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.


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

E1636 Weight Distribution:cannon2

• 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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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?

Pouty Child
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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.

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.


Jake Holley-headshotWritten by Jake Holley:
As a graduate from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Creative Writing, Jake Holley is an aspiring writer with a passion for language, philosophy and seeking out obscure films and literature. He is also an unabashed metal head and looks darn good in a suit.

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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.


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.

gavelIt is what it is
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:

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:
Currently Tamara Williams studies English at Arizona State University. She is a writing professional specializing in technical writing and SEO blogging for small businesses. Tamara also works with Project Pen, an innovative program for inmates at New Mexico and Arizona prison systems editing and providing feedback for their essays, poems, short and non-fiction stories.

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