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Quick Hitch helps line up trailer drawbar with towing ball

October 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Machinery

Equipment supplier Spaldings has a introduced a range of Quick Hitch couplings that make it easier to line up a vehicle tow bar with a trailer.

The Quick Hitch bolts to the back of the vehicle as usual but has a flared steel back plate that positions the trailer coupling directly over the towing ball. The vehicle can be reversed up to te trailer until the drawbar is caught by the hitch and nudged into position.

It is then just a matter of lowering the drawbar and connecting the lighting cable, says Anglesey farmer Ivor Williams, who designed the Quick Hitch when people he knew kept failing their trailer towing test on the hitching process.

“I made the first hitch, checked with the authorities that it could be used for the test, and once people heard how successful it is, I refined the design and started making them in the farm workshop,” he says.

The Quick Hitch range boasts five models with bolt-on or pin balls of different sizes, and with fixed, slot-in or fold-down guide plates. All variants, which cost from £90, save having to man-handle the trailer or drawbar into position to get the ball and coupling lined up.

Spaldings product development manager Paul Denton says: “The folding version allows you to open van doors or a pick-up tailgate on vehicles where there is little clearance above the hitch.” When folded down, the guide plate also provides a more secure footing for climbing into the vehicle – better than standing on a ball hitch or a slippery plastic step. The plate also reduces the likelihood of damaging vehicle bodywork against the drawbar.

When reversing with the trailer attached, the guide plates stop damage by preventing the vehicle and trailer drawbar going beyond a 90º jacknife position. The Quick Hitch complements the regular combined clevis and ball hitches and ball pins available via the Spaldings website.

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