3 Reasons Why You Need the Cannon Hitch Extension

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

E1636 Weight Carry:

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

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

E1642 Weight Carry:

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

E1642 Weight Distribution:

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

E1648 Weight Carry:

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

E1648 Weight Distribution:

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

 

4.) Cannon SkidWheel Accessory Available

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

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

Features of the Cannon Extension include:

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

*Weight ratings dependent on length of extension.

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

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

 

 

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

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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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As a graduate from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Journalism and emphasis in Public Relations, Sheryl is a passionate writing professional with focus in areas of copy writing, social media and creative design. She is a travel enthusiast and explorer-extraordinaire with a zest for life.

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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”

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.

tc-with-boatTowing a boat with
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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