caravan hitch

Submitted: Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 19:18
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I have an Aerolite van hocked to a Toyota 1986 Cruser. I have been told I need a sprung hitch otherwise the van might shake to bits (being an ultra light).

Doe any have any ideas.
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Reply By: GOB member vic - Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 21:20

Monday, Oct 20, 2003 at 21:20
busman maybe you could/should talk to hayman reese or other tow hitch makers i run a full hayman reese tow hitch to a 16ft jayco offroad alot of bits happen but has not shaken apart YET
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Reply By: busman - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 06:00

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 06:00
i was told to use a sprung hitch like the old hayman "shock stop" (made before the days of hayman-reese) which are no longer made.

because my 4wd is old and the van is light i was told i must have something to absorb the sharp up and down movement.

last night i was also told that tow trucks have a sprung hitch which i will investigate today. suburban towing in sydney apparently make something like this.

thanks for your comments.
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Reply By: Member - jaksun - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 11:02

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 11:02
I have a shock stop that i no longer use,its in very good condition,if you are interested and want to buy it please email me.
Regards Jaksun
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Follow Up By: busman - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 15:54

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 15:54

I am interested.

Where are you?

I live at Lake MaQuarrie and usually visit Sydney for work every week.

How much do you want for it.

My email is


(geoff judd)
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Reply By: Salty - Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 23:52

Tuesday, Oct 21, 2003 at 23:52
I am led to belive that the problem with the aerolite vans is that due to the way the chassis is constructed that the two rails pull apart so there fore to solve the problem you need to weld RHS bracings between the the rails. This should solve your problems. Hope this info is of some help! Regards Salty.
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Reply By: Nige - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 00:06

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 00:06
Dear Busman
We own a 17' Aerolight 1985 model which we towed with a HJ60 for about 10 years; when we bought the van we found out later that the chassis is susceptible to cracking and on close inspection found some cracks. We liked the van so we took it to a local engineering shop and they welded plate steel inside the chassis to brace the section around the axle and they also braced it between the chassis with angle in two places also bolted up through the floor; we have had no problems since. We also bought a Hayman 'Shock Stop' from Taylors Trailers here in Cairns which we were told was highly recommended for towing caravans behind stiff sprung vehicles like ours. If you get one (approx $400 new) you will find that there is no banging or rattling of the ball inside the tow hitch and the whole rig will just gently move up and down - I think this has also saved the van from further damage and is definitely worth the money. We now tow with a turbo 80 series and I still use the shock stop and we still have the van. The only damage now is from our 16 year old twin boys - like travelling with great danes, all body and tiny brains. Bye, Nige.
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Follow Up By: busman - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 11:33

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 11:33
Thanks Nige.
"Jakson" says he has one for sale. Sounds good to me but I haven't heard back from him yet. Any ideas where else I might get one. All the places I have talked to have said that they are no longer made.

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Reply By: Nige - Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 22:51

Thursday, Oct 23, 2003 at 22:51
Hi busman, I'm sure I saw new ones at Taylor's Trailers (ph 0740321717) in cairns this year? Try them, they are quite helpful and will know if they are available or not. Good luck. Nige
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