Fly like an eagle – With the Hero, don’t be limited by a factory receiver hitch

locomotiveTowing with a half-ton truck? We’ve got something that’s more powerful than a speeding locomotive...well, almost. But this is no lightweight when it comes to towing.

 

We like big trucks and we cannot lie
Now you don’t have to worry about those smaller trailer hitches trying to overcompensate for the size of their trucks. Torklift International has developed a receiver hitch that is the pinnacle of strength, engineered specifically for half-ton trucks with up to 15,000 pounds of towing capacity when used with weight distribution.

With a variety of hitch applications available, the SuperHitch Hero 15K is built for trucks that include:

  1. Ford F-150 trucks
  2. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  3. Dodge Ram 1500
  4. Toyota Tundra

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SuperHitch Hero15K receiver hitch for half-ton trucks

The Superhero among all hitches
The SuperHitch Hero 15K  soars above the rest, making all other trailer hitches just look scrawny and weak by comparison. The eagle symbolizes courage, power and strength. Built with the highest tongue weight rating for half-ton trucks, its dual-channeled vertically stacked hitch receiver is part of what gives it its SuperHitch Hero strength. This dual configuration gives you the freedom to tow from the lower receiver and use accessories in the top receiver.

15kheroTowing capacities for half-ton trucks range from 5,000 to 14,000 pounds depending on the vehicle. With the SuperHitch Hero 15K, you can rest assured that you have the safest towing equipment and capability on the road. Even though the Hero 15K towing hitch handles up to 1,500 pounds tongue weight and 15,000 towing capacity,* always stay within the maximum towing capacity of the truck, which is set by your vehicle manufacturer. 


*When used with weight distribution.

eagleFree yourself from factory hitch limitations

It’s common that factory hitch receivers that come stock on some half-ton trucks don’t meet the towing capabilities of the truck itself. When towing, you are always limited to the lowest maximum capacity, whether that be the truck or its hitch. Don’t be limited or held back by your trailer hitch. If you’re truck has the ability to tow heavy, upgrade to the SuperHitch Hero 15K and maximize the power within your truck. Fly free, my friend. Fly free.

 

hero-on-chevyHero 15K receiver hitch for Chevy truckSomethin’ bout a hitch
When all them boys are standing round comparing hitches, you’ll give ‘em plenty to talk about when you back up yours. Whether you drive a Ford, Dodge RAM, Chevy/GMC or Toyota, the SuperHitch Hero 15K fits your truck. With faster than a speeding bullet installation, hardened reinforced hitch pin locations and universal plug bracket to secure a wiring harness, the SuperHitch Hero 15K will be the hitch envy anywhere you tow.

As your new friends walk sadly away thinking, “That ain’t my hitch,” but at the same time saying to themselves in a nemesis undertone, “Next year my friend, next year. Next year the SuperHitch Hero 15K will be all mine.”

Yes. This is the stuff dreams are made of...

No Kryptonite
As always, the Torklift International SuperHitch Hero 15K is backed by our Legendary Lifetime Warranty and is proudly made in the USA.

Click here for more information on the SuperHitch Hero 15K receiver hitch or find your fit on our application guide today.  Learn more about the entire SuperHitch Outlaw Series.

 


 

Tamy finalWritten by 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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Top 7 towing myths debunked

The online community is a great tool to find useful information, especially when it comes to gaining knowledge on a topic that is new to you. With so much information on the rules and best practices of towing, it’s important to learn the truth of towing from a reputable source.

At Torklift International, we turned to our hitch and tow experts to put some of these towing ‘myths’ to rest.

1) I can increase my payload capacity by adding aftermarket suspension products.

False. No suspension upgrade designed for towing or hauling can increase your truck’s maximum vehicle manufacturer assigned capacity ratings, however there is a suspension solution that can help handle heavy payload more effectively.

By pre-activating the stabilizing effects of the truck’s factory leaf springs, Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer dramatically improves the handling of your vehicle while towing. Enjoy a safer towing experience by reducing poor handling, eliminating side-to-side sway and leveling your truck while loaded.

2) There is no difference between GAWR and GVWR.

False. In order to tow safely, it is important to learn the meaning of towing acronyms. Here is a quick guide:

GCWR: Gross Combination Weight Rating is the maximum weight of the trailer and tow vehicle combined should never be exceeded.

