Heavy Duty Haulin’: Outfitting Your Rig

Whether you haul for a living or you’re the go-to guy in the neighbourhood when a big job beckons, you’re going to want to make sure your rig is up to the task. If towing is your bread and butter, owning one of America’s masters of torque like the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Duramax or the 2006 Dodge Ram SRT10 is a good place to start; after all, serious towing needs serious power. To truly reach your hauling potential you’re going to need to take it to the next level with these must have accessories.

The Hitch

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Let’s face, when it comes to hauling loads, you’re not going anywhere without a decent hitch regardless of how much power is under the hood. When dealing with excessive weight and a great deal of horsepower, you’re going to need a hitch that won’t buckle under pressure. Mounted securely in the bed of your truck, the Reese Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch is capable of accommodating a Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) of 16,000 lbs.  and a pin weight of 4,000 lbs. Using a pivot motion to simplify hookups on uneven terrain and a multiple jaw locking system, you can rest assured that it won’t let go until the job is done.

As if the above features weren’t impressive enough, the Reese Fifth Wheel Trailer Hitch is incredibly easy to install. To see just how easy, check out the video below.

 

The Performance Tuner

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Performance tuners like Bully Dog’s Triple Dog GT Diesel Gauge Tuner not only improves the utility of your vehicle by increasing horsepower and fuel efficiency, they also perform important diagnostic and monitoring functions. Any decent tuner will monitor several different temperature points in your engine, keeping an eye on vital components. It’s programability is also a bonus; the settings required to maximize hauling capabilities will differ from those used when you’re just cruising around town.

The Upgraded Exhaust System

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Hauling heavy loads generates a substantial amount of heat in your engine. While that heat can be used to spin turbos, there is still a significant amount of heat that needs to be expelled, and aftermarket exhaust systems are well suited to this task. Some aftermarket exhaust system tubing can exceed five inches in diameter, a feature which significantly increases the volume of gas that is jettisoned, allowing the combustion process to continue unfettered.

Yes, your truck has an exhaust system that will expel unwanted gases – however – the primary concern of automakers is to keep costs down, and not necessarily maximizing the power output of your truck. Aftermarket products are mandrel bent for smooth curves that won’t restrict airflow. Replacing your original exhaust system with a performance system is definitely the way to go if towing is your bag.

Strapping it Down

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Like many endeavours, success or failure can depend on the tiniest of details. You can go all out and get a great exhaust system, performance tuner, or hitch and none of it will mean anything if what your hauling comes crashing down on the road behind you because it’s not strapped down securely with the right set of straps. Forget for a second that this scenario could land you in some hot water financially –  you owe it to yourself and to the other drivers on the road to make your rig as safe as possible.

It’s a wise investment to purchase new straps of varying lengths. Obviously, straps will secure the load and prevent any shifting, even when driving conditions aren’t optimal. They are built tough and built to last. That being said, they won’t last forever; if you can’t remember the last time you replaced them or if they are looking a little worse for wear, it may be time to renew your investment.

 


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