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Almeister



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2021 12:31 pm    Post subject: Caravan suspension hitches Reply with quote

What are the thoughts on caravan suspension hitches?


We have an isuzu nps 300 truck which are notorious for flogging your caravan

Saw this today which unlike most has the suspension on the van

https://www.ozglide.com.au/our-oz-do35-v3/


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2021 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry,

Not one of our recommended.. Go to the Owners Section and see two types we have thoroughly tested and recommend....
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2021 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Not one of our recommended.. Go to the Owners Section and see two types we have thoroughly tested and recommend....



Cant do that boss, got 2 more years of truck payments before bushy gets bought!!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 07, 2021 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the concept of the Ozglide, but was put off by the facts that (a) it is maximum ATM of 3,500kg and (b) they don't allow for any other hitch brand...just the DO35.

Now, IF they could get their act together and substitute that hitch for a 5 tonne Hitch Ezy, it would be great in my opinion.

I have an Airsafe Hitch (Class 6) and it is beautiful for the Chev 3500...BUT...I'd prefer not to have that extra 35kg (+/-) hanging that far out the back, away from the rear axle. If the airbag arrangement was on the A frame, the pivot point would be about 300mm closer to the rear axle and life would be even sweeter.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 24, 2021 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I’ve recently fitted the OzGlide to my van - 18 footer - ATM 3500, and have driven about 7,500ks over a good variety of roads and terrain. It has performed very, very well.
My understanding is they are working towards a 4,500kg rated unit.
Suggest you give them a call. They are very approachable.
Brian
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 11:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been using an OzGlide with my Isuzu NPS and my current non BT "sealed road only" caravan for about 3 years and have been very happy with it.

I originally picked it because it didn't extend the hitch pivot point back from the truck. I thought that a longer hitch might increase the leverage forces on the hitch receiver beyond their designed limit. It is also a fraction of the size and weight of some of the US sourced suspension hitches.

I've been very happy with it and will use one on the BT that will replace our existing van.

Agree with the comments above that having a 4.5T option would be great.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2021 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couldn’t Agee more Brad.
Any increase or extension of the hitch point on the vehicle not only risks increased stress on the vehicle and all its bits, it also increases leverage and thus the weight on the rear axle - transfers more weight from the front to the rear.

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