No...we don't mean that kind of hitched. We're talkin' trailer hitches. Now how many short track racers do you know who drive their racecars to the track? Yeah, we don't know any either. Being able to maneuver a 21-foot long, 10,000-plus pound race trailer with a shortbed truck can be challenging to say the least. Your hitch, how it is attached to your tow vehicle, and how it fits with your trailer are three critical items not to be overlooked. One way you can make your life a whole lot easier is to invest in an extended coupler.
Extended couplers replace the stock ones and provide extra length between your truck and the trailer. That added length decreases the turning radius and will enable you to maneuver in tight pit areas, parking lots, and your driveway.
PopUp Industries manufactures a number of different extended couplers. Their SB series (shown in white) adds a full 9-inch offset to the distance between truck and trailer which gives more trailer swing and a tighter turning radius. The unit can handle 24,000-pounds gross trailer weight and makes hook ups a piece of cake. In addition to the versions that offer the 9-inch offset, PopUp recently introduced a new model that gives you an additional 16-inches of clearance between the truck cab and the trailer nose, and between the truck tailgate and the trailer bulkhead. This new extended coupler, the SB116, gives you even more trailer swing and even more room for hook-up. To make your towing experience better yet, this extended coupler is fitted with a PopUp GN8 self-latching coupler. The GN8 latches when the trailer is lowered onto the ball, has a molded hitching guide to make coupling easier, and has a "V-19" rating of 28,000 pounds.
Regardless of the type of truck you've got, but especially if it's a shortbed, one of these couplers will give you a whole lot more turning ability which will make your towing life a whole lot easier.
PopUp also makes extended cushion couplers for gooseneck applications (shown in black and gray) which feature a cushioning system that absorbs up to 59 percent of the bumps, jolts, and jars that make towing hard on you and your truck. In addition, their new fifth-wheel extended king pin moves the king pin 10 inches forward and yields the same towing benefits as the SB series, tighter turning radius, more trailer swing, and easier towing.