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”

towing-extensionSuperTruss towing extension
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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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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Phantom cargo? Suspension mod that makes an impact

driving-with-camperDriving with payload

 Hook up the trailer or load your truck camper onto your vehicle. Climb into the driver’s seat. Pull out of the driveway and onto the road. Do you feel the load you are towing or hauling? Chances are the answer is yes. Wouldn’t it be nice to feel just as safe and stable as if driving an unloaded vehicle?

 


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A vehicle is designed to respond to payload. There are many adverse effects to handling a vehicle if payload is significant. Even if the load is within the manufacturer’s maximum capacity, it’s typical to experience poor handling characteristics. Examples include severe side-to-side sway, front-to-back rocking or ‘porpoising’ and body roll.

Heavier payloads also cause rear end truck sag, where the front of the vehicle is lifting upward due to weight pressing the back end of the vehicle downward. This leads to a number of risks for both your vehicle and personal safety. Click here to see the negative effects of rear end sag on your vehicle.

To address poor handling characteristics, turn your attention to the suspension of your vehicle. If you have overload leaf springs, the StableLoad suspension upgrade is the first suspension modification you should turn to. Torklift International StableLoads are effective on any truck, van, SUV or small commercial vehicle with factory overload leaf springs.

leafspring-with-stableloadQuick-disconnect StableLoads
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It’s almost too simple. The lower quick-disconnect StableLoad uses a precision laser-crafted series of adjustable wedges to fill the small gap between your leaf spring pack and overload leaf spring. By filling this void, the strength and support of the overloads are activated and put to work as the vehicle engineers intended. This simple but effective suspension mod has major benefits. When driving with StableLoads engaged, experience dramatic improvement in vehicle handling.

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For more detail on how overload leaf springs work in conjunction with StableLoads, click here.

 For those who haul campers or tow trailers, the lower quick-disconnect StableLoad is the most versatile suspension
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As the only suspension product in the industry that has the ability to be turned on and off based on your needs, the StableLoads are ideal for those who use their vehicle for a daily driver. By engaging and disengaging, enjoy extra suspension support when needed without having a permanent effect on the smooth ride quality unloaded factory suspension provides.


KOATo gain real world perspective from those who tow or haul, we introduced the StableLoad Challenge at the KOA campground in Acton, California. The challenge required campers to test-drive two identical Ford F-150 trucks with 2,800 pounds loaded into the truck bed. The load in the truck bed simulated hauling or towing heavy payload.

The difference? One Ford truck had its factory suspension while the other Ford truck had the Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer installed. Test-drivers were blown away by the results. When driving the truck with StableLoads several people mentioned they could no longer feel the load.david

During his StableLoad Challenge test-drive David Copeland explains, “It doesn’t feel like you have anything back there!”

 

Watch the StableLoad Challenge here:

Now that’s what we like to call phantom cargo: the joy of towing or hauling safely with such control and stability that the driver doesn’t even feel the camper or trailer.

Click here for more information on the StableLoad Challenge and learn more about the Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

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Trailer sway? Tow smoothly with this simple suspension fix

towing-trailer-swaySafe trailer towingHeading out on the road this travel season with your boat trailer, fifth wheel, travel trailer or horse trailer? Once you’ve hooked up the trailer to your tow vehicle, there are certain things you should look for to ensure a safe towing experience.

 

 

Before you go find your adventure, ask yourself the following questions:checklist

     -  Am I towing within my vehicles tow ratings?
     -  Is my trailer weight within my hitch ratings?
     -  Do I have proper tongue weight?
     -  Do I need a weight distribution system?
     -  Are my trailer lights working properly?
     -  Is there rear end sag on my vehicle?

This simplified list only features a few crucial items you should consider. For more information on how to safely tow a trailer, take a look at our article where we debunk the top 7 towing myths.

DaphneStableLoad Challenge test-driver Daphne Risso experiences poor handling from heavy payloadIf your truck or vehicle is showing signs of rear sag, the vehicle’s ability to handle safely is severely compromised. Rear end sag (where the nose of the vehicle tilts upward and the rear is pressed downward) is an indication that heavy payload is lacking the support it needs. This causes unresponsive steering, increased stopping distance, increased tire wear and a laundry list of other issues that are unsafe and damaging to the vehicle.

To avoid this poor handling nightmare, install the StableLoad suspension stabilizer. The StableLoads help your vehicle’s factory suspension to support heavy payload like a trailer or truck camper.

StableLoads are applicable with both towing and hauling on several vehicle applications like trucks, vans, SUVs and light commercial vehicles. As long as the vehicle comes equipped with factory overload leaf springs (which most are), the StableLoads work their magic once installed.  

What’s this magic? We won’t keep it a secret. The lower StableLoad application attaches to the overload leaf springs just below the leaf spring pack.

b2ap3_thumbnail_engagedstableload.jpgStableLoad suspension stabilizer turned on    wedge-packPrecision-crafted wedges

By using specially designed wedges that take up the space between the overload leaf spring and the leaf spring pack, the vehicle now uses the strength and support that the factory overload leaf springs were built to provide.

