HiddenPower battery storage instead.

Left Image: What’s in the box? HiddenPower!

 

Here’s what forum user Blanco1 had to say about the HiddenPower battery mount:

“What’s awesome about it is that it bolts inside the frame rails under the truck, saving me what limited space I have above.”
                            -Blanco1

HiddenPower-partsThe HiddenPower unwrapped

We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves. Instead of taking up precious space in the truck or camper, Blanco1 can now install and mount an extra battery in the HiddenPower storage box underneath his truck. Securely attached directly on his truck’s frame, the HiddenPower battery mount is a no drill installation.

 

As an added bonus, hook up the HiddenPower Wire Harness allowing the HiddenPower battery to become an extension of your truck or RV battery. The extra battery is now tied to your electrical system, always charging the battery within the HiddenPower battery box and vice versa. This helps to prevent your vehicle from being drained and keeps your rig always ready to go RVing and camping.

HP-wire harnessHiddenPower Wire Harness accessoryAs you can see to the right, Blanco1 has the HiddenPower Wire Harness. He’ll “always know what battery is the bad one” but won’t have to worry by running his batteries together as backup should one fail. The HiddenPower Wire Harness allows connection to the hidden battery beneath your truck frame to the truck’s main battery. This keeps the battery within the HiddenPower mount charging while the vehicle is running, giving you extra power at all times. Simply turn your ignition to auxiliary and your HiddenPower spare battery kicks in, without having to run your engine.

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How the HiddenPower Wire Harness works

ExtendedPower
To further help increase your battery power while camping, another great product to consider is the ExtendedPower battery mount, especially if you are towing with an extension. The ExtendedPower battery tray is a universal mount for extra RV batteries that’s specially designed to attach easily to any receiver extension. The ExtendedPower can also be plugged into the back of your truck so extra batteries can charge automatically by your truck’s alternator. Instead of wasting fuel by leaving your truck engine running, plug in the ExtendPower batteries and enjoy the use of electrical accessories such as computers, lights, chargers and stereos.extendedpower1Bring multiple batteries
with you on your trip

Some other great features of the ExtendedPower include:

• Height adjustable and lockable
• Power your accessories without turning your truck engine on by having them directly wired into the extra battery
• Works with group 24 batteries
• Designed for all types of batteries: lead acid, AGM, sealed, gel cell, etc.
• Becomes an extension of your RV batteries and recharges via your RV solar panels, generator, converter, etc.
• Kept constantly charged and RVing-ready by your truck’s charging system
• No-drill / easy install
• Attaches and detaches quickly for battery service
• Legendary Lifetime Warranty
• Proudly made in the USA

Equipped with spare batteries within the HiddenPower and ExtendedPower, you have the ability to go to camping spots in the desert or mountains without worrying about running out of power. If you’re camping at a campground that limits the times you’re allowed to run your generator, use these products to be sure you’re always powered up when not connected to electricity or shore power station.

If you have any questions about the HiddenPower or ExtendedPower, contact us at 800-246-8132 or message us here.

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The ladies of All Girls Garage recommend the StableLoad suspension stabilizer

For those that missed the Torklift International StableLoads suspension stabilizer on Velocity Network’s All Girls Garage, don’t worry!

Catch the short clip by watching here:

When it comes to suspension, the ladies of All Girls Garage only recommend products they know will do the job. Recently the StableLoad suspension stabilizer made a significant impact by premiering as their go-to upgrade for any vehicle with overload leaf springs expecting to tow or haul significant loads.

all-girls-logoAll Girls Garage is a popular TV program known for documenting three talented females while they tackle complicated automotive projects with ease. Due to their years of technical experience in mechanics, these women are extremely selective about the parts they endorse.

For those that tow or haul often and are looking for a simple but extremely effective suspension fix for improving handling, the video clip shown above illustrates how the StableLoads should be the first and easiest suspension modification you consider.

