Towing Accessories

Full selection of towing equipment and accessories including: truck ramps, hitches, receivers, roof top racks & cargo carriers, hitch balls and mounts, brake controllers, under bed towing systems, gooseneck hitches, weight distribution systems.
  • 5th Wheel Hitches – Which One’s Right for You?

    What can we say about fifth wheel hitches? You either need one or you don’t. If you don’t - it’s ok, keep working hard and you will get there… someday. If you do, there are some things to keep in mind.

    First, and foremost, SAFETY! Your truck and your trailer are some of the most expensive items you will ever own, and they pale in comparison to you and your family’s well-being. So, with that being said, let’s get to it:

    5th wheel hitch It's important to determine the appropriate 5th wheel hitch for your needs.

    Determine the Trailer’s GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight)

    On most trailers, this is easily found on the VIN sticker located somewhere on the trailer itself. Keep in mind that this is the unloaded weight, so watch what you are loading.

    Determine Your Truck’s Towing Capacity

    Again, simple. In your owner’s manual, or on the driver’s side door tag.

    If the trailer is heavier than the truck’s capacity, don’t chance it. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do in this case except get a bigger truck. Bummer…

    5th wheel hitch Depending on your hauling needs, there are a variety of 5th wheel hitches available.

    Pick the Right Hitch

    Bigger is not always better. It is not a good idea to put a hitch on your truck that exceeds your truck’s towing capabilities. You will likely overspend for benefits you can’t use.

    The sliding bar jaw style hitch is perfect for towing less than 20,000 lbs. Once the trailer is on the hitch, the bar the handle is attached to slides inward to create a physical barrier keeping the king pin from sliding back out. These hitches have a little more play in them, and that does cause some noise. These hitches are typically used on smaller trucks, so you may want to look at a slider type, as this lets the trailer move slightly during cornering. This may help save your cab from getting hit by the trailer.

    The double jaw style hitch offers a quality connection. A double jaw functions by surrounding the king pin as it enters the fifth wheel. As the kingpin of the trailer slides in and hits the rear of the jaw, the jaws snap closed and locks securely. These are found mostly on hitches in the 20,000 – 24,000 lbs. range.

    The single jaw style hitch is the high end of hitches. Using a one piece locking jaw, the mechanism acts like as a wedge. Being shaped as a wedge, when it closes it takes any slack out of the connection. That means the single jaw design provides the best jaw to kingpin contact possible. Very tight connection makes for a smoother and quieter ride, and it is the safest of all the designs. Single jaw hitches are mostly found only on tow hitches rated at 25,000 lbs. or more.

    We hope this sheds a little light on fifth wheel hitches. Get the right one and head on out!

  • Toyota Tundra Towing Capacity - Out of This World

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    Space shuttle Endeavour has been transported by rockets, its own engines and thrusters, tank-like transporters and industrial tows. Now retired and museum-bound, the NASA winged orbiter will add another, perhaps unexpected form of locomotion to its well-traveled history, a Toyota Tundra pickup truck.

    Toyota has cranked up the publicity machine when it comes to its planned towing of the space shuttle Endeavour across a Los Angeles freeway overpass. The automaker has created a website devoted to its part in the move starting Friday. The shuttle is on its way from Los Angeles International Airport, where it was dropped off by its Boeing 747 hauler, to its retirement home at the California Science Center near the city's downtown.

    The Endeavour will be towed using a stock 2012 Tundra CrewMax 1/2–ton pickup, identical to the models found in Toyota dealerships, with no additional modifications made to increase towing capacity or generate more power. The Toyota Tundra towing capacity can tow up to 10,000 pounds because it is equipped with a powerful 5.7L V8 engine. Toyota has done extensive testing and worked with a heavy lifting and engineering transport company, to develop a dolly specifically for hauling the Endeavour.  The entire journey is something the world will be watching, and gives Toyota a chance to prove that the Tundra is built to do any job, even tow the space shuttle.

    The automaker has created a website devoted to its part in the move starting Friday. The website includes resources and activities that provide behind-the-scenes videos, photos, activities for children and information about the Tundra Endeavour project and can be found at http://www.toyota.com/TundraEndeavour .

    Now that we know what Toyota Motor Sales likes to tow what are some things that you like to tow with your truck, and what are some must have towing accessories that you cannot live without.

  • Weekend Specials: Towing Accessory Blowout

    This weekend (starting today 7/20 and running through Sunday 7/22) get special discounts on select accessories at BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com. This weekend we are having a blowout sale on towing accessories. These Towing Closeouts include countless accessories like lunette rings, hand winches, cargo locks, hitch balls, and receiver hitches.

