Getting Hooked Up

DT Roundup—Towing Stuff

April 2019 Round Up, News

When it comes time to work, you want your truck to connect with your trailer in a quick, easy way. The most common type of trailer hitch is the receiver hitch or bumper hitch. A receiver hitch is designed to mount onto the tow vehicle's frame and provide a receptacle or tube opening to accept the shank of a ball mount or other insert.

Here’s a quick look at some of the products that may make your towing experience more pleasant.

Bolt Locks

Bolt Locks’ patented technology offers the convenience of one key, the vehicle ignition key, to operate a wide variety of locks no matter how many locks are in use. The first time the key is inserted into the BOLT lock cylinder, spring-loaded tumblers move, immediately coding the cylinder to that unique key.

The product line includes receiver and coupler pin locks, padlocks, cable locks, king pin locks for fifth wheel trailers as well as a robust off-vehicle coupler lock to secure a trailer when not attached to a tow vehicle.

Website: www.boltlock.com.

Tow Dawg

With a hand-sewn polyester strap and a steal hook, Tow Dawg is always ready for work. Whether you're going into the backcountry or daily driving, Tow Dawg should always be in your rig ready to go.

Its unique steel hook design allows you to easily place over the tow ball of your hitch and rest securely without slipping off. Tow Dawg straps come built in either 2-ply or 4-ply polyester straps at standard lengths of 20 feet ($49.99) and 40 feet ($59.99) long and up to 61,000 pounds breaking strength (20,666 pounds working load/horizontal pull).

Website: www.TowDawgUSA.com.

FastWay Flash E Series

The FastWay Flash E series aluminum ball mount tow hitch features a six-inch drop for adjustability and a two-size ball holder that allows you to keep the most common two trailer balls with the receiver. This way you always have the correct ball size and can adjust your receiver to the proper height for your trailer.

The chrome finish is attractive and doesn’t look cluttered like so many other receivers. It has a 1,000-pound tongue capacity. The Flash E series also can be purchased with a dual lock pack that ensures your receiver stays connected to your truck at all times. The key lock is easy to use. It’s not spring-loaded. You can turn the lock and it will release from the pin. When you put it back on, you turn the lock to secure it to the pin.

Price: $199.95 (Dual Lock Pack retails for $39.95). Website: www.fastwaytrailer.com.

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