As a universal application for any vehicle with factory upper or lower overload leaf springs, the StableLoads activate the stabilizing power within your vehicle’s 4-point suspension to significantly reduce sway, body roll and porpoising when under load.

As explained by Cristy Lee of All Girls Garage, the lower StableLoads application achieves this by rotating the precision crafted wedge plates into the gap between the leaf spring pack and overload leaf spring on the vehicle’s rear suspension.

wedge-packWedge plates to fill gap in leaf springsb2ap3_thumbnail_stableload-display.pngLower StableLoads engaged and disengaged

Since the StableLoads not only dramatically improve poor vehicle handling but also have the versatility of switching on and off, they are an excellent option for folks looking to maximize the use of the their vehicle. Simply engage the StableLoads when needing to tow or haul and disengage to go back to a smooth factory ride.

Torklift International StableLoads are simple to install and are backed by a lifetime warranty. The effectiveness and performance of this suspension stabilizer are of such magnitude that its lifetime warranty even extends to cover your vehicle leaf springs. Give us a call at (800) 246-8132 for warranty details. 


To learn more about StableLoads for your vehicle, click here.

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Outlaw Towing Series includes the strongest trailer hitch

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Ready, set, go!
It’s that time of year again to put away the winter, dust off the grill, mow the yard and pull out those toys, because the sunshine of summer means we’re ready to play outside!

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There’s just one thing wrong
Trading in the old boat for a new one seemed like a good idea last fall. After all, it was on sale. It was bigger too and because you already had the trailer and hitch, it was practically free! Even the best-laid plans can go awry when your towing capabilities don’t match the proper weight requirements for which the truck and hitch are rated. This is where Torklift International’s latest SuperHitch Outlaw Series comes through for you again.


Suit up with SuperHitch

A superhero wouldn’t go out into the night to fight crime ill prepared. In this case, it would be silly to tow or haul regularly without the proper towing products. Get the power and capabilities you need just like Iron Man’s armor or Superman’s cape. You owe it to yourself and others to do it safe and do it right. With the SuperHitch Outlaw Series as the vigilante of the towing industry, stop impending doom or disaster before it happens. Avoid catastrophic hitch failure and accidents with the high capacity towing equipment the SuperHitch Outlaw Series provides.

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All trucks and hitches come with a towing weight capacity that restrict us from hauling too much weight and becoming a safety hazard on the highway to ourselves and to others. Now you can stay within the limits of the law by using what that new boat of yours is calling for: a stronger and beefier hitch.

 

The SuperHitch Magnum is designed to tow an incredible 30,000 pounds and allows for 3,000 pounds tongue weight when used with weight distribution. This MacDaddy among our SuperHitch Outlaw Series is the highest rated receiver hitch in the industry.


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Tow a trailer while hauling a camper with SuperHitch and SuperTruss receiver extension

Using advanced computer technology, physical lab and rigorous field test engineering, Torklift International’s high capacity towing series includes:

  1. Receiver hitches: SuperHitch Magnum 30K, SuperHitch Original 20K
  2. SuperTruss receiver hitch extensions
  3. Everest Weight Distribution System
  4. Wiring harnesses
  5. Pintle hook and ballmount accessories

The SuperHitch Outlaw Series is the only receiver hitch line in the industry with hardened reinforced hitch pin locations. Its dual receiver system allows for added strength and use of a high capacity receiver hitch extension if needed, along with the allowance of accessories to be inserted into the top receiver.


No need to sell the farm

barnBreaking a hitch or an axel when towing is risky business. You don’t want to disrupt your fun because you underestimated your factory hitch’s towing capacity or tongue weight capability.

At Torklift International, we’ve thought of everything that could happen, before it happens...and the good news? You probably don’t have to buy a new truck. Just upgrade your receiver hitch and whether you’re pulling a waverunner or a quad, a camping trailer or a boat, or even a flatbed of cement sacks and bricks; the new SuperHitch Outlaw Series is the safest, most versatile, towing system available.

