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New Draw-Tite Front Mount Receiver for the RAM Pickup

Draw Tite’s new front mount receiver is designed for the 2010 – 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup.  The new hitch is rated up to 9,000 pounds line pull and 500 pounds tongue weight.  

DrawTite Hitch

Custom built according to manufacturer and model year, the receiver offers a neat appearance and all frame attachments.

The 2 inch square receiver tube opening offers a secure and useful attachment point for spare tire mounts, bike racks, and other items. It features an E-Coat base with black powder coat finish and solid all-welded construction for maximum strength and safety.

Backed by a nationwide limited lifetime warranty, the Draw Tite 65063 front receiver is built to give your Ram pickup years of service.   Order Draw-Tite front receivers at or call 1-800-358-4751.

Tekonsha Push-to-Test Trailer Breakaway Kit

Tekonsha Brake Controller
The new Tekonsha Push-to-Test trailer Breakaway Kit allows for quick and easy testing of your batteries condition.  The push to test LED’s indicate whether your system is charged, charging or needs to be recharged at a glance.  The multi-stage integrated charger provides a fast recharge up to 12.8 volts.  Once the battery is fully charged, the automatic float mode is designed to provide a continuous charge without overcharging the battery. 

For proper performance of a trailer breakaway system, the battery must be maintained at a  minimum of 80 percent capacity or greater.  This charge level is required to deliver enough current to the trailer brakes to be effective.  Tekonsha’s recharge threshold setting of 80 percent allows the operator ample opportunity to recharge the unit.

The Tekonsha Push-to-Test Trailer Breakaway Kit includes a 5 amp hour battery, breakaway switch with 7.5 inch lead wires, battery box and charger.  The heavy duty polymer battery box can be mounted on any flat surface and is weather and corrosion resistant.  The system is designed for up to 3 axle trailers with electric brakes.

Check out Tekonsha breakaway kits and accessories at

Tekonsha Brake Controller

Weighing only 4.75 pounds the box is 5 inches by 4.125 inches by 4 inches in size and comes with a one year limited warranty.

Tekonsha is the most recognized name when it comes to brake controllers and brake products and is your source so all your trailer needs. Call 1-800-358-4751 to order trailer breakaway kits.

How to measure for the correct trailer ball mount.

Trailer ball mounts come in a variety of shapes and sizes. It can be overwhelming to see a list of
trailer ball mounts with various measurements of “rise” and drop” How to select the correct trailer ball mount is actually quite easy with a few simple measurements.

Trailer ball mounts have 3 key measurements - length, rise and drop.

Trailer Ball Mount
The length is the distance from the center of the ball hole to the center of the pin hole.

The ‘rise’ is distance from the top of the shank to the top of the ball platform. You will need to shop for a ball mount with a ‘rise’ if your truck or suv’s trailer hitch is lower than the coupler on your trailer.

The ‘drop’ is distance from the top of the shank to the top of the ball platform. You will need to shop for a ball mount with a ‘drop’ if your truck or suv’s trailer hitch is higher than the coupler
on your trailer.

How is measure for the rise or drop you need is pretty simple.

Trailer Ball Mount

Step 1.


Measure from the ground to the top of the hitch. In this example the measurement from the ground to the top of the hitch is 23 inches.


Step 2.


Measure from the ground to the (inside) top of the trailer coupler, when level. In this example, the measurement form the ground to the top of the trailer coupler is 18 inches.

Step 3. Subtract the height of your trailer hitch ball from the coupler. Most trailer hitch balls are 2-1/2” - 3” high.  In this example we will subtract 3 inches from 18 inches and have a total of 15 inches.

In this example and 8 inch drop required on your ball mount to make the trailer
level. (23 inches minus 15 inches)

The results are:

Step 1: 23 inches

Step 2: 18 inches

Step 3: 15 inches (18 inches minus the ball trailer hitch ball height of 3 inches)

Rise or Drop Required: 23 – 15 = 8 inch drop. If the trailer measurement was higher
in this case you would need a rise.

Trailer Ball Mount

Your trailer should always be set up to tow on a level plane. Towing with a coupler that is lower or higher than your trailer hitch is unsafe and should be corrected by adding a trailer ball mount with the correct amount of 'rise' or 'drop'.

Looking to order a trailer ballmount from some of the most trusted and tested companies such as Reese, Hidden Hitch, Tow Ready and Draw-tite?

You can call 1-800-358-4751 for assistance with measuring your trailer ball mount and ordering. View a wide selection of ball mounts online

Bubba Rope is more than just a recovery rope!

Looking for the best in recovery ropes? Bubba rope has the answer. Many of the recovery ropes, straps and chains that you see on the market today will do the job, but have their downfalls. Ropes and straps can fray and lose their strength over time due to the exposure to water, mud and the sun. Tow chains are heavy, take up a lot of storage room and can be unsafe if not used correctly.