When turned on, the benefits of the StableLoad suspension stabilizer include a leveled vehicle and significant reduction in poor handling characteristics like side-to-side sway, body roll, bounce and porpoising. Some people mention it’s difficult to distinguish when the trailer is hooked up because the StableLoads provide such a smooth ride.

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A special feature of the StableLoads is the ability to switch them on and off. Since they engage and disengage with the simple twist of a 3/8-inch ratchet, your vehicle won’t lose its smooth factory ride when you aren’t towing.

The problem with other aftermarket suspension products is the inability for adjustment leaving you stuck with stiffened suspension when you don’t need it.

 

Since most people have vehicles for multiple uses, the adjustable feature of the StableLoads provides outstanding level of convenience and allows you to enjoy optimal ride quality in any circumstance.

To gain real-world feedback on the StableLoad suspension stabilizer, we gave rally-goers who tow trailers or haul campers the opportunity to drive a Ford F150 truck with the suspension upgrade turned both on and off. With a 2,800-pound payload in the bed of each identical Ford F-150 truck, the StableLoad Challenge kicked off one incredible experiment.

edThose who took the StableLoad Challenge were in disbelief at the effectiveness of the StableLoads. We posed one question to test-driver Ed Shaw once he completed the StableLoad Challenge with the StableLoads suspension stabilizer turned on.

Torklift:
Do you feel the difference?

Ed Shaw:
“Oh yea, a lot! This drives very smooth now. Very impressive.”

To see how the StableLoads made a huge impression on other rally-goers, watch this video:

With a lifetime warranty, most StableLoad applications are no-drill and involve a simple, DIY installation. For few applications that may require drilling, Torklift recently unveiled the StableLoad Drill Tool that allows you to drill through a leaf spring in an impressive 37 seconds.  See how it works here.

Click here to find your application and learn more about the StableLoad suspension Stabilizer.

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Permanent suspension mods are a thing of the past

When investing in a truck, most of us expect the vehicle is used for multiple things. Perhaps a daily driver, work truck or even when enjoying leisure activities in life. Boating, truck camping, travel trailers and toy haulers are just a few that come to mind that require towing or hauling. How can you get the most out of your suspension for these various applications?

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In most cases, someone might modify their suspension in order to correct handling issues when the vehicle is taking on extra payload. Naturally, the solution would be to find a way to upgrade or enhance your vehicle’s suspension. However, most suspension modifications are permanent or lack easy adjustability. When your vehicle is unloaded, you’ll find that you’re stuck with a stiff ride.

Luckily, we have a simple solution. If you use your truck as a daily driver and aren’t in need of a permanent modification, the lower StableLoad application is what your vehicle needs.

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Lower StableLoads engaged and disengaged

Torklift International StableLoad suspension stabilizer is the only suspension modification that can be adjusted for use. They are tested and proven to solve multiple drivability issues by pre-engaging the stronger factory overload leaf springs. The activation of your factory leaf springs help to eliminate poor handling characteristics such as side-to-side sway, body roll, porpoising and truck sag.

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With the ability to literally turn the StableLoads on and off by engaging and disengaging them in seconds, the StableLoads allow you to enjoy the convenience of returning to your comfortable factory ride when you’re not towing or hauling. This feature is unlike other suspension modifications that stiffen your ride quality when your truck is not in tow/haul mode.

All that’s required to disengage the lower StableLoads is three simple steps:
     1)  Quick removal of a pin 
     2)  Easy rotation with a 3/8-drive ratchet
     3)  Replace the pin

Take a look at how easy it is to engage the StableLoads:

At a recent rally, we gave those experienced with towing and hauling the opportunity to take the StableLoad Challenge. The challenge allowed test-drivers to see how the StableLoads affect the suspension on a Ford F-150 truck with a 2,800-pound load in the back. The challenge required driving the loaded truck both with and without Torklift International’s StableLoad suspension stabilizer.

b2ap3_thumbnail_dennis.pngAs one of our challengers, Dennis Stone was curious to test-drive the StableLoad suspension upgrade.  

“There is definitely a feeling of having more control of the vehicle,” said Stone.  “I also like that you can disengage the StableLoads when you don’t have a load in the back.”

Multiple people who took the challenge marveled at the adjustability of the StableLoads.

If you haven’t already watched Torklift International’s StableLoad Challenge, be sure to view the full video and see how the experience made a huge impression on rally-goers who took the challenge.

Click here to learn more about the StableLoad suspension stabilizer or see additional details on how StableLoads affect factory leaf springs

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Boosting Payload Ratings: Is it possible?

When it comes to increasing payload ratings of your vehicle, people often believe that with the right suspension modifications, it can be done. Legally there is no suspension upgrade designed for towing or hauling that can increase your truck’s maximum vehicle manufacturer assigned capacity ratings.

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Never exceed your Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR).

