This coupling also incorporates an important
safety feature: if, for example, anyone rotates
the lid while it’s on the tow pillar, it will
automatically rotate back and re-lock. It’s
virtually impossible for the Hitch-Ezy to be
Other features include an inbuilt aid for people
with arthritic hands, a ‘dummy’ tow pillar that
can be inserted into the coupling when it is
not in use, and more. It is also compatible with
weight distribution hitches.
RRP: $990 (3.5 tonne); $1090 (5 tonne).
Both prices include tow pillar, tow pillar
cover, spacer for use with a WDH,
dummy pillar, stainless steel handbrake
and mounting bolts.
In short: if you want the Rolls Royce of
caravan couplings, check out the Hitch-Ezy.
The Al-Ko Off-Road Ball Coupling is
made from ductile iron.
3. AL-KO OFF-ROAD BALL
For those who prefer ball couplings, there’s
this unit from Al-Ko. Officially known as the
Al-Ko Off-Road Ball Coupling, it offers the
hitching simplicity of a ball coupling with full
vertical and horizontal articulation.
It is, of course, not the first offroad ball
coupling but, in my experience, it operates
smoothly and quite easily.
Its height profile is a reasonable 112mm –
higher than some couplings but lower than
others – with the locking ’T handle’ sitting a
bit higher than the main housing. To lock or
release the coupling, the user has to pull this
handle mechanism, which most people could
probably do with two or three fingers, as they
wind the jockey wheel. When towing, this
handle is locked with a removable pin.