    These blowout prices are hard to beat! Valley Trailer Safety Chains and Accessories are among the lowest prices of all accessories with a 5/16-inch class III safety chain clip on sale for only $2.95. This clip supports up to 5,000 lbs. GTW. If you need a safety chain itself, we have a 32-inch class III safety chain also available at a low, low price. We're also selling a specialized safety chain kit specifically designed for gooseneck hitches.

    We also have great deals on Discount Reese Towing Products. We have brake control accessories from $2.95 and chrome hitch balls as low as $4.95. There is also special pricing on circuit breakers (30 Amp.), coupler locks, Hide-A-Goose underbed gooseneck trailer hitch (7,500 lb. Weight Carry - 30,000 lb. Weight Distribution), and tail light converters (converts 3-wire to standard 2-wire). We also have wiring connectors and wiring adaptors for 7-way and 6-way connectors. All of these products are at bargain prices and they’re going fast!

    For more information on all of this weekend’s special deals and other sales and events, keep checking this blog, sign up for our Email List, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, add us to your circle on Google+, follow us on Twitter, and check out our Flickr page.

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  • Weekend Specials: Reward Your Rear End

    This weekend (starting today 6/22 and running through Sunday 6/24) get special discounts on select accessories at BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com. This weekend we have special deals to reward your rear end – the rear end of your vehicle, that is. Save on bumper protectors, hitch accessories, and replacement taillights.

    When unloading cargo from a trunk or hatchback, it is common to slide the cargo across the bumper. When the cargo is groceries or maybe a new pillow, this isn’t a problem, but when it’s something heavy or misshapen, you can quickly damage the top of your bumper with dents, sings, or scratches. That’s where a Universal Bumper Protector can come in handy. This protector is available in two sizes (37x3 and 30x2.5) and is made from black OEM material. It has a textured surface that will not fade in the sun and installs with 3M automotive tape. Once this bad boy is in place, you can load and unload without worries.

    If you’ve ever needed to check your trailer hook-up at night, or worse,tried hooking up your trailer at night,you know what a hassle it can be. You need both hands free to work, but need to get a flashlight in these to see what you’re doing. Well, Bully’s solved this problem with their Hitch Mount Backup Lights. These lights mount on any 2-inch ball mount and take only minutes to install. They light up when you are in reverse, but also have a switch that can turn the lights on independently. Best of all, they can remain in place while towing. The lights are 70 watts and are in a secure and protective high-impact ABS housing.

    A good location for a spare key can be hard to find. If you make it too obvious, potential thieves might find it too easily, and if you make it too hard, you might forget yourself! Not to mention a spare car key at your house isn’t going to do you much good if you’re on the road. That’s why the Hitchsafe Key Holder is a perfect location. It’s safe and convenient, with an extremely durable all metal construction. It secures inside any 2-inch hitch receiver and you set your own 4-digit code in the combination lock. I know what you’re thinking: isn’t a receiver with a combination lock going to be a giveaway that there’s something hidden inside? That’s why each hitch safe also includes a rubber dust cover to conceal the combination dials.

    Okay, all of these specials so far have been for nice and practical accessories, but what if you want something that just looks cool? LED Tail Lamp Replacement Kits are the accessories for you. These kits give your vehicle a custom look with Euro style tail lamps that use the latest in LED technology. Their diamond cut reflectors provide uniqueness even when the lights are off, and they meet or exceed all SAE/DOT standards. These lights are precision engineered for a perfect fit, which is why they are factory replacement legal. Finally, they're easy to install and are available in both chrome and black housing.

    For more information on all of this weekend’s special deals and other sales and events, keep checking this blog, sign up for our Email List, “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, add us to your circle on Google+, follow us on Twitter, and check out our Flickr page.

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  • When It Comes To Towing, Get Some Balls

    Did you just buy a camper for the family, or decide to try out your food truck business journey, well now it is time to check your balls, and make sure your truck is ready to go for your towing adventure.

    The Hitch Ball, or Trailer Ball, is the most important link in your towing rig, making the big connection between your hitch and your trailer. Hitch balls give you a strong, secure trailer mounting point. The Ball Mount is equally important, as it attaches the ball that links to your hitch. Ball Mounts are durable and reliable for the most stress-free towing experience. Some offer adjustable heights and lengths, or even feature multiple balls to pull a wide array of loads. Larger metal balls will have to be used if you want to support more weight. Ball trailer hitches can be used to haul smaller cargo such as boats and smaller trailers. In some cases, they can also be used to haul smaller campers.  Now that you have covered all the towing basics and have had all your towing questions answered, enjoy your adventure.