Incorporating professional grade industry-exclusive, patented designs for 1/2 ton through 1 1/2 ton trucks, Torklift International always recommends staying within the maximum towing capacity set by the vehicle manufacturer.


It just makes sense

Don’t take our word for it, see what TruckU had to say about the Torklift SuperHitch and SuperHitch Everest weight distribution system:

Torklift’s American-made receiver hitches are backed by our Legendary Lifetime Warranty. Click here to learn more and you’ll see not only the ease in which it’s installed but the impressive capabilities of the SuperHitch for yourself. As the highest rated receiver hitch available, the SuperHitch Magnum 30K will keep you within the limits of the law, safer on the road and on to your next destination, having fun all summer long.


 

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StableLoad Challenge is back again: What’s the point of 4-point suspension?

If you’ve seen our first go at the StableLoad Challenge, it’s clear that those who tested the StableLoad suspension stabilizer are convinced on its ability to remedy handling issues of a loaded down truck. In hopes of echoing this approval, we took the StableLoad Challenge to Everett, Washington.

What’s the StableLoad Challenge?

Two identical Ford F-150 trucks
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2,800 pounds loaded in each Ford truck bed
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One truck has StableLoads suspension stabilizer
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One truck has just the factory suspension
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Drivers took a test-drive with both Ford trucks
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Could they tell the difference?

When we rolled on up to Everett from our manufacturing facility in Sumner, Wa., we were excited to introduce the StableLoad Challenge to Torklift dealers attending a dealer training session for Torklift products. Take a look at what these folks had to say about their experience:

 

How was the StableLoad suspension stabilizer so successful in solving side-to-side sway, body roll and other tedious handling characteristics caused by hauling heavy loads or towing trailers?  

Let’s take a look at how suspension works on your vehicle.

Originally, vehicles are designed and built with four-point suspension.  Each of the two rear leaf springs has two points of suspension on each end of the leaf spring giving you four total points of control.

4-point-diagramVehicle manufacturers create a
4-point leaf spring suspension system
on the vehicle’s rear axle
Your vehicle’s factory engineers invest millions of dollars to ensure a four-point suspension system because it provides a needed compromise between your ride quality while towing/hauling and also the ride quality while driving unloaded.

Other suspension products diminish the factory four-point suspension and reduce the control points to only two. For example, airbags take all of the weight that you are applying to the truck by lifting it above the leaf springs. By placing weight onto just two airbags, you may have successfully leveled your ride but unintentionally created issues with side-to-side sway and bounce.

Other aftermarket suspension products create the opposite effect of the control that 4-point suspension provides.  Two-point suspension provides only minimum control. Just like two heads are better than one, four points are better than two. Simple concept, yet a mind blowing difference.

Teaming up with your factory suspension
teamworkStableLoads are the only suspension upgrade that works with your factory suspension and continues to use all four points of the suspension. By pre-engaging the vehicles already existing factory installed overload leaf springs, the vehicle is prepared in advance for the effects of heavy payload caused by towing and hauling. Using precision laser-crafted wedge plates, the lower StableLoad application eliminates the gap between spring pack and lower overload leaf springs.  

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Translation? The truck isn’t required to drop several inches from the weight of the load in order to initiate the support needed from its overload leaf springs. By maintaining the four-points of contact, the suspension is being used with the maximum potential in which its factory engineers intended.giftThere are benefits to working with factory suspension

Teaming up comes with benefits
Trucks are expensive. You pay a lot to have comfortable ride quality and when you load your truck down, you’ll say sayonara to that once enjoyable ride. If your expensive truck rides like a dream, would you want to modify it to ride like dad’s old ‘76? Meh. We think not.

 

switching-on-modeTurning the StableLoads on is simpleWith the lower StableLoads ability to be turned on and off, you can change the settings of your vehicle. When towing or hauling, simply turn on the StableLoads to engage the suspension sooner giving you a stable ride and dramatically reduced side-to-side sway, body roll and porpoising. StableLoads allow you to have the stiffer/towing ride when you need it, and the smooth factory ride when you don't.

