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Submitted: Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 14:40
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Just got a 'new' Pajero. The spare tyre cover now 'interferes' with the insertion of the towing pin (the one that is 2-3cms diameter) into the TREG towing hitch on the car.

Would it be a safe solution to simply insert the pin into the hitch upside down??

That is - if I shove the pin up from beneath the vehicle hitch, through the TREG and upwards thence putting the spring retaining clip in through the hole in the towing pin at the top instead of at the bottom of the towing pin as is the usual way.

This would make it easy to hitch and unhitch but would be as safe as having it the 'right' way up??

George
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Reply By: bruce b2 - Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 16:17

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 16:17
sorry George - i don't like your plan. the obvious problem that i can see, even though the retaining clip will never ever ever come out, if it ever did and the towing pin falls out, you are going to be very embarassed when what ever you are towing hits the ground. hopefully the chains will hold. had a similar problem when, on a very rough track, the tow ball decided to vibrate and loosen the nut and spring washer. after a good bump, even at very low speed, the cherry picker that i had been towing decided to remove itself from my vehicle. not much fun. but as you know, the retaining clip will never ever come adrift......or will it ?
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Follow Up By: Peter T9 - Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 16:32

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 16:32
Aren't those pins spring loaded anyway? so even if the right way up you loose your retaining clip the pin will still fly out.
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Reply By: richard - Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 16:47

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 16:47
Have you looked at the spare tyre lify kit for the pajero, gives another 50mm I think from memory.

Alternatively get a longer hitch.

Rich
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Follow Up By: 213 - Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 19:03

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 19:03
actually it was the spring loaded nature of the retaining clip that made me wonder - what can go wrong???

But if it ever did come loose...which it never ever would...

OK - I'll look at the lift kit

Thanks a lot

Geo
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 21:27

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 21:27
As Richard said, you can buy a spare wheel mount mod mount from Mitsu that lifts the spare wheel a bit away from the tow hitch.

Just another Japper design not thought about in Australia..
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 21:37

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 21:37
Another option is to change the whole hitch and coupling over to one with a low profile.

This is the one I use:- Hitchmaster DO35
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 06:15

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 06:15
I will 2nd the DO35 Hitch. Sits nice and flat and the back door clears it easy.

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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 08:22

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 08:22
I'll 3rd the DO35, and not just for the low profile.

I'll never go back to a bloody Treg hitch with its painful alignment and near finger squashing problems ever again.

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Reply By: 213 - Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 15:30

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 15:30
I have now done what I should have done in the first place- I unbolted and removed the retaining pin from the 'square section 'tongue' that fits into the tow bar on the vehicle.

That square section tongue has another hole through which the retaining pin can be assembled. That hole is further aft than the first hole and therefore provides an 'extension' to the tow bar tongue. With the tongue assembled in the extended position I can easily get the TREG hitch pin through the hitch. The 'extension' gives me probably another 2" and the Pajero spare wheel is now right out of the way.

Always check the obvious first...

Thanks for all the helpful replies

George
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