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  • Cool Colored Towing Accessories

    We are all about customization. It’s all about making your car or truck look how you want it and letting it reflect your personality. Curt understands this and has developed an entire line of custom colored towing accessories. These ball mounts, bike racks, and trailer ball covers come in eleven different colors. So match it to your vehicle, use your favorite sports team as inspiration, or just pick your favorite! The available colors are: Bright Red, Dark Red, White, Bright Blue, Dark Blue, Dark Green, Charcoal, Silver, Gold, Yellow, and of course, Black.

    The Curt Colored Hitch Mounted Bike Rack is a lockable, heavy-duty rack that carries up to four bikes. It has rubberized cradles to protect bike frames and can carry bikes with tube diameters of up to 1.25-inches. The rack includes a rear reflector for extra safety, and can tilt away from the receiver, allowing easier access to trunks, hatchbacks, and truck bed. These bike racks fit 2-inch receivers and should not be used on trailers or towed campers.

    Colored Ball Mounts are Class III rated and have 7,500 lb. gross trailer weights. They fit 2-inch receivers and have 1-inch holes for trailer balls. All of these ball mounts are 8.25-inches long, and you can choose between a 2-inch or 4-inch drop (with corresponding .75-inch or 2-inch rise). Each ball mount has a flawless powdercoat finish, which keeps your ball mount looking bright, shiny, and new.

    Finally, Custom Colored Trailer Ball Covers keep your trailer ball protected and covered when it’s not being used. Each of these hexagonal covers fit 1 7/8 and 2-inch balls. If you have a 2 5/16-inch ball, a larger trailer ball cover is available, but only in black. For a seamless look, you can match your trailer ball cover to your ball mount, or for higher visibility pick out a contrasting color. Whichever colors you pick, your customized towing accessories will definitely help your car or truck stand out in a crowd.

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  • Ball Mounts for Towing Season

    Towing season is upon us, and just in time, we have new Curt ball mounts in stock. These Curt Trailer Ball Mounts are CNC formed and robotically welded. They have a flawless mount surface with a black powdercoat finish. Class I and Class II mounts fit 1.25-inch receiver tubes and have a .75-inch diameter hole for a trailer ball. Class III mounts fit 2-inch receiver tubes and have .1-inch diameter holes for trailer balls. Higher gross trailer weights are available in the form of heavy-duty, xtra-duty, and commercial-duty ball mounts all of which have 1.25-inch diameter trailer ball holes and fit 2 or 2.5-inch receiver tubes depending on the model. There are also multiple specialty ball mounts available, such as dual length mounts, right angle mounts, and vertical receiver mounts.

    If you want a different look, why not try a Euro Ball Mount Hitch? These hitches’ designs are patented and have a modern European Flair. Rather than the straight lines of traditional hitches, these curved tube designs are much more stylish. The balls are permanently attached and their silver finish contrasts with the ball mount’s black carbide powdercoat finish. These ball mounts fit 1.25-inch receivers and have a gross trailer weight rating of 3,500 lbs. They are available with 1 7/8 or 2-inch balls and with various lengths.

    For a complete towing system that all works together, check out Towing Ball Mount Kits. Each kit includes a ball mount, 2-inch trailer ball, hitch lock, and rubber hitch cover. These components all fit into a handy carrying case. These ball mounts are 8.25-inches long and fit 2-inch receiver tubes. They have a gross trailer weight rating of 7,500 lbs.

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  • New T-Max by Westin Winches

    BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com is now selling winches! There are five types of T-Max by Westin winches now being offered for sale. Westin and T-Max are known for products that work, look good, and last. All of their winches definitely match this description! These winches are geared low for increased power and safety and reduced chance of overheating. They have constant high power and torque and use standard bolt patterns. All of these winches are backed by a 3=year warranty on mechanical parts and a 1-year warranty on electrical

    An ATV Series Winch is the most economical, with either a 2,000 or 3,000 lb. single rate pull depending on model. Both models have a 153:1 gear ratio, EBT brake, 4 way roller fairlead, steel rope, and included control switch.