GVWR: Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is the maximum weight limit for your specific vehicle or trailer including passengers and payload, set by manufacturer and should never be exceeded.

GAWR: Gross Axle Weight Rating is the specific maximum weight that can be placed on an individual axle. This is set by the vehicle manufacturer should never be exceeded.

GTW: Gross Trailer Weight is how much the trailer weighs when fully loaded.

GVW: Gross Vehicle Weight is the actual weight of the fully loaded vehicle including cargo, passengers and equipment.

GAW: Gross Axle Weight is the actual amount of weight each axle is carrying.

A way to calculate your GTW is by subtracting your GVW from its GVWR.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Tongue-Weight.pngCurb Weight: The actual weight of a vehicle or trailer including standard equipment, full fuel tanks, fresh water tanks, propane bottles and all other fluids. 

Tongue Weight: The downward force or weight that the tongue of the trailer applies to the hitch of the tow vehicle.

Note that tongue weight is considered part of the vehicle’s GVW, however the entire weight of the trailer is not.

By towing safely and staying within your weight capacities, you’ll prevent:
      -  Overall handling issues such as lack of response in vehicle’s steering capability
      -  Weakening of brake system due to weight being overloaded
      -  Tire wear and potential for tire blow out situation
      -  Trailer hitch failure
      -  Loss of control due to rear suspension stress

3) I can increase my truck’s towing capacity by upgrading my trailer hitch. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_SuperHItch_Magum_OU.pngFalse. The towing capacity of your trailer hitch does not override your maximumvehicle manufacturer assigned capacity ratings. However, upgrading your trailer hitch maximizes the towing capabilities of your vehicle and avoids any limitation set by your factory hitch ratings. For example if your vehicle is rated to row 20,000 pounds but your hitch is rated at 15,000 pounds, you are limited to tow no more than what your hitch is rated at: 15,000 pounds.

By installing a Torklift International SuperHitch, you can tow to your truck’s greatest capacity. As the highest rated hitch in the industry, the SuperHitch class five hitches utilize the following components for added strength:
      -  Patented dual receiver design
      -  Hardened, reinforced hitch pin locations to prevent elongation known as “egging"
      -  Attaches directly to the frame of the truck

In no circumstance should the manufacturer assigned vehicle capacity rating be exceeded. Browse the SuperHitch Towing Series to locate the receiver hitch with the appropriate capacities that meet your heavy towing needs. Torklift International’s SuperHitch Magnum 30k is the highest rated hitch in the industry with a capacity 30,000 pounds when used with a weight distribution system.

4) It is safe to estimate tongue weight.

False. The number one cause of hitch failure is due to exceeding your tongue weight.

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Other than simply lifting the tongue of the trailer and guessing its weight, how can you determine how much the trailer's tongue truly weighs? Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to measure tongue weight of your trailer. 

To prevent exceeded tongue weight and ensure the weight of your load is evenly distributed across all axels, you may need to install a weight distribution system.

The SuperHitch Everest weight distribution system is the highest rated weight distribution system available at a capacity of 30,000 pounds and 3,000 pounds tongue weight.  The weight distribution system redistributes 1/3 of the tongue weight onto the trailer axels, 1/3 of the tongue weight onto the tow vehicle’s rear axel, and 1/3 of the tongue weight onto the tow vehicle’s front axel. With all of the weight being redistributed, now you know why it’s called a weight distribution system.

Check out this video to see how weight distribution works.

5) Tongue weight is always 10 percent of the weight I am towing.

False. A safe amount of tongue weight varies between 10 to 15 percent of the weight of the trailer due to many variables. The position of the trailer axels and how the load is distributed on the trailer will greatly affect the tongue weight.

People often times place the bulk of their load at the front of the trailer toward the hitch. This equates to too much weight on the tongue.

If a heavy tongue weight is a concern for your application, installing the correct capacity and rated weight distribution system is very important. For extremely high tongue weights, the SuperHitch Magnum 30K receiver hitch with weight distribution allows a tongue weight capacity of 3,000 pounds and 2,500 pounds tongue weight carrying. It is important to never exceed your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended towing capacity.

If you do not have enough tongue weight, the trailer will sway heavily from about 40 mph and higher. Speed related trailer sway can usually be eliminated by adjusting the payload on your trailer forward (toward the trailer tongue) to increase the tongue weight. On trailers where moving the payload is not possible, sway control accessories can be added to your trailer hitch to help address this issue.