Bubba Rope is a one of a kind tow and recovery rope that is adapted from military specifications. Bubba rope uses a 100% double braided nylon rope that is dipped in a polymer base. This coating provides the recovery rope with a uv protected, water resistant, and abrasion resistant protection. The polymer base coating will give your rope a much longer life span that other ropes on the market that do not offer this protection.

Bubba Rope Bubba rope also offers extra protection by coating the eyes of the recovery rope with a tough polymer coating. This coating is applied to the wear points of the rope and will prolong the life of your tow rope. They refer to this coating of the wear points as Gator-ized, as it looks and acts like the tough skin found on an alligator.

Bubba Rope has sizes and break strengths for just about every application.

Bubba Rope Lil' Bubba - 1/2" x 20' - Gatorized 

Perfect for ATV's. Very compact ATV rope yet it packs a 7,400 lb. break strength. This 1/2" x 20' ATV rope is easily attached to the back of your ATV and includes a mesh duffle bag for easy storage.


Bubba Rope

Bubba Rope 7/8" x 20' - Gatorized 

The 20' size make this recovery rope perfect for rock crawlers. With its 28,600 lb. break strength it is well suited for the trail. Includes a duffle bag for easy storage.


Bubba Rope


Bubba Rope 7/8" x 30' - Gatorized 

The 30' size of the Bubba Rope is great for the mudder in you. The 30' length allows you to dig out of the big mud holes and gives you a little more flexibility.


Bubba Rope

Big Bubba 1-1/4" x 30' - Gatorized 

Designed for full size trucks and big SUV's. The Big Bubba packs a 52,300 lb. break strength and includes a large duffle bag for easy storage.


Bubba Rope

Jumbo Bubba 1-1/2" x 30' - Gatorized 

This recovery rope is perfect for landscaping companies, plow trucks and construction crews. This tow rope packs a 74,000 lb. break strength.


Bubba Rope

Extreme Bubba 2" x 30' - Gatorized 

They don't call it Extreme Bubba for nothing! The whopping 131,500 lb. break strength is perfect for semi trucks, municipal plow trucks, fire trucks and farm equipment.

All Bubba ropes are Made in the USA by Certified Slings and are guaranteed against defects for as long as you own the rope. You can order online by calling 1-800-358-4751 or 989-755-1611. You can view more information on recovery and tow ropes at

New Product: EH3050 - SAF-Holland e-Hitch Coupler


eHitch The EH3050 e-Hitch is a rigid mount coupler is designed for industrial and aviation ground support applications. Ideal for luggage towing in airport operations, this e-Hitch coupler has many features that ensures quick and secure coupling. These features combine to create a superior coupling device that gives the user the ability to customize their towing experience.

eHitch The new EH3050 e-Hitch features a 2.125 inch (54mm) heat-treated and high-strength pin which features an internal spring and integral keyway. By placing the spring on the inside of the pin, the spring is protected from impact during coupling or operation. The integral keyway allows the pin to be locked in the ‘up’ position with the 1/8 turn of the fold-down handle. The handle can easily be reversed to convert from fold-down handle to a rigid handle. By employing the integral keyway in combination with the frame-mounted key, the need to hunt for the keyway while in operation is eliminated, which leads to quicker operating coupler.

The frame of the EH3050 e-Hitch also provides some protection to the working parts. The frame is made from high-strength cast steel to be resistant to wear and powder coated to resist corrosion. The powder coated finish is available in yellow or white. The throat area of the e-Hitch slopes inward (negative slope), this design reduces play between the coupler and the drawbar, effectively minimizing drawbar bouncing or chucking.

This coupler’s mounting pattern allows for a range of weight capacities. Its maximum drawbar pull (DBP) ranges from 30,000 lbs. (13,610kg) to 50,000 lbs. (22,680kg) Its maximum vertical load is always 500 lbs. (227kg). Because the EH3050 e-Hitch features a “flex-mount” bolt pattern, these weight capacities depend on how the coupler is mounted. Further, this allows the e-Hitch to replace several different couplers and pintle hooks.

IMPORTANT: There is no secondary lock mechanism. This coupler is not designed for over-the- road applications.

eHitchThe EH3050 e-Hitch Replaces the following Holland Products


  • EH-20 Series
  • EH-40 Series

Pintle Hooks:

  • BH-200RN8
  • BH-50mmRN
  • PH-10RP
  • PH-T-60-AOL-8
  • PH-30RP

Buy the SAF-Holland EH-3050 e-Hitch Coupler for Industrial and Aviation ground support from, your source for coupling products.

e-Hitch Coupler - Yellow Finish


e-Hitch Coupler – White Finish

Buy online at or call Michigan Truck Spring 1-800-358-4751. They are an authorized SAF-Holland warehouse distributor.