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What hitch is the best?

Postby JustCruzin » Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:23 pm

I am in the process of deciding what hitch to put on my trackabout camper for when we go around aust. Does anyone have some opinions of the offroad couplings or the AT35 setup???
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Re: What hitch is the best?

Postby mr_grumble » Wed Jul 23, 2008 2:45 pm

The two I looked into were the Tregg and the Hyland.
I liked the idea of being able to still use the 50mm ball but had heard some not so good things about the Hyland
http://forum.australia4wd.com/index.php?showtopic=7466
I ended up with a Tregg hitch and am happy with it.
I particularly like the vibration isolation that the poly block provides. Can't feel or hear the camper on the back in the rough :)
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Re: What hitch is the best?

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:03 pm

I have a Hyland, in fact it is the second Hyland I have and not because there was anything wrong with the first one.....I changed campers.

I too have heard negative things about the Hyland but think it was the very first ones they put out, not the newer ones.

I had the first one for 4 years without any problems at all, the second I have had for over a year and again no issues at all. In fact from a female point of view it is the easiest hitch in the world to hook up and unhook.
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Re: What hitch is the best?

Postby Cruzin » Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:38 pm

Hi Dean & Jodi and welcome.

You might find this site full of info for your trip

http://www.campertrailers.org/couplings.htm

There are heaps of links at the top of the Tech page.

Also their forum at
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/campertrailers/

Have a surf through the Files; Links; Photos and Database

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Re: What hitch is the best?

Postby JustCruzin » Thu Jul 24, 2008 9:20 am

Thanks so much for your replies. Its much appreciated. I am going to have a look through the links now :armsup
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Re: What hitch is the best?

Postby GypsyLady » Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:29 am

Hi Jodi

I have given my view and recommendation of the Hyland hitch.

I saw the DVD of the Gall boys from Kedron Caravans last night and discovered that they too use a Hyland hitch.

Now if you get a chance to have a look at this DVD called Far N Q then I suggest that you do. You will see the motions that David puts the Top Ender van through and it is pretty obvious that the Hyland handles it extremely well. In fact there is one occasion where he almost tips the van and the Hyland holds on which in my view is a pretty good recommendation in itself.

Coupled with this (pardon the pun) is the fact that the Hyland is made locally by Darran Hyland. He now has a factory at Beenleigh and you can ring him on 3200 6261.

Hope this helps.

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Re: What hitch is the best?

Postby Komodo » Mon Aug 04, 2008 1:18 pm

I havent used any but I have heard of many people complaining about the treg polyblock being an issue to hookup.

I've heard mixed reports about the hyland though I dont see any issues with it - i believe its used by the army. Good enough fort them good enough for me!

Personally though I like the idea of the AT35

Realistically I dont think there is much difference between any of them in actual opperation - it more the hook up procedure.

At the end of the day I've taken a 5 x 7 trailer with a std 50mm ball hitch places it probably shouldnt go and never had an issue other than the handle putting a dent in the rear step when faced with a steep approach
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Re: What hitch is the best?

Postby Komodo » Mon Aug 04, 2008 2:48 pm

http://www.towingguide.com/couplings.html

Some interesting info.
Stumbled across this site on the links page for aussie tear drop trailers (yes im still contemplating an offroad tear drop! - though if i do it mine will have a slight difference)

most info i knew but the criss crossing of the chains when you have two (all our trailers except the new boat http://www.websterstwinfisher.com.au/ have two chains) is something i didnt know!
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Re: What hitch is the best?

Postby Komodo » Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:00 am

Ok maybe a little OT but does anyone have any ideas as to why my 50mm 2.5tonne towball would keep coming loose?
its got a flat washer and a spring washer on it and its still coming loose every so often. Its easy to tell when its coming loose as the trailer makes a hell of a racket - but when you've got about a 3/4 tonne hooked up un-braked its slightly un-nerving

I'm going to go get a new towball today but im hoping thats all it is... :?
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Re: What hitch is the best?

Postby ben... » Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:37 am

Komodo wrote:Ok maybe a little OT but does anyone have any ideas as to why my 50mm 2.5tonne towball would keep coming loose?
its got a flat washer and a spring washer on it and its still coming loose every so often. Its easy to tell when its coming loose as the trailer makes a hell of a racket - but when you've got about a 3/4 tonne hooked up un-braked its slightly un-nerving

I'm going to go get a new towball today but im hoping thats all it is... :?



yikes!! thats why i also love electric brakes.
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Re: What hitch is the best?

Postby wragee » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:18 pm

Could be a couple of reasons. The thread is warn and not tight enough try putting a pipe on the end of your shifter to get tight enough. If all else fails then a couple of DROPS (not half the bottle) of locktight on the nuts before you put it on. Hopefully you dont need to change it becasue this will be hard to get off. Good luck
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Re: What hitch is the best?

Postby Komodo » Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:32 pm

wragee I actually tightened it last time with a bit of pipe on the end of the ring spanner (yes i have ring spanners that size - even bigger actually). Admittedly I didn't use any locktite. I've just ordered a new 50mm ball assembly and some locktite from one of the bolt suppliers we use I got a 3.5tonne unit this time - which I think is whats required to use a hyland hitch. The price difference was sweet stuff all

Electric brakes are good - but chains are the vital ingredient.
Dad dropped a boat trailer once. Hitting the anchors hard after he just picked up the boat from the dealership the bolts tieing the hitch to the trailer gave way under the load transfer (it had overrider type brakes too! - just goes to show what kind of stresses are applied to the hitch) the trailer dropped and went under the car and the boat came off the trailer and went into the back of the car.
Smashed up the boat, the car and the trailer pretty bad. Thing with boat trailers is that the front tie down holds the boat in position and the rear straps just retain the boat down on the trailer to stop it bouncing when the trailer dropped the boat had enough momentum to break the U bolts holding the front winch stand which allowed the boat to move further forward than the trailer.
The only thing that stopped more carnage was the rear straps holding the boat down stopped the boat travelling too far forward (just) and the chains on the trailer stopped the trailer going too far under the vehicle. I dont think even electric break-away brakes could done a better job.

So people the moral of the story - make sure your chains are the right size for your trailer and make sure they are done up properly!

It actually supprises me that the vicroads rules says to use a D-shackle not a bow shackle on your trailer chains
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Re: What hitch is the best?

Postby HGMonaro » Tue Aug 05, 2008 3:41 pm

Our wind-up camper has a Treg and you do have to be more precise in your reversing to align the hitch and reciever but overall it's pretty easy to hook up. It depends on what surface your jockey wheel is on as you can wobble the drawbar to suit usually. My wife tends to drive and I give directions, because her directions aren't the best (she waits too long before giving corrections needed), and I'm a better judge at setting the height using the jockey wheel as she's reversing, as opposed to her method of waiting till I hit it and declaring that it's not right!!!!

Regarding the loose tow ball, if the new one doesn't fix the problem, maybe you double nut it. Best enquire at a tow bar specialist about that though!

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Re: What hitch is the best?

Postby GypsyLady » Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:34 pm

That's what I love about this forum...someon asks a simple question about which Hitch is best and whammo out comes all this other info relative to hitches, towing and the likes.

Good stuff guys, like I always say 'no question is too trivial'.
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Re: What hitch is the best?

Postby Beagle » Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:04 am

I have an AT35 and find it great. First had to learn about re-hitching but after 2 times have no trouble
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