April '14

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rv-pro.com April 2014 • RV PRo • 53 52 • RV PRo • April 2014 rv-pro.com Gooseneck Hitch Is a Game-Changer e company's lead product is an under- bed PopUp gooseneck hitch. "You pull a lever located in the driv- er's side fender well that activates the ball mechanism to rise, so you are able to raise and lower the ball without having to crawl in and out of the back of the truck every time," Bruenger notes. e product was introduced in 2001 and is model-specific for more than a dozen newer pickups. e company also offers an under-bed, Flip-Over gooseneck hitch, for which there are accessories for different uses, such as a 4-inch offset. "e ball comes out and flips over to provide a flush bed, so you can haul ply- wood or sheetrock without the ball being in the way. In other words, haul what you need to haul," Bruenger says. "e Flip- Over hitch has a round ball socket to help prevent the ball from getting stuck in posi- tion. One of the biggest complaints we hear from customers about competing products is the ball getting gummed up in the socket. Our ball can rotate, even in its locked posi- tion, to help prevent this from happening." The Flip-Over hitch has been avail- able since 1997 and has about the same number of models as the popular PopUp gooseneck hitch. RV adapters also are a big part of the mix at PopUp Towing, with offsets of 0, 5 and 9 inches, as well as a 7.5-inch offset with a cushion ride. e offsets have adjustable heights from 12.5 to 16.5 inches, on the RV1, RV2, and RV3, in 1-inch increments, whereas the cushion coupler or RVCC can be adjusted in height from 13.5 to 17.5 inches (again, in 1-inch increments). Left: A shipment of hitch balls sits in PopUp's 15,000-square-foot facility in Chanute, Kan. PopUp incorporates the hitch balls into the company's PopUp Ball and Flip-Over Ball products, as well as being sold separately. Below: Sparks fly as shop welder Jacob LaForge works on a component for an adapter. In addition to the RV market, PopUp also provides adapters for the livestock hauling and semi-tractor markets. Shop welder Trace Englman (left) and Darryn Young examine the work on an unfinished product. PopUp makes products for gooseneck trailers, under- bed gooseneck hitches, RV adapters and adapters for short-bed trucks. RVPApr.indd 52 3/19/14 3:23 PM

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