An essential asset of any truck is its ability to haul and tow a respectable payload. In a related story ("Towing Basics"), we explained many of the terms commonly used in a discussion of a truck's towing capacity, and we explained how to pick the proper hitch to meet the towing demands. This month, we're going a step further to show you how to properly set up a trailer to load and safely transport a vehicle. We're also wiring an electric trailer brake system on our '99 Silverado.

We've always preached that sport trucks should be driven and enjoyed--for us, the term "trailer queen" has a negative connotation. But we realize there will always be show-only vehicles that must be transported either in an enclosed car hauler or on an open trailer. We have a rolling chassis for one of our project trucks that once in a while needs to be transported to places. Because it has a detailed suspension, our throwing some chains around it simply won't do.

After fighting loading and unloading it and other vehicles with a rope or a tow strap, we decided that some improvements had to be made before someone got hurt. We made a few calls and ordered some parts, and we now have confidence in both the truck's and the trailer's abilities.

Craftsman Superwinch Inc.
Winch Dr.
Summit Racing Equipment
P.O. Box 909
OH  44309
Trust Me Tie-Downs
12322 Penn St.