trailer hitch

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 16:19
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could someone advise me on a trailer hitch been looking at the ozhitch and the hyland hitch it is to go on a willys jeep trailer.

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Reply By: Darrenguthrie - Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 18:46

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 18:46
Hii John ,

It doesn't look like hitch would have enough capacity for the trailer you plan to tow unless you can reduce the weight of the trailer by 1,000 lbs or so .

If you want more information about trailer hitch, ute tool box check out this site you will get all information - http://www.matesratestools.com.au/
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Follow Up By: john m85 - Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 20:58

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 20:58
hi i am a bit confused why would i have to reduce the weight by 1000 lbs i thought you just put the new hitch on and that would be it being a ex army trailer they are pretty strong
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Reply By: GarryR - Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 19:10

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 19:10
why don't you have a look at Vechile Components website in Qld. Both my son in law and I have Tregg hitchs but are changing to DO35 hitches rated to 2tonne or just over on our offroad camper trailers.. They also have a DO45 hitch which is rated at about 3.5tonne. Not sure exactually sure what you intend to do travelling, but these hitches will have better angularity than the hyland. Not sure about the ozhitch so I can't comment - Garry R
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 19:18

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 19:18
Garry, DO 35 is rated at 3.5 tonne, the DO 45 is rated at 4.5 tonne according to the website. Also a DO 65, rated at, 6.5 tonne for use with pintle hooks, which the Willys Jeep trailer may be fitted with. Maybe the easist for John m85 to use.
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Follow Up By: Member - Keith P (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 20:57

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 20:57
I have a DO35 hitch on my 2014 Jayco Discovery Offroad Van..and it is the third one I have had...and would now use no other. In fact the very first one I bought is now on my 7ftx4.6ft box trailer...and no more towball rattles. The first series is all greaseable...but had a problem with fine dirt getting around the coupling/pin area...so Vehicle components made a fairly effective mod to their hitch which I bought and changed out on our last camper trailer and worked heaps better.
Then when I got our new Jayco...it came with a ball hitch...so I didn't waste any time in replacing that with a new DO35 and it was upgraded a little as well...even the other half can hook it up its that easy. Seems Vehicle Components is right into updating their hitches when any probs may occur...which is a good thing in my book.
Would strongly recommend them !!!!


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Follow Up By: john m85 - Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 21:01

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 21:01
thanks for the information i will look into the do35
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Follow Up By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 21:22

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 21:22
I started with a Tregg then went to McHitch and now have a DO35.
My wife can even hitch up by herself.
All that Keith said +++++
Even if you need to level up the trailer leaving safety chains and electricals in situ just click of the dust cap press the button and slide the latch back. Wind up the jockey wheel and drop it back down when you hitch up.
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Reply By: disco driver - Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 19:19

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 at 19:19
You could use the original style trailer hitch, from memory it's known as a pintle ring and hook. It was/is common on small military vehicles.
Design wise it is a scaled down pigtrailer type, a solid steel ring on the trailer and a hook with a lockdown device fitted on the back of the tug.
It is usual for the ring to be welded to the end of a shaft which then goes through a round tube which is welded to the trailer drawbar. The idea of this is to allow movement in all directions.

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Reply By: 671 - Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 00:52

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 00:52
John

Is this the type of trailer that you have? http://www.remlr.com/trailer-no5.html If so then what is wrong with using the original O ring coupling as Disco Driver suggested? If the rest of the trailer is original then the correct coupling will complete it.

I have one on my 8 x 6 single axle off road box trailer and it works perfectly. You would not find an easier and faster coupling to connect and it does not rattle on rough roads.

Mine is the overriding type that you see here http://www.triggbrs.com.au/catalogue/couplings/75mm-ring.html It is not exactly the same as the Army design but it is better than nothing if you can’t find an original.

Don’t use the overriding swivel type though without the anti swivel base plate under it. O rings must not be allowed to swivel through 360 degrees because they can lock up solid when the trailer is on a sharp angle to the car and not allow the trailer to come back into line. There are no prizes for guessing what can happen then.
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Follow Up By: john m85 - Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 10:52

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 10:52
hi the type of trailer is m416 military trailer i just thought the o ring coupling rattles,i will look into it now you say there are no rattles that sounds good thanks.
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 11:40

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 11:40
Always have a bit of weight in the front of the trailer, it increases the "ballweight" and stops any tendency to rattle.
If you are towing it with the original tow vehicle (Willys or Ford Jeep) there's no way you will hear it rattle over every other noise produced.

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Follow Up By: 671 - Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 11:56

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 11:56
John

I have heard people say they rattle but mine doesn't. It may vary from coupling to coupling. I am using the Trigg ring as shown in that link that I posted. The tow bar is genuine Toyota and the hook came with it as standard equipment. There is very little clearance around the ring when the hook is closed.

I have used these couplings many times behind Air Force SWB soft top Landcruisers in on and off road conditions and I could not hear a thing.

My own trailer weighs 460 kg empty and has 39 kg on the tow ball. It tows as steady as can be and I am yet to hear any rattles.
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Follow Up By: john m85 - Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 12:35

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 12:35
at the moment i have trigg bros coupling made in sa 2500kg with 50mm ball its ok for highway dont no how it would go in the real tuff stuff your coupling does sound better
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Reply By: My Aussie Travel Guide - Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 16:26

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 16:26
Here's another vote for the DO35 hitch from Vehicle Components.

We fitted it to our Tvan for a trip last year to the Kimberley and wrote a review on it here.

DO35 Review

We have no affiliation, it was an independent review.

Linda.
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Reply By: Whirlwinder - Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 18:05

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 at 18:05
For my money the Mchitch would have to be the easiest hitch to couple up I have ever used.
I put an Ozhitch on my first Kimberely and it was very good BUT the Mchitch is just so much easier. It is rated at 3500kgs
I have not used a DO35 but it is a lot better than the Tregg/trig style when on uneven ground.
Just my 2 bobs worth.
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Reply By: Gronk - Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 09:54

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 09:54
The Ozhitch is also rated at 3.5T..
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Reply By: Jarse - Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 10:35

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015 at 10:35
I have an Ozhitch on my VistaRV, but will be replacing it soon with either a DO-35 or McHitch.

The Ozhitch does the job well, but because of the exposed moving parts it gets dirt, grease and crap on everything. The other disadvantage is there are 3 parts you can 'lose' - the hitch pin, its spring and the locking clip.

Hope this helps.

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Reply By: The Landy - Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 08:13

Monday, Mar 02, 2015 at 08:13
And another vote from me for the D035 from Vehicle Components. A case of once you have used you'll never look back.

In fact I've just upgrade my original to the new and improved version.

Good luck with your deliberations.

Cheers, Baz - The Landy
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