Al-ko Offroad hitch

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 15:03
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One of the problems with towing a van with a conventional hitch on my 2007 Prado is that when hooked up I am unable to open rear door.

Saw an article in caravanworld magazine where a Pajero owner had same problem and fixed it by fitting an Al-ko Offroad hitch.
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Interested to know if anyone has fitted one to a 120 series Prado and does it enable rear door to be opened when connected to van.
The blurb on al-ko offroad hitch is here

Pedro
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Reply By: outback epicurean - Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 16:43

Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 16:43
Hi

I have a 2007 Prado and tow an Assie Swag trailer with an off road Al Ko hitch, the type with the pin through not like your photos. I my mind these are trouble free where the others like you have shown have a habit of being hard to unhitch when they get dusty.

I can fully open the back door, the only limitation is the stone guard but provided you stop at an angle, the door will open right around.

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 23:27

Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 23:27
Thanks outback epicurean,
Will have a look at both to see which suits,

I have no stone guard so that should be good.

Pedro
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Reply By: Barry 2 - Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 23:29

Saturday, Jan 26, 2013 at 23:29
Peter R
Check these hitches out they are designed to allow you to open tailgates / rear doors.
ozhitch.com

Good luck with it.

Barry - Southern Cross Dreaming.
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 27, 2013 at 07:16

Sunday, Jan 27, 2013 at 07:16
Thanks Barry, Will look into the Ozhitch.

Pedro
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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Sunday, Jan 27, 2013 at 09:20

Sunday, Jan 27, 2013 at 09:20
You really should take a look at a DO 35 from vehicle components. Not only is it the best and easiest off road coupling available but they make a low profile version specifically for Pajero and Prado's with the large swinging doors.

DO 35 Hitch
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Follow Up By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 27, 2013 at 10:06

Sunday, Jan 27, 2013 at 10:06
Yes it is being considered, thanks Boobook.

Do you know if ithe DO35 can be used with a HR WDH?

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Follow Up By: Member -Dodger - Monday, Jan 28, 2013 at 15:45

Monday, Jan 28, 2013 at 15:45
Also have a look at the Hyland Hitch.
It's profile is much lower than a standard hitch and can rotate in all directions as well as being used with a wdh.
Remembering to remove the wdh when going off road.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Cheers Dodg.

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Monday, Jan 28, 2013 at 18:03

Monday, Jan 28, 2013 at 18:03
Thanks Dodger,
Another one to look at.

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