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I am after some good advice I am looking at of road hitches,.ark,mchith.alko.and hyland just after some thoughts about them. thanks
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 14:13

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 14:13
John

You need to provide more information.
Example, depending on your van and weight and where you want to go the everyday simple towball will be fine.
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Follow Up By: john m85 - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 17:38

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 17:38
I have a m416 willys jeep of road trailer like to do the desert tracks then cape york also the cannning
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Reply By: Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 14:42

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 14:42
John,

I've used Hyland, Tregg, and McHitch Autocoupler for off road towing, and some of that has been extreme articulation.

By far the best in terms of easy hitching and unhitching is the Autocoupler.

All of them have enough articulation, with the Hyland perhaps having a little less than the others.

Autocoupler gets my vote.

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Reply By: gbc - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 14:51

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 14:51
It looks like you want to retain your towball? The ones mentioned are all towball mount. I got the new ARK towball mount one recently and they are great. One thing to remember with towball mount hitches is that you need to wind the hitch higher than the ball to get it on - not usually an issue in a van park, but offroad it is something to keep in mind, especially as sprung vehicles tend to grow a bit in height once the trailer comes off. Still, I like mine just for the convenience factor.
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Follow Up By: McLaren3030 - Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 13:32

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 13:32
gbc, the McHitch Autocoupler is not a ball type coupler, you only need to wind up or down to take the weight off the coupler in order to disconnect. This is generally a lot less than with a ball coupler. Same with a Tregg type coupler. I have used ball type, Tregg and McHitch Autocoupler, I would go with the McHitch Autocoupler.
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Reply By: Notso - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 16:14

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 16:14
I've just fitted a McHitch to my "Off Road" van. It seems OK, well made and solid, weighs a tonne!

Haven't had it long enough to sing it's praises too much but it is a lot more positive coupling than a tow ball!
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Reply By: Jarse - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 16:21

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 16:21
I've had 3:

Treg - Pain in the bum to hook up. Swivel was noisy too;

OzHitch - Easier to hook up than the Treg, but nylon bushes wear quickly, and the design of the hookup pin allows heaps of dust into the hitch, accelerating bush wear;

Both the above have a security pin which can be lost if you don't tether it, or carry a spare.

DO35 - Best and easiest to use of the 3 I owned. Simple to just drop onto the pin and lock on. O-rings keep the dust out and it's easy to keep clean and maintain.

A mate has the Autocoupler, and it's apparently excellent as well.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 16:54

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 16:54
x2 for the DO35 - brilliant hitch.
I've had one for our previous TVan and now for our Aust OffRoad Eclipse.
The DO35 has fantastic articulation and it's very easy to hook up and disconnect.
Even met one bloke who had dropped his TVan down a big hole on the side of a track, and the van did a 360 degree roll but remained attached to his tow vehicle by the DO35 (portable toilet punched out a window in the van though - yuk!!)
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Follow Up By: Jarse - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 18:49

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 18:49
Wildmax, the DO35 is on my AOR Quantum 4. Love it!!
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Follow Up By: Warren B - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 18:53

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 18:53
I've got a Mchitch Autocoupler and are now looking at replacing it with a DO35. my van is 3t and the Autocoupler is a pain to uncouple, unless you get it perfect it jams. hooking up sorta ok ( should of gone DO35 in first place )

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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 21:29

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 21:29
I've gone from the DO35 that was on the caravan when we bought it, to a 6 tonne McHitch Auto (which was better but still could be a pain to uncouple if the height wasn't spot-on)....

....and now I've recently upgraded to the Rolls Royce of hitches (if price is anything to go by!!!).... Hitch Ezy. It's rated at 5 tonnes and is beautifully made with no additional pins needed to finalise the set-up.

I haven't been out and about with it yet...but initial trial coupling/uncoupling seems to indicate it will be better than either the DO35 or the McHitch Auto.

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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 22:23

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 22:23
Cannot understand why you guys are having trouble uncoupling an Autocoupler.

On first installation and coupled up, lower the van jockeywheel until it just starts to take weight. Then while watching the hitch, continue to wind the jokey wheel down until you see the slightest movement in the coupling which indicates load is coming off the coupling.

While doing that count the number of turns on the jockey wheel handle. For me it's six. For you it will be different.

It never changes. Whenever I uncouple I wind the jockey down until it starts to take load, then six more turns to unload the coupling, then drive away. Works every time. So simple.

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 17:56

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 17:56
Check out ORAC coupler

Usually only up to 2 tonnes

Simpler, lower profile, lower cost, can keep towball ,can fully rotate and even be mounted such that has couple of heights.

Dragged my trailer across Simpson etc ok , just fitted one to a new light weight camper as well.





http://australiantrailerparts.com.au/trailer-coupling-orac-hitch/4:7960/
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 08:05

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 08:05
Robin, how about you post your links properly using the "Link" button below the insertion box. That's why its there, to ensure you don't post bum links.
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 23:18

Tuesday, Dec 06, 2016 at 23:18
Scratch the Hyland...though a tough, effective and easy to use hitch (got one on our offroad van) the business closed.
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 07:39

Wednesday, Dec 07, 2016 at 07:39
john,

I chose the Hitchmaster DO35 coupling for several reasons.
Articulation is excellent.
Coupling and uncoupling is a breeze.
Rated at 3.5t or 4.5t (different models)
low profile, ensuring my drop down tailgate doesn't contact the coupling.
No rattle.
The hitch pin is quite compact and has a quality flexible cover when not in use.

Absolutely chalk and cheese compared to my old Treg hitch.

I originally replaced the treg hitch on my previous camper and was so satisfied with the result that when upgrading to a new van, ordered it with the DO35.
Removed the original DO35 from the Camper before selling it and now is attached to my off road trailer.
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Reply By: Member - peter c1 (QLD) - Thursday, Dec 08, 2016 at 14:02

Thursday, Dec 08, 2016 at 14:02
If anyone is interested. I have a Hayman Reece V5 WDS and Vehicle Components Hitchmaster DO 35 Coupling for sale. Includes 1 pr breakaway chains.$495.00. Located Sunshine Coast. On Gumtree.
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