Towing hitch

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I am wanting to know if anyone has experience with the different towing hitches. we have bought a caravan and nee to purchase a towing hitch for a 100 series Land cruiser. Looking at the Hayman Reece or Pro series. If any one knows which way I should go it would be much appreciated, all comments considered.
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Reply By: Member - Wildmax - Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015 at 20:43

Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015 at 20:43
If you're contemplating any serious off-roading, you really can't go past the DO35 - very simple to use, and capable of doing a full 360 degree roll without coming unhitched. They are used on a number of the more extreme trailers including our former rig (a TVan) and the current camper (AOR Eclipse). Have used the DO
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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015 at 20:44

Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015 at 20:44
Don't know what happened there.....meant to say we have used the DO35 hitch for the past five years without a single moment of trouble, and it's been really put to the test.
But of course if you're staying on the blacktop, it's a different story......
Good luck
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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 19:49

Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 19:49
We had a DO35 and I couldn't get rid of it quick enough. Awful thing which looked good and worked well at hitching/unhitching on a nice flat concrete showroom floor but was otherwise hopeless.
Went to a McHitch and are quite happy with that.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 01:58

Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 01:58
I believe McHitch is quite good, but you'd have to be the first complaint I've ever heard about the DO35, though agree you don't need one if you're not towing off-road - I certainly don't hitch mine on a nice flat concrete floor!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Ups and Downs - Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 08:49

Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 08:49
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I think you must have had another setup as the DO35 isn't as you describe.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 09:06

Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 09:06
Check out this list of trailer couplings. The problem here is not a case of the DO35 and the AT35 couplings getting mixed up is it?


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Follow Up By: AlanTH - Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 10:20

Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 10:20
Certainly says DO35 on the thing. I really didn't like it as you had to be very accurate in lining up. The McHitch is much more forgiving.
Just my experience.
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Follow Up By: Member - ACD 1 - Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 10:37

Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 10:37
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What a great link - thanks very much

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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 11:08

Thursday, Dec 03, 2015 at 11:08
Alan, did the pictures in my link match up?


Anthony, if you click the "Back" link at the bottom you will find heaps more excellent information.

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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015 at 21:56

Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015 at 21:56
The Pro Series hitches are HR hitches made specifically for Camec see this link.

Quote "These round bar style hitches are rated the same as the Hayman Reese Hitches, but are made specifically for CAMEC, with the same features. They include the standard offset shank.

"These are made by Hayman Reese and the Reese New Style offset shanks can be used if the included standard shank does not have enough range."

The big difference between the two is there is no rake adjustment in the head. If the hitch receiver in your tow bar is dead level you will probably be OK. The rake adjustment is often needed to make finer tension adjustment than is available than the change in tension between chain links. I have had occasion to use the rake adjustment to get sufficient working links in the chains.

If you think you may need the rake adjustment then I would suggest the Eaz Lift Hitch - scroll down to see the range of hitches.
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Reply By: TomH - Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015 at 22:21

Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015 at 22:21
We used a bog standard HR with 850lb bars

I would if doing it again use this one Buy the sway control unit for it as well

The 100 ser has a problem in that you cant poke the tongue in far enough because of the spare tyre.

Some like me years ago shortened the tongue by cutting it and redrilling the hole HR frown on this but it gets the ball a lot closer to the car
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Follow Up By: TomH - Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015 at 22:23

Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015 at 22:23
These are what I meanhttp://www.haymanreese.com.au/products/dual-cam-high-performance-sway-control
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015 at 23:28

Tuesday, Dec 01, 2015 at 23:28
Tom, who makes these 850 lb bars? The HR bars are 800 lb models. Also you would only use that model if your ball weight is over 275 kg. These days I would not be using the old classic series bars either, the newer standard bars give more clearance with the drawbar when you are manoeuvring around town.

If you are going to use the twin cam anti-sway then the standard series bars also have the curved ends to fit over the rollers - see this link. - read the description on that page.


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Follow Up By: TomH - Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 08:23

Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015 at 08:23
Very sorry typo In 2009 I saw the antisway setup for the first time and Im positive it had the square bars because I contemplated changing mine. Yes the pic is the wrong one but I couldnt find the correct one when I looked. Will have a Bex and a lie down I thinkLOL
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Reply By: Brian B4 - Monday, Dec 07, 2015 at 15:49

Monday, Dec 07, 2015 at 15:49
we just fitted a McHitch to our camper trailer, easy to install and excellent in off road conditions, easier than the treg hitch
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