Trailer hitches

Submitted: Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 22:52
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went lookin at box trailers today, offroad kind. Looked at obriens trailers, they want $2200 for a flammin 6x5 box trailer!!! so another thought bleep tered..

But while there he showed me all the different hitches for trailers..

What sort is better for more than just fire trail trailering??
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Reply By: Leroy - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 23:16

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 23:16
Check out the Orac coupling. That's what my mate's got on the trailer he took to the cape. There is a trailer place just before Bay Marine in Chelsea that sell all the components u need to build a trailer and that's where people like O'briens would source thier parts from.

Leroy
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 23:20

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 23:20
The upside is, if I hire it for a day and take to mate he will make me a trailer! But the thing is, wondering how much it would save..

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Follow Up By: Leroy - Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 23:25

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 23:25
$600 for suspension,axel, electic brakes, coupling etc then material to build it. He got his 2nd had for $2500 and it has the best of everything. The guy he bought it from paid $5k for forest hill trailers to build it. Cheap trailers generally dont have the heavy duty suspension etc. You get what you pay for a little but I still think they are over priced!

Leroy
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Reply By: Member - Roachie- Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 23:41

Friday, Jun 04, 2004 at 23:41
Truckster,
The Ultimate has a Treg which is bloody good.
I've also got an 8x5 tandem trailer which had a ball coupling. I chucked that and got another one (same as a TREG, but not....if you get my drift) so I don't have to frig about changing from a ball to a treg hitch whenever I need to tow a different trailer etc.
The normal ball system can break off if the departure angle is too much for it when you're off the beaten track.
As for the trailers themselves.........NFI ...sorry to say
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Reply By: duncs - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 00:08

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 00:08
Ive put about 35,000k under my camper off road with a Treg never had a problem. Ive put about 200 under the old 7x4 box and broken 1 ball type coupling and bent the draw bar with teh replacement.

Go the Treg.

Duncs
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Reply By: Member - Ed. C.- Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 00:34

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 00:34
IMHO, only one word in trailer couplings these days (for on-road or off)...
HYLAND !! Check it out.... Makes the Treg (& similar) obsolete, IMO...
I'm about 5000 K's from home right now, so don't have contact details to hand, but any good trailer manufacturer should be able to source these...

Regards, Ed. C.
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Follow Up By: Member - TonyG (NSW) - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 09:26

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 09:26
Hi Ed,

I have a hyland coupling, and could not recommend t highly enough.

I find it very easy to line up the trailer when hooking up to the car, and it will do all departure angles.

I have had my trailer at angles of 45 degrees, in all directions, it has been faultless.

I have the hyland coupling with override brakes, and I like the fact that it has grease nipples in the coupling, so it is very easy to continually kepp it lubricated.

The other advantage of the coupling is it is not a tall coupling, so I can still open the rear doors on the GU Patrol with the trailer connected.

Hope this helps.

Thanks

TonyG
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Follow Up By: Cobra - Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 13:42

Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 13:42
I'm with you both, Hyland is the way to go. and it will handle everything you throw at it. Ignore anyone who say's it will not handle the knarly bits off road, they obviously have not used one
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Reply By: Member - Ray - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 00:35

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 00:35
Go the Treg or similar.I have a Treg on the camper and has been great for about 50000 k road and rough bushwork.Seen a few ball types come adrift on steep exits.
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Reply By: Member - Cruisin (QLD) - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 08:02

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 08:02
Hi Truckster

I like the Orac Hitch for serious off roading as the Hitch can swivel unrestricted 90 degrees either way past level. The Treg Hitch is good for 23 degrees, and a normal ball coupling is good for about 15 degrees.

Cheers Cruisin
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Reply By: robb - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 11:33

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 11:33
Hey Truckster, just spent all day yesterday photographing a Kimberley Kamper that had a Treg on it. Got it into some pretty difficult situations (to show it off) and it was sweet.

Cheers
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Reply By: The Banjo - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 11:47

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 11:47
I will have a Treg on my new camper ....had a Trigg on the old one (Trigg is cast - Treg is forged and welded....both seem excellent. Maybe Hyland is good - dunno - but if you lob with a Treg you have donky's years of experience from an SA company with a big reputation to protect - would be surprised if you could get anything more reliable....possibly, other designs may have attractions though. I notice that a trailer security accessories industry is gearing up....lots of clamps and locks emerging now.....saw a Hayman Reece towbar pin lock the other day.....replaces the original pin and has a barrel lock on the end....there are a number of Treg pin locks too...Talon have a system. I rang Treg and the bloke there said "a lot of expensive gadgets !....just drill out the clip hole on the end of the pin and put a chunky long shank padlock on it". This last option would get a lot of dirt in the lock - need to wrap it in a small plastic bag methinks.
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Follow Up By: Member - Camper (SA) - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 16:29

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 16:29
Hi Banjo
The Trigg is similar to theTregg but only has the same flexibility as a ball.
I checked carefully and bought a Tregg! Anywhere I can't take that I would be to afraid the drive with a trailer anyway.
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Reply By: The Banjo - Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 17:47

Saturday, Jun 05, 2004 at 17:47
Maybe there's Trigg's and Triggs....the Trigg I had was a poly block .... may be cast but was a fully articulating set up....whatever...Treg next....I'm happy.
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Reply By: MrBitchi - Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 08:16

Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 08:16
I have an Orac on my trailer, the ultimate in articulation.
John
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 11:04

Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 11:04
Treg is the most common hitch used for off-road as it does everything most folk need, but the ORAC is the bees-knees.
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Reply By: flappan - Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 15:09

Monday, Jun 07, 2004 at 15:09
Trigg here.
No probs so far.
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