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Sattler Man Tackles Trailer Hitches

Canyon Lake resident Gary McFarland is owner and inventor of Hitch Holder, a device he thinks will save a lot of knees from the backs of area pickup trucks.

Canyon Lake resident Gary McFarland spent over 40 years of his life bruising his knees on rear-mount trailer hitches protruding from the back of pickup trucks.

These accidents were hard to avoid when he worked with horses as a teenager growing up on the west end of Galveston Island, and even more problematic in the refinery where he worked as a technician.

“The last time I run into one I started asking, ‘where can I put these things?'”

When he retired, McFarland decided to do something about his pet peeve with pickups. After two years, much trial-and-error, and 12 prototypes, he patented Hitch Holster. The device stores receiver hitches when not in use. Hitch Holders, which are manufactured in China, sell for $40 each.

The device is made of 3/16 wall aluminum with anodized coating and is easy to mount in trucks. Two compression tubes prevent rattling when hitches are removed and casually tossed into the back of trucks. Hitch Holder is currently available for Chevrolet and GMC trucks. Ford and Dodge-compatible devices go on sale in January.

“It passed my wife’s test,” he said of Lillie McFarland. “I think she can hear a hummingbird breathing heavy at 40 yards.”

The McFarlands moved to Canyon Lake a year ago to care for Gary’s mother, who moved to a house behind Rio Raft, along the Guadalupe River, in the early 90s.

For more information, call 409-750-0099.

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