DO 35 hitch

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 00:52
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I have the older model DO35 hitch without the dust cover and have great difficulty unhitching after a very dusty trip, even with new grease every time i hook up i have to flood the hitch with WD40 for it to uncouple with the car .

do others have this problem and is there a solution ?

Geoff Matthews WA 20 ft van
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Reply By: Gone Bush - Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 03:40

Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 03:40
I've got the same hitch and never had an issue Geoff.

Have you checked if it is vertical?

Sorry I can't be more helpful, but it has always worked fine for me.

Hope you find an answer.

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Follow Up By: Col & Diane - Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 08:54

Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 08:54
Same here Geoff. We've had the same hitch for a couple of years now. Done the Gary Junction, GRR, Great Central, Oodnadatta track, so plenty of dust. I grease it sparingly with that light HR grease and no troubles at all when unhitching.

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Follow Up By: The Hob - Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 18:22

Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 18:22
Us three. Never had a problem with the DO35 hitch. Has something been bent?

With the design, I have always been worried about lifting the drawbar for levelling while still connected. The weight of the vehicle is then held on the flat locking plate which is not its design role.

I always disconnect if I have to raise the drawbar.

I love the hitch however and have never had a problem with it.

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Reply By: TRB60 - Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 03:40

Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 03:40
Hi
Buy a Mc Hitch.

Regards Terry
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Follow Up By: braggy - Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 06:01

Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 at 06:01
X2 , get McHitch
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Reply By: Seymour & Wanda - Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 19:45

Saturday, Jul 27, 2013 at 19:45
Hi Geof

We have the same problem, our's is 3and a half years old.

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Reply By: Gone Bush - Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 00:28

Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 00:28
Geoff and Brad,

When you have the hitch off, and the slide lock in the open position, is the slide completely clear of the hole that drops over the pin?

Or is that grabbing a little?

There might just be a bit of grit stopping the slide from opening fully.

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Follow Up By: Seymour & Wanda - Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 20:07

Sunday, Jul 28, 2013 at 20:07
Hi Stephen

Mine seem's to have become a little loose fitting together, and when the tug is either facing up hill or down it catches and is difficult to pop off.

It's going to be 27 here on friday, I'LL stop complaining.

thanks for the tips
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Reply By: aubs. - Thursday, Aug 01, 2013 at 02:55

Thursday, Aug 01, 2013 at 02:55
Also using the D035 and had no issues, just need to make sure the unlock slide is right back. I use just a light smear of Castrol boating grease, and clean the whole mechanism with degreaser regularly.
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