Towing with a Lifted Truck
Lifted trucks are continually gaining popularity amongst drivers across the country. Whether you’re a frequent participant at truck shows or you’re an avid off-roader, having a lifted truck is an American tradition that has quickly spread across our nation.
With that in mind, however, truck drivers should still consider the practical needs of their vehicle. Stock trucks that come straight from the factory have been rigorously tested to ensure their towing capacities and vehicle handling for the specific reason of towing trailers.
Many truck owners that use their trucks on a daily basis for towing, don't see the reason to alter factory specifications by lifting their truck. Others agree that if it is done correctly, adding a lift to your truck can perform just as well.
At Bulletproof Hitches, a significant number of our customers own lifted trucks and we commonly hear the question, Is it safe to use a lifted truck for towing?
The answer is yes, if done correctly and you use the right equipment, it is safe to tow with a lifted truck and since most of our hitches are designed specifically to be used on lifted trucks, our customers rely on us to help them find the right set-up for their towing needs.
The primary purpose of our drop hitches are to get your ball mount down to the right tow height so your trailer is level. the best way to determine the correct drop size is by measuring your receiver height. Our BulletProof Hitch sizing guide has step-by-step instructions to help you find the hitch that will work best for your lifted truck.
Having a level trailer isn't the only thing to think about when towing with a lifted truck, there are a few other important factors to keep in mind before you start towing.
Lifting Your Truck can Change the Towing Capacity and Handling of Your Truck
In most cases, adding suspension lifts and large tires to your truck is going to negate the factory-ratings released by the manufacturer. Once you make modifications to your truck, it's hard to know exactly what your towing capacity is going to be.
In addition to your trucks towing capacity, adding a lift is going to alter the way the truck handles and affect the trucks alignment. These factors make a big difference when towing, which is why it is important to use high quality products when adding a lift, leveling kit, or air bags and use someone experienced in making these specific modifications.
When considering the towing capacity of your lifted truck, you should also keep in mind that many drop hitches might not have a weight rating that matches your truck.
Luckily for you though, we know of a hitch that does!
The BulletProof Hitch has a weight rating that goes all the way up to 36,000 lbs up to a 12" drop and 22,000 lbs on our largest drop hitches that are available up to a 16" drop. That rating exceeds the towing capacity of almost any large 3/4 ton truck and is more than enough for pretty much any towing application.
When you equip your lifted truck with a BulletProof hitch, you’ll be able to level out your trailer and support the maximum towing capacity that your truck is capable of towing.
Make Sure Your Tires Are in Good Condition
Since the suspension lifts on your truck are already putting additional pressure on your towing system, the last thing you want is more problems because of poor tires. In any towing situation, having tires in good-condition is essential. This fact is even more important when your dealing with a lifted truck.
Learn More About the Best Ways to Tow with a Lifted Truck
When you have a lifted truck, there’s no rule that says towing is out of the question. The most important thing to consider is the type of equipment you’re choosing to make the process possible.
That’s where the Bulletproof Hitch comes in!
If you’d like to find out more about which hitch is right for your truck, contact our expert customer service team at 941-251-8110. They can assist you in choosing the best hitch for your towing needs.