Cequent logoTriMas Corp. today (Sept. 28) announced that Cequent Performance Products Inc. reached an agreement with Ford Motor Co. to supply a patented cross bed towing system to be offered as an option on 2011 production Super Duty trucks.

Using designs from its Reese Signature Series fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitch family, Cequent customized a unique frame mounted cross bed towing system designed for towing gooseneck and fifth-wheel style trailers. Using a patented “drop in” gooseneck hitch ball or the patented, customized fifth-wheel hitch, users can now pull trailers up to 25,000 pounds (depending on rated vehicle capability) using a system that is integrated with pickup trucks built at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant factory, according to a news release.

Cequent’s Reese brand is the leading name in heavy duty fifth-wheel, gooseneck, weight distributing and sway control systems designed for pulling recreational vehicle, utility, horse/livestock, cargo and construction trailer applications. For almost 60 years, Reese products have offered design features and distinctive looks that have great functionality and a very high acceptance in the towing and trailering market.

“The combination of Cequent, the leader in the towing industry, and Ford, the nation’s leading truck producer, complements each company’s existing strengths and provides customers the best product offering available in the market place,” said Tom Benson, president of Cequent Performance Products. “It has long been our goal to work with manufacturers to make towing trailers easier. Integrating a specially designed under bed cross member allows for specific integration with the truck frame and a secure towing experience.”