What is the importance of GVWR or Gross Vehicle Weight Rating?

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating is the maximum weight limit for your specific vehicle including passengers and payload, set by the manufacturer. If you overload your vehicle beyond its factory assigned weight limit capacity or GVWR, not only is it dangerous and illegal; it causes these negative side effects on your truck:

1)  Excessive wear on your truck
2)  Loss of cargo leading to potential traffic accidents
3)  Reduced handling capability
4)  Difficulty in braking due to increased stopping distance
5)  Tire failure due to rapid tire wear
6)  Increased fuel consumption

You should also pay close attention to the weight ratings of each of your axles, known as the GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating). In some cases, you can stay within your GVWR for your vehicle, but exceed the maximum permissible load on the axles. In this case, you will need to balance or redistribute weight. Properly weighing your vehicle is the only way to be sure you do not exceed these weight limitations.

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The weight ratings for your vehicle are absolute. Manufacturers set these limits in order to keep you safe from failure of vehicle parts. If you are involved in an accident with an overloaded vehicle, you may be held liable.

Even when within your GVWR, it is common to experience difficult and poor handling while towing or hauling. The Torklift International’s patented StableLoad suspension stabilizer has been proven to be a successful solution to aid your vehicle in handling its payload in a more safe and effective manner.

Torklift StableLoads dramatically improve the handling of your vehicle when under payload. By pre-activating the stabilizing effects of the truck’s factory leaf springs, the StableLoads help eliminate truck sag and reduce poor handling characteristics such as side-to-side sway, body roll and porpoising.

As the only product available designed with an on/off capability, the StableLoad enables you to turn the system off when needed. Keeping the system disengaged when not towing or hauling enables you to keep the smooth factory ride. When engaged, load your vehicle and continue to enjoy the same ride quality. No other suspension system has the versatility of an on/off switch.

For more information on how StableLoads handle payload while towing or hauling, read our blog entry on how StableLoads affect factory leaf springs.

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Top five problems caused by truck sag when towing or hauling

If you have a truck camper or towable (travel trailer, boat trailer, horse trailer, toy hauler or fifth wheel), you’ll notice a sag in the rear of your vehicle when you load the camper or hook up the trailer. 

For your vehicle to handle heavy towing or hauling, the added weight will start to engage your factory leaf springs to help support the load.

However, did you know that your vehicle’s leaf springs are only beginning to be put to work? It is using only a small percentage of their total capability. The vehicle must drop down several inches in order to come into contact with the overload leaf springs. Notice the rear or the vehicle sagging significantly in the vehicle below.

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Because the leaf springs aren’t fully activated, the additional weight causes the front of the vehicle to lift up and the rear of the vehicle to sag, producing these top five problems:

1)  Proper front end steering alignment is thrown off balance, causing the vehicle to have delayed steering response. The ride will feel unsafe and out of control.

2)  The braking distance is extended due to significantly less weight on the front tires. Braking distance is increased because the front of the vehicle is responsible for up to 70% of the vehicle’s stopping ability.

3)  The position of the vehicle’s front end causes its headlights to point upward.  This creates a nighttime road hazard by blinding oncoming traffic.

4)  Due to the misalignment of the steering, tire wear is increased and there is potential for premature tire wear failure.

5)  The misalignment causes an uneven tire footprint, which can decrease your fuel mileage.  This is due to the uneven load and vehicle riding unleveled.

In order for your overload leaf springs to help manage what you are towing or hauling, they must come into contact with the rest of the leaf springs. The StableLoad suspension stabilizer eliminates delayed contact and puts your springs to work sooner, eliminating truck sag.

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How is the delayed spring contact eliminated? The lower quick-disconnect StableLoads close the gap between your spring pack and overload leaf spring. By eliminating this gap, the leaf springs can activate when needed the most, providing a more safe and comfortable ride quality. Not only does this eliminate truck sag, effects of side-to-side sway, body roll and porpoising are also greatly reduced.

Roger Friend installed the StableLoads on his 2013 Ford F150 to help tow his Lance travel trailer. To put the suspension upgrade to the test, he measured the drop in his vehicle with trailer, both with and without the StableLoads.

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“The best feature of the StableLoads is the reduction of rear end droop,” said Roger Friend. “I am now able to tow my Lance travel trailer without use of my weight distribution hitch.”

By engaging the Torklift quick-disconnect lower StableLoad application, Roger is able to safely tow his trailer without the negative effects of truck sag.

The patented StableLoad suspension stabilizer is the only product available designed like an on/off switch that enables you to turn the system off when needed. Keeping the system off when not towing or hauling enables you to keep the soft, smooth ride. Flip them on, load your vehicle and continue to enjoy the same ride quality. No other suspension system has the versatility of an on/off capability.

Several Ford truck applications do not require drilling and are easily installed. Also, the lifetime warranty that comes with the StableLoad extends to the factory-installed leaf spring of your vehicle as an added bonus.

Click here for more information on the StableLoad Suspension stabilizer. 

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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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