Off Road Hitches

Submitted: Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 17:00
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Hi
Any body out there using a OZHITCH as there off road coupling been checking out there web page and video's looks real easy to use and seems to eliminate the problem of exact alignment which I have had issues with the current Tregg coupling great most of the time except when vehicle and trailer are not exactly level can be a pain to align or undo.
The ozhitch is guided into position as you wind down the jockey wheel a very simple unit which appeals to my "K.I.S.S" principal.
Any feed back appreciated.
Cheers
Barry.
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Reply By: Member - Ross G (NT) - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 17:14

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 17:14
Barry I replaced my Treg on a KK with an Ozhitch and have not looked back. SWMBO reckons it is easier to couple than the Treg and we all know if she is happy then we all are. Would never go back to the Treg.
Ross
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 17:49

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 17:49
Hi Ross
Thanks for your reply, have you had any issues with uneven ground getting pin out ??
As I mentioned my main problem with the Tregg was if the trailer and vehicle were on opposite sides of a crest if you get what I mean, I found that the pin would jam.
Just wondering if you have found the pin jamming on the Ozhitch on uneven ground.
And yes, I agree keep the "leader of the opposition" happy and your on a winner!!

Cheers
Barry
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Reply By: Isuzumu - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 17:24

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 17:24
Check out the DO 35 from Vehicle Components, I will be putting one on any new van/trailer I buy from now on.
Cheers Bruce
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 18:01

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 18:01
Hi Bruce
Have seen the DO 35 looks Ok but the big bonus for me re the Ozhitch is the simple operation and no intricate parts to possible fail out on the track.

Cheers
Barry
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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 18:59

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 18:59
Hi Barry, I have problems believing that it is self aligning where you have to put a bolt through four holes. The DO 35 has only one and a mate towed his 20' Bushtracker across the GRR last year and was very impressed.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wamuranman - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 19:48

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 19:48
Yes the DO35 in my opinion is the best off road hitch on the market. Very easy to align as one centred pointed pivot to go through. A sinple spring loaded latch keeps secure. Weight is on base section which is far thicker than normal ball thread - they are rated at 3500kg anyway as are other hitches.

Cheers
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 00:30

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 00:30
I bought two DO35's last year and replaced the Hyland Hithch on our Kanga & the earlier AT35 hitch on my brother in laws Tvan before we towed both for 9 weeks & 14,500km - up the Oodnadatta Tk, the Old Ghan Line to Alice, across the Tanami, out to Cape Levique & up the Gibb River Rd & back to Vic via Litchfield & Darwin.

Un hitched most nights & rehitched in the morning on all surfaces imaginable.

Never swore once. Unhitched & rehitched both campers with a grin on my dial & thought how good is that hitch.

Go the DO35. You won't regret it.

Dave.
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 07:07

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 07:07
Get a DO 35. You'll save 5 stressful min's of your life every time you hitch up.

I had a Tregg and would never go back.
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Reply By: racinrob - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 17:26

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 17:26
I replaced a Hyland Hitch recently with a McHitch, again easier to hook up than the ball type coupling and I'm happy with it.

rr
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 18:04

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 18:04
Hi rr
Thanks for your thoughts.
Have seen the McHitch as above I prefer the simple operation no intricate parts to maybe go wrong off road.
As long as your happy that's what counts.

Cheers
Barry
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Follow Up By: Gado - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 09:07

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 09:07
We fitted a McHitch adaptor to our Treg coupling. It retains the rubber block and uses the same articulation.

It is definitely easier to align and hook up, very happy with that!
There is no metal to metal movement at the towbar attachment, it screws up and locks tight.

The main reason we bought it was the Treg can be very hard to unhook (extract the pin) in an emergency, when there may be weight on it. We have found the McHitch adapter is not much better in that regard.

Cheers, Gado
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Reply By: garrycol - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 18:40

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 18:40
Ozihitch doesn't work quite as well as the ideal conditions shown in their videos but is OK. Is auto aligning only for and aft but not side to side so has to be still lined up pretty well in line.

I think a Hyland will work better and you can use your normal towball.

Garry
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 20:01

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 20:01
Hi Gary
That's reason for the post, all these videos are done in perfect conditions.
I have had feed back from a couple of uses of the Hyland and they say that they have problems with them rattling on the ball on rough tracks one guy is changing his.
I have used Tregg for years and 90% time very happy except for the situation described above.
We are ordering a new Off Road Van and trying to decide on the hitch.
Thanks for your input.
Cheers
Barry
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 20:06

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 20:06
Gary, forgot to ask have you had experience with what you describe re the Ozhitch.

