head quarters in Chanute Kansas this
spring. Kansas, like Iowa is know for making farm
machinery. PopUp Industries is in the part of Kansas,
where generations of welders understand quality metal
working, like the Amish bring quality to RV
manufacturing. What better place to make hitches for
American trucks and trailers. I first heard of PopUp
because of their SB1 shortbed coupler (picture above).
With shortbed trucks, now the most popular
configuration, I hear from folks every week emailing me
that they just crunched the cab...More...
far from the City … And everyone else. By: Hosspuller Once
upon a time, horse camping meant a canvas tent to keep
from getting wet and a saddle for a pillow. Today, horse
camping means a horse trailer rig with all the features
of … home. Electricity makes a person comfortable, at
home and at camp. The opposite is also true; electricity
can make a person dead, at home and at camp. This
article is about your camping rig operating on 120 volt
AC current and a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI
Enjoy the Read....
Infintiti QX56 is a fun ride that works well towing
trailers. With a 8500 lb. trailer capacity, the Q56 can
tow a 3 horse trailer under control. Rear automatic air
leveling ride kept the trailers I towed, level. Even the
automatic high intensity discharge xenon headlights, are
auto leveling. A class 4 receiver hitch, 400 hp V-8, 413
torque going through a 7-speed automatic is made for
The Trailer Handbook;
I've added this book review
because how hard it is to find a good trailer book. It's
important to have the facts on trailers even if you grew
up towing. I think I own all the trailer books written
the last two decades, which isn't very many. This book
"The Trailer Handbook" written by Clint Lancaster &
Richard Klein, is different as the authors don't own a
trailer factory or dealership.
They both work with and for the
NATM (National Association of Trailer Manufactures)
which is the publisher. Trailers can get technical, so
the specs and glossary are worth price tag.
Ram 1500 Big Changes,
now we'll see what Fiat's management improvements to the
Ram will be– improved fuel economy fuel-saving systems
including first-in-segment technologies: eight-speed
automatic transmission, stop-start system, thermal
management system, pulse....
Hemi with air ride and 8 speed
world is a better place because Henry Ford
decided to quit working for Thomas Edison and
struck out on his own to invent the first assembly line. Cimarron
Trailers carries on
the American tradition of starting their own company to
prove they can build a better custom progressive horse
your Living Quarters gooseneck investment in your horse
trailer. Cody Cushion from Cody Hitch has one air bag,
and a double hinge. Up, down and for, aft to protect your Living
Quarters gooseneck investment in your horse trailer.
Cody Cushion from Cody Hitch has one air bag, and a
double hinge. Up, down and front to back cushion. They
will adapt to Cody Hitch, B&W and Popup truck bed
hitches. With today's Living Quarter horse trailers, you
need protection for the fine cabinets and mirrors.
Order now for $499
You're going to
love this newly redesigned
smoother acting and trouble free. They've made the best
hitch even better. One pull of the handle to raise the
ball is all it will take to convince you that this is
the hitch you want. Simply pull the rod to raise the
ball and push to lower it from your trucks wheelwell.
5th-Wheel to Gooseneck Adapter
Do you have too many hitches for all of your different
trailers? There’s bumper pull, gooseneck, fifth wheel,
you name it there’s just too many combinations out there
sometimes. Pop up industries helps out here by offering
their fifth wheel to gooseneck adapters. This handy
little product allows you to tow your fifth wheel camper
using the gooseneck hitch you already..
Cimarron and Logan Coach
Air/Torsion Axle with 8 inches of wheel travel,
inches of drop for lowering the trailer to load. It's a
soft ride that will keep your horses fresh when you
arrive at your next event.
The price will surprise you.
Behind the Scenes of MrTruck's
segments for Equestrian Nation on RFD TV
you go to the National Western Stock show this month,
you'll see a horse trailer on it's side. Not something
you see every day. Makes it easy to see how the floor
and roof are made. The Cimarron horse trailer is in
Transwest Truck Trailer RV's booth. That thinking
outside the box is why I go to Transwest to shoot video
for my segments. I've been in many trailer dealerships
and factories around the country and haven't seen a shop
equipped like Transwest.
