Hitching or coupling a caravan or trailer to a car is quite simple if you follow our simple procedure, you’ll get it right every time!
- Always work carefully, safely and methodically.
- Use the same routine every time you hitch up.
- Always double check and do not rush.
Become familiar with the equipment and process
As equipment changes overtime it is important to keep updated with the process. Ask for a demonstration on purchase.
Vehicles in position
Reverse the car to the caravan but make sure you use the jockey wheel to adjust the height of the caravan hitch so that it is higher than the towball before reversing the car.
Coupling to the towball
Engage by lowering the jockey wheel and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Once in place double check that the coupling is fully engaged over the towball and locked using the mechanism.
Secure the safety chain
Stretch the chain between the caravan and the towing vehicle and it should be at the right length when the shackle is added.
Make the connection
Connect Anderson plug, reversing cables and breakaway cable as needed and then release the handbrake.
Stowing the jockey wheel
Once the coupling is secure, the jockey wheel must be fully retracted so the towing vehicle supports the trailer. Fully wind up the wheel, loosen the clamp on the A-frame and lift the entire assembly, ensuring the wheel is as high as possible, then retighten the clamp., alternatively, the jockey wheel assembly may be removed from the clamp altogether and stored in the car or the caravan.
Attachment of the breakaway cable
The breakaway cable is designed to apply a trailer’s brakes if it becomes separated from its towing vehicle. The cable assembly is then designed to part, allowing the trailer to come to a halt away from the towing vehicle. Make sure there’s enough slack in the cable so that it does not become taut during normal use – even at extremes of steering lock and trailer articulation.
Checking the lights
This is a two-person job. Test the break lights, both indicators, park lights, headlights, fog lights, number plate lights and hazzard lights. Ensuring they are in sync with the tow vehicle.