McHitch Pros and Cons

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 01, 2011 at 22:08
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Do you have it? Like or dislike? Problems? How compares to other hitches you have used?

I have to decide between McHitch and Vehicle Components DO.
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Reply By: Bushtucker Man - Sunday, Jan 02, 2011 at 09:00

Sunday, Jan 02, 2011 at 09:00
Hi Jay,

Was talking to a fellow traveller yesterday who has a new van fitted with the McHitch and he was saying the only thing he doesn't like about it is the tug and van have to be in a straight line, you can't be on an angle.
Maybe this could be a problem if parked in a tight spot.

Cheers.
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Reply By: Luvntravln - Sunday, Jan 02, 2011 at 09:23

Sunday, Jan 02, 2011 at 09:23
Thank you very much!

I was playing with one today. The hitch has two tabs that protrude down and go either side of a plate that is welded on the of the hitch head and is designed to keep the pin from turning inside the hitch. It is called the Haymen Reese WDH accessory. What you have brought to my attention is that if you are not in a straight line the tabs can not cleanly lock on both sides of the accessory plate. That might prevent you from locking down on the hitch.

Anyone's thoughts on this possibility appreciated.
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Reply By: Bonnidowns - Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 01:59

Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 01:59
We have the McHitch fitted, when you call in to say "G'day" you can have a look and see ours,
The straight line is a problem but not major.

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Reply By: Cadz1 - Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 22:45

Monday, Jan 03, 2011 at 22:45
HI The hitch is great ,unhooking & hooking up is vary easy, on angles or straight . When hooking up on and angle all you need is a pinch bar to get the tabs in the right place .
GREG
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Reply By: TRB60 - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 07:32

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 07:32
Hi
Have just had McHitch fitted, all the re alignment requires is the dolley wheel to move the draw bar either way a touch and hitch will locate correctly. I have a dual wheel Mako Mule which is miles in front of the original supplied by BTI. the service
at McHitch is A1.I opted for the 6 Tonne model towing 20 Ft.

Regards Terry Bridges.
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Reply By: Luvntravln - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 18:08

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2011 at 18:08
For me, summarizing the Pro comments, it needs "something" to aid in the hitching, e.g.,

"you have to be in a straight line"

"all you need is a pinch bar to get the tabs in the right place"

"all the re alignment requires is the dolley wheel to move the draw bar either way a touch and hitch will locate correctly"

How often do you hitch alone without the help of your partner?

How often are you able to complete the hitch process without resorting to some additional aid?

I ask this because with my current ring/pintle, and I have been informed with the DO, you do not need additional tools and because the pin hole is clear on the top you can see the pin alignment through your rear camera.

The McHitch is a substantial piece of equipment; I am concerned about using it alone and having problems similar to the AT-35.
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Reply By: Geoff n Kay - Friday, Jan 07, 2011 at 01:08

Friday, Jan 07, 2011 at 01:08
Hi There
We have a 6 tonne rated McHitch fitted to our BT

Have a rear camera and air bags fitted hooking up or un hooking on level uneven sloping any which way ground is a breeze have tried it on a raised gutter that I had trouble with the AT35 at the Cable Beach Caravan Park not a problem with Macca

The best thing with this hitch for us is that it helped get rid of the insurance blues as our van is way to heavy for a 3.5 tonne rated hitch we dont like things to be on the limit

And dealing with Joe [one of our supporters] is an added bonus

No conection in anyway just a very happy Big Yellow Fella owner

Happy New Year

Geoff
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Reply By: Flavs - Friday, Jan 07, 2011 at 06:30

Friday, Jan 07, 2011 at 06:30
Hi Jay,
We had the McHitch fitted (6 tonne) back in Oct. I had difficulty with the AT35 as I could not pull the pin due to crook fingers (soon to be rectified). The McHitch has been a dream and I have not had any problems to date. Joe was extremely helpful giving much of his time. Some extra work done as well. I also fitted a Trail A Mate Hydraulic Jack and I am removing the Jockey wheel.

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Follow Up By: Luvntravln - Friday, Jan 07, 2011 at 06:37

Friday, Jan 07, 2011 at 06:37
Are you using the Trail A Mate with the wheel or with the base plate?

I am trying to decide between the VC leg and the Trail A Mate.
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Follow Up By: Flavs - Friday, Jan 07, 2011 at 23:12

Friday, Jan 07, 2011 at 23:12
I'm using the base plate but also carry the wheel (but not yet used). I changed due to hand issues and find it easy to use. The BTI Jockey was beyound repair and I had a lighter jockey wheel which suffered a little damage but still usable.
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Reply By: Willie - Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 01:10

Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 01:10
I am happy with the McHitch. It is a lot easier to hook up than my AT35 was.
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Reply By: Willie - Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 02:39

Friday, Jan 14, 2011 at 02:39
I was just looking at the DO hitch in a post from the Lone Ranger on the Bushtracker site.

Looking at the photos, there does not appear to be the security of the lock in system that McHitch has. The McHitch has a pin that goes through it so that it can never seperate.

Maybe I am just a bit confused by the photos, but that's the way it loked to me.
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