6) Trailer bearings do not need maintenance.

False. Trailer bearings need to be cleaned, inspected, and repacked with fresh grease annually due to sitting outside in the elements, which leads to rust. Trailer wheel bearing failure is the number one cause of roadside trailer break down, ruining vacations and leading to costly repair.

The bearings are located within the trailer’s wheel assembly and need proper maintenance. As an important component to keeping your trailer riding smoothly when towing, well lubricated and well cared for trailer bearings will help prevent friction and unnecessary wear on your trailer parts.

7) I have a truck camper and need a hitch extension to tow my trailer. Any type of towing extension will do?

False. You need to determine if the receiver extension has the proper tongue weight capacity.  A shorter extension has less stress and can handle weight easier. A long extension has less weight capacity. Torklift International’s SuperHitch SuperTruss receiver extension has the highest capacity in the industry to ensure that you are towing safely.

Available in eight lengths from 21 to 60 inches, the SuperTruss receiver extension works exclusively with the SuperHitch or SuperHitch Magnum and features lateral support safety chains.

Look up our measurement guide to find the proper size receiver extension for your application.

As hitch and tow experts for nearly 40 years, feel free to give our Tech Support a call at 800-246-8132 with any questions regarding your towing needs. If you aren’t sure you are towing or hauling safely, have your vehicle professionally inspected to verify that weight ratings falls within your vehicle manufacturer’s tow ratings.

 

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Tour de Torklift: Treasure Hunt winners return from weeklong truck camping vacation

Recently we sat down with our Torklift International Treasure Hunt winners to relive their recent expedition throughout the New England states. The Treasure Hunt winners Richard and Céline Raymond enjoyed a weeklong, all-expense paid truck camping trip, courtesy of Northstar Campers, Truck Camper Warehouse, and Torklift International.

2014-06-22 005Having nearly 25 years of experience with truck camping, Richard and Céline are no strangers to the truck camping lifestyle. However, this opportunity marked the first instance in which they’ve won a grand prize. It was probably just as much of a joy awarding the trip to them as it was for them to receive it!

From Quebec, Canada, Richard and Céline flew into Hartford, Connecticut to embark on their journey. The pair was warmly welcomed and transported to Truck Camper Warehouse in Chesterfield, where they met owner Bill Penney. Bill set them up with a 2014 Northstar 8.5 Arrow U camper and 2014 Ford F350 S/B Diesel. Torklift StableLoads, True Frame-Mounted Tie Downs, and FastGun turnbuckles were outfitted on the rig so the couple could enjoy a safe and memorable weeklong outing.

“The next truck camper I buy is going to be from Bill at Truck Camper Warehouse,” noted Richard. “He knows what people want and certainly knows his stuff when it comes to truck campers!”

Once they became familiar with their Northstar Camper and Torklift products, they took off toward Vermont and the White Mountains. From there, they spent the week exploring Mount Washington, Old Orchard Beach in Maine, and concluded at the popular vacation destination of Hampton Beach in New Hampshire.

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“The highlight of the trip was Mount Washington. Even though it was cloudy, cold and a bit windy, it sure was an awesome experience,” explained Richard.

Throughout the week, Richard and Céline were able to experience their Northstar 8.5 Arrow U truck camper. “It was nice to be able to park the truck camper right in town and close to cars. With the camper and short bed truck, it’s almost like having only a truck with no load!” Richard recalled. “It’s so convenient for when you want to see something in the city. Everywhere a car can park, you can park!” Céline and Richard also explained the joy of having such large windows on the camper. “The space felt large because of the natural light streaming in,” said Richard.

We were eager to hear the couple’s feedback about the Torklift products. It turns out that Richard and Céline enjoy the use of their SuperHitch 17K, SuperTruss Extension and True Frame-Mounted Tie Downs on their truck at home.

Prior to purchasing Torklift’s True Frame-Mounted Tie Downs for his own truck, Richard hassled with finding a way to secure his camper safely to the frame of his vehicle. With the system prior to Torklift’s he felt the camper was backing off the truck.

