of road hitch or not

Submitted: Wednesday, May 01, 2019 at 09:27
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i no I have asked this before heading to the Cape towing a willys jeep trailer with ordinary tow hitch been told it will be fine others say put of road hitch on need some advice on who has been there would it be ok leaving the trailer as is,Thanks
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Reply By: Rangiephil - Wednesday, May 01, 2019 at 09:32

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 at 09:32
Depends what you want to do.
If you intend to travel on most or basically any part of the OTT then you will need an off road hitch.
if you are sticking to the Development Road , no problem with a normal ball hitch.
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Follow Up By: john m85 - Wednesday, May 01, 2019 at 10:14

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 at 10:14
thank you I might change it to an of road hitch I do intend to go on the OTT
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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, May 01, 2019 at 09:48

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 at 09:48
The boys from All4Adventure tow their boat everywhere with a standard 50mm ball coupling.
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Follow Up By: john m85 - Wednesday, May 01, 2019 at 10:16

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 at 10:16
I thought they had a do35 hitch I might be wrong tho
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Wednesday, May 01, 2019 at 10:29

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 at 10:29
I once rolled an off road trailer on the GRR.
I am sure that if it had been fitted with a ball the motorhome would have rolled too, so I would not recommend a ball for any road.

Cheers,
Peter
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Follow Up By: RMD - Thursday, May 02, 2019 at 14:03

Thursday, May 02, 2019 at 14:03
Wasn't that roll over because the suspension failed on the LHS of the trailer?
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, May 02, 2019 at 14:16

Thursday, May 02, 2019 at 14:16
No.
We were travelling at 100kph and the LH wheel of the trailer hit a rock that was about 350mm diameter on the side of the road. The trailer spun clockwise in the air for 240 degrees, hit the ground smashing the tinny, bounced and then rolled back to where it stopped.
It broke the rear eye off the LH spring which then punched a hole in the bottom of the trailer, destroyed the tyre, broke the U bolts and badly bent the rim.

We left the tinny at the Ellenbrae dump (where we also made repairs to the trailer). They dragged into the house garden and planted flowers in it, then someone patched it up and they now use it as a ferry across the river in the wet between the house and the air strip, so it lives on :)
Cheers,
Peter
OKA196 motorhome
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Thursday, May 02, 2019 at 14:35

Thursday, May 02, 2019 at 14:35
Given the results, better the trailer wheel hit the rock than a MH wheel.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Thursday, May 02, 2019 at 16:13

Thursday, May 02, 2019 at 16:13
Just luck it happened the way it did. Could have been much worse, but I reckon the fully articulating Tregg saved the day.
CORRECTION: the trailer spun clockwise for about 135 degrees (45 degrees short of up side down) then back 225 degrees after it hit the ground.
The F350 took a couple of violent L-R-L swings, but stayed on all 4 wheels.
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Peter
OKA196 motorhome
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Follow Up By: ian.g - Friday, May 03, 2019 at 12:24

Friday, May 03, 2019 at 12:24
Speed kills, both machinery and lives.
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Follow Up By: Peter_n_Margaret - Friday, May 03, 2019 at 18:15

Friday, May 03, 2019 at 18:15
Yep. We got off very lightly under the circumstances.
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Peter
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Reply By: Malcom M - Wednesday, May 01, 2019 at 11:39

Wednesday, May 01, 2019 at 11:39
There is an Oz Hitch on gumtree for $20 at present.
They are a fantastic off road hitch.
At that price, do it anyway.
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Reply By: Member - DOZER - Saturday, May 04, 2019 at 14:45

Saturday, May 04, 2019 at 14:45
I would not use a std ball, if you articulate more than 30 degrees you run out of travel and side load the ball and hitch. My driveway is pretty steep off the road, and i used to stretch towballs with a std trailer on the back. This can lead to the hitch itself snapping, so go the offroad hitch.
b4 you bag me out, walk a mile in my shoes, then your a mile away and have my shoes :)

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