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2017 Ford Raptor Excitement ‘ I didn’t know a truck could get me this excited and I live and breath trucks ! I’ve been steering trucks for 45 years and this is the most fun I’ve had. We climbed rocks that would make a horse nervous, floated on the Ocotillo Wells desert at 100 mph in Southern California and took on switchbacks on pavement that would make a car slide. So many changes for the second generation Raptor, from the 6.2L V-8 replaced with the EcoBoost 3.5L twin turbo with new electronic waste gates, dual injectors taking the power up to 450 horse power and 510 lb. ft. of torque. And the new 10-speed automatic with paddle shifters …..More
I was there when it all started, in 2003 Nissan introduced the all new 2004 Titan 1/2 ton truck at Napa Valley California. We were in wine country driving the new trucks on the Silverado Highway. On the highway we weaved in and out between Lamborghini sport cars on their way to Pebble Beach. The truck I just reviewed is the new 1/2 ton 2017 PRO-4X crew cab 4×4 with a 5′ 6″ bed. The original Titan was fun to drive, it would spin the tires at will, burn kitties and donuts, a blast on the autocross track. The new truck still has a 5.6L V-8 but updated, improved and now 390 horsepower with 394 torque. Also new is the 7-speed automatic transmission. More….
Nissan brings out the second in-between XD pickup but with a gas engine.It’s the same truck we reviewed earlier with the Cummins diesel, but now the 5.6L V-8 gas engine and new 7-speed automatic tranny. Same body, same frame but the gas version is 500 lbs lighter without the diesel engine, DEF tank and different exhaust. This gives the all aluminum 5.6L V-8 a big space in front of the engine. This truck feels like a heavy duty truck but a little more nimble than the diesel version, due to less weight especially up front and one more gear in the tranny improves…..More…
Stable Boy Aluminum Modular Horse Stalls for your RV Toy Hauler: When toy haulers first appeared, I knew they would be big. You can haul ATV’s, motorcycles, snowmobiles and golf carts. RV’s have less trouble with police and the questions of being commercial or civilian. So why not use a RV toy hauler to haul horses. Imagine a 5th wheel RV, walking up to the bedroom, stand around the bed, open the closet and dresser drawers and you’re still standing up. Now think about the gooseneck of your horse trailer The full story…
AuTowBrake Trailer Brake Controller___________________
AuTow Brake is a trailer brake controller that stays on your trailer. That’s how it’s done in Europe, the trailer controls it’s own brakes. In the US, most boat trailers do the same thing with hydraulic surge brakes. AuTow Brake is an automatic electric surge brake. I’ve been using and testing this brake for years. The control box is weather proof, you can mount it outside or inside your trailer at any angle.
AuTow Brake is smooth, it doesn’t jerk, push or pull your truck. The trailer brakes don’t lock up. You just wire it into your trailer wiring harness, nothing goes in your truck cab. More…..
2017 Heavy Duty diesel: Finally its’ a real 2017 truck. GM has teased us for years about their new Duramax diesel for HD trucks. We seen them in camouflage in the Rockies towing trailers, we’ve seen spy photos with a new hood scoop and this went on for years. GM flew me to Texas to drive the new heavy duties on the Texas Motor Speedway ahead of the State Fair of Texas. Chevrolet set a record on the track towing the largest US flag behind the new truck in a dramatic introduction with a group of Chevy owners with high mile Chevy trucks following . Read more….
1992 Ford F150 Flareside 4×4:t raded straight across for the 1970 C10 Chevy. Had a water leak on the back of the 350 engine. So I’d have to pull the Chevy engine and fix it. The Ford F150 has a weak engine but came with a second 5.8L V-8 and spare bed and fenders. So now I’m back to working on engines again. More….
