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

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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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Go big or stay home – Top 4 reasons customers are opting for higher capacity hitches

You’ve probably heard of the saying “Go big or Go home.” When it comes to towing, you shouldn’t leave home if you don’t have the appropriate equipment to tow safely and properly.

towing-with-camperTowing a boat while hauling a truck camperUsually bringing along extra cargo is associated with work or play. Towing heavy machinery or hauling materials, or at the other end of the spectrum you might be towing a fancy speedboat behind a hefty truck camper. I’m sure most of us prefer the latter. Regardless of the circumstances, what a shame it would be if catastrophe hit while on the road. It’s not uncommon that accidents happen and we agree that it’s better to be safe than sorry. Don’t you?

Why are folks opting for higher capacity hitch receiver applications?
 

1) Versatility – Plans change. Perhaps you want to upgrade or downgrade your towable in the future. To skip the hassle of having to upgrade a hitch later, the highest capacity hitches by Torklift allow you to cover all of your potential weight capacities at one time – with one hitch.
2) Safety – Safety is hands down the most important thing for people and their families. With high quality towing equipment that has endured strenuous testing, know that safety is guaranteed with the high capacity SuperHitch Outlaw Towing Series. 
3) Strength – People with heavy duty trucks want to be able to use them to its fullest potential. A lower capacity hitch on a truck with the ability to tow heavier weight hinders the truck's capabilities. With a high capacity hitch, maximize the towing potential and use your truck for what it was designed to do. 
4) Convenience – Towing equipment shouldn’t be a worry. With opting for a hitch with a lifetime warranty and the highest capacities, buy one and call it done.

If you tow or haul often, take necessary safety measures by investing in the SuperHitch Outlaw Series. Let’s explore the benefits of using the sturdy combination of a SuperHitch and SuperTruss extension. In other words, what puts the “hitch” in “SuperHitch”?

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The SuperHitch Outlaw Series includes the highest rated towing equipment in the industry. Torklift trailer hitches are beefed up and built as a frame-mounted hitch specifically engineered for Ford, Dodge RAM, Chevy/GMC and Toyota trucks.

SuperHitch Magnum 30K – 30,000 pounds pull* | 3,000 pounds tongue weight*
SuperHitch Original 20K – 20,000 pounds pull* | 2,000 pounds tongue weight*
SuperHitch Hero 15K – 15,000 pounds pull* | 1,500 pounds tongue weight*
* When used with weight distribution.

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 hitch receiver by crossing the threshold of the vehicles rearend, you’ll need specific towing equipment to uphold your ability to tow. An example of this would be towing a trailer while hauling a camper with an overhang.

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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.

Industry Standard

Not only is Torklift’s SuperHitch Outlaw Series the front-runner in the towing industry when it comes to quality, strength and weight capacities, but we’ve also stuck with a design that keeps you in mind.

superhitch-detailsSuperHitch Magnum 30K receiver hitch
First, we’ve chosen a 2-inch by 2-inch dual receiver configuration to be compatible with ballmounts and receiver accessories that come standard in the market. The SuperHitch Magnum 30K comes with a removable adapter sleeve for the ability to extend its upper receiver to 2.5 inches.

 Second, we’ve gone above and beyond industry standard by reinforcing each hitch pin location with steel washers to prevent common wear and tear known as “egging” or elongation of the pinhole. Elongation often causes slop or jerking when towing.

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 When it comes to the design of the SuperTruss extension, it also exceeds industry standard by using patented lateral safety chains. This provides incredible side-to-side support that’s needed when using a hitch extension.

Tie downs

tiedown-outlineWe’ve put careful thought and expertise into crafting the perfect trailer hitch. As a manufacturer of a variety of RV products, we are constantly looking for ways to improve upon convenience. Not only do most SuperHitch applications bolt directly onto the truck frame without having to drill, each hitch is also compatable with Torklift truck camper tie downs.

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If you’ve ever owned a truck camper, you know it’s crucial to invest in a system that will securely hold the expensive camper to your truck without causing damage to either. Each Torklift SuperHitch is pre-drilled for tie downs making installation a breeze.

Choice

That’s right. Based on your towing needs, choose from SuperHitch Magnum 30K, SuperHitch Original 20K or SuperHitch Hero 15K built for half ton trucks. You also have the ability to choose the right size of towing extension for your application. The SuperHitch SuperTruss comes in 8 different lengths. By adding a receiver extension, know that your towing weight capacities will change. The shorter the extension, the more capacity it can handle. Unlike any other hitch extension, Torklift’s 21-inch extension is rated to safely tow up to 14,000 pounds and handle a 1,400-pound tongue weight when used with weight distribution.

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SuperTruss extension comes in several lengths to fit your needs

The SuperHitch SuperTruss extension comes in lengths from 21 inches to 60 inches (5 feet). Use our measurement guide to determine what size extension you should choose.

High quality

Made in America from US-sourced high-grade steel and welded with precision in our local manufacturing facility in Sumner, Washington, trust that SuperHitch Outlaw Series is the best towing equipment money can buy. Not only are you investing in safe equipment that’s built to last, Torklift SuperHitch and SuperTruss come with Torklift International’s legendary lifetime warranty.

Watch this video to see what Don Clemons from Wisconsin had to say:

“I originally used a factory hitch with an extension and I never felt safe,” Don explains. “When we ordered our newer, larger, heavier trailer I switched out the hitch for the Torklift SuperHitch Magnum with a 36-inch SuperTruss extension… World of difference!”

