Getting a tow bar and trailer lined up can be one of the most frustrating aspects of towing with a van, estate car or 4x4, though Spaldings reckon they have solved the problem with the new range of Quick Hitch couplings.
The hitch, bolts onto the back of the vehicle as normal, though has a flared steel back plate. This backplate positions the trailer coupling directly over the towing ball.
Any vehicle can be reversed up to the trailer until the drawbar catches by the hitch and is nudged into position. All that is left, is to lower the drawbar and connect the lighting cables.
It not only makes things easier and quicker, but it also reduces the chances of you damaging the vehicle’s bodywork against the drawbar when reversing with the trailer attached. the Guide plates prevent the trailer and drawbar from going any more than a 90-degree jackknife position.
The new hitch can also be used with the regular combined clevis and ball hitches and ball pins. All Quick Hitch variants, which cost from £90 €102), save having to man-handle the trailer or lever the drawbar into position using a fence post to get the ball and coupling lined up.
“The folding version allows you to open van doors or a pick-up tailgate on vehicles where there is little clearance above the hitch,” explains Paul Denton, Spaldings product development manager.
“When folded down, the guide plate also provides a more secure footing for climbing into the vehicle – certainly better than standing on a ball hitch or a slippery plastic step.”, he added.
Anglesey farmer Ivor Williams designed the Quick Hitch when people he knew kept failing their trailer towing test on the hitching process.
“I made the first hitch, checked with the authorities that it could be used for the test, and once people heard how successful it is, I refined the design and started making them in the farm workshop,” he says.
Mr Williams now has a range of five models with bolt-on or pin balls of different sizes, and with fixed, slot-in or fold-down guide plates.