Why choose StableLoads over Airbags?
As previously noted, airbags provide only two points of contact on your factory suspension as opposed to the original four points. Airbags take the weight of the towing or hauling load off of your suspension and essentially redistributes it onto two balloons. This causes a teeter-tottering effect. With airbags, the weight can shift back and forth causing your factory suspension to become disengaged. Click here to learn how airbags affect your suspension.

Backed by Science
We’ve heard thousands of success stories from those who’ve turned to StableLoads instead of other suspension products. Even with real-life feedback from those who took the StableLoad Challenge, we wanted to provide factual data based on actual side-by-side comparisons between Stableloads and other suspension products. By using precise motion measuring devices, we’ve discovered significant scientific information that strongly supports the glowing testimonials from our happy customers. Click here to see the science behind the StableLoads and you’ll be shocked at what we revealed with our experiment. 

The StableLoad suspension stabilizer is easy to install and applicable to any truck, van, SUV or small commercial vehicles with factory overload leaf springs. Find your application or click here to learn more about Torklift StableLoads.


 

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SuperTruss: The cure to your hangover

cureWhen it comes to towing, determining the correct configuration and proper towing equipment can be a headache, sadly like a hangover.  But the hangover we’re talking about is hauling something that blocks access to your trailer hitch, preventing you from hooking up that boat or trailer behind your rig. Also known as an overhang, this could be the case if your truck bed is often home to a truck camper, sled deck, or hauling something that requires the tailgate down.

To remedy your towing troubles, we know just the trick to towing a trailer with this so-called “hangover” situation. The cure: Torklift International SuperHitch SuperTruss extension.

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SuperHitch and SuperTruss hitch receiver extension

Use your words
All you knew when you bought the truck camper was that you wanted to haul your boat and take camping trips with the family all summer long. But hold up -- What are all these unfamiliar words being tossed around? When you go to install the trailer hitch and the guy says, “What are you towing?” The short answer is, “My boat.” Then you realize that your camper prohibits the boat trailer from hooking up properly. Whoops. So what does that mean in terms of what you need? Start here…

Did you know that the payload of the truck and the towing capacity have two different meanings?

towing-with-overhangTowing with truck camper overhangThe payload usually refers to how much weight a truck can carry in both passengers and cargo (and this includes the camper on the back), and the towing capacity refers to how much weight a truck can safely tow. The payload can include the tongue weight, which is the portion of trailer weight bearing down on the trucks hitch. These are important things to have right. Luckily, the SuperHitch Outlaw Series has all the equipment needed to tow safely.

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The towing capacity of your receiver hitch does not override the maximum capacity ratings assigned by the vehicle manufacturer. Unfortunately, you can only safely tow or haul as much as the lowest set rating on either truck, hitch or hitch extension. Maximum capacity ratings listed by the manufacturer are absolute and set for a reason. There isn’t any magical cure you can try that will alter that number. You can, however, upgrade your hitch to maximize the towing capabilities of your truck and avoid the limitations of the factory hitch. This way you are only bound by the towing limitations of your vehicle instead of the hitch. Often times a truck is outfitted with a hitch that is not strong enough for the truck. When it comes to adding a receiver extension for your hitch, know that towing weight capacities will change.

An extension by any other name is not the same
Not just any towing extension will do. When weight capacities correlate directly with safety and the lives of you and others on the road, it’s no surprise why we take this so seriously.

supertruss-customerDual truss design on SuperTrussA longer extension has less capacity than a shorter one that has the ability to handle more stress and added weight. Why does the SuperHitch SuperTruss have the highest capacities in the industry?

Top three reasons:

batman-robin#1) Dual truss design
This is the only towing extension in the industry with two tubes. With the reinforcement and strength from the dual truss design, Torklift is able to achieve the highest weight ratings for towing in the biz.