Don is one of many happy customers who have switched their towing system to the SuperHitch Outlaw Series. Thousands of others depend on this set up to tow safely – even Captain Ray Van Horn of the popular TV show Gypsy Angler relies on SuperHitch and SuperTruss.

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 SuperHitch Outlaw Series.

Learn more about the Outlaw Series of towing products here.

 


 

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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.


 

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Host of Gypsy Angler TV show reveals how to tow when hauling a truck camper

Torklift International is proud to sponsor Captain Ray Van Horn of the Sportsman Channel’s hit TV show Gypsy Angler. The popular TV Show features fishing tips and techniques as Van Horn travels all over the country exploring different salt and fresh water fishing destinations.

Living on the road during his filming expeditions, Van Horn tows his Ranger Boat with a GMC Sierra 3500 truck. His CampLite truck camper with 4-foot overhang requires a towing extension in order to tow safely.

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Van Horn on Gypsy Angler TV Show              Interior of Van Horn’s CampLite truck camper

Watch this video to see why Torklift International SuperHitch trailer hitch and SuperTruss towing extension provide an appropriate solution to towing with a truck camper.

b2ap3_thumbnail_SuperHitch_Magum.pngSuperHitch Magnum 30k trailer hitchThe SuperHitch Outlaw Towing Series is the safest and most versatile professional grade towing equipment available. When used with weight distribution, the Outlaw Towing Series has the ability to safely tow up to 30,000 pounds with 3,000-pound tongue weight capacity. The number one cause of trailer hitch failures and accidents is exceeding towing equipment tongue weight capacities. Ensure a safe towing experience by using equipment engineered for high capacity purposes.  

What gives the SuperHitch trailer hitch receiver its strength? There are several benefits from the engineering of its design:

  1. Patented dual receiver
  2. Bolts directly to the truck frame – most applications do not require drilling
    (Applications available for Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge RAM trucks)
  3. Hardened reinforced hitch pin locations to prevent common elongation known as “egging”

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for hauling campers
The SuperTruss towing extension is designed for towing with truck campers up to 12 feet long. Pulling capacity and tongue weight capacities vary dependent on the size of receiver extension used. Capacities are increased for shorter receiver extensions. Check our application guide for verified weight capacities.

 

The dual truss towing extensions are available in lengths from 21 inches to 60 inches (5 feet).  If you aren’t sure what size receiver extension you need, click here to use our towing extension measurement guide.

Not only does Van Horn depend on the SuperHitch and SuperTruss towing system, he also relies on Torklift TRUE Frame-Mounted Tie Downs and FastGun truck camper turnbuckles to secure his CampLite truck camper to his GMC truck. To address handling and sway when hauling a camper while towing, Van Horn installed StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer on the GMC truck’s suspension.

Watch this video to learn how Van Horn uses suspension and truck camper accessories by Torklift:

camper-tie-down-steelFrame-mounted tie downBy attaching directly to the GMC truck frame, the truck camper tie downs provide strength and stability to Van Horn’s truck and camper configuration. Torklift International SuperHitch comes pre-drilled for frame-mounted tie down applications and bolt directly to the truck without having to drill. Click here to see the benefits of installing frame-mounted tie downs on Chevy or GMC trucks.

FastGun turnbuckles connect the truck camper to the tie down system. Due to the quick-disconnect and tool-free design, the locking turnbuckles quickly secure the truck camper with appropriate tension. Since the camper turnbuckles come with patented spring tension indicators, manufacturer recommended 300 pounds of tension is achieved with the snap of a handle. Click here to learn how to properly adjust truck camper turnbuckles in as little as four minutes.

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bodyrollEliminate poor handling with the StableLoad

 

Since Van Horn is towing and hauling, it’s important that the vehicle stays in control when on the road. Many people experience poor handling when their truck is loaded with a heavy amount of weight. This includes frightening characteristics like severe side-to-side sway, body roll and porpoising.

b2ap3_thumbnail_stableload-display.pngStableLoad Suspension Stabilizer turned on (right) and turned off (left)

 

To help reduce these negative side effects, the StableLoad Suspension Stabilizer activates the power and support that lies within the factory suspension leaf springs. The lower StableLoad application uses a precision-crafted adjustable wedge plates to occupy the gap between the leaf spring pack and lower overload leaf spring, kicking the overload into action. By activating the overload leaf springs the truck’s suspension is used to its full potential. Sway and movement is greatly reduced and the truck is easier to control.

StableLoads install on any vehicle with overload leaf springs and is the only suspension upgrade that can be turned on and off to accommodate a truck when used in either regular or tow/haul mode. To learn more about how StableLoads work on leaf springs, click here.

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truck camper overhang
Torklift’s suspension, truck camper and towing equipment featured on the Gypsy Angler TV show are critical in the everyday life of host Van Horn. Traveling as often as he does, safety while towing the Ranger boat and hauling the CampLite truck camper is top priority.

All of the Torklift International equipment Van Horn uses is covered by our Legendary Lifetime Warranty and is made in the USA. To learn more about Van Horn and the Gypsy Angler TV show, visit gypsyangler.com.

 

Video footage courtesy of Gypsy Angler

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You’re Going To Need A Bigger Stocking

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Still searching for the perfect gift for the truck and RV enthusiast in your family?  It’s not too late! Torklift International has you covered with our nationwide dealer network and online retailers.   

From complete towing and truck camper hauling setups to security products and RV accessories, we manufacture a comprehensive line of innovative products that are sure to help you Find Your Adventure this Christmas season and beyond.  But be forewarned:  You’ll need to stock up on the wrapping paper and reinforce the mantel.  We specialize in products that are made for heavy towing.

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