Ram Power Wagon 2016, the Off-Road King. When you think of a heavy duty truck, you think heavy for towing trailers. The Ram Power Wagon is heavy, curb weight of 7056 lbs. When you think of an off-road truck, you think light duty or Jeep size. But the Power Wagon breaks all the rules, a solid truck that can go anywhere, just like they did in World War II. But the new Power Wagon is an agile mountain goat. With locking front and rear differential, a 12,000 lb winch, a lift kit, skid plates and the front sway bar disconnects for tremendous wheel travel over rocks. It’s the only truck that comes with a 12,000 lb. winch from the factory. Read the reivew….
Auto Flex has a complete pickup truck leaf spring replacement with an air suspension. It bolts on the same place as the factory leaf springs. Self levels, improves ride, braking, steering and handling. Comes with compressor, tank, dump valve and tap for using onboard air for your tires etc. Also a complete trailer air suspension. Auto Flex Review
The Fuel Box___________________________
The Fuel Box and new Dual Fuel Box: for tools and extra fuel to stay on the road longer. I like good tools, a tool box and fuel tank company in California makes this quality combo all in the US. It’s called The Fuel Box by Zylstra. The fuel tank is separate from the tool box, so it can be replaced separately if damaged, and being bolted together protects the fuel tank from toolbox floor impacts with hitches and chains you throw into the tool box. Z-liner Polyurea coating option, like a sprayed in bedliner keeps the tank….. Read more…
Gen-Y Hitch Heavy Duty Hitch____________________________________________
Gen-Y Hitch heavy duty adjustable drawbar for today’s powerful trailering trucks: One company that has kept up with new heavy-duty trucks is Gen-Y Hitch. (http://www.genyhitch.com) These steel adjustable, multi-ball, multi-height, pintle, weight distributing hitch is the highest trailer rated hitch I’ve seen. I own 10 adjustable receiver hitches. My highest rated hitch was 14,000 lbs. The one I’m using from Gen-Y Hitch is rated for a 16,000 lb. trailer with a 2 inch shank. For Class V receiver, 2.5 inch shank, trailer rating goes up to 20,000 lbs. Newest hitch is the Torsion Flex Hitch that isolates how your trailer bounces verses your truck for a smoother ride. Read the review….
Equalizer Systems Trailer Jacks____________________
Equalizer Systems hydraulic horse trailer jack for smooth power. Equalizer Systems Jacks, you see them everywhere. Over 70% of horse trailer manufactures equip their trailers with them. So service and parts are easy to get with the largest trailer dealer network.…the review
Twenty years ago, Equalizer introduced hydraulic jacks to the horse industry. Horse trailer manufactures use them because they are dependable and easy to work on. With a manual backup hand pump, Equalizer jacks will always do their job…the review
Stop tire cupping, vibration and premature wear on those expensive truck, RV & trailer tires. Centramatic automatic wheel balancers have been saving money on tires for semi-trucks for over twenty years. Now you can automatically balance your tires, wheels, hub and rotors or drums while you drive. A balanced tire doesn’t cub, vibrates less & lowers the tire sidewall temperature from less flexing, giving you longer tire life. 5 year warranty, made in the USA More…
Trailer Electronic Technology for Safer, Easier Connection. EZ is a magnetic connection, powerful magnets. Just get the male end near the female plug and “pop” it sucks together. A tab slot align the socket and plug to match the right connections. The male end has two silicone o-rings, the cables have sealant injected inside, all to make the system water proof. If you can keep the water out, you can keep the mud and all the corrosive chemicals used to dissolve ice on the highway out. Spent my share of nights with a flashlight in my mouth in the rain as I work on trailer lights. See the review….
Hyndsight Vision Systems, the versatile on board camera you’ve been waiting for. We tried it out backing to a trailer, monitoring horses inside the trailer and watching traffic behind the horse trailer. I’m a fan of wireless camera’s. About the most useful tool you can find. We’re getting use to the backup cameras on the new trucks I review. But they don’t stay on, as soon as you go forward, they shut off. Hyndsight stays on so I can watch my bed cargo and the straps flapping in the wind. At the Ford Super Duty 2017 reveal at the State Fair of Texas, Ford showed us 7 cameras on the new truck. Five of the cameras are for the trailer including a camera for the rear of a trailer. The Review….
