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Old 20th July 2015, 10:48 AM
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Bought a new toy for her




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Old 20th July 2015, 07:37 PM
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For whom, PS?

Looks great, mate .

Have to start a thread about your mods/travels in the camper trailer sub-forum etc.
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Old 20th July 2015, 08:06 PM
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Thanks Ratbag. We are driving to Tasmania in Dec, so getting ready for this trip

Happy to share our trip with photos etc when these become available.
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Old 20th July 2015, 08:16 PM
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^ PS, give some thought to replacing that OEM hitch with a McHitch ... Easy to line up when connecting at any angle, even easier than my old 50mm ball hitch. Far stronger and far better articulation too.
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are you looking at the same hitch as the rest of us? Its a Trigg poly block coupling and will give you all the articulation you need.

http://www.triggbrs.com.au/catalogue...polyblock.html
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Yes, mate.

From all accounts they are buggers of things to line up, otherwise work well. At least, the genuine ones do. The knock-off Chinese ones don't appear to stand up to even sharp scrutiny, let alone normal use ...

The McHitch is a dream to attach/detach (they even make an automatic coupling version ... ), and use a Landcruiser propeller shaft universal joint for articulation. The hitch tube has poly blocks that allow for 90 rotation, and the universal joint allows for 90+ vertical and horizontal motion.

Basically, the McHitch is a fantastic design, and extremely well made. Actually complies with the Australian standards under VSB1. The Chinese knock-offs have a very sad track record in this regard.
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Bought a new toy for her
Interested to know the details of what your new toy is:
brand
size
tow ball weight
mass
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Old 21st July 2015, 06:59 AM
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^ PS, give some thought to replacing that OEM hitch with a McHitch ... Easy to line up when connecting at any angle, even easier than my old 50mm ball hitch. Far stronger and far better articulation too.
Thanks Ratbag. I googled McHitch and found it really easy to use... will consider replacing the polyblock that comes with the trailer.

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Interested to know the details of what your new toy is:
brand
size
tow ball weight
mass
It's a Leisure Matters Ranger tow ball weight of about 125Kg.

I agreed to pay $13500 when I put my name on the paper about 3 months ago. They reduced it to the current price on the website starting 1st July with slight change in spec (no alloys, 14 oz canvas instead of 15 oz but bigger tool box and fridge box).

I got delivered the latest model spec with alloys and a decent battery charger as well.

Apart from those expansive brands, this is the only version available in Perth with clear spec (weights) and able to be towed by my Subarus (Forester and Outback). I might ask them to pay me for promoting their trailer
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Very flash looking unit, PS, congrats ... .

How does the 125 kg ball weight sit with your car?
Maximum for mine is 75 kgs, but I have managed to keep my ball weight around 40-50 kgs.
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Old 21st July 2015, 07:47 AM
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Very flash looking unit, PS, congrats ... .
Thanks Ratbag. I feel I can go everywhere now

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How does the 125 kg ball weight sit with your car?
Maximum for mine is 75 kgs, but I have managed to keep my ball weight around 40-50 kgs.
On my way home from the dealer with speed up to 100km/h (Subaru says max 80km/h when towing on the outback) I didn't feel anything on the back of the car at all. I only "know" the trailer was there when I looked at the rear mirror and found out the engine rev was close to 2000 at most of the time (when it is normally about 1700 and 1800 at 80km/h and 100km/h correspondingly without towing); and the higher fuel consumption after reaching home.

The max ball weight for the Outback is 170 kg so it's still safe.

How did you keep your ball weight down; is it by weight distribution?
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