Gooseneck ball hitches,
short bed hitches, 5th wheel conversions, the list goes
from each event, pictures & commentary,
Horse Expo Tour."
With the latest
trailer safety and technology accessories on exhibit on
tour, come by and watch demonstrations
We'll be displaying
some helpful technology for safe towing. Stop by, see
our display and ask questions.
for the "Tour" schedule,
when we'll be in your state.
Rollin’ … Keep that Trailer Rolling…’
Stephen Louie “Hosspuller”
One of the worst things to happen
with a horse trailer is a mechanical break down on the
road. If you have never been there, thank your lucky
stars. There are... reasons
Read it now....
on Extreme Grades; Up
and down steep grades are stressful on brakes,
transmissions and nerves. All new diesel pickup trucks
have grade shifting automatic transmissions and exhaust
brakes. Grade shifting transmissions while in “tow haul”
mode will automatically downshift if you are going down
hill, when you apply the trucks brakes. The goal is to
save your truck and trailer brakes. Diesels with exhaust
They are bold and sexy!
I consider them
the best built mudflaps I've found. The new model has a
polished aluminum yoke, and heavy wall aluminum tubing.
Still adjustable in, out and up, down. Which is so good
for my truck reviews which range from a tall H2 to a
Nissan Frontier. And I review new trailers too, any
mudflaps can protect your trailers from mud, that's a
slow speed problem. But the damage comes from....
New Truck Repair
Technology comes to Horse Trailers
you follow my articles, you know how big a fan of new
technology I am. At the new Transwest Truck Trailer RV
facility, is an awesome machine called a Road Simulator.
Looks kind of like a dyno, but does use rollers to test
brakes rolling resistance and balance. Transwest uses it
to test all their new horse trailers so they are ready
for your roads. It can find just a torn axle seal
leaking on the brakes. It would surprise you how many
"new axles" on new trailers are over greased, limiting
your trailer brakes ability. With the kind of traffic we
pull trailers in, testing brakes becomes routine. And
worn suspension maybe be causing your rig to ....More....
there's help for the short-short beds. New from PopUp,
the SB116. The
long short bed solution. It's "16" inches of extension.
Before you loose your pickup trucks rear window or
worse, check out the solution. Shortbed trucks are the
most popular. But the trailer manufactures don't know it
yet. Finally backup with the tailgate down and without
hitting the propane tanks.
SURV, a heavy duty trailer for your Toys. We camp at
Tiger Run in Breckenridge and Circus Circus Koa in
Vegas. We installed Power Vision mirrors, Hell-Ya
Hitch Helper, Valley Odyssey brake controller and Truck
Bedz. Featherlite built an "off-road" toy hauler that's
made like a tank, so you can get to the prime remote
locations for 4-wheeling or 2-wheeling or just a HQ for
and Trailer Security takes Action
is such a personal event. We buy things enjoy them and
someone takes them away. I stay at allot of motels
around the country and am relieved when I leave in the
morning and my trailers are still connected to my truck.
Just added several more products to my trailers to make
me less nervous in Vegas parking lots, the only place
theft has visited me successfully.
Safety brochure from
Click here to order yours.
Popup GN5, now you can tow you gooseneck with your
Semi-truck. Slide out your old coupler and slide in the
GN5 and tow with your 5th-wheel.
2004 Dodge Cummins HO
Budget Hop Up by Gary Scott
I got my first diesel in
the fall of 2003. I was nearing retirement age and my wife and I
decided that a pickup and travel trailer would be he best
combination for us as I wanted to keep the pickup bed open to
haul my dirt bikes and mountain bike. We were really looking for
a low mileage used diesel because I'm a Scotsman and try to save
where I can. You'll see examples of my frugality as you read on.
Trailer, Accessory, Reviews & New Products.
Buying a Truck That Will Tow Right for You!
Towing Accessories Reviewed Below
Good, the Bad,
most of you can't test drive vehicles for very long, nor do they
let you pull trailers with them.