2016 all new Toyota Tacoma: New look, new body, new engines, new transmissions and it’s about time. It’s just been 11 years since any big change. The truck I tested was a loaded double cab TRD Off-Road 4×4. The new 6 speed automatic replaces the 5-speed auto. A 3.5L V-6 with 278 horsepower and 265 torque, replaces the 4.0 L V-6 with 42 more horsepower now. New direct fuel injection and one port injector for 7 injectors on a V-6. Quieter cab, less road noise, doors and glass have improved seals. The new frame has more high strength steel. The Review…..
Big news doesn’t happen in the pickup truck world very often. But Nissan has become aggressive after 12 years at the rear of Class one. The new diesel XD is Class one and a half. Blurring the line between 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton pickup truck, Titan XD should be on your shopping list if you need more than a half ton but don’t need to tow a tank. The XD is set up with standard towing equipment. It comes with a Cummins 5.0L V-8 diesel, integrated trailer brake controller, factory gooseneck ball hitch, rear anti-sway bar, recirculating ball steering, towing mirrors and 10 ply tires. Sounds like a 3/4 ton. More……
Weigh-Safe: Do you know your trailer tongue weight, asks the judge. On a bumper pull trailer, if you have too little tongue weight, the trailer can sway and be dangerous. Some trailer have their axles too close to the middle and are susceptible to sway anyway. If you have too much trailer tongue weight, your truck or SUV will squat excessively, aim your headlights to the stars and stress your trucks rear axle, brakes and suspension. What you need to know….
Ford introduces 2017 Super Duty trucks, setting a new standard in Heavy Duty Pickup Trucks: Yes 2017 truck models are finally revealed. I’ve seen them in camouflage on I-70 but now we know what they really look like. I can stop saying how ugly the Ford dually fenders are because they changed. Still has the round lip but behind that is a real boxy fender. The controversial 2015 F150 with the aluminum body is now on the Super Duty F250-350-450-550. Not just an aluminum cab but the same cabs as the F150 on regular, Super and Crew Cab. The Ford Super Duty was the largest crew cab 16 years ago but became the smallest of the Detroit Three. The Ford F150 grew with a large flat floor under the second row and larger front doors. Ford saved some money and now uses the same cabs on all their trucks. This made the Super Duty crew cab 4 inches longer and it’s taller. More….
Trail riding and Travel N Corrals go hand in hand. Easy to take with you, easy to setup. Horses tied to a trailer for hours can cause problems. Keep your horses relaxed in a roomy corral as you enjoy the great outdoors between rides. Sleep well at night with your Travel N Corrals placed where you want them and in plain site of your bedroom window. If you go to high school rodeo’s, you will see portable corrals everywhere. Families enjoying each other and security for the horses when everyone is running…..More….
Finally ABS brakes for trailers ! DirecLink, Fast, smooth and safer than any brake system we’ve tried. We took our test trailer to the race track, smoked the brakes, burnt the seals and proved how dramatically superior hydraulic disc rotors, electric-hydraulic actuators, ABS modules and a trailer brake controller that networks with your trucks computer can be. Electric brake drums didn’t stand a chance in our side by side comparison. A big step toward safer trailering on our crowded highways and unpredictable weather patterns. Share this detailed report about the difference ABS trailer brakes can make.
GanderLock, when you’re serious about Protecting your Gooseneck Trailer and Tack. Protect your trailer as well as your expensive saddles, bridles, tools and flat screen TV. Goosenecks are different from bumper pulls, if you just lock the coupler, the thief’s loosen the set bolts, slide out your adjustable coupler and put their own back in and away goes your investment. Think about what happens when your trailer gets stolen, arguing with insurance companies, banks and the police. I’ve been lucky not to many things stolen, but when it happens it makes you sick. Read the Review
Competition improves choices: when I think of the trucks I had in the seventies and how often I changed alternators, starters, clutches, u-joints etc. verses my truck now that I just change oil, I’m glad we have a strong rivalry between truck manufactures. This is why we have integrated trailer brake controllers, factory exhaust brake and factory gooseneck hitches in our new trucks. The big contest was between Ford and Chevy. Now Ram with Cummins raised the bar making the big battle between Ram and Ford in the heavy duty market.
