Trailer Coupling Selection

Submitted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 08:05
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I have recently completed building my off road trailer and fitted a AT35 coupling. While the coupling appears to be of adequate strength it is sometimes difficult to align and connect with ease to the vehicle.

I am considering changing the coupling to a AL-KO 3500kg off road coupling which uses a standard 50mm ball and still provides full articulation as the AT35.

Has anyone had any experience with the AL-KO coupling or could recommend an alternative coupling.


Thanks in advance for your comments.
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Reply By: BunderDog - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 08:32

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 08:32
We changed to a McHitch and love it.

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Follow Up By: Racey - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 09:12

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 09:12
make that 2
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Follow Up By: Whirlwinder - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:13

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:13
Make that nearly 3. Coming from a Ozhitch which is good but the Mchitch kills the lot of them!
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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 09:27

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 09:27
We went to the McHitch after a year or so fiddling with a D035. Total waste of time but certainly looks good on a nice level showroom floor with no dirt about.
After one instance where we couldn't unhitch we decided that was enough.
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Follow Up By: andrew t - Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 15:07

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 15:07
got the mchitch and have never looked back so simple just as easy as a normal tow ball coupling.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 08:50

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 08:50
We use a basic Treg type coupling and we don"t have any problems with it's function or connecting it up.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:08

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:08
You would be about the only one - they are a real pain to hitch up by yourself,

Definitely not recommended.

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Follow Up By: Whirlwinder - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:16

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:16
I only suffered the Treg coupling for one event them switched to a Ozhitch but now to a Mchitch. Just so much better IMHO.
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:22

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:22
I don't see the problem that everyone has with the Treg, sure it might take me a few minutes to hock up but what is a few minutes...... definitely not much effort required and it's not something I would class as awkward, difficult or hard.

Even my partner doesn't have issue and she done it by here self many times day and night in all terrain with very little help.

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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 15:38

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 15:38
Me too with a 'plus' for the TREG (yet another good South Aussie company :-).....I had a Trigg (again, good South Aussies :-) for a few years and the Treg for 5 years on HD campers - no issues at all and easy to live with. Now that I have a heavy caravan, neither would be the best on offer in my view (currently using a Hyland but might end up with the McHitch).
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Follow Up By: Off-track - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 21:02

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 21:02
Ditto on the Treg/Trigg, simple robust design that has never failed me and provides some cushioning. I dont have an issue with coupling up, sure it may not be as quick as some of the newer flash stuff but I rather keep things simple, suits my personality :-)

If I had a large caravan I might have a different opinion on coupling up though.
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 09:55

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 09:55
I have had a couple (pun) of couplers
I love my current DO35 (Vehicle Components) and if I change car and van I would insist on this coupler again. Full articulation, easy on and off, and I have put it through its paces with several CY trips on the telegraph track
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:44

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:44
Could not agree more.

I went from a Treg to a DO35 and would never have an off road coupling.

Faster to couple, easier, no vertical alignment issues, no "nearly pinched fingers"

Love it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:44

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:44
Never have a different offroad coupling.....
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Follow Up By: DiscoTourer - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:03

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:03
DO35 all the way. Easiest each I have used to date, and easy to align, and swivel as needed.

Brett....
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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 16:47

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 16:47
Yep,

D035 for me as well

I have the D035 hitch on both the camper and the box trailer so I don't need to change to a 50mm ball coupling when I want to use the box trailer :)


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Reply By: 671 - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 09:59

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 09:59
I have an O ring and pintle hook at the moment and have used them on other trailers for many years. They are simple and work very well. You are dropping a 40 mm diameter ring with a 75 mm inside diameter hole in it over a 50 mm ball sitting on top of a hook that is also 50 mm wide making them very easy to connect.
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Follow Up By: Member - John M (NSW) - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:51

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:51
Thanks everyone for your comments and advice.
The McHitch looks like a very well built and easy coupling to connect.
Has anyone had any issues with the stub / coupling shaft drooping after use as if this happens it would make alignment a pain, otherwise it looks good.

