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Am changing the 50mm ball connection on my camping trailer to an off road one.
Local trailer dealers have suggested a Hyland Coupling in front of a Treg as they reckon its easier to connect the Hyland to the vehicle.
Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Regaards

Howard
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 12:12

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 12:12
G'day Howard,

I have both, a treg on the camper and a Hyland on the van. I find the Hyland easier to use compared to the Treg. I have used the Treg for more than 8 years and in some awkward places when the lining up of the pin was hard and I probably would have kicked the dog if I had one but had to settle for abusing the bride. We certainly worked it out and good communication and technique is the key.

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Follow Up By: Lex M (Brisbane) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 12:40

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 12:40
Have you considered a DO35?
http://www.vehiclecomponents.com.au/content/contentdetails.asp

Very easy to use and low profile.

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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 12:40

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 12:40
I use a Hyland, excellent hitch easy to use and line up in almost every situation I have been in.

Articulates very well in the off road situation.

You will need a High Rise ball, I use a 25mm extended rise ball and its perfect.
Link below to show you what I mean.

Here is a Tow Ball example



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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 12:50

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 12:50
The other advantage is that you don't have to keep changing the tow ball if you have other trailers with a ball hitch already on them.

In my case I own quite a number of trailers and they all have 50mm ball couplings.

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Follow Up By: Member - Myles F (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 21:18

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 21:18
G’day John,
I use a Hyland and haven’t seen another hitch I would rather have.
I’ve always used a standard 50mm ball and wonder why you stated you need a high rise ball.
Myles.
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Follow Up By: Member - John (Vic) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 21:28

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 21:28
Hi Myles
Mine sat deep enough into the socket of the Hyland that the bottom of the Hyland was resting on the goose-neck itself.
Maybe I just happened to have a deeper ball socket than yours or maybe you happen to have a slightly higher rise on the ball you have??

Not sure but just thought it was something i should note for Howard to keep an eye on.

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Reply By: Member - A J- Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 12:42

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 12:42
Howard T (QLD) the last trailer I purchased has a Hitchmaster DO25 which is rated at 2500 kg - off road hitch - very easy to use.

Recommend you have a look at them - do not know the price.

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Follow Up By: Lex M (Brisbane) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 13:19

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 13:19
DO25 no longer available. Only the DO35. See post above
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Reply By: Member - Ed C (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 13:05

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 13:05
I'm using a Hyland coupling on my c/t, and I'm not planning on changing it any time soon..

If I were to consider any other type of coupling, it would be the Hitcnmaster DO35 (linked above)

I definitely won't be changing it for a Treg ;-)
(YMMV)

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Reply By: Member - Dave and Shaz - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 13:41

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 13:41
We use a Hyland hitch on our camper trailer. We did have it on a Jayco campertrailer but when we sold that, it was definitely NOT included in the sale. Have had no hassles with it, it's really easy to use and connect up at any angle. A Treg hitch looks like argument material to me!

Hylands are also Australian made by Darren Hyland in Qld. Another plus.

Found this info on the internet which gives a good explanation of various hitches.

Different types of hitches
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Follow Up By: Pete Jackman (SA) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 13:58

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 13:58
Treg are also Australian made by Gordon J. Tregoning Pty Ltd in South Australia
Any mug can be uncomfortable out bush

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Reply By: Member - Patrick (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 14:42

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 14:42
Have a Hyland on my caravan and it works a treat. Very easy to hitch up, its my pick of couplings.

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Reply By: CJ - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 15:10

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 15:10
DO35

That is the beez knees

Soo easy, and self guiding - you do not have to have pinpoint accuracy to couple

CJ
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 19:09

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 19:09
Never had any problem with aligning the Treg hitch myself.
One big advantage is that they are silent. No vibration, no rattles, all good.

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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 21:42

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 21:42
I've used an AT35 on CT and now have a Hyland on the off road van. The Hyland is perhaps a bit easier to line up, but the AT35 was no drama either. The big advantage in the Hyland is no need to change hitches when you want to tow a trailer, boat or anything else with a normal 50mm ball coupling. I see this as a big advantage. In terms of operation once connected, all the top brands are similar in my view.

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Reply By: DIO - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 21:54

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 21:54
Have used a Treg coupling since 1980 on both van and trailer. I have never experienced any difficulty in coupling either unti to my tow vehicle. Don't believe all that you hear about them being difficult to connect etc. It is the user not the equipment that is thr problem.
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Reply By: titl4 - Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 23:47

Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010 at 23:47
I've used Treg and Hyland hitches for quite some time and now a DO35 for about 6 months. All do the job well. How would I rate them (my opinion only) - good, better, best in the above order.
Cheers ......... Alan
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Reply By: happytravelers - Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 20:43

Wednesday, Mar 03, 2010 at 20:43
Many opinions here, I had a treg hitch on a camper for ten years, never had a problem hitching it up, I've now got another campertrailer on order and specified another treg hitch, even though the trailer builder was pushing the Hyland hitch.

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Reply By: Member - Howard T (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 12:07

Thursday, Mar 04, 2010 at 12:07
Hi All

Would like to thank everyone for their replies and advice. It has helped
greatly. I have decided to go Hyland mainly becasue i have other items requiring towing.

Once again thanks.

Howard.
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