Which is the best CT coupling?

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 12:11
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Hi all, I am currently looking at purchasing a CT (looking at the archives Tambo's Cooper is the way to go) and would like some advice regarding couplings. Looking through various web sites etc it appears that the choice is between a Treg coupling or the AT35 coupling. We mainly camp throughout the Victorian High Country. I am interested to hear from anyone who has used either.

Thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 12:19

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 12:19
I don't think it matters. Both the ones you mention are excellent. I have the AT35, but I suspect the Tregg is just as good.
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 12:24

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 12:24
I have the Treg on my Tambo... So far no issues with it. Was advised not to go with the copies of the Orac coupling, apparently the steel tube they use can and has been known to split along it's seam. One thing to consider when making your purchase is clearance of rear doors or tailgate over the hitch.
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Follow Up By: TJ HACH - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 13:37

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 13:37
Thanks Blue.....do you have the Burra or the Cooper? How long have you had your Tambo for and are you happy with it? Everything I read about this CT is positive...so far.
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 20:41

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 20:41
TJ,
very happy with the product and extremely impressed with the after sales service... Kieth an Amanda should be proud of the business they have built. I have the Cooper with the extra bedroom, toolbox, leccy brakes... Had it for about 16 months now, without issue. Some have voiced concern about Tambo having a fairly lengthy lead time and how this may affect quality... Have seen a few of them recently, all very new and all still great quality units...

Just for the record, the good lady and I have been recording set-up times... With the kids in tow, anything from 30mins to an hour... Very dependant on how much they try to help. Without the kids, we have it down to a fairly flat 15mins, handbrake to can...

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Reply By: Darian (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 13:15

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 13:15
The Treg poly system has been around for ages, is very popular and very robust. You'd be hard presssed to find something more reliable - parts may be easier to get than some also. Whatever - I had a Trigg system prior - that was good too. Sticking with mainstream proven products does have some value though.
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Reply By: Penguin (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 13:47

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 13:47
Hi there

There is another choice - Hyland. It is a fully articulated hitch and couples to a 50mm ball. I've used mine in the High Country and have had no problems. It's quite a bit easier to hook up than the Treg.

The manufacturer is Darren HYLAND
HYLAND 2000 Offroad Trailer Couplings..
Phone # (07) 3200 6261

Mike
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Follow Up By: Member - Patrick (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 14:35

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 14:35
My vote also goes to the Hyland. I have one fitted to the offroad van and it is brilliant. Gets in every position with ease and straight forward when hooking up.

The tregg requires quite a bit of accuracy when linning up but the Hyland just does it better.

My 10 cents worth.
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Follow Up By: RickBew - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 15:43

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 15:43
I've previously used a Tregg and they are great.

The Hyland is also good but the plastic block in the Tregg quietens down the noise between car and trailer where as with Hyland you still get that clunking as they still use a ball connection.

I guess not between them all bu my vote would be for Tregg.

Rick
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Reply By: Member - Ross P (NSW) - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 14:02

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 14:02
I have a Treg Coupling on my 16ft Coromal Seka and when coupled I can't fault it. I've pulled the van through some reasonably rough places and everything has been fine.
My only issue is that it is more difficcult to line up when coupling but with a CT you should be able to man handle the rig more than I can with the 1800 kg van.
There were some issues, I believe, with the early poly blocks being unsuitable for weight distribution hitches but the later "blue" block is OK.
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Reply By: Glenn (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 14:38

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 14:38
Hi TJ Hach,

I have the Tambo Cooper...and LOVE it. I also have the treg hitch and have had no issues with it.

Cheers

Glenn
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Reply By: Leroy - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 14:41

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 14:41
I have an Orac. No probs with it. I don't think it really matters which one you choose. I have an orac only because it was on the trailer when I bought it. Of course it's an O'Briens trailer!

Leroy
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Reply By: Member - MrBitchi (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 15:57

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 15:57
I have an Orac. Can't beat it for articulation and strength. Like the Tregg, is a bit tricky to get lined up.

Here's a page that shows your options.

Couplings

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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 17:39

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 17:39
I have a Treg and it has done some rough work in the Pilbara last year " without a hitch " ! However I am forced to park my CT on a downhill slope on an angle and the Treg is a bitch to hook up . My wife will not help me anymore because I do my block !
Cheers ,
Willie .
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 17:55

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 17:55
Willie, I've got an AT35 which is similar. I've installed a reversing camera and screen and now that I'm used to it, I can get within an inch almost every time. Pretty easy to push it that far.

If I had installed the camera in a better position for this purpose, it would be even easier.

Mine wife tries to help, but I find it easier to just do it myself most of the time now.
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 20:47

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 20:47
Good idea Norm . I have already been chastised a number of times on this forum for all the gadgets on the car , so what will one more matter .
Thanks ,
Willie .
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Reply By: ACDC - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 18:22

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 18:22
It's seems most of you have never had your vehicle bogged with a trailer all these tregg/orac type couplings are a pain!!! you cannot unhook the trailer if there is load on the pin! trying moving the vehicle or trailer impossible! they may be noisey but a pintle hook is better!
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 21:06

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 21:06
If the army taught me one thing, it was that I'll never own a vehicle with a lintle hook... That damn clunking near did my head in...
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Follow Up By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 21:07

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 21:07
nor will I own one with a "Pintle" hook... I really should look up occasionally while typing...
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Follow Up By: HJ60-2H - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 21:28

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 21:28
I have sucessfully decoupled a treg hitch with a trailer that was overturned with an enormous weight on the hitch, so it can be done and it isn't hard. Just pull the pin in the Hayman Reese coupling & the entire coupling comes out of the vehicle easily.
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Follow Up By: ACDC - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 21:39

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 21:39
If you have a load on the pin you cannot! pull out the pin.
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Follow Up By: HJ60-2H - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 21:44

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 21:44
You missed the point. The load was on the treg pin (& yes they are a bithc to pull when loaded) but it was easy to get it off the hayman reese pin so I just pulled the hayman reece pin and thus took the hayman reese coupling out complete with the treg coupling attached. Trailer now easily disconnected. I am just reporting what I did whcih easily overcame the problem you suggested.
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Reply By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 20:51

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 20:51
If you love shouting at the wife and you like her screaming back get the AT35 hitch.

Hate it, Hate it, Hate it......

I too bought a reversing camera - just to hitch up.

Give me a Treg anyday.
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Reply By: ACDC - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 21:28

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 21:28
No one has told me how to get the pin out when your bogged yet!!
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Follow Up By: Rosco - Qld - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 21:52

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 21:52
If you really,really have to, it's not that difficult.
Get a drift of smaller dia, a piece of 10mm rod will do nicely.
Then thump the pin out with the drift.
When you're bogged there's not that much load on the pin so I wouldn't expect it to move sufficiently to trap the 10mm rod.

How about that??

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Ed. C.- Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 21:49

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 21:49
My current CT has a Hyland coupling...
My next CT (which is being custom-built as we speak) will have a Hyland coupling...

Make of that what you will....

Regards, Ed. C.
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....Not necessarily mechanic!!"

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