OzGlide Towing Hitch

Submitted: Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 at 17:09
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Has anyone fitted the OzGlide to their caravan, camper or horse float.
If you have one fitted I would appreciate any feedback you would like to give.
Am thinking of fitting one and would also appreciate any comment on the weight distribution side of things as well.

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Reply By: TomH - Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 at 18:02

Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 at 18:02
These seem to be an adaptation of an American hitch. I have seen them discussed elsewhere but its frowned upon for me to refer you there.
Suffice to say its a place about towing.
They are more a dampening hitch than a WDH and seem to be used in the States on heavier rigs.
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Reply By: Member - Roachie - Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 at 19:06

Sunday, Jul 24, 2016 at 19:06
I have the "other" version where the air bag is part of the tow vehicle. Mine is called an "AirSafe Hitch". It has the distinct advantage that, being part of the tug, you only need one. If you have multiple trailers (eg: caravan, horse float, speed boat etc) you don't need to fit one of the air bag set-ups to each trailer.



Very happy with the result......it is good for trailers up to 4.5 tonne and 450kg ball weight. They make heavier duty models too.

They are almost essential for the MR/HR trucks you see towing circus and traveling show caravans etc.

However, they are NOT recommended for lighter vehicles (such as Patrols and Cruisers) that have fairly compliant coil or airbag suspension because they tend to work against each other (or so I've read).
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Reply By: Member - Mike S (VIC) - Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 12:51

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 12:51
Thank you for your replies. Still checking it all out but do like the look of the "Airsafe Hitch" though, thanks Roachie.
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Mike

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew & Jen - Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 21:50

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 21:50
Mike
I have used an Airsafe hitch on a F250 with a F350 rear end for about 4 years.
As Rochie has stated it is excellent for trucks with stiff leaf springs. Having just looked at your profile, if you still have the DMax the Airsafe would not be suitable.
In addition to the issue Roachie mentioned, the hitch increases the distance of the ball from the rear axle by about 35 cms
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Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Mike S (VIC) - Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 22:21

Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 22:21
Hi Andrew,
Thank you for that, I do still have the DMax and think I'll just go for the OME GVM upgrade and stick with the current set up.
Appreciate the info.
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Mike

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Follow Up By: TomH - Friday, Jul 29, 2016 at 09:21

Friday, Jul 29, 2016 at 09:21
Remembering that a GVM upgrade does not increase towing capacity and in some cases has been known to decrease it if GCM is not reasonably high.
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