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Old 10-02-2005, 12:19 PM   #1
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I was fueling up today (with the armed guard nearby) and a Chevy with a big Lance rolled in. He was towing a 14 ft. enclosed trailer. I looked under the camper at the extension. He had a set of chains going from the truck to the end of the hitch. At the hitch he had a set of turnbuckles to tension the chains. Is this normal or a personal preference?
Would the turnbuckles reduce noise? sway? side-to-side movement?
Anyone run an four foot extension with turnbuckles?
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Old 10-02-2005, 12:19 PM   #2
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I was fueling up today (with the armed guard nearby) and a Chevy with a big Lance rolled in. He was towing a 14 ft. enclosed trailer. I looked under the camper at the extension. He had a set of chains going from the truck to the end of the hitch. At the hitch he had a set of turnbuckles to tension the chains. Is this normal or a personal preference?
Would the turnbuckles reduce noise? sway? side-to-side movement?
Anyone run an four foot extension with turnbuckles?
Chet
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I have a similar set up. It reduces side to side movement.
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Old 10-02-2005, 06:06 PM   #4
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I imagine what you saw was a Torklift Superhitch.

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I'm looking for one to fit my '04 F350 if anyone out there is selling one.
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Old 10-03-2005, 09:23 AM   #6
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I've been using the Torklift setup since 2001. I love it. There's nothing better. No way can that silly Reese extension handle as much weight as this thing.

My extension is 48" long and works great. I tow a small 2-place enclosed snowmobile trailer with it w/o weight distribution and it works like a charm. I've also towed a 24' enclosed car trailer with it (using a weight dist hitch) and it also worked very well.

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Old 10-04-2005, 04:31 PM   #7
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Rob, I have seen that monster extension that Torklift has. Really a great piece of engineering. But I couldn't go the bucks.
So, I got a Reese unit. I respect Reese, saying that,they would not over sell that extension and how much it will carry. I have used Reese products for a long time and I have never had a unit fail to carry what it said it would.
I think that the chains are a good idea. It will keep the noise down and steady that long beam sticking out there.
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Old 10-04-2005, 05:39 PM   #8
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chet tell me what you think about this....1995 dodge2500 ext cab long bed 4x4 dsl air bags 2600lbs 9ft northstar pu camper and pulinga 2006 cougar tt with a eq hitch and a 12inch ext togue weight 650 lbs camper weight of 8ooolbs...read a lot and they say it easy...auto trans at 55 to 60 mph..what do you think..tks jim
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I installed chains on my Titan V extension.
Works well to keep the side to side stresses in check.
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Old 10-05-2005, 03:45 PM   #10
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James, I am thinking that you will never see Zion or Bryce Canyon with that load! All over Utah we often go from 3000 feet to 10000 feet in about 20 miles!
That is quite a lot of stuff to make that truck work. I would have all the gauges, trans cooler, etc. I would also change fluids a lot.
It just "seems" like a lot.
Have you been to a scale yet? If not "get 'er done!". Then you will know exactly where you are as far as weights.
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thanks chet...i think i'll make two trips to az rather then take a chance.....thanks again jim
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James:

I think you'll be fine in Utah. A bit slow maybe, but fine. Just lock out OD (use 3rd) and you should be just fine. Using 4th will be the death knell for your transmission though; it wasn't designed to pull those loads on anything but level ground, and even then that's a stretch.

Also check your rear tire pressures and be sure to keep 'em maxed at the max psi rating on the tires. But like CyberVet said, get it on a scale and see what your rear axle weight is... if it's over your rear tire rating, then I wouldn't try it.

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