    The All Terrain Winch is a step up from the ATV, with a 3,500 or 4,500 lb. single rate pull depending on the model. The ATW-3500 has a 153:1 gear ratio, 1.1HP motor, 4 way roller fairlead, steel rope, and handlebar switch. The ATW-4500 has a 189:1 gear ratio, 1.3HP motor, 4 way roller fairlead, hand-held control, and a choice between steel or synthetic rope.

    Off Road Winches are available with an 8,500 or 11,000 lb. single rate pull and with either steel or synthetic rope. They all have 5.5HP motors, 3 stage planetary gear trains, automatic in-the-drum brakes, and hand-held controllers.

    If you’re in need of Heavy Duty Winches, the Performance Series is a great option. It has a 9,500 lb single rate pull, 6.6HP motor, 218:1 gear ratio, and 3-stage planetary gear train. It also uses an integrated solenoid module (ISM), automatic in-the-drum brake, synthetic rope, and a wireless controller.

    Outback Winches are the highest rated of all the T-Max winches, with a single rate pull of 9,500 or 12,000 lbs. depending on the model. Both models have 6.6HP motors, integrated solenoid modules (ISM), 3-stage planetary gear trains, automatic in-the-drum brakes, 4-way roller fairleads, steel rope, and wireless controllers.

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  • New Towing Accessories for Boat Trailers and More!

    BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com is now carrying the latest Curt towing accessories like Curt Towing Couplers. These couplers are available in multiple styles. Posi-Lock couplers are made of heavy-gauge steel, have lockable latches, and hold a gross load of 2,000 to 5,000 lbs. (depending on the model). A-Frame couplers are also made from heavy-gauge steel and are a-frame jack accessible. They have a gross load support from 5,000 to 12,500 lbs. (depending on the model). Adjustable couplers have a durable black powdercoat finish, an adjustable sleeve lock, and carry 7,000 to 15,000 lbs. (depending on the model).

    Curt Trailer Jacks are also now available in many designs and weight capacities. Marine jacks are specially made to be used with marine trailers. They have a zinc finish, come complete with bolt-on hardware and have a weight capacity of up to 1,500 lbs. A-frame jacks are made for a-frame trailers and can be welded or bolted on. They are available in both side-wind and top-wind designs. Swivel jacks are ultra convenient because they swivel away during travel, and thus do not need to be removed. They are available with weldable mounting pipes or mounting brackets, depending on the model. Lastly, the  heavy-duty square jacks are the toughest and strongest of all the jacks, with one model able to support  up to 10,000 lbs. They all weld on directly and include a pull pin.

    Where are the best places to go boating? Here’s a list of ten of the Best Boating Lakes and locales. Some of the usual places are on the list, like Tampa Bay and San Diego, but did you know that Benton County, Arkansas and Knoxville, Tennessee are also on the list? If you plan on traveling to one of these great sites, you need a dependable trailer and solid reliable trailer accessories.

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  • New Valley Brake Controllers

    BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com has products for all your trailer needs. We are now selling two new Valley Brake Control systems, the Blackbird and the Phantom. We still have the older Odyssey Brake Control available too! If you want to be kept up to date on all our newest products, be sure to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our Myspace page.

    Valley's Blackbird Trailer Brake Controllers are smaller, stronger, and faster. They are 33% smaller (3.75-inch x 3-inch x 1-inch) than their closest competitor, able to stop up to 8 brakes even faster than before, and can reach maximum output power twice as fast as competitors. They feature an easy-to-read digital display that uses comprehensive diagnostic error codes (disconnection, short circuit, charging errors, etc.). These brake controllers are polarity protected and do not require leveling. They can be used with electric over hydraulic trailer braking systems and also will not interfere with anti-lock brakes or other electric systems. The Blackbird is easy to install, using an industry standard adapter harness and an easy-mount bracket.

    Valley's Phantom Brake Controller Systems support 2 or 4 brake trailers. They have a small sleek design for an easy fit and a dual LED display with self-diagnostic capabilities. They are polarity protected and do not require leveling. These brake controllers have infinitely adjustable output and ramp time setting so you can make as many changes as needed. They also detect short circuits and do not interfere with anti-lock brakes, cruise control, or other vehicle electrical systems. Phantoms use an industry standard adapter harness and are easy to install.

    Valley's Odyssey Brake Control offers smooth, proportional braking on 2 to 8 brake systems. It has four levels of power settings, with each level reacting progressively stronger, so both light and heavy-duty trailers can be controlled with the same brake controller. The Odyssey is polarity protected and has auto-leveling. It features a manual override that offers stop lamp activation. It has an easy-to-read digital display and will not interfere with electrical systems like cruise control or anti-lock brakes.

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