well we have just arrived home after 4 months of "outback travel" covering all States.
Your OZ HITCH has performed above and beyond ALL expectations! It was not your average grey nomad trip that we find the majority of "off road" vans/ campers doing, mainly bitumen.
We have covered over 10,000 km's on minor & major dirt tracks. It included many sections of serious four wheel driving in first low with both diff locks engaged.
Our OZ HITCH is as good as the day we left, with NO noticeable wear, even after being put to extreme angles and conditions!
The trailer in tow weighed between 1745kg's and 2250kg's as we can carry up to 390liter's of water and 3x 9kg gas bottles. It is a serious custom camper fitted with 3000 kg Sugar Glide suspension. At times the angles of difference between vehicle and trailer were truly unbelievable..
What a hitch! If ever you need for me to speak to an interested person i would be only too glad to give a truly honest view.
I will never use any other hitch except an OZ HITCH on any future trailers.
My reason for making it easy on my best mate (my wife) is that I am a complete r/h leg amputee. NOTHING stops us!!
regards, Ray Willis
I often get the question… I’m about to fit brakes to my camper trailer and want to know which hitch I should buy? the override brakes unit or the electric brake unit. Which is better suited?
Well the easiest way to answer this is to say it depends what you are doing with the trailer. Override brakes, being hydraulic or cable pull are both limited to a coupling that is not exceeding 2 ton. Electric brakes go way higher and in this case lets look at the OzHitch 3.5 ton hitch.
Override brakes are ideal for boat trailers as they are not reliant on 12v to operate so more ideal on this point only as they get dipped in water every time they get used. Electric brakes in this situation would become buggered quickly being in salt water as water and electrics don’t mix well as you would know. I believe this is the only benefit of override brakes and its a biggy for boaties. I would choose electric for everything else any-day.
One of the important things to be aware of is that all vehicles have a different GTM (gross trailer mass) towing capacity and some vehicles are considered to small to even tow a trailer under 750kg without brakes. So please check your vehicles recommended GTM. Some capacity info below.
Trailers up to and including 750kg gross trailer mass including load don’t need brakes*
Trailers not over 2,000kg gross trailer mass including load must have brakes that operate on at least one axle
Override brakes are acceptable on trailers up to and including 2,000kg gross trailer mass including load and are not allowable over this.
Trailers over 2,000kg gross trailer mass including load are required to have brake-away brakes (these apply automatically if the trailer becomes detached from the towing vehicle)
Trailers over 2,000kg gross trailer mass including load must have brakes on all wheels
Brakes other than override systems must be able to be operated from the driver’s seat
I suggest with all brakes hydraulic, cable pu and electric, after going off road or dipping your boat trailer in the water always best to remove the hubs and get the salt water and mud etc out. This will substantially increase the life of the drums/discs and drakes shoes/pads and also stops corrosion on small vital moving brake parts that if they seize up could mean a crash. So servicing/cleaning brakes out is essential.