2017 Gold Hitch Awards Preview: Ike Gauntlet Extreme Towing and Off-Roading

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2017 Gold Hitch awards preview

It’s an exciting time of year, as we prepare for the 2017 Gold Hitch awards pickup truck towing and off-road testing. Which truck will be the best towing or off-road pickup truck in America? These are important questions, and we are here to torture-test the trucks and get to the bottom of it.

Check out the participants and winners of the 2016 Gold Hitch awards.

We are going bigger than ever this year, and there are five awards up for grabs. We are getting all new or updated trucks in each category together at the same time. This provides the benefit of testing all competitors under the same conditions and eliminating any many variables as possible.

We are starting with 2017 half-ton trucks. The 2017 Nissan Titan 1500 crew cab 4×4 Platinum Reserve arrived first at our offices. We are dialing in the 20-foot CargoMate¬†trailer weight, tongue weight, tire pressures and the weight distribution hitch.

The award categories are:

  • 2017 Best Towing Half-Ton truck
  • 2017 Best Towing Mid-size truck
  • 2017 Best Towing HD truck
  • 2017 Best Off-road truck
  • 2017 TFLtruck Gold Hitch truck of the year

The Ike Gauntlet extreme towing test is a major part of the Gold Hitch towing awards, but we will also be doing acceleration and MPG tests to get as much data as possible.

While we are getting set up for towing, check out this 2017 Titan PRO-4X on the difficult Cliffhanger 2.0 trail.