Saturday, March 22, 2014


Recently I've received a few emails from friends wondering where we were…  
"we haven't seen a blog from you in a while"

Well we are fine.   We're home.
After leaving Wallyworld we did a quick two day trip and
arrived home around the end of February.

Since then its been rainy, and cool.  There has been about 3 days of sunshine
and thankfully today is beautiful…  70's and sunny.

Since we got home I've been involved in preparing for our upcoming trip
to Alaska.   There has been the night trip planning.  Finalizing the details.
That is 99% done now so we are ready to go in that respect.

I had to do some routine maintenance on the truck and while I was at it I made a
couple of upgrades to account for now having the dog house on it at times.

In order to pull a trailer when we have the dog house on the truck we needed to
work out some sort of extension, as the DH overhangs the back of the truck so
a normal hitch would now no longer work.

There are several ways to approach the problem and as always I chose the more
difficult but in my opinion the safer and stronger way.

First I had to remove the OEM hitch that the truck came with.
It was a class V and rated to 12,000 lbs but not up to what I wanted to do.

The old hitch after removal…  now for sale on Craigslist

I installed a new Torklift Super hitch.
Here is a stock photo of one

Notice it has two receiver holes…  that is important.
It is a much more robust hitch, and it rated to 17,000 lbs.

Once the hitch was on I assembled what is known as a Supertruss.

Here is what that looks like

Notice the two tubes… ?   they go into the two holes on the hitch.

You install and remove the super truss from the hitch as needed.
It slides in like a regular ball and gets pinned in place.

The completed assembly would look like this.

So, when installed and no dog house on the truck, the truss would stick out 32"

Here it is installed on the truck without the dog house loaded.
You insert the hitch ball into the end and you are ready to go.

Here is the final product.

Now we can tow the boat to all those great places…
Lake Powell,
The Columbia River.
The possibilities are endless...

We've decided to move our wine collection to a storage facility
in Denver (Frank I'll be calling)
I have about 360 bottles to move so we will rent a Uhaul trailer and
head West in a few weeks with that load.

That was another reason for getting the towing situation worked out now.

What to do with the wine when the house sells has been hanging over my head.
Getting most of it out of here and into another safe temp/humidity controlled
facility will take that one big thing off of my plate.
Plus it will be closer to stop in when traveling out west for a replenish.

Then we'll meet the gang in Walla Walla Washington for the annual
Spring Wine Tasting   Link Here

Then off to West Glacier for the rendezvous  and across the border
and North to Alaska.

It's going to be a hell of a year!


  1. Great adventures await for you guys!

  2. Great idea on the extended hitch and yes safety first. That should do you well.
    Safe travels.
    See you in Walla Walla.

  3. I'd you need me to store 100
    Or so wines, just let me know ;) lol. I had no idea you guys had all that in storage! Have fun in Alaska.


  4. You know, you can store that wine cellar in the bilge of Island Spirit and we can sail it around for safer keeping! Also, nice job on the hitch, your DH + T-Top is a very fun rig!!!!! How cooolio.


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