That's why we review
trucks and SUV's longer and try to pull trailers
with all of them to
find their strengths and weaknesses. We test trucks & SUV's that
are large enough to tow at least 5000#'s.
Wisdom: "If it ain't broke keep it away from your
Towing Reviews &
Matching Trucks &
review 4 Jeeps; Grand Cherokee, Wrangler and Liberty. As
fun as a Billy Jack movie from the 70's. Jeeps ride better,
quiet cabs and better mpg. I towed trailers, climbed hills
and road trip to Texas. Enjoy
PickupTrucks.com King of Beasts shootout trailer segment, with Load
Trail and Trailer Flex
Land Rover, fun to drive. Great Colorado SUV. Didn't come with
a trailer hitch so I couldn't take the horses to the Rockies. But I did
find some sand, rocks and logs to climb. Took pictures of Aspens turning
last fall between Bailey and George Town. It's luxury, and everyone
knows it, a long way from the Land Rovers we saw in African safari
movies. You feel a little richer by driving it, though the LR4 model
looks like the more expensive Range Rover's, it's a descendent of...... Read
Trailers Ruff Neck Flatbeds make the grade; I’ve used flatbed
trailers more that any other type of trailer. Hauled hay, wool,
tractors, buildings etc. When I was in the custom haying
business, I’d put a tractor with loader hooked to a big round
baler on my flatbed and put up hay all over. The Rough Neck’s we
used in our “2011 Heavy-Duty Hurt Locker Shootout…
Read the review…..
appreciate good tools that last.
Cowboy Creations tailgate
is heavy duty. My factory tailgate has the smile in it from the
last big round bale I unloaded from my truck.
makes a small 1AA LED flashlight that will run 30 hours between
batteries. It's bright focused beam has one of the sharpest
when you're serious about Protecting your Gooseneck Trailer and
Protect your trailer as well as your
expensive saddles, bridles, tools and flat screen TV.
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...
ABS brakes for trailers !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.
this detailed report about the difference ABS trailer brakes can
Heavy Duty Shootout Comparison
It's time again
for our truck shootout. Every couple of years, we have enough
all new trucks in a category to compare. Of course it's with
trailers, towing up 16 % grades, drag racing, testing brakes,
exhaust brakes, grade shifting and fuel mileage. With graphs,
charts and butt dyno. Score a truck to tow your trailer, here is
The whole story....
ShootOut 2008 for
2009 1/2 ton
trucks: At PickupTrucks.com and MrTruck.com,
You want all the truck details so that you can
make the best decision possible. That’s why we
created Light-Duty and Heavy-Duty Shootouts that
put these ever-changing trucks to the ultimate
New features with
they've always come with dummy plugs to keep the connector ends
clean and give you somewhere to store your trailer plug. Well
now the female end comes with a self-closing door instead of a
dummy plug and the storage end for the male plug has a
self-closing door. The truck end (female plug) door has an over
size O-ring to keep the connector pins clean. It also has metal
embedded in the door for the earth magnet to draw the......
Joe Jamieson thinks towing is an
evolutionary process, should improve issues of safety and ease
of use. Now with thousands of miles towing with the Automated
Safety Hitch, I understand it's importance and fun. I can take
my rig, which at times is 72 ft. long, weave in and out of hotel
parking lots, gas stations and switchback mountain roads. The
steer axle makes it quadra-steer.
It looks complicated until you understand
it. The four features that standout the most using this new
trailer technology is, improved braking, lane to lane direction
changes staying in your lane (turning corners,) stability and
jackknifing with purpose. The connection to your vehicle can
articulate vertically for uneven ground, railroad crossings
providing an independent suspension. But horizontal movement is
solid giving you the safety and stability of a 9 ft. longer
rest of the review...
New Logan Coach; an
efficient leaner Logan sticks to what they do best, galvanized
steel frames, aluminum skin and good looking value. Call it the
resale value trailer. Bottom line, "beauty of aluminum
and strength of steel." One of the few composite
trailer brands that can go head to head with high end aluminum
trailers for longevity.
improving and keeping it's roots with galvanized Flo-Coat steel
frame coated with Vortex. See the "Whiz Proof" floor.
