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  1. #1
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    Default 360 degree trailer coupling

    I see in the US, Oz and UK that these 360 trailer coupling are all the rage for trailers and caravans. I've asked around and get the 1000 mile stare here in SA.

    Why are we using this old technology, these new options seem a million times safer aswell, or am I missing something?

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    Default Re: 360 degree trailer coupling

    After watching a few videos, these things look amazing.
    Maybe our trailer guys can look into this and give their opinions.
    This has been around since early 2000's so why have we not even heard about it in SA
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    Default Re: 360 degree trailer coupling

    Trailer guys like me buy what is available. I have modified the Knott coupler to take the Lock'nRoll coupler from the US. In the US and Australia, the couplers are static because of electric brakes - in SA and Europe we predominantly use surge or run in couplings. Some of these like the Bradley did a full 360 degrees. The Knott coupler has a "stop" protrusion that you can simply grind away and turn it into a 360 rotation.

    Please post links to the ones you refer to.

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    Default Re: 360 degree trailer coupling

    Also couplings used by Jurgens and Sprite can turn 360 degrees

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    Default Re: 360 degree trailer coupling

    What would be the advantage , surely a trailer could not turn over a fully laden tow car ?
    A caravan , on it's side , is in splinters before going any further.
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    Default Re: 360 degree trailer coupling

    alco trailco has the 360 couplers for sale

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    You talking about the ones that can basically turn around? As in that they dont unhitch when doing serious articulation type 4x4 stuff? Sounds like the alko coupler. The offroad trailers from Venter come with these and most braked couplers can also turn a full 360.

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    Default Re: 360 degree trailer coupling

    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    What would be the advantage , surely a trailer could not turn over a fully laden tow car ?
    A caravan , on it's side , is in splinters before going any further.
    Quite easily, actually, given the right conditions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnoK View Post
    Quite easily, actually, given the right conditions.
    Yep, especially the bigger braked ones. I cringe when I see them come in here with "safety" chains on.

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    Default Re: 360 degree trailer coupling

    The normal fixed ball hitch has limited angular travel in roll and pitch due to the geometrical limitations of the ball and socket. In the roll axis there are several models that can/could go 360 as already mentioned. The main reason for the increased angular travel hitches is to prevent angular binding of the ball hitch at the travel extremes that can break / damage the hitch and cause the trailer to unhitch. I have not see one of these large angle hitches that is as easy to hitch / unhitch as the normal ball type, however, they have their place if you are going to tackle serious off-road conditions while towing. I have not had any trouble with a <750kg fixed ball hitch (fixed also in roll) on my little trailer, but then I do not do, and have not been forced into, extreme off-road stuff when towing.
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