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Alicat



Member Since: 25 Nov 2013
Location: Hertfordshire
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I might have one of the metal handles for the Alko hitch.

I will check.
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Ritson



Member Since: 11 Apr 2021
Location: France
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Thumbs Up Cheers Alicat Current: MY22 P400e SE
Prior: Discovery Sport HSE, Jaguar F-Type S, Discovery 3, RR Vogue
Post #1039586 10th Jul 2024 4:56am
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Huwrhys



Member Since: 27 Mar 2024
Location: Hornchurch
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My jockey wheel is not your normal type and is very long comparatively. It’s a ribbed one due to the problem of the caravan sliding down no matter how tight I made it. The tightening bolt eventually sheared off. The replacement to overcome this came from an Ivor Williams specialist who fitted a mutant which I’ve never had to drop since as the travel within its screw is plenty. Even wound in and dropped, the door still hits. 24MY D300 130 X-Dynamic HSE Santorini Black
Post #1039588 10th Jul 2024 6:40am
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DFNDER



Member Since: 02 Oct 2023
Location: Perth WA
Posts: 90

Australia 
Here in Oz, the Cruisemaster D035 coupling is very popular, allows full articulation and very strong, positive connection to the car.

For us it's a simple matter of reversing up to the van in access height, slightly raising the jockey wheel, then raising the car and the pin on the tow hitch engages with the eye in the van coupling. Press a button and the coupling is secure. The handbrake does not interfere with the rear wheel and the door stays shut. My wife reverses the car in low range (better throttle control), and she is mm perfect in aligning the coupling. The reverse camera helps a great deal.

Check out cruisemaster.com.au D035 couplings.
(I'm not affiliated with CM, just really like their gear)


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Post #1039668 11th Jul 2024 5:40am
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Ritson



Member Since: 11 Apr 2021
Location: France
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Hi Dfnder

I've seen these before and they seem a much better solution. However, I don't think they are legal here in France, even if they are I'm sure it would void my caravan warranty and possibly insurance if I retrofitted an non OEM hitch. Pity though Current: MY22 P400e SE
Prior: Discovery Sport HSE, Jaguar F-Type S, Discovery 3, RR Vogue
Post #1039675 11th Jul 2024 6:56am
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DFNDER



Member Since: 02 Oct 2023
Location: Perth WA
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Australia 
I do like the European van drawbar though as per the piccy in the early posts. Very well finished, much better than our 2 bits of gal structural steel slapped together with a dob of weld or two.
Post #1039676 11th Jul 2024 7:07am
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Ritson



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Take the fibreglass cover off and that's exactly what you'll find underneath, but probably not as substantial as yours! Current: MY22 P400e SE
Prior: Discovery Sport HSE, Jaguar F-Type S, Discovery 3, RR Vogue
Post #1039678 11th Jul 2024 7:09am
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DFNDER



Member Since: 02 Oct 2023
Location: Perth WA
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Ah OK, it's a cover. Yes, ours is a 6" hot dip galvanized chassis, semi offroad (extra ground clearance). Std touring is 4" hdg chassis and lower ride height.
Post #1039680 11th Jul 2024 7:39am
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