There is an array of off road couplings on the market, with degrees of articulation that’ll get any intrepid adventurer to the other side of the Black Stump and back again, but the recently unveiled Off Road Pin Coupling from AL-KO takes the integration of user-friendliness to a new level.
Specially designed and developed by AL-KO in Australia for use in Australia’s harsh off-road conditions, their innovative release features hands-free hitching and one-touch unhitching. In fact, it’s the only off road pin coupling on the market where no user action is required to hitch up.
So how does it work? Simply wind the jockey wheel down to lower the coupling on the pin until the indicator “clicks” in to place, confirming the coupling is double locked – and “Job Done”.
When it comes to unhitching, simply depress the top hat and the positive latching indicator in one swift motion then raise the coupling off the pin using your jockey wheel.
AL-KO’s new Off Road pin coupling features a positive latching indicator which provides clear indication that the coupling has locked on to the pin.
Being an Off Road coupling, the coupling head and yoke articulate on separate planes independent of each other. This articulation allows the tow vehicle and caravan or camper trailer combination to overcome steep departure, ramp over or declines at the same time as alternating off camber sections not afforded by a standard ball coupling.
Being a pin coupling, you are not governed by maximum height restriction as you would with a ball coupling, so it’s an attractive proposition for those who have raised their tow vehicle for the purposes of higher ground clearance.
If you have a vehicle with barn doors, profile is an important consideration when selecting a coupling.
AL-KO have clearly taken this in to account with their clever design as their new Pin Coupling sits at just 86mm fitted which makes it ideal.
AL-KO’s new Off Road pin coupling is a truly all-terrain coupling with extreme articulation on the vertical and horizontal plane – capable of going anywhere you would venture with your tow vehicle. It’s sure to command interest from local manufacturers of off-road caravans and camper trailers, buyers of new off-road vans and those in the market for an upgrade.
To learn more about AL-KO’s new Off Road Pin Coupling visit the AL-KO Website.
MEET THE AUTHOR
With more than 30 years’ journalistic experience, Peter’s brief predominantly centres on editorial reviews for Caravan World and Camper magazines. A relative late starter to the trials and tribulations of the RV industry, Peter has been making up for lost time caravanning and camping with his family around Victoria. Initially, Gippsland was the primary stamping ground free camping in idyllic bush settings such as Dargo and Licola, beside the Wonnangatta and Macalister rivers respectively. Other favourite haunts also became ensconced on the family camping itinerary – Jamieson in Victoria’s High Country, Whitfield in the King Valley, Princetown on the Great Ocean Road, and Bright in the Ovens Valley.