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Everything You Need to Tow Safely

Posted in Product Reviews on June 3, 2015
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Heavy-duty trucks have come a long way in the last decade, with horsepower and tow ratings increasing every year. Just because your new truck is rated to tow 28,000 pounds though doesn’t mean that you have everything necessary to get the job done. And if you have an older truck that didn’t come from the factory with a brake controller or backup camera, you still have the option of adding those components, and more, via the aftermarket. We rounded up some of the best towing products on the market so that you can go a long way too, just like those fancy new trucks.

Mac’s Ultra Pack
The Ultra Pack features separate axle straps and ratchet straps in your choice of black, blue, red, or yellow. The pack comes in 6- and 8-foot options and can be ordered with a twisted snap hook, a direct hook ratchet, or a chain extension to meet whatever the situation requires. Mac’s straps have more than twice the number of stitches than most competitors’ straps, giving it a 10,000-pound capacity rating.
Information: Mac’s Tie Downs
800.666.1586, macstiedowns.com.

CURT TriFlex Brake Control
The TriFlex is so named for the triple-axis (X, Y, Z axes) accelerometer to sense the inertia of your vehicle, allowing it to apply the perfect amount of brake power for safe, efficient stops. The TriFlex proportional brake controller features a digital display and automatic leveling and calibration, and it can be used with up to four axles.
Information: CURT Mfg.
800.738.7213, curtmfg.com.

Husky Center Line TS
The TS hitch from Husky has weight distribution with built-in sway control, is easy to install, and even comes with hitch ball already installed. This system employs a combination of steel types, trunion bolts, head plate design, and clamping forces to produce over 1,800 pounds of very quiet sway resistance. A smooth ride is achieved through precisely engineered tapered spring bars.
Information: Husky Towing Products
877.544.4449, huskytow.com.

Transfer Flow Replacement Fuel Tank
Mileage drops when you are towing a heavy load, so extra fuel capacity can make the difference between getting to your destination or sitting on the side of the road. Transfer Flow makes replacement and auxiliary fuel tanks from 12 and 14-gauge aluminized steel for superior corrosion resistance and strength, are baffled for extra support and to reduce fuel slosh, and come with new straps and mounting hardware. Applications are available for most diesel and gasoline-powered fullsize pickups. Information: Transfer Flow, 530.893.5209, transferflow.com.

Reese Drop-in Hitch
This new fifth wheel hitch fits Ram 2500 HD and 3500 HD trucks with the OE tow package (factory-installed OE rail system). Rated for 20,000 pounds of capacity with a 5,000-pound pin weight capacity and featuring the Reese Elite Series fifth wheel head, this new hitch has a black powdercoat finish, is SAE J2638 Compliant, and has a limited lifetime warranty.
Information: Reese
800.632.3290, reeseprod.com.

WesBar Auxiliary LED Work Light
Wesbar helps light up your workspace with auxiliary LED work lights. Available in round or rectangular, the lights have a 12-volt power adapter or can be hardwired directly to your vehicle. The portable lights come with a 19-foot extended coiled cord and a magnetic base with protective film that secures the light firmly so that it can withstand high vibration.
Information: Wesbar
800.632,3290, wesbar.com.

CURT Cargo Straps
CURT offers both cambuckle and ratchet cargo straps. The company’s cambuckle cargo straps have a work load of 300 pounds with a break strength of 900 pounds, are equipped with S-hooks, and are available in 15- or 16-foot lengths. The ratchet cargo straps are designed for even heavier loads, having capacities from 500 to 3,333 pounds and break strengths of 1,500 to 10,000 pounds. They are available with S-hooks, J-hooks, or flat hooks.
Information: CURT Mfg.
800.738.7213, curtmfg.com.

Hidden Hitch Class III/IV Multi-Fit
Utilizing solid all-welded construction, these Class III/IV Multi-Fit hitches by Hidden Hitch ensure a perfect fit. They offer top towing performance ,which allows the tow vehicle to withstand road abuse within specified capacities. Rated up to 6,000 pounds GTW weight carrying and 10,000 pounds GTW weight distribution, this receiver features an A-coat base with a black powdercoat finish and a lifetime limited warranty.
Information: Hidden Hitch
800.632.3290, hiddenhitch.com.

Tekonsha Prodigy P2 Brake Controller
This brake controller works with electric over hydraulic brake systems and is designed with reverse battery protection for both vehicle and breakaway. Numerous mounting options, digital display, self-adjusting, quick disconnect, and continual diagnostic checks are just some of the useful features found on the Tekonsha Prodigy P2. The innovative Boost feature allows users to apply more initial trailer braking power when towing heavier trailers.
Information: Tekonsha
800.632.3290, tekonsha.com.

Husky Folding Tow Bar
Flat towing is a great option if you don’t have a trailer. This folding tow bar from Husky is lightweight and easy to install and features a 5,000-pound capacity and adjustable arms. It easily connects and disconnects from the bumper mounting brackets by two pull pins and folds for compact storage. The quick-latch coupler fits 2-inch trailer balls. Information: Husky Towing Products, 877.544.4449, huskytow.com.

Pro Series Adjustable Ball Mounts
Pro Series adjustable ball mounts are available in dual, tri-ball, and pintle configurations to cover all of your bases. Each fits a 2-inch receiver and is rated up to 14,000 pounds GTW, with an adjustable height up to 101⁄2 inches. Dual (2 and 25⁄16 inches), tri-ball (17⁄8, 2, and 25⁄16 inches), and pintle mount options all feature an adjustable cast shank and knurled bolt pin(s) with a secure lanyard.
Information: Pro Series
800.632.3290, proseriestowing.com.

Husky Ascend Brake Controller
The Husky Ascend brake control features three separate components so you can mount them where they work best for you. The display can be mounted on the A-pillar, dash, or rearview mirror. The manual control can be placed within easy reach. The brain mounts out of sight. All three components plug in together for the ultimate in flexibility and safety. Advanced proportional technology can control up to eight brakes and mirrors the braking of the tow vehicle.
Information: Husky Towing Products
877.544.4449, huskytow.com.

Draw-Tite Pro Series Pintle Combo
This pintle hitch from Draw-Tite is a great choice for towing off-road. It comes with a pintle hook with a 25⁄16-inch ball hook rated at 16,000 pounds, a ball rating of 14,000 pounds, and a 3,000-pound maximum vertical load. Black powdercoat, Grade 8 hardware, and a limited lifetime warranty complete the package.
Information: Draw-Tite
800.632.3290, draw-tite.com.

Husky Brute Power Jack 4500
The rugged Husky Brute 4500 Power Jack lifts up to 4,500 pounds with gear reduction for fast travel speeds. The jack includes a 6-inch adjustable dropdown leg. The 21⁄4-inch main tube fits most A-frame couplers. Features include a ball screw design for smoother operation and longer motor life, SmartStop technology that controls the jack’s range, and three LED lights to illuminate the hitch area.
Information: Husky Towing Products
877.544.4449, huskytow.com.

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