Among the biggest and strongest work truck displays are a number of smaller companies looking to make those trucks work smarter, longer and more efficiently. After wandering the National Truck Equipment Association's Work Truck Show's aisles at the Indianapolis Convention Center in search of interesting problem solvers, here are just some of our favorites.
We should note that what's missing is the Dura Seal technology from Goodyear because the only tires they offer the "un-poppable" tire on is for super-high GVW dump and garbage trucks, but we're guessing its only a matter of time before it makes its way into our light-duty truck tires. From our point of view, the sooner the better.
Pro Series Adjustable Hitch
This new triple-ball Pro Series adjustable hitch from Cequent retails for about $230 and allows for several height and ball-size settings. It's a versatile choice for those who might have to tow different-sized trailers with multiple trucks.
Bolt Hitch Locks for GM
Bolt now offers various types of hitch receiver locks that can be automatically "fitted" to your GM truck's ignition key. Costs vary depending on application, but this could save you from walking out one morning and never seeing your adjustable hitch again.
Tongue Weight With Weigh-Safe
The first to offer a built-in scale into the hitch, Weigh-Safe now has a much heavier-duty, height-adjustable receiver hitch designed to offer simple, easy height changes, with a 2,000-pound tongue weight capability. The strongest hitches retail for a little more than $500.
New Curt 30K Gooseneck
Curt Manufacturing has a gooseneck hitch available for Ram 3500 HD pickups that now come standard with the massive crossmember support underneath the bed, meaning it has a 30,000-pound rating. The hitch is SAE J2638 compliant and costs around $650.
Plug-In LED Floodlight
How many times have you needed light when hooking up your trailer? If you're like us, you'll love this solution from Cequent, which offers a 12-volt plug-in LED light that you can attach wherever there's a metal surface; it will even plug into your seven-pin trailer plug with an adaptor and sells for less than $100.