FOUR LEVELS OF HITCH EVOLUTION SINCE 1996 AND UPGRADES

 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2007 2:10 pm    Post subject: FOUR LEVELS OF HITCH EVOLUTION SINCE 1996 AND UPGRADES Reply with quote

Hello Friends,
This is the first of the hitches, about 1996 to 1999

On Early hitches, it is a flat swivel on a large bolt with a spacer in it so it does not tighten down with the bolt, but remains free to swivel. The pin inserts sideways, through a Yoke on the end of a large greased barrel. In many years of use, or long term pounding off the road on the corrugation, we have seen some of these hitches start to fail. You need to inspect them for cracks along the top of the barrel, to the grease nipple area. In the interests of doing the right thing for you Second Hand Owners, I have saved a drum of this replacement part and will send it out to you.

SERVICE? If you pay the Postage, I will send it out to you Free of Charge !!!!!!



Or, upgrade to the newer style and much stronger coupling that we use now that is a 6 bolt and longer barrel style of coupling, improved to it's current condition after all these years.. And it is good.

EVOLUTION OF HITCHES SINCE 2000

I got a call from someone with an older van, 2000 model, with one of the first AT-35 hitches and the pivot pin was loose. He wanted to know what to do. It was an old 4 bolt hitch like this one:


This is a picture of the caravan half of the hitch, the other half goes on the tow vehicle...
Now the part worn, that he was talking about is the pivot pin, that welded bolt... His is one of the first versions that was a half inch pin. I had expressed my discontent at this size and it was subsequently increased to a larger 5/8" pin. I gave him istructions on how to pay for this upgrade, shipping it to VC in Brisbane..


However, as you can see here, his hitch was the old short barrel and a four bolt hitch. He only had an 18' van, and he reported that the barrel was not very worn, I.E. slop up and down.. (It was painted silver, they are a gold coloured plating) If there was much wear, OR he had a larger Bushtracker van, I would have firmly suggested this total upgrade:



This picture shows the larger 5/8" pin, but also the longer and stronger reinforced barrel and grease nipple I had them put in, in a reinforced housing. This is a much stronger updated version...


For larger vans, I would upgrade it, with this new 6 bolt profile, as it is considerably stronger with reduced wear and larger surface area of the barrel and housing.

Now this particular Owner, may not, as he reports very little wear.... And it is only on an 18' Bushtracker. For any of you with an older larger van, I would say this upgrade is well worth the cost.

The only Caveate is that you will have to clamp a piece of steel under the flat 1/2" and weld the bolt holes solid, whisk it off with a grinder flat and smooth, and drill in new holes. It is not a big job.

For those of you that do not know what the current hitch looks like, here are a few pictures of it:
Side view, the left part is the vehicle part, pin in, right part goes on the van...


Top view looking down, the stainless tang is the locking device to hold the T handle pin in place...


If you want to upgrade your hitch, call Peter at Bushtracker, and he can give you current prices. You will have to weld up the bolt holes and drill new holes per the above instructions...

Best regards, stg at Bushtracker


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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well,
lone Ranger here,
And this is the BIGGEST ADVANCE forward in hitches EVER...

It will be easier to hook up, mind you I do not have any problem with the current hitch, but some people are "geometrically challenged" on how to get it into the Nuetral Position, and sometimes it is more difficult on a slope or steep angle...

This resolves all those problems... It simply drops down on a pin (instead of a ball so there are none of the rotational problems of the ball) but it still has all the extreme rotation in both directions for off-road use.

This will CLEAN SWEEP the Industry...! And you saw it first here. If everything goes to plan, we will have it on display at the Brisbane June Caravan Show!!



Now there is good news and bad news... The good news is that if you have the old AT-35, this is being built to match up to the bolt holes.... The bad news, is no it is not free as a retrofit... Laughing But you can always sell on your AT-35 as it is a GREAT camper trailer or 4x4 hitch....

We can now do retrofits and have them in stock or we can mail them out. Anyone that struggles with the AT-35? This is your Baby!!

MORE GOOD NEWS THAN THIS????? come on, give me a break... Laughing

Rolling Eyes OK, it will soon be available in 4500KG !!!! EVERYONE with a larger Bushtracker will want this one... Exclamation Exclamation Very Happy

Quite Frankly, this is the greatest thing since sliced bread !

Always on Duty, lone Ranger,
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Friends,

Some of you have been battling with older vintage gear, particularly with the WDH (Weight Distribution Hitch).. One of the problems, has been having to mount the D.O. 35 under the plate on the Bushtracker, so the WDH bars have adequate clearance...

We have been using this for awhile, but it seems some Owners do not know about it. Our newest system, includes the D.O.35 mounted on top for easy access, and the new HR Drop Bars WDH, which has been ADR Approved.

Have a look: With the newest edition of the the D.O. 35 it gives massive clearance on the WDH bars...



The others benefit, for those that did not like the big drop hitch head on the 200 Series, this puts the D.O. 35 hitch on top of the plate and allows for a much shorter goose necked ball mount on the tow vehicle...

Kind regards, "Ever Scouting the road ahead" Cowboy Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a good upgrade too. I upgraded to the new Reese hitch in the photo but I had the Mark 1 version of the DO35 hitch with the grease nipples on either side.

With this new Reese hitch and the Mark 1 DO35 you will need a small extension plate from Vehicle Components, otherwise those grease nipples will be broken off the first time you make a 90 degree turn.



See the one in the right hand middle of this pictured labelled 18D HM WDH3.

You can buy it from VC, it includes the extra nut and bolt.

Also, the HR drop hitch I bought is part number 50152.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Further to Loki's Post, good job on that BTW Loki: On the Reece Hitch imported by Hayman, we cut off that wing that hangs out, with a cut off wheel on a grinder. We cut that tag off at about 65 mm in from the outside of the that tang...

It is built for the Reece anti-sway devices, but they are only good up to two ton and 200 kg ball weight... Useless on our roads besides... Better to maintain the four things that prevent sway, in the Topic in TIPS ON SAFETY WHEN TOWING. That tang hanging out there has to go, or it can bind up when you are pushing the van into a tight spot.. Wink

On the road, Ranger
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ranger, can we please have a photo of a hitch with the wing cut off
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a little more to it, it involves Engineering permission to modify another product and maybe we are better off putting it in the Owners Section..

Bow and Nan, I have put pictures and what and why, in the Category TOP TEN THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE DELIVERY in the Topic on our Policy on the WDH Hitch... We do mods that are we are not allowed to do except for Bushtracker Owners...

Best regards, on the road Ranger
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