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littlei5

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Hi all

I think we had enough with the treg coupling on our 490. I am thinking of changing to the DO35. Just wondering if anyone has changed over and if the bolt holes for the treg lines up with the DO35?

Also, i assume the handbrake currently on the van is separate to the coupling and do not need to be changed when swapping to the DO35?

Any advise will be appreciated.

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Can't answer your question about the bolt holes for the DO35.
However, the handbrake lever on the UEV-490 is separate from the tow hitch.
Cheers, Filbee56

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littlei5

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Thanks filbee. Interested to know what coupling people are using in the uev other than the treg. Seems to have a few off road ones around. My friend has the do35 on his kavango and he highly recommend it.
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William the Conqueror

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Litlei5

What is it you don't like about the treg?

I have installed them all of my trailers both N road and off-road, (I have a few).

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littlei5

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Hit n miss when lining up the treg holes for the wife to push the pin in. On flat surface, i normally only need to reverse once. On our sloping driveway or out bush, sometimes it takes a few tries unless we are lucky.

With do35, I should be able to hitch up by myself. Less argument with the wife [smile])

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Hi, I swapped from a treg to a DO35 for exactly the same reason. Holes lined up. Could not be happier, so much easier to hitch up. One thing to bear in mind is how high your jockey wheel can get the hitch. We have a lifted patrol and need to lift the hitch another couple of inches to allow it to lower onto the pin. Just had to adjust the height points on our jockey wheel bar.
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Littlei5

I know what you mean about the lining up of the hitch. I had the same issue when I first started using tregs. I now use the following to get it right each time.

1. I have a low mounted reversing camera mounted right above the tow hitch in the rear door (100s landcruiser with twin wheel carriers) also makes parking a heap easier.

2. Set the height of the jockey wheel to allow free movement of the hitch - remove the pin and drive off the hitch.

3. If the trailer needs to be levelled, I measure the Height of the treg before adjustment and write it in engineers chalk on the draw bar.

4. Readjust the height with the jockey wheel to the earlier measurement and reverse straight on using the camera.

If you set the wheels of the jockey wheel at 90 degrees to the draw bar you will get easy sideways movement to line up the pin hole by simply leaning on the drawbar.

Look, at he end of the day it comes down to the brand "A" vs brand "B" , Toyota vs Nissan, Holden vs Ford argument. I have heaps of stories of DO35, McHitch, hitchmaster etc etc failing in operation. I like tregg for its simplicity in engineering and It has a larger size to distribute braking forces. One of the reasons I don't like the DO35 is the diameter of the load bearing pin is smaller than what you get on a 50mm ball hitch - towing nearly 2 tonne on that, I don't think so.

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littlei5

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Thanks Anthony. Looks like you have a good process with hitching up. I have a reverse camera on my prado so moving the treg block into position not too much a problem. Just the precision required to line up the holes is a hit and miss.

Anyhow, swap out the treg for the do35 this morning. I must say it is much easier. It is rated 3.5t so i trust it is engineered to handle that weight. Need new bolts and have to be creative with the storm stomper bar as it got in the way of the do35 dust cover.

I will see how the do35 perform during the easter trip. Still have the treg if i need to go back.

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Well, after suffering with the awkwardness of the Treg Hitch for the last 4 years and, 20,000ks, we have decided to install the CruiseMaster DO-35 V3 hitch. Oh, what a dream to use.
No more sore hands trying to remove the vertical pin on the Treg hitch, and trying to get the block aligned with the U-bracket. Farewell Treg...........off to the sales page. 

 20190529_173424.jpg  20190529_173431.jpg Cheers, Filbee56


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Same here.  I finally took the plunge and swapped our TREG for a DO35 a few months ago.  What a difference, and it was easy to fit too!

I also have a Stone Stomper and at the same time went to the trouble of making up a short link for the wiring to go into a new plug that's screwed to the Stone Stomper support bar and faces upward.  I just simply plug the van wiring into that now.  Now no more wires rubbing on the canvas  and lifting it up so that the stones could come through.
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Hello PnJ, would you care to throw up a photo of your wiring harness so that we can evaluate, and maybe adapt for greater use?

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Pretty simple really, just a short length of cables with a plug at one and and socket at the other.  I also had to get a new hitch to allow for the greater length of the DO35 coupling. Stone Stomper Bar and wiring.jpg  ing over the hitch pin..
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PnJ, very nice.
Worth considering to get the camper cables up and out of the way.
Cheers Filbee56

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CA should use the DO35 as standard equipment, we made the change......Unbelievable!
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Hello Geoffd, I believe that all camper trailers in the Conqueror line-up are now fitted with DO-35 V3 couplings and hitches. However, it had only been a recent intro, probably 12mths. 

Cheers, Filbee56

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