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Old 11-23-2013, 02:56 AM
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Picked up my new boat yesterday. Guess where I am now. Yep back at the dealer. It has an American style hitch which is complete crap. Found out last night trying to park it on my drive that it does not have a manual brake. WTF. My drive is a little steep and i dont trust a couple of chocks to stop it crashing into the back pf my GC when i wound ip the jocky wheel. I was iffy about it when I ordered but my focus was on the boat not the trailer. So another 300k today to take it back to dealer to get an Aus type hitch welded on. What a drama....
It's amasing they could get the trailer registered with a foreign hitch.
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:09 AM
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At 27ft I would have been extremely jealous of ball room inside the van but it would be a little unwieldy. My 20ft van will be my first and I can't wait till Feb.
Can I strongly recommend the MacHitch to You? Had mine since picked our new van in Feb 2013 and it's fabulous. Extraordinarily quiet and no slackness, no grit in the pins and coupling ever. The Universal joint is a fabulous design feature. Easy to hitch up too, good value under $300. Look Em up. Kidron and Bush tracker are using them I've been told.
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Re: The Towing thread

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They have recently been complied for Australia. I must say that the design is quite neat and tidy - the hydraulic reservoir is inside the draw bar, all low profile and neat, nothing to trip on or get caught. The design of the trailer also has the boat sitting quite low, so centre of gravity is good and makes for easier launch at the boat ramp. But in reality turned out that my initial scepticism was correct and it is form over function as far as the hitch is concerned - it is rubbish.

Coming home on the freeway I noticed a new Bayliner with a similar American hitch, so looks like they are becoming more common.
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Old 11-23-2013, 05:33 AM
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Can I strongly recommend the MacHitch to You? Had mine since picked our new van in Feb 2013 and it's fabulous. Extraordinarily quiet and no slackness, no grit in the pins and coupling ever. The Universal joint is a fabulous design feature. Easy to hitch up too, good value under $300. Look Em up. Kidron and Bush tracker are using them I've been told.
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Thanks for your endorsement of MacHitch. It is one they use and makes me more confident I am going to get a capable van. There is a thunder storm in Brizzie at the moment and I am consoling my two dogs from the noise ( treats seem to work)
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Re: The Towing thread

I too have a Mchitch on my 3000kg new age van. It's so quite and a lot smother ride.
Highly recommend it.
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:24 PM
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They have recently been complied for Australia. I must say that the design is quite neat and tidy - the hydraulic reservoir is inside the draw bar, all low profile and neat, nothing to trip on or get caught. The design of the trailer also has the boat sitting quite low, so centre of gravity is good and makes for easier launch at the boat ramp. But in reality turned out that my initial scepticism was correct and it is form over function as far as the hitch is concerned - it is rubbish.

Coming home on the freeway I noticed a new Bayliner with a similar American hitch, so looks like they are becoming more common.
I'm wondering whether the American trailers are galvanised as heavily as ours? We do most of our boating in salt water whereas they would do most theirs in fresh.
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Can I strongly recommend the MacHitch to You? Had mine since picked our new van in Feb 2013 and it's fabulous. Extraordinarily quiet and no slackness, no grit in the pins and coupling ever. The Universal joint is a fabulous design feature. Easy to hitch up too, good value under $300. Look Em up. Kidron and Bush tracker are using them I've been told.
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What advantage does it have over the Treg style hitch?
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Re: The Towing thread

I mentioned a while ago that i installed a genuine towbar i bought from the dealer, this is made by BESTBARS in NZ. In the fitting instructions for the wiring it shows to drill a 20mm hole in the metal work.


I didn't do that as i didn't want issues with rust, and so found a better location. My thumb is pointed to where they recommend to drill the hole and my finger is pointing to where i chose to route the cable, i just needed to cut a hole in this existing rubber grommet.


This picture is the final result, a much neater install and no issue with rust (and the cable is not going through the vents either). It's the top cable that i routed for the trailer wiring.
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Re: The Towing thread

I towed my new caravan up from Wollongong on the weekend. The van is 21' and overall, is over 9mtrs from tip of drawbar to back bumper. It weighs close to 3.2Tonne. Mt Ousley was no issue, and saw the transmission temp go from 77c to 83c. Water temp went to halfway on the guage.
I got 14.3Ltrs per hundred on fuel.
For a hitch coupling, I use a D035. offroad coupling. No noise or rattles.
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I towed my new caravan up from Wollongong on the weekend. The van is 21' and overall, is over 9mtrs from tip of drawbar to back bumper. It weighs close to 3.2Tonne. Mt Ousley was no issue, and saw the transmission temp go from 77c to 83c. Water temp went to halfway on the guage.
I got 14.3Ltrs per hundred on fuel.
For a hitch coupling, I use a D035. offroad coupling. No noise or rattles.
Do you know what temperature the engine oil reached?
Mine got up to 123deg when climbing up to Toowoomba towing a 2.7t caravan
Also water nearly reached the red line!!
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It weighs close to 3.2Tonne.
My boat is 2t and that is enough for me.

Any photos Alan?
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What advantage does it have over the Treg style hitch?
The big deal for me is all moving parts are totally isolated from dust and grit, so minimal wear. Also low profile means good clearance for rear door. Excellent build quality. Have had a tree and lining up a pin is frustrating. MacHitch allows the head to be moved to line up with pin.
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