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Off-road Couplings
Off-road couplings connect your off-road trailer or caravan to your tow vehicle. They’re designed to deal with the extreme terrains.

A lot of Australians own off-roaders with a camper trailer because there’s no better place to enjoy nature like the vast outback. Driving across the Australian flat-lands is an incredible experience that anyone not from Australia is envious of.

When you’re out in the wild outdoors, there are no roads. This means that the terrain can take a toll on your trailer coupling. Even if your regular caravan trailer coupling can deal with a large weight, remember that your trailer needs to be as manoeuvrable as the vehicle towing it.
Why You Need Off-Road Couplings
You need a trailer coupling mechanism that allows for both vertical and horizontal movement. Apart from freedom of movement, the coupling mechanism should also be able to deal with shocks and shear force which can easily dislodge the trailer from the towing vehicle.

Even if you use an off-road coupling system already, you can’t rule out the possibility of things breaking down. Especially once you leave the tarmac. The only problem is, you may go off the grid. Then, it’s hard to find help and access to spare off-road couplings. And even if you can repair the damage, you’ll probably work up quite a sweat in the heavy Australian sun.

However, don’t despair even if you’re stuck with a broken coupling in the middle of the flat-lands. We stock all kinds of off-road couplings, spare trailer parts, and tow balls, and get them delivered to you in no time. Say we don’t have your coupling type in our warehouses. We’ll do everything possible to get it just for you. We’ll also deliver it within 48 hours of your request.
Some Key Info About Off-Road Couplings
These couplings come in a variety of shapes and styles. If you’re on a budget, your best option is poly-block coupling. Full 360-degree rotation and 70-degree leeway on both horizontal sides make the poly block off-road coupling the most popular choice.

The other serious serious contenders for must-have off-road couplers are Oz Hitch and Al-ko. Both couplings are low profile and both have similar capabilities. The split-hair decision favours Al-ko.

Manutec, the Jockey Wheel and Jack Stand experts (Australian), own, design and manufacture Ozhitch products offshore. Through some serious redesigns, Ozhitch has fixed a few problems that arose in its early days. Ozhitch products are ADR-approved, and rated to a full 3.5t.

Al-ko’s off-road couplings are both owned and manufactured offshore. In the early days, the company had to replace these under warranty as the plastic assemblies kept breaking. Alko has since redesigned and/or replaced these plastic pieces.

The poly-block coupling also had problems with thread detachment early on. The manufacturers fixed this with a design change in the car bracket, which is now much more robust.

Even the best of manufacturers have gone right back to the drawing board because of the tough Australian road conditions. One thing is for sure, Australian off-road couplings are the toughest in the world.

Couplemate sells quality trailer and caravan spares throughout Australia—covering the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland. We also ship products via Australia Post Air to New Zealand.

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