Thanks again.
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Follow Up By: Whirlwinder - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:59

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 10:59
John, I thought of that too and I think I will have a piece of high density foam to wedge in the universal joint area to prevent it "drooping" or something like that. Trial and error is the way to go. If it droops then try something. HHMMM, sound familiar else.
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Follow Up By: Member - John M (NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 07:43

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 07:43
Whirlwinder

I agree, I don't think there would be a stimulation medication for a shaft like that !!!
Maybe I will need the medication to hold the shaft up.

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Reply By: Kumunara (NT) - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11:06

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11:06
John

I have a treg coupling and I am very happy with it.

I do not have a problem aligning because I have a reversing camera. A reversing camera is a very good safety feature as well. Lots of blind spots to the rear of a 4WD.


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Reply By: goldrayenergy - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11:40

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 11:40
I have the treg set up on my off road trailer and up until now, no dramas. Easy to hook up and travels well over rocks etc.

However, I just noticed the other day that the poly block has a split in it. Not all the way through but large enough to cause concern and no doubt I will be renewing before the next trip.

The trailer is only 3-4 years old and I don't know how long the split has been in the block. Does anyone have any experience on what is the expected life span of these blocks?

I may take the opportunity to re-think the hitch type if these are going to deteriorate at an early rate. Trailer is stored outside but hitch is covered with rag to keep the sun off the block.

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Follow Up By: Member - Terry W4 - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:06

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 12:06
I have a Tregg towing an Cub Regal Off-road trailer. Also a reversing camera and have no difficulty back up to the hitch and connecting. The trailer is 7 years old and the hitch is in good condition. I have it at a trailer place today for maintenance - brakes and wheel bearings.
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Follow Up By: Off-track - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 20:56

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 20:56
Pretty unusual for a Treg/Trigg for that to happen in such a short time. Just make sure that it is a genuine product as there have been a few copies of sub-standard quality.
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Reply By: Racey - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 19:36

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 19:36
Before doing anything checkout the new McHitch, it has to beat everything in hitching upMchitch Uniglide
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Follow Up By: Member - John M (NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 07:40

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 07:40
Hi Racey

As others above have said the McHitch looks like the easist hookup and provides good articulation.
On most relatively flat locations most couplings work well. As I have to park my camper on a relatively steep driveway the McHitch will make for a easy connection. The AT35 is a PITA.
It is apparent that the Treg has a good following and provides a good service life.
What amazes me is that I asked about the Al-Ko coupling and there was not one comment. It appears that they are not popular.
So its off to purchase a McHitch self aligning coupling today.

Thank you everyone for you valued advice and experience.
We are in the process of planning our first outback trip from Sydney to Birdsville to Uluru to Lorella Springs to east coast and then back to Sydney leaving in mid August so will be asking for some further advice as this planning progresses.
Thanks again
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Reply By: Whirlwinder - Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 08:46

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 08:46
John,
After all that free advice, the least you can do is show us all your trailer.
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Follow Up By: Member - John M (NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:43

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:43
Hi Ian

I will post some pictures in the next couple of days.

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Follow Up By: Member - John M (NSW) - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 08:21

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 08:21
Hi Ian
A couple of pictures of the camper trailer for you.
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Reply By: Member - John T (Tamworth NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 13:49

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 13:49
G'day John,

I have an ALKO 3.5 t on our Trak Shak and a 2 t on a smaller trailer at work that carries a small boat wherever the 4x4 goes.

I changed the from the Treg on the Trak Shak to the ALKO so I did not have to change towbar tongues whenever I needed to tow the box trailer.

We have used the ALKO for about 3 years and 1000's of K's and it has always been reliable.

The ALKO on the work trailer has done even more K's and no problems.

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Reply By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 15:22

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 15:22
This one may be of interest to you from caravanners forum
http://caravanersforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=48248

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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 21:19

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 21:19
Gooday,
You can buy a Hitch Up Mirror if you do not have a Camera on the back of your tow vehicle, makes it a one person job, very quick & easy to set up and remove, packs up neatly in a its own carry bag, have been using one for years great pice of gear, and besides it does not break down.
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