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Just replaced our towball after many years.

I am now of the belief that one needs to replace the towball at least every two years.

Small price to pay for peace of mind.

Jay&Dee



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how did you come to this conclusion?


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I would like to replace my towball as it has a bit of age. My delima is, how do you know what quality you are buying. They are out there for $10 to $60. I would hope the $60 one would be better quality, or is it just a cheapy repriced? Cheers Pete

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If your towing that much . I wouldnât have a ball joint type connection . The box and pin type are way more superior !

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Like . https://m.ebay.com.au/itm/Off-Road-Override-Poly-Block-Trailer-Coupling-Hitch-2000kg-Caravan-Camper/190708919215?hash=item2c67232baf:g:3zgAAOSw44BYMlxd

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Gday...

Back in the day ... I had a Cub Off-road camper towed behind my Hilux using a Treg hitch.

The rubber block began to show 'crazing' signs and some cracks after about three years of going to some fantastic High Country places.

Sold the Cub for my van ... the new owner had their own Treg so didn't care.

Jest sayin' hmm

Cheers - John



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It has been a long while since Treg used a rubber block.

The reputable couplings now days are all polyblock which is a polyurethane moulding and it is similar material to boat rollers.

I remember my father in law had a rubber block in a Treg hitch many many years ago.

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Dickodownunder wrote:

It has been a long while since Treg used a rubber block.

The reputable couplings now days are all polyblock which is a polyurethane moulding and it is similar material to boat rollers.

I remember my father in law had a rubber block in a Treg hitch many many years ago.


Gday...

It was a long time ago .... well over a decade ago now I guess.

Cheers - John



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rockylizard wrote:
Dickodownunder wrote:

It has been a long while since Treg used a rubber block.

The reputable couplings now days are all polyblock which is a polyurethane moulding and it is similar material to boat rollers.

I remember my father in law had a rubber block in a Treg hitch many many years ago.


Gday...

It was a long time ago .... well over a decade ago now I guess.

Cheers - John


 Yes Rocky,

My FIL had that trailer back in the good ole. 70's biggrin

I have no idea when polyblocks were introduced...but I would imagine that any rubber block would be well perished if those mouldings were that old.biggrin



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JayDee wrote:

Just replaced our towball after many years.

I am now of the belief that one needs to replace the towball at least every two years.

Small price to pay for peace of mind.

Jay&Dee


In a lifetime of towing I've yet to have a tow ball fail or cause problems.

Normal maintenance and safety checks take care of things nicely.smile

 



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So pray tell Santa, what are the "Normal maintenance and safety checks " that you would carry out to prevent towball failure?

Keith. smile



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I saw an example at our local Jayco Dealer recently, which had broken below the ball. Looked like it had not been correctly, or sufficiently tightened thus putting undue strain on the threaded bit. By the way, what are the thoughts on putting the " old nut" below the new one? The excess thread is then protected from grime and damage and would appear to make a remove much easier when necessary. cheers Craig

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I had a tow ball fail on me years ago. .....I had just reached the bottom of Cunninghams Gap, over the mountain from Warwick to BNE.
The towball sheared off and van went sliding along the road . ....long story short...the Nut on ball was loose ! So it was the movement of van against the shaft and it finally gave way. These days I carry a towball spanned and regularly check that the Nut is always tight.
Thats the type of maintenance you need to do to keep a little safer. .. happy travels...

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