The SuperTruss fits perfectly into the double receiver of any SuperHitch from the Outlaw Towing Series. Partners in crime…two peas in a pod…the dynamic duo. You understand.   

#2) Lateral-support safety chains
Also unique to the SuperTruss design, the patented safety chains strengthen the towing extension from moving side-to-side.

#3) Reinforced hitch pin locations
The spot where the hitch is attached to the towing extension uses a large pin. When towing regularly, “egging” or elongation can occur. The slop ends up creating more slop, until you have to replace your equipment. Since we reinforce the hitch pin locations on the SuperTruss, you can avoid this issue altogether. Less headache!

Size Matters
Whoever said size doesn’t matter never tried to tow a boat and large camper with too short of a hitch receiver extension.  Not only that, remember when we mentioned that the size of the hitch extension has a dramatic effect on towing capacities? Use our easy measurement guide to determine the appropriate extension size for your set up.

The Torklift International SuperTruss Extension is available in eight different lengths to handle even the worst of hangovers. In the case of receiver extensions in relation to capacities, bigger isn’t always better. From 21 inches to a whopping 60 inches or 5 feet, the SuperTruss is perfect for larger campers or anything that extends past the truck bed.

Take a look at the SuperTruss extension capacities here:

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F1 - Trailers Gross Tongue Weight (GTW) when fully loaded
F2 - Trailers Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) when fully loaded

When used with weight distribution, the ability to tow up to 14,000 pounds when using a 21-inch extension is not something you can find from other receiver extensions.

LegendaryLifetimeWarrantyWe put the truss in trust
We’ve made it easy to put your trust in the Torklift SuperTruss. As a noun “Truss” is meant to indicate a brace or support. Make it a verb by adding a “T” and you’ve got yourself a sense of security. These meanings embody the true definition of our SuperTruss hitch extension. Covered by Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty, the SuperTruss is made in the USA.

If you have any questions or need help to steer you in the right direction, please call our towing experts and technical support team at 800-246-8132. We can help get you in compliance and safe on the road.

Learn more about the SuperHitch Outlaw Series or SuperHitch SuperTruss by clicking here.


 

Tamy finalBy Tamara Williams:
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Find new roads with a receiver hitch for Chevy that’s ‘Like a Rock’

There’s a lot to consider when outfitting your Chevy/GMC truck to haul your weekend toys around. From horse trailers to boat trailers, wave runners to campers, you don’t just need a truck that can handle the weight; you need a hitch that can handle it, too.

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Chevrolet truck towing boat and hauling camper

Focus on the road, not what’s behind you
chevy-logoAt Torklift International, we’ve already considered the strength required for your Chevy truck. With that in mind, we’ve developed the high performance, super strength line of receiver hitches featured in the SuperHitch Outlaw Series to carry the load efficiently, safely and effectively. Let’s take a look at the features of Torklift SuperHitch and specifically, why we engineer our designs to work with your Chevy/GMC truck.

Pull your own weight
Depending on what you’re planning to tow, it’s important to select the right receiver hitch based on your truck model and towing needs. Torklift International manufacturers several Chevy truck receiver hitches. Each trailer hitch is made with dual, vertical-stacked receivers that are industry standard 2-inch by 2-inch in size. Both receiver channels boast the same maximum capacity for both upper and lower, so you have the freedom to use as you please. It’s often convenient to use the upper receiver for accessories while towing from the lower receiver. Oh, the possibilities.