2011 Heavy Duty
GM's, More Power, More Frame and More Suspension:
For 2011 GM went massive truck
improvement, as in frame, suspension, payload, brakes and towing
ability puts Chevy and GMC HD trucks at the top of their
segment. It's improvements we all want and of course the power
and fuel mileage have also improved. The new suspension keeps
the power under control and tires planted on the pavement.
Read MrTruck review....
Read GM Press Release ....
Premium Trailer Review, 10 Years to the Top
Even in the
current recession, Cimarron Trailers is improving, expanding and
zeroing in on efficiency. The factory is staying the same size,
but putting out 25% more trailers. There is a handful of
aluminum trailer manufactures at the top in premium trailers.
None surpasses Cimarron current models. The top trailers need
smart engineering, custom doors and windows, top components,
strong beautiful welds etc. The result is quality uniformity on
all trailers from roof to axles. Where else would you build
horse trailers, but the heart of
Electronic Technology for Safer, Easier Connection.
a magnetic connection, powerful magnets. Just get the male end
near the female plug and "pop" it sucks together. A tab slot
align the socket and plug to match the right connections. The
male end has two silicone o-rings, the cables have sealant
injected inside, all to make the system water proof. If you can
keep the water out, you can keep the mud and all the corrosive
chemicals used to dissolve ice on the highway out. Spent my
share of nights with a flashlight in my mouth in the rain as I
work on trailer lights.
See the review....
CNG, is it the Answer for the
veggie oil, bio-diesel, power programmers and hydrogen water
separators. And hear the gospel of CNG/diesel. The beauty of
this system is if I can't find a Compressed Natural Gas fill up
station, I just run on diesel. We've now had time to run several
tanks through our test truck in a loop using both CNG and diesel
together at 2 to 1. We reduced our fuel cost per mile 23% to 27%
with Colorado prices. Almost double that with Utah prices,Read
the rest as one of the most important reviews this year...
Cimarron Custom Horse Trailers, New
Thinking, Strength & Beauty!
custom horse trailers. With 250 options making 56 models, it's
easy to have it your way. Why not, Cimarron trailers will out
last your trucks.
Dodge Ram Heavy Duty, 2500-5500
Now a full size Crew
Cab and an eight ft. bed.2010
Dodge Ram 3500 Mega Cab still only in a short bed (6' 4"), new
sexy more aerodynamic
all metal now. Styling cues inside and out are from the 2009 Ram
1500 for a quieter, tighter cab.
Urea (diesel exhaust fluid) like Ford and GM diesels for 2010
new emission laws. Dodge will be the only truck
offering a manual and automatic transmission.
Trailer Standards; finally
some rules for matching your truck and trailer. Mike
Levine of PickupTruck.com reports on the upcoming
Society of Automotive Engineers standard with collaboration from
truck, trailer and hitch manufactures.
Maintenance and Pulse Technology Conditioning with Solar can
Double your Battery Life.
keep us rolling and give us conveniences in our trucks and
trailers. But if you don’t maintain them, you’ll be stranded and
surprised. I run a lot of toys from my eight 12 volt outlets in
my truck, from my cooler to my motion detector in the trailer.
use two 12 volt batteries for extra power to start a diesel
engine. This also gives you reserve power going down the road.
Living Quarter horse trailers usually have two...more...
airless bag to prevent your sag and improve your ride!
For trucks with campers, trailers, commercial
bodies and all other loads..
world’s first and only “airless airbag” suspension system for
trucks and vans)are
manufactured from an advanced high grade, closed cell
polyurethane foam; ideal for the tough truck underbody
environment. The product underwent testing in extreme conditions
ranging from blistering US desert summer days to the frigid
Canadian winter nights. Combining heavy loads with extreme
terrain and temperature conditions over eighteen months of
testing ensures their performance in any similar conditions our
customers might encounter.
Horse Trailers, More than 50 years
Transportation Experience and a Warranty that Tops the Industry.
the Heavy Duty solid horse trailer, a 50 year old plus company
with design, style and structural integrity. I revisited the
Horsepitality Company in..
Read the review...
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