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Posted: 12/11/20 02:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hello, I'll be replacing the hitch on my 2005 F350, I'm planning to get a Class V hitch for pulling my horse trailer. Looking for advice on what to look for and where to find a hitch that also includes the side arms I'll need to use for attaching the chain tie-downs for the rear of my camper - I'm not sure what those pieces are called. Can I buy a hitch that includes those pieces or are they separate items? My truck is a long bed.

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Google Torklift Super Hitch, Magnum Hitch.

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Posted: 12/11/20 04:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You plan to tow 16000 to 17000 pounds? That puts your hitch weight at about 2300 pounds. Should be ok.


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Posted: 12/11/20 05:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here is what my Superhitch looks like...
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Now that’s a truck rear end!

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You hitch solution has a lot to do with your camper length. For the very long campers, it seems like Torklift has no equal. Longer extensions typically come with everything you need.

I have a 9 1/2 camper so I barely need an extension for my 2 1/2 hitch, and no extra chains are required in my case.


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There is no way on earth that I would trust the life of my horses on any hitch and hitch extension system other than Torklift. I have used this system safely for over ten years traveling all over the country showing horses Super hitch, super truss and a weight distributing hitch at the ball.

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I wonder if you can buy new 3" hitch from Ford that would fit your older model?
I love the 3", where 4 ft stinger cost me $40 and per my rough calculation is stronger than Torklift stingers.
Used it also to convert my truck to portable crane with my engine hoist.
I posted a picture before -showing that Ford's heavy hitches have brackets reaching rear springs mounts, not just attached to the rear of the frame.





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Sadly, you need the Superhitch as pictured in that GIANT large wide photo above. There really is no alternative.
The Superhitch uses two square tubes instead of one as in a typical receiver. This is critical for towing your heavy trailer.

I used a long extension on my 2 inch class V but was towing a lighter trailer. It worked but I was never fully confident in it. Wen u extend the hitch like that there is a lot more torque pushing on the extension.

The tie-downs for your camper are a secondary concern. Lots of ways to make that happen. Get the right hitch, the Superhitch, then figure out the rest. You can bolt on the Torklifts, or weld them, or maybe the Superhitch has a solution for you...

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Comparing Torklift mount and Ford's mount - Ford is using double side plates for heavy hitch, Torklift single plate.

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