Barry
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 21:01

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 21:01
I had an orac on my van and after a 45minute session trying to get the moon, sun and stars to align I decided to ditch it and get another hitch. I was initially going for a Hyland as a friend had one but it had a failure so I did not go that route. So I went for the Oz hitch and have had it on for about a year. It works 1000% better than the Orac bit does not quite work as well as in the vids - however with the help of a little mash hammer I have it works as gem - only a couple of mins by myself (when I put in a rear camera it will be spot on).

Moving back and forward it will align itself but if you are left or right it will not slot in - the sad thing if they did the moulding different it would work that way.

When unloading or loading up the trick with the pin is to find the sweet spot (either with the jockey wheel or car height (I have adjustable height suspension) to minimise the load on the pin - a little tap with the hammer and it is in or out.

I subsequently found out the issue with the Hyland was something nothing and the guy who has it still swears by it - does seem to take into account misalignment in both axis and he has not had a problem with it rattling.

Happy with the Ozihitch once I has sussed it out - just doesn't work quite as well as the flat, perfect conditions in the vid but is still a great piece of kit.

Garry
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Follow Up By: geocacher (djcache) - Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 00:33

Tuesday, Jun 26, 2012 at 00:33
Had a Hyland and it was ball fussy. Only worked on long necked balls usually of the 3500kg spec. Wouldn't lock onto many balls it was tried on in the years we had it. Sold it and bought the DO35 described above.

Dave.
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Reply By: Whirlwinder - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 20:07

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 20:07
Barry,
I also have replaced the Treg coupling with an "Ozhitch" and could not be happier.
I just bought the conversion kit and removed the poly block from the treg. It took a bit of work to remove the shaft holding the block and the best way is a big angle grinder then drill out the remains of the pin.
Ian
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 16:49

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 16:49
Thanks Ian
Have you had any issues with uneven ground as above ?
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 20:18

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 20:18
I had a Treg hitch on a Pioneer camper trailer. Bit of a pain in the bum when under tension.

I had a Hyland Hitch on a Trakmaster van. It did rattle and did not fill me with confidence.

I now have a Bushtracker with a DO35 Mark 1 hitch. Very happy with it and I believe the Mark 2 version is even better.

I also think the Ozhitch would be just as good, going on the website and comments from those who have one.

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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 09:14

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 09:14
Hi Gone Bush
Thanks for your reply.
We are thinking of getting a Trakmaster Van 14 x 7 how did you find your one and what size was it ??
Cheers
Barry
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Reply By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 20:50

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 20:50
Its probably very good, but that still makes it 'just another good offroad hitch' - there are quite a few. The maker doesn't include caravans in his ''ideal for'' list - think I can see why, in that once you find that both your van and the tug are far too heavy to budge those few mm for perfect lineup, this hitch is no better than the others as I see it. As for hitching up on a slope / uneven ground - I think that situation affects all hitches adversely.
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Follow Up By: Barry 2 - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 16:58

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 16:58
Thanks Darian for your thoughts,
Yes, there are plenty of hitches around. I agree that uneven ground would be a test for them all. I'm hoping to figure out which one is going to do the best job in the worst situation they all look great in the U tube clips. As we do most of our traveling in the " Not so perfect world " that's why I'm leaning towards the more basic and hopefully less problems.

Cheers
Barry
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Follow Up By: MEMBER - Darian, SA - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 17:16

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 17:16
To add....... I've used Trigg and Treg on HD campers (both very good and easy enough to use, seeing that the trailers could always be nudged a few mm). My 2300kg caravan's builder recommended a 3500kg Hyland Hitch - that seems quite good too; the only nudging possible though on hookup is a few precious mm sideways - fore and aft is down to me in the vehicle :-o)...... that said, the swivelling cup does forgive a mm or two when the full weight of the drawbar is allowed to descend upon it (gravity being what it is !).
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Reply By: robsil - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 21:32

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 21:32
Check out HITCH-EZY had one for 18 months on an offroad van very happy with it Cheers Bob
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Follow Up By: awill4x4 - Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 22:12

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 22:12
Neville Withers who designed and builds the Hitch-Ezy showed me how they are made over the weekend at his workshop in Heidelberg, Melbourne.
I have to say there's some very impressive engineering going into those hitches.
Too bad you have to mortgage your 1st born child to pay for them but easily the best engineered and built hitch on the market.
Regards Andrew.
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Follow Up By: hamo - Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 07:16

Tuesday, Jun 19, 2012 at 07:16
I've got a hitch ezy on my van.
With the use of a reversing camera, I find it effort less in hooking & unhooking the van up on my own.

Hamo
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