Chevy/GMC truck hitches:

superhitch-magnum1SuperHitch Magnum 30K installs on…
Chevrolet 2500 truck
Chevrolet 3500 truck
Chevrolet Kodiak cab & chassis

SuperHitch Magnum 30K’s frame-mounted receiver is rated up to 30,000 pounds and 3,000 pounds tongue weight when used with weight distribution. Also known as the heartbeat of America, the Chevy truck applications for SuperHitch Magnum 30K don’t require drilling into the Chevrolet truck frame. The SuperHitch Magnum Chevy hitch works with your Chevy/GMC truck to maximize its towing capability. The heavy-duty crossbar and dual receiver channels make the Magnum 30K the highest capacity towing hitch you can find.

superhitch-orig1SuperHitch Original 20K installs on…
Chevy/GMC 2500 truck
Chevy/GMC 3500 truck

SuperHitch Original 20K frame-mounted receiver hitch is rated up to 20,000 pounds towing and 2,000 pounds tongue weight with weight distribution.


SuperHitch Hero 15K installs on…
Chevy/GMC 1500 truck


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Built for half-ton trucks, The SuperHitch Hero 15K is rated at 1,500 pounds tongue weight and 15,000 pounds of towing capacity when used with a weight distribution system. The Hero receiver hitch is the first Torklift International SuperHitch created for half-ton trucks including Chevy/GMC, all of which do not require drilling to install.

Hitch applications vary depending on truck model, bed length and light duty/heavy duty Chevy trucks. To find the right fit for your Chevy or GMC truck, click here.

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One of the unique features found on the new 2015 Chevy Silverado is what’s called a Stabilitrak.* This new feature attempts to control trailer sway to “enhance driver confidence while towing a trailer” and by sensing trailer sway, it has the ability to intervene with your truck brakes, reduce engine power and bring your trailer under control again.

This is great news, because when used with a Torklift SuperHitch your safety features just doubled in strength and security. Not only have you reduced any adverse towing effects, but the movement that causes “egging” or elongation is eliminated. Only found on Torklift hitches, reinforced hitch pin locations prevent this type of wear from towing with a Chevy.

If you often tow a trailer or haul a camper with your Chevy truck, look into a simple suspension fix to eliminate excessive sway, body roll and porpoising. Even with the Stabilitrak feature on recent Chevy truck models, the Torklift International StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer has proven to enhance your ride quality when towing or hauling.

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We know that several of our customers are Team Chevy and because of that, we design and engineer our products specific to fit your vehicle. We want you to be Team Torklift, because we know that once you’ve used a SuperHitch, you’ll never hitch your trailer with anyone else’s again.

Other great features of the SuperHitch designed for Chevy:

  1. SuperHitch frame-mounted receivers use industry standard 2” x 2” ball mounts Dual receiver provides options for height variance, therefore reducing the need for more than one ball mount
  2. Reinforced hitch pin locations prevent ‘egging’ or elongation
  3. Pre-drilled for Torklift Camper Tie Downs
  4. Compatible with SuperTruss receiver hitch extensions available in 8 different lengths from 21” to 60” (sold separately)
  5. No-Drill hitch applications available
  6. Legendary Lifetime Warranty

Our country, Our truck
Chevrolet is known for its American pride and deep American roots. Here at Torklift, we can relate. We are just as proud and find it very meaningful to manufacture products on American soil. Made by American families for American families, Torklift only makes products you can trust.

Does your Chevy run deep?

Hitch up your Chevy with the best that it deserves. Don’t hold back. Let the SuperHitch Outlaw Series help you find new roads with your Chevrolet.

To learn more about the SuperHitch Outlaw Series that includes hitches for Chevy trucks, click here.

*Stabilitrak is a Chevrolet patented name

 


 

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SuperHitch for Ford Trucks: Trailer hitches that are built for a Ford tough truck

ford-truckFord F-150 truckJust like truck manufacturers, Torklift International understands the importance of brand loyalty. Whether you’re a Ford, Chevy or Dodge RAM kind of person, Torklift has the hitch to fit your truck.

The Ford F-150 is the #1 selling truck in the business and at Torklift International we pay attention to those trends. If quality trucks are “Built Ford Tough” then Torklift has the toughest receiver hitches in the industry to match those same standards you’d expect from Ford.

