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Introducing Trailer Tug, a simple way to move trailers. We have 6 test trailers and I move trailers every week. I’ve been towing trailers for over 40 years, but I still get tired of hooking and rehooking. Especially in a building, tring to put trailers next to a wall and be efficient with your floor space. Ideal for boat trailers, horse trailers, travel trailers and ATV trailers. I think the Trailer Tug would be good to move my trailers up against a fence, tongue first so thieves couldn’t get a truck in front of my trailers and drive away. More….
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. (//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….
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DETROIT — The all-new 2020 Chevrolet Silverado’s available 3.0L Duramax inline-six turbo-diesel engine adds choice and versatility for full-size truck customers, offering class-leading torque and horsepower in addition to focusing on fuel economy and capability. It is the first-ever inline-six turbo-diesel offered in Chevrolet’s full-size light-duty trucks. It is priced identically to the 6.2L V-8 as a $2,495 premium over a 5.3L V-8 model or $3,890 over a 2.7L Turbo model. More….
3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine on F-150 is now available on XLT (302A) models. Previously, it was only available on Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum, but now it is also available on XLT 302A, our largest volume series. Now, the diesel engine is available on 75% of F-150’s mix, and F-150 has the only diesel available in its class. Customers and dealers told us they wanted this, so we listened and have made it available. The order bank opened last week.
New 6.2L V-8 availability for Trail Boss, RST models: For 2020, more than half of Silverado trim levels will be available with the 6.2L V-8 with an SAE-certified 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. For the Custom Trail Boss and the LT Trail Boss, powered with the 6.2L V-8 for the first time. For 2020, Silverado will be available with an all-new 3.0L Duramax turbo-diesel engine dedicated to efficiency and refinement. More….
Ford F-150 Is Best Performing Pickup Truck in IIHS Passenger-Side Safety Testing; Earns All Good Ratings: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the 2019 Ford F-150 as the only truck to earn the top-tier good rating in every category, and the best performing truck among 11 pickups evaluated in passenger-side small overlap front crash testing. This follows testing by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that awarded F-150 crew cab a five-star overall vehicle score and a five-star rating for driver and passenger for all crash test modes. More…
2019 Ram Chassis Cab designers worked closely with engineering to give Ram’s line of halo-capability trucks an optional level of comfort with the new Limited model for those customers who have an enthusiast’s passion and want a fitting truck to handle the weight. The 2019 Ram Chassis Cab also offers the class-exclusive 12-inch reconfigurable touchscreen display with SiriusXM with 360L. Adding to its leadership in technology, the new Ram Chassis Cab is the only truck in the segment to offer adaptive cruise control, Forward Collision Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) and AEB with trailer brakes on all trim levels. More….
All new 2020 GMC Heavy Duty is coming soon: The bigger frame, stronger propulsion and smarter technologies are expected to deliver dramatically greater towing capacity than previous models, well in excess of 30,000 pounds. The new Sierra HD marks the introduction of an all-new 10-speed Allison automatic transmission — the first-ever offered in the heavy-duty pickup segment. The all-new 10-speed transmission with closer gear spacing allows the engine to operate in an optimal range at all times with varying load and terrain conditions. An available class-leading 15 unique camera views1, including an industry-first transparent trailer view, help optimize the driver’s view around the truck and compatible trailers to provide added confidence when towing. More….
1000 lb-ft of Torque RAM Diesel for 2019: Yes it finally happened, we knew a heavy duty truck diesel would eventually reach 1000 lb/ft of torque. Ram did it first, introduced at the NAIAS Detroit Auto Show. New Cummins with 400 horsepower max towing is 35,100 lbs. updated frame, interior, axles, suspension is class leading. 6.4L Hemi engine gets an 8-speed. Last year was all about 1/2 ton trucks, 2019 will be all about heavy duty trucks, it’s going to be exciting. More of the press release…
2020 HD Silverado: All new look, it’s taller, longer and meaner. Saw it in person and I was impressed. Looking at it head on takes some getting used to as with all new designs. Not sure how tall the new HD is yet, but Chevy tells me that the bed rail has been lowered not raised. Two engines for 2020 HD, Duramax V-8 diesel 910 lb-ft of torque with all new 10-speed Allison Automatic Transmission. A new gas direct injection engine to replace the old 6.0L with a 6-speed auto. Read More….
The all-new Ranger has earned EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined for 4×2 trucks. When configured as a 4×4, Ranger returns EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. This is the best-in-class EPA-estimated city fuel economy rating of any gasoline-powered four-wheel-drive midsize pickup and it is an unsurpassed EPA-estimated combined fuel economy rating. Ford MPG Release
The Chevrolet Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD chassis cab trucks — the first-ever medium-duty Silverado trucks — are in production and on their way to dealerships starting today. The new Silverado trucks are popular with upfitters because the clean, straight frame rail design has no rivets, brackets or welds to get in the way. Additionally, the seven cab-to-axle lengths can work for a variety of upfits. Some of the strongest interest has come from the housing and highway construction, landscaping and utility industries. More….