“We felt more secure and a lot safer once the Torklift Tie Down system was installed,” Richard said. “The best feature of Tie Downs was that they bolted right onto the frame. The installation was so fast and easy - I had no issues with it fitting perfectly onto the truck.”

The Treasure Hunt vacation prize was the first time Richard and Céline had the opportunity to experience the StableLoad suspension upgrade. As an affordable alternative to airbags, the StableLoads pre-activate the factory suspension to prevent sag, sway and body roll while under heavy loads. After the trip concluded the couple was happy to report no side-to-side sway or poor handling issues with the camper loaded.

“It almost felt as if there wasn’t a camper on the truck,” Richard explained. “Even in areas on the road where we were driving fast on tight curves, the truck felt very safe and stable.”

The couple explained how they fell in love with the convenience of Torklift’s FastGun turnbuckle. “Something I had seen, but not used before were the Torklift FastGuns,” Richard noted. “Before I used it, I knew I wanted them -- but now I’m sure!”

With their current chain turnbuckle at home, it usually takes at least a half hour to remove the camper and is quite a chore for them. With Torklift’s FastGun, it’s quick-disconnect capabilities get the job done in about 10 minutes or less.

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With the help of Bill Penney at Truck Camper Warehouse, Northstar Campers, and Torklift International, we were pleased to award the Treasure Hunt grand prize this year. To take a look at all the products Richard and Céline experienced visit Torklift.com or select the product below.

 

StableLoad suspension upgrade  |   True Frame-Mounted Tie Downs
FastGun Quick-Disconnect Turnbuckles  |  Northstar 8.5 Arrow U Camper – 2014 Model

 

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Even Houdini himself can’t escape us...by Torklift Jen

By: Torklift Jen

Or maybe you are more of a Criss Angel fan or even David Copperfield.

Either way, none of those magicians can make your generator disappear when it is stored in the Torklift International Lock and Load.

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What I find interesting about the Lock and Load is its versatility. Not only can you store generators, but you can keep your plasma cutters, toolboxes and anything else that you can fit into this lockable tray, safe.

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I know first hand that storage space is limited when traveling with a truck camper and even larger RVs like towables. Having the ability to store your generator on the outside safely from theft has other benefits too.

What do all internal combustion engines have in common that makes you not want to have them in your living room?

Gas, exhaust fumes and oil leaks. Having a generator sitting in your living room sounds silly. But if you RV with one and don’t have a Lock and Load to transport your generator or to keep it secure when you’re away from your camp spot, you have to either put it in your cab or lock it in your RV. This can make for a super stinky mess.

Thank you Lock and Load for not only keeping my generator safe, but also for making sure my living space is smell and mess free.

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All silliness aside, one more thing I would add has to do with my size. I’m a little on the small size and by no means do I want to move my generator around. The Lock and Load allows me to leave the generator locked in the stored position while I use it.  I never have to take it out of the tray. This means no chiropractor visits from excessive bending and lifting.

Pretty neat.

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Do not try this at home... by Torklift Jen

IMG_0131I take all of the warning labels found around the truck camper very seriously.  They are vital to keep us safe when common sense does not kick in and liability could be an issue.

 

I am carefully reading through them all. If only there were more warning labels like these in my life.

 

For example, the passenger mirror standard, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.”

 

IMG_1016On the occasional morning when I go to the bathroom mirror and “YIKES!” I am reminded of the memorable scene from the movie Jurassic Park   when T-Rex is visible in the rear view mirror and ready to pounce.  If I had that sticker on the mirror it would warn me of the terror I call the             Vel-floss-ciraptor.

 

There should also be a sticker similar to the GVWR label on the bathroom scale.  The strict standards we are to adhere to keeping the weight of the vehicle and trailer in line.  I’m glad that campers can’t wear stretchy spandex when they’ve overindulged.

 

I don’t have a bad temper, but it would be nice to know the exact maximum amps it would take before I blew a fuse.

 

My favorite warning that should be applied to truck camping:  “Do not try this at home.”  This is because with a truck camper I should really be out camping.

 

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SuperHitch Magnum 20K.  The Highest Capacity Heavy Duty Receiver Hitch on Earth.  http://www.torklift.com/products/superhitchmagnum.php

 

*Check your vehicles owners’ manual, as with any receiver hitch,  your truck and trailer weight cannot exceed your vehicle manufacturers towing, cargo, or GCVWR.

 

  

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