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Offline davandeb

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Re: Replacing AT35 Tow Hitch
« Reply #15 on: May 09, 2012, 07:04:17 PM »
Forgot to mention.......  I am in Melbourne   0408 106 699   David  :P
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Re: Replacing AT35 Tow Hitch
« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2012, 08:28:36 AM »
Has any one added a McHitch coupling to there AT35.
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Re: Replacing AT35 Tow Hitch
« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2012, 10:27:24 PM »
Saw this modification to the AT35 tow hitch, cost is $95.
Has anyone had any experience with this McHitch mob??
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Re: Replacing AT35 Tow Hitch
« Reply #18 on: June 11, 2012, 08:03:33 PM »
Initally we hated the AT35 as compared to the Tregg that was on out old camper trailer. The AT35 was TOO precise a fit with sharp square laser cut corners that saw the poly bush jam every time no matter how well you tried to alighn it.

I ground all the edges of the AT35 receiver so they were a nice smooth 5mm radius and now it is a breeze to couple from any angle.

Tony

The DO35 is light years ahead in ease of coupling and uncoupling when compared to the AT35 but the maintenance is higher, it must be kept clean and lubricated to work well. The newer model should alleviate much of this but they still need more than an AT35. You also may need to get the jockey wheel modified as the coupling now has to go up and over the pin rather than into so you need a couple of extra inches of travel. If your jockey wheel does not have enough it is a case of getting the tube welds cut of the swivel mechanism and having it welded back on at a more suitable height.

All that said I'm personally sticking with my AT35 and I'm in the process of changing both my other trailers to it as well, but it is just a personal choice as with all our years of using them Kathi and I have gotten the operation down to a fine art and see no need to change.
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Re: Replacing AT35 Tow Hitch
« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2012, 04:23:09 PM »
Good advice.

Slightly rounding the corners on the blue AT35 bushes (one the late model ones with the sharp edge bushes, early ones are already rounded) also helps and sometimes a slight file of the height of the bush (only a millimetre or so) also helps
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Re: Replacing AT35 Tow Hitch
« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2012, 06:00:15 PM »
I'm also committed to the AT35 - been looking at the Do35 but can't find a reason to change - we've never had a problem hitching up the AT35.  The marriage saver is my reversing camera that is focused on the hitch!
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Re: Replacing AT35 Tow Hitch
« Reply #21 on: October 15, 2012, 09:49:19 AM »
Just my 2 bobs worth.....

Have tried many coupling in the past ... Treg... Trigg etc. etc.

Never had any experience with the above though.

Now running a Hylander ball type.

Stupidly easy to hitch up to, has very good articulation (better than pin and bush couplings) super easy maintenance, and is very very strong, and about 1/2 the price of the new fancy couplings.

If you are looking at a new coupling have a look at the Hylander as well.

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Re: Replacing AT35 Tow Hitch
« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2012, 08:50:46 PM »
Hi Everyone We have replaced our hitch too...thank goodness.  I was so over the old hitch trying to do it by myself on many ocassions.   What is it with alot of you fellows hoarding things?  My husband has carefully put the old hitch in the shed incase we need it for something else......hello get rid of the useless thing. 
Cheers Breakawayjo

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Re: Replacing AT35 Tow Hitch
« Reply #23 on: November 17, 2012, 11:05:33 AM »
You just never know when you might need that something for a future project!!

I think I need a new shed just to store that kind of stuff, maybe I can hoard enough bits to make one without having to pay for a new one.  ::)
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Re: Replacing AT35 Tow Hitch
« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2013, 06:09:42 PM »
Made the change on our 2008 Canning.
Straight swap. Bolts lined up as new.
Love it, love it, love it.

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Re: Replacing AT35 Tow Hitch
« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2013, 06:21:21 PM »
Finally the old hitch went in the wheelie bin yesterday
Breakawayjo

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Re: Replacing AT35 Tow Hitch
« Reply #26 on: March 17, 2013, 11:47:52 PM »
Hi, to all you hitch changers. Last week, I was on the Vehicle Components website (the suppliers of the DO35) and noted on their specials section, that they are clearing the old DO35 (version 1) hitches (the ones without the cap etc) for $200 plus postage, which according to them was saving $176. It might be worth a thought. I suppose it's still going. Just go to vehicle components.com.au (sorry I'm not sure how to insert a link).
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Re: Replacing AT35 Tow Hitch
« Reply #27 on: September 28, 2014, 08:13:46 PM »
It’s probably a bit late to comment in this older thread, but instead of spending money on a hitch that gets full of dust and has a high wear rate, how about buying a hitch that stays clean no matter how dirty the environment and will do the job for years.

Try this one - Hitch-Ezy
http://www.hitch-ezy.com

Compare the pin size and the load ratings.

Jim


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Re: Replacing AT35 Tow Hitch
« Reply #28 on: September 29, 2014, 06:02:05 PM »
I had many a discussion with John during the design and prototyping of the Hitch-Ezy. Massively over engineered for a Tvan (at 5,000kg) but very simple to use and is very well sealed against dust. They are a good quality hitch.
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Re: Replacing AT35 Tow Hitch
« Reply #29 on: September 29, 2014, 09:41:00 PM »
We have been considering this swap over since we bought our second hand van. The rubber mallet and the  pin has had too many workouts.....despite lubrication.

We have a short draw bar for our Tvan - does that create a swap out problem, compared to a long draw bar model?

Thanks.
Ps hope to see some of you at Jugiong this weekend.

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