Installed a Torklift Super Hitch/01 Ford F250Always wanted to be able to tow behind the camper but could never muster (spend) the required resources. Picked up a small boat that forced the issue.
I purchased Torklift Super Hitch due mostly to my experience with their camper mounts, was impressed with there quality and no skimp on the metal. Second was the inclusion of the side chains and hardware. Third the dual tube is rated for a bit more weight than the other brands I looked at. Overkill is a good thing. My stock rear camper mounts will need replacing no matter what and the super hitch is already drilled for mounts.
The install went pretty easy-did it myself with use of floor jack. Recommend 2 people-it would be just a lot easier. The only difficulty I had was removing stock hitch. Wow, my compressor and impact just wouldn't do it. Took truck to a local shop-(they've bigger guns) and they broke the bolts loose for me. Got home and I still struggled with removing factory bolts. Ford used some extremely strong & perfuse thread lock.
Kind a wished Torklift reused factory bolts and back up plates-I thought about it but would have meant redrilling holes- nah, but their huge bolts. There was a lot of mention of possible spare tire clearance/exhaust issues but on our 01 F250 diesel there were no problems.
After installing hitch I assembled and installed 28" extension. Looks good! But I don't think my camper hangs out that far???
Org too long 28"
Cut 22 1/2"
After getting receiver install finished I started looking at camper rear mounts. Ford factory receiver hitch the Torklift camper mounts slide into ends of cross tube. On Super hitch (& other after market) Torklift camper mounts bolt on to sides of end plates. I had planned on modifying my org mounts. Unfortunately Torklift doesn't make just new mounts to reuse old camper tubes for folks switching from a factory hitch and already have camper mounts, so I had to order complete rear mounts. Which is why I was going to modify. )
new r3500 camper mount
Other wise the hitch system is awesome!! My only dissatisfaction with this whole setup, having to reorder complete rear camper mounts-Ok enough of that- just note if your ordering camper mounts for factory hitch & thinking of upgrading to a better receiver hitch later, be aware it'll cost you that much more down the road...
Well went out after Christmas-boat in tow. Nice, its real nice having something you know is secure. The extended hitch takes some getting use to (dips are a pain and mine is short).
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