Safety Hitch System: Make Trailer Towing Safer Than Ever

Safety Hitch System: Make Trailer Towing Safer Than Ever

I’ve towed a lot of trailers throughout the years. I can’t differentiate how many were “bumper pull”, gooseneck, or fifth wheel, but let’s just say, I thought I had seen it all when it came to hitches. However, I recently found out about a product from Safe Towing Systems that completely caught me off guard. Check out the Safety Hitch System.

Many trailers that are being towed actually weigh almost twice as much as the vehicle towing it. Although vehicle manufacturers are constantly building better trucks, safety still needs to be a huge concern. Let’s face it, brakes are a mechanical item and can fail at any time, and when they are working, how adequate are they with a heavy load in tow?

But what is the Automated Towing Hitch and what makes it safer? According to Joe Jamieson of Safe Towing Systems Inc., “The Automated Safety Hitch is much more than a hitch. It is a system designed to eliminate the shortcomings of towing trailers from within the back of pickup trucks and a smarter option for owners of long-bed trucks, short-bed trucks, lifted trucks, and SUVs to pull the safer and more stable fifth wheel and gooseneck trailers instead of bumper pull trailers. The Automated Safety Hitch System is not a trailer. It is classified as a lift or drop axle that better distributes the load of the trailer.”

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While the system looks complicated to hook, the video below shows how easy it is to make the connection. Simply back up to the trailer, attach the two safety chains, pull forward a few feet, press a switch and the trailer automatically attaches to the tow vehicle.

The Automated Safety Hitch System is designed to enable you to safely handle the loaded trailer and stop more easily with all of that weight behind the tow vehicle. This is accomplished by removing most of the trailer’s pin weight off of the frame of the vehicle and placing that pin weight slightly in front of the steerable axle on the Safety Hitch that is connected to the vehicle. The hitch contains 75-percent of the braking capacity of a one-ton truck.

The Automated Safety Hitch System is mounted rigidly to the truck, so it also effectively lengthens the vehicle’s wheelbase while pulling the trailer. It automatically integrates the vehicle’s brakes, the hydraulic disc brakes of the Automated Safety Hitch System, and the trailer’s brakes. The Automated Safety Hitch System brakes are adjusted by your vehicle’s brake controller when you adjust your trailer brakes.

“After assessing the Automated Safety Hitch System, a group of automotive engineers stated, ‘We saw that with this system, you have nearly 100-percent braking effectiveness and nearly 100-percent steering effectiveness of the tow vehicle while the weight shifting of the trailer is now an asset, making the full hydraulic disc brakes of The Automated Safety Hitch System more effective”, said Jamieson.

The Safety Hitch System utilizes a Dana 70-series axle that gives additional braking capacity and additional maneuvering capability, enabling the additional wheelbase length for better controllability.

But, can this system work with any truck? The answer is yes and no. The Safety Hitch 3 receiver truck frame extension attaches to the rear underside of the vehicle with the same hole pattern as your class 5 hitch. So, as long as your truck receiver has a 2-1/2-inch square opening, it will work.

The Automated Safety Hitch System has optional axles that can handle 8,000 and 9,000 pounds of pin weight. The way the Safety Hitch System connects to your truck also has the effect of making the trailer think it’s shorter when going around corners. It accomplishes this by pulling the trailer to the outside of the turn. According to the manufacturer, “For most installations, this has the effect of shortening the trailer approximately 25 to 30 feet when turning. Its steerable axle prevents tire scuffing and enables effortless turns by automatically sensing the turning rates and forces generated by the driver’s steering and automatically steers the Automated Safety Hitch System’s wheels proportionately in the proper direction.”

As I said, this hitch is like nothing I have ever seen before, so I thought you guys would also like to see something that could make your trailer towing experience much safer and easier on your rig.

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Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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