Using high tech computer, physical lab and rigorous field test engineering, our high capacity SuperHitch Outlaw Series includes the beefiest receiver hitches, hitch receiver extensions and a monster weight distribution system. We also offer top notch wiring harnesses, pintle hook and ballmount adapters and accessories that satisfy your towing needs.

More than just a truck

Maybe you use your Ford truck to tow or haul for recreational activities. Truck camper for camping? Speedboat for the family? To some folks a truck is just a set of wheels to get from point A to point B. Perhaps you use your truck for work, constantly hauling and towing equipment.

ford-truck-hitchHitches for Ford trucksFor most Ford truck owners it’s much more personal than that. It’s not just any old truck. It’s a lifestyle. It’s both memories and nostalgia and the possibility of future adventures. That’s why we engineer our hitches with both our customers and their trucks in mind. Whether you are passionate about your Ford truck or not so much, we build Ford truck hitches that support you for a lifetime.

 

Quality comes in all sizes
Newer Ford trucks have more towing capacity than ever before. That’s why we know you’re going to require the high quality and heavy-duty capabilities of the SuperHitch for all your towing needs.

Torklift International manufacturers several hitches for Ford trucks:

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Ford F-150 truck     =     SuperHitch Hero 15K 




Built for half-ton trucks, The SuperHitch Hero 15K is rated at 1,500 pounds tongue weight and 15,000 pounds of towing capacity when used with a weight distribution system. The Hero is the first Torklift International SuperHitch created for half-ton trucks including Ford. Click here to see why we call this hitch the “Hero”.

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Ford F-250 truck
Ford F-350 truck
Ford F-450 truck     =     SuperHitch Original 20K
Ford F-550 truck
Ford Excursion

SuperHitch Original 20K frame-mounted receiver hitch is rated up to 20,000 pounds towing and 2,000 pounds tongue weight with weight distribution in either the upper or lower receivers. That’s right, the dual channel receivers on each SuperHitch give you the freedom to expand your towing possibilities. Use the upper receiver for accessories while towing from the lower receiver.
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Ford F-250 truck
Ford F-350 truck
Ford F-450 truck     =     SuperHitch Magnum 30K
Ford F-550 truck


As the head honcho of Torklift’s Outlaw Towing Series, the SuperHitch Magnum 30K tows what? Cue jaw drop…. An incredible 30,000 pounds!* A hitch on steroids, this big boy can also handle a tongue weight of 3,000 pounds.* Those that tow regularly know the importance of tongue weight. Put those worries to rest with the Magnum 30K hitch receiver on Ford trucks.

If you plan to use a towing extension, the SuperHitch SuperTruss is a dual-trussed extension that fits perfectly into the SuperHitch. It’s a match made in heaven, really. With a reputation for strength, using any other hitch extension configuration would be disappointing to any Ford truck owner.

* When used with weight distribution system.

For specific details on Ford truck hitch applications, click here.

You know we’re all about that base
Torklift knows life is complicated enough and more often than not, simplicity is the base of all solutions. Our engineers keep you in mind with every improvement, every new product and every installation. Our hitch designs are truck specific to make each application a perfect fit and most installations bolt onto the frame with no drilling necessary.

weberHaul a camper while towing with a Ford truckWe stick to the basics and emphasize strength when it comes to building a good hitch. Here’s what you can expect from your Ford truck’s SuperHitch:

  1. Patented dual receiver design (2" upper and 2" lower) to max out class-five hitch capacities
  2. SuperHitch Outlaw Series has the only hitches in the industry with reinforced hitch pin locations to prevent elongated “egging,” saving you time and money in the long run
  3. Most applications are bolt-on frame-mounted and don't require drilling
  4. Compatible with industry standard ball mounts
  5. Backed by the Torklift International Legendary Lifetime Warranty
  6. Proudly Made in the USA

It’s easy to see why the receiver hitches in the SuperHitch Outlaw Series are built to last.

Just like your Ford.

To learn more about the Outlaw Series that includes hitches for Ford trucks, click here.

 


 

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