Mr. Truck 8-2-10
August 3, 2010
The spring loaded Tilt-Tie swings out from your trailer wall. It’s an attractive functional trailer accessory that attaches with two bolts and swings back out of the way when you are done.
It is 7-feet off the ground like a highline, but you don’t have to look for trees to tie to. Your horse can move around, lay down or graze and not be nervous about being tied short to a trailer. The teenager in my horses comes out when they are tied close to my trailers. They like to paw the tire valve stems and fender clearance lights. Quick release snaps in the included leads make it easier to free your horse if a problem occurs, which is good for longer tie-ups.
The Tilt-Tie base and swivel that attaches to your trailer wall post is aluminum. The spring housing and rod are stainless steel so there is no painting, no maintenance and it’s corrosion free. Quick pins go through the base to lock the lead rod in place away from the trailer or against the trailer for traveling. This was an easy install, everything but the drill is included. I drilled the top bolt from the inside to line up square with the frame post. You do want to attach the Tilt-Tie to the wall framing not just to the sheet metal.
Next I inserted the top bolt in the wall bracket and used the bracket bottom as a guide for the bottom bolt hole. The Tilt-Tie uses two nylon bushings to swing the tie arm out 90 degrees from the trailer wall.
The spring loaded arm has the spring is hidden in the flex post so you won’t get pinched by it.
It looks like a pro installed it and it only took me 30 minutes and half of that was taking pictures.
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The rod fits well against the side of the trailer and the quick release snaps on the leads add to the safety of Tilt-Tie.
The adjustable nylon flat strap lets you adjust to 2- to 3-inches off the ground.
Nylon bushings in the swivel, make it swing easy and quietly which you’ll appreciate if you sleep in your trailer when your horses are using the Tilt-Tie.
There are hooks, lead ropes and halters available that allow horses to pull back when you are teaching horses to yield to pressure. If your horses handle slack in a lead rope well or a high tie, they should do well using Tilt-Tie.
For more information, please call (301) 791-1469 or visit http://tilt-tie.com.
Kent Sundling (alias “Mr. Truck”) spent 20 years wearing out pickup trucks as only a farmer could. With over 1 million miles pulling trailers, Mr. Truck has a unique collection of truck and farm stories that will educate and entertain. Mr.Truck gave up his bib overalls and John Deeres in his quest to save the farm and moved to the big city to sell trucks. After selling trucks for 10 years, this farmer now writes for eight magazines and owns over two dozen Web sites, helping folks find the “Right Truck.” If you have a question for Mr. Truck, you may contact him at his Web site, http://www.mrtruck.net.