Hyland Hitches, how good are they?.

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 08:58
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We are picking up our new van in a couple of weeks and I have the choice of having a Hyland Hitch on it, I understand it's rated at 3500kgs, my existng Tow Ball is rated the same, I heard that some people had problems with Tow Ball Shank Heights, just asking forum readers re: their own experiences with them.

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Reply By: Member - Myles F (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 09:23

Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 09:23
Daza,
I’ve heard the same thing but mine fit straight onto the standard ball I had on the Cruiser. The hitch just clears the tongue. I highly recommend them.
Myles.
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Follow Up By: Member - Myles F (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 09:42

Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 09:42
Daza,
I’ve just measured the distance from the top of the tongue to the top of the ball = 73mm.
Fits snug at that, so if your ball height is less, then you will most likely need a replacement.
Myles.
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Reply By: Member - Patrick (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 10:47

Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 10:47
Over 5 years with one and not a problem in that time.

A great hitch!

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Reply By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 13:33

Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 13:33
Daza

hey mate....i have been looking at this one OZHITCH ,seems really easy to hook up,cheers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Myles F (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 14:47

Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 14:47
G’day Mark,
Hope you and your family are well.
Seen them but the advantage with the Hyland hitch is that you get all the articulation with the advantage of being able to tow your box trailer and boat trailer etc. keeping the ball in place.
Been away lately?
Myles.
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 15:19

Saturday, Jul 10, 2010 at 15:19
Myles

gday mate......all good here.

know what you mean about the towball thing.easy if you dont swap over.

weather hasnt been kind this way for adventuring out too far,cheers.
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Reply By: Member - Rodney B- Sunday, Jul 11, 2010 at 11:29

Sunday, Jul 11, 2010 at 11:29
Have had a Hyland for 3 years on my camping trailer and I reckon it is the best hitch I have ever used. Ease of hookup and articulation are great.
You have to use the long ball or it bottoms out before locking. You can put a spacer under the ball about 1/16th or 1/8th of an inch but easier to buy a tall ball.

Cheers Rod
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 17:08

Thursday, Jul 15, 2010 at 17:08
Been using mine for a bit over 12 months on a 2300kg Tare van - trouble free to date - hooking up takes a bit of practice but I'm good at it now :-o). If the cup snags the tongue while turning, they can tend to turn and loosen the ball, but once set up right, there seems no issue. A brand new, 3.5t rated long shank ball is relatively cheap - our van supplier just packed it up with a couple of fat washers to ensure the required tongue clearance.
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Reply By: geocacher (djcache) - Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 00:06

Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010 at 00:06
Been really happy with the one on our Kanga. Tens of thousands of problem free km.

The bloke who owned the Kanga briefly before us didn't realise they had an top & bottom to the U holding the receiver. Lucky he never took it off the bitumen.

The bottom has notches to clear the tongue when the trailer articulates below the level of the back wheels of the tow vehicle.

ie. when you drive up and over something and turn at the same time.

Dave
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