Step Above Ladder_______________________
Step Above trailer ladder. I’ve said it before, most folks don’t use their hay racks. Mainly because it’s too hard to get to. A big share of factory hay rack ladders don’t cut it. Too narrow, flimsy or just plain scary.
Step Above is a slide-out aluminum ladder that makes the roof of your trailer an easy trip and safe. Having the right angle slanted away from the trailer takes the work out of climbing a ladder just like your step ladder you use around the house. Step Above slides out to the ground, just the right slope for climbing. More
Tuson Trailer Sway Control______________
New from Tuson, automatic trailer sway control. The computer box controls your brakes left and right to straighten out your trailer if it sways from wind or evasive protective driving situations. Add to shopping cart Free Shipping See our test and full review of how the Tuson Sway Control works.
I visited PopUp’s head quarters in Chanute Kansas this spring. Kansas, like Iowa is known for making farm machinery. PopUp Industries is in the part of Kansas, where generations of welders understand quality metal working. I first heard of PopUp because of their SB1 shortbed coupler. With shortbed trucks, now the most popular configuration, I hear from folks every week emailing me that they just crunched the cab…More…
Andersen No-Sway WDH After 2-years of development and road-testing, Andersen Hitches releases their new Anti-Sway, Anti-Bounce Weight Distribution Hitch. Instead of just improving on current models, Andersen completely redesigned Weight Distribution…leaving the competition in the dust. Watch my video and see what everyone is talking about…. Free shipping Order Page
Eureka! Saddlematic ™ Revolutionary Motorized Saddle Rack. Finally you can stop wrestling your saddles in and out of your trailer and lifting them over your head. Saddlematic will bring your saddles to you. New electric model and a swingout for your rear tack. See the whole story and how they work. Click here…
EZ-Connector New Truck Install______________
EZ-Connector Install on Ford F250: Fun thing about a new truck is adding all the accessories. Of course since I tow trailers, my first accessory was converting the 7 RV plug that came with the truck to an EZ-Connector magnetic plug. I have EZ-Connectors on all my trailers because they always work. Sealed cord, Rare-Earth Neodymium magnet holding the plug for a tight water proof connection. Life time warranty, made in the US, all the right stuff. See the whole article….
Transwest Truck Trailer RV, selling Cimarron and Logan horse trailers. Whether you are new to horse trailers & need some extra help or you’re a veteran and want the best trailers, you owe it to yourself to visit Andrew Lyons and his crew of horse folks. Buy your horse trailer & truck together or separate and get the right advice on matching your needs the first time. Read more about where I ask trailer questions. Transwest Truck Trailer RV___________________New & Used Trailers–Trucks made for Towing–Trailer Repair & Upgrade–Truck Performance Products. Read more about where MrTruck asks trailer questions. 1-800-909-7071 email email@example.com www.TrailerWest.com
Titan Trailers from Kansas, are well know for livestock trailers, flatbeds and inexpensive steel horse trailers. But they make them all, chances are if you need it, they build it. And they build a lot of trailers. Titan Trailers recently purchased Logan Coach, a horse trailer company. Over the years Titan has acquired many other trailer companies, adding their buying volume and manufacturing expertise. Read the whole review….
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Load Max by Load Trail review: When Ram announced that its 2013 3500 dualie pickups would have a 30,000-pound maximum towing capacity, the truck wars (especially the heavy-duty truck wars) were reinvigorated. Likewise, the 30,000-pound capacity ignited another race, this time among trailer manufacturers who now need higher-capacity trailers. A few companies were making large gooseneck trailers for the “hotshot” hauler crowd, but, for the most part, this is new territory for them. More….
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