Defining the premium off-road segment, the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 is now available with the all-new Off-Road Performance Package. The Off-Road Performance Package adds factory-installed performance upgrades that bring additional power and purpose to the Sierra AT4. More….
2018 first drive Durango SRT, sport SUV. Kelsey takes on the switch backs on the road to Estes ParK. MrTruck tows a trailer with the SRT Dodge Durango. Performance handling and power on a fun family hauler with 6 luxurious leather heated seats.
2019 GMC Denali, premium AT4 off-road with 2 inch lift from the media launch in Newfoundland Canada, first drive. All new truck with new trailering features, 10-speed transmission. MultiPro folding and folding again tailgate, CarbonPro carbon Fiber bed, Heads Up Display and Adaptive Ride Control.
2019 Ram 1500 Part One, first drive in Arizona, off-road and trailers.
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2019 Raptor first drive. I like ATV’s and Side X Sides for off-roading fun. My favorite one is the Ford Raptor. Yes, it’s a truck but it jumps, rock crawls, fords creeks and does all that with air conditioning and XM radio. Ford flew me to Utah last week to the Utah Motorsports Park, home of Ford Performance Racing School. If you buy a Ford Performance vehicle like a Mustang GT or Raptor, you get to spend the day at the Racing School learning how to get the most out of handling and performance. At the track we jumped humps with the Raptor and tried to tip them over on a side hill. Read more…
Chevy Colorado 2019, November marks the four-year anniversary of the return of the segment-redefining Colorado midsize truck. Introduced as a 2015 model, the Colorado recorded its first full month of sales in October 2014. Since then, U.S. customers have bought more than 428,792 Colorados.
To celebrate, Chevrolet is expanding the Colorado range with two new special editions, the off-road Z71 Trail Runner and street-focused RST, that offer options to match customer interests on the trails and on the street. More…
I tried Haul Gauge a couple years ago and thought it was incredible technology to weigh your trailer with your trucks computer. Haul Gauge plugged into your trucks OBDII port and measured movements and displayed trailer weights on a dial. Now they’re gone further with more info and a phone app. They will be at SEMA this week in the Upper South Hall booth 38233. I’ll have the full review in November. More…
Overhauler Super Overhead Racks Coming to SEMA in Las Vegas Nevada October 30- November 2, 2018. Booth #36183 Upper South Hall. Website, phone 1-888-421-0770. You’ve never seen anything like this. A ladder rack, power hoist and a boat hauler. Overhauler started as a power boat loader. Great for moving engines and transmissions. Hydraulic cylinders tilt the rack and a winch will lift whatever you need into your truck. Side by Side model too. We all haul heavy tools in our truck beds. Save your back and keep working with this portable crane. More…
Reported from HardWorkingTrucks.com Graphene – a two-dimensional nanomaterial – is slated to into more than 10 under hood components of the company’s flagship pickup. Graphene is 200 times stronger than steel and one of the most conductive materials in the world. It is a great sound barrier and is extremely thin and flexible. Graphene, while not economically viable for all applications, will be used in small amounts in fuel rail covers, pump covers and front engine covers to maximize its strength benefits. It’s in cell phones and some sporting goods – and by year’s end it will be under the hood of Ford’s F-150. More….
New Silverado 2.7L Turbo: The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the technologically advanced 2.7L Turbo offers full-size truck customers a capable and efficient choice with an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg city/23 mpg highway in rear-wheel-drive models. To achieve both better performance and overall efficiency, engineers made smart choices with engine technologies, advanced manufacturing and the use of mixed materials. The base curb weight of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado with the 2.7L Turbo is 380 pounds less than the current Silverado with the 4.3L V-6, despite having more interior room and cargo space. More….
DEARBORN, Mich., – It’s almost here. As the 2019 Built Ford Tough Ranger nears production, Ford announces its all-new midsize pickup for North America will deliver best-in-class payload, gas torque and towing capability. “Think of Ranger as the biggest and most capable backpack for your gear,” says Rick Bolt, Ford Ranger chief engineer. “With 1,860 pounds of maximum payload, Ranger can haul nearly a ton of gear to enable your next adventure.” The 2019 Ford Ranger’s standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost® produces 270 horsepower and, more importantly, 310 lb.-ft. of torque. More….
The 2019 Ram 1500 Rebel 12 special edition offers unique technology never before available on Rebel, including Ram’s Uconnect 4C with 12-inch screen and navigation. The fourth-generation Uconnect system includes enhanced processing power, multi-touch gestures, vivid imagery, sharper graphics and the ability to support smartphone integrations. The class-exclusive, 12-inch reconfigurable touchscreen display offers split-screen capability and tailor-made graphics. Next generation in-car audio entertainment debuts with industry exclusive SiriusXM with 360L – on-demand content and a personalized listening experience……More…..
The upgraded 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor has picked up a new feature – Trail Control. It’s like cruise control for off-road driving.
This new innovation manages throttle and braking, allowing drivers to focus on steering through challenging off-road conditions. It makes taking Raptor through the rough stuff more fun than ever.
Trail Control can be activated at speeds from 1 mph up to 20 mph. More…
The Colorado ZR2 Bison joins Chevrolet’s midsize truck lineup as an all-new performance variant. Bison is Chevy’s first collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), a premium off-road aftermarket manufacturer.For maximum protection of key undercarriage elements while driving over rocky, jagged terrain, Bison features five skid plates covering the engine oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case and front and rear locking differentials. Designed by AEV, these skid plates are constructed of hard, durable hot-stamped Boron steel. More…
Rated at 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque, the new Ford F-150 Limited leads the competition, offering more power than any light-duty pickup on the road. F-150 Limited sports a new dual exhaust system with exhaust tips smoothly integrated into new rear bumper cutouts. More….
The new 2018 Ford F150 diesel – has some surprising rpm and tow/haul mode characteristics I haven’t seen in a diesel. In the Ford Super Duties with 6.7L diesel in tow/haul mode, braking or towing downhill will down shift the transmission to slow you down. The diesels will only downshift if there is enough RPM band left to not go over redline around 3500 RPM. GM Duramax diesel will defuel and go up to 4000 RPM’s with downshifting in tow/haul mode. Ford Super Duty and GM Heavy Duty diesels in the last couple of years will even continue to slow down after down shifting. More….
Ford is making its iconic F-150 Raptor – the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup – even better with upgraded technology including class-exclusive, electronically controlled FOX™ shocks, new Trail Control™ and all-new Recaro sport seats. The upgrades are focused on key components that have made F-150 Raptor the benchmark in off-road trucks for an even tougher, smarter, more capable trail runner. More…
A Silverado — and an Engine — for Every Need: The all-new 2019 Silverado 1500 offers six engine and transmission combinations, including an all-new 2.7L Turbo, and V-8 engines with industry-first Dynamic Fuel Management offering 17 different modes of cylinder deactivation. An all-new Duramax 3.0L Turbo Diesel with start/stop technology paired with a 10-speed transmission will be available as an option in early 2019…More….
Ford Is Testing the 2019 Ranger: From grueling lab tests to robotic testing too harsh for humans to endure, from jagged trails in the Australian Outback to the Arizona desert, Ford is torturing its 2019 Ranger to make sure the all-new truck is up to Built Ford Tough durability standards and ready for adventure. Ranger testing is based on the same proven standards of the legendary Ford F-150. Watch the video…
Tuson Trailer Tire Pressure and Heat Monitor: Trailer tires are the bane of my existence. In the last couple of years, I’ve had 5 trailer blowouts. And each time I had bent trailer fenders, broke clearance lights and demolished license plates along with expensive trailer tires. I found the solution, with tire pressure units inside the tires out of the way, just one repeater on the trailer to amplify the wireless signal to the truck and just a wireless receiver monitor in the truck cab. I can use itwith any truck or SUV, I trailer with. Just unplug the cord from the cigarette lighter and put it in the next truck. It’s very hard to find a tire pressure monitor system that goes above 80 psi. Tuson goes to 203 psi, And it also shows the internal tire heat. Just like racing at Indianapolis 500, you can know the tire temperature and pressure in real time. For the whole story click….
New from Gen-Y Hitch, Gooseneck Torsion Suspension Coupler 4 in. Round & Square. Now you can isolate your gooseneck trailer bounce from your trucks bounce. Improve your ride, with Rubber Torsion Hitches only 10% of the trailer inertia transfers compared to 100% using a hard connection hitch giving you the ultimate control. Greatly increased braking control since all the weight on the tow vehicle and trailer is distributed evenly giving you increased positive contact when breaking and maneuvering. Read More…
Andersen 3220-Andersen Aluminum Ultimate 5th Wheel Conversion Connection 2-gooseneck version and 3200-Steel Rail Version. Take the cluck out of your RV trailer hitch, get a smoother ride and a easier to clear out your bed when not trailering. .….More info and order.
Bought the truck from a divorce on Craigslist, thought $600 was a steal. But it did give me the chance to meet Ruben with Advanced Transmission & Auto Repair in Longmont Colorado for his OverKill automatic transmission rebuild which makes the factory tranny better behind my 318 gas engine than came behind a Cummins diesel in 1994. And the fun just starts, This is the truck that will challenge Big Green and Rusty Boy at www.TFLtruck.com More….
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…
Jack-E-Up: Stop bending your trailer jack. Protect your trucks tailgate, protect your SUV lift gate. Less jacking, less cranking, less work. Your trailer jack only has one use and then it’s in the way.
Powder coated, get your jack out of the way for climbing in the truck bed camper, tying down your bikes and ATV’s or cargo. Leave your truck tailgate down for cargo and still pull your trailer. It’s easy to bend a trailer jack in dips, pot holes and boat ramps. Read more……
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…
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….
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
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
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 https://www.transwest.com/frederick
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