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Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« on: August 22, 2020, 08:35:50 AM »


My poly coupling split, I have tight chains and a dodger setup with a ratchet strap.
Hopefully that will get me to mackay


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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2020, 09:05:19 AM »
Take it easy with more than a few check stops you should do it ok .. The strap looks like its going to chaffe a bit on the trailer knuckle when you  turn .. If anything maybe something added as an insulator, plastic sheet / icecream container type stuff.
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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2020, 09:32:33 AM »
That’s not a disaster - yet.

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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2020, 10:23:39 AM »
It could do with a couple of ZipTies.
You'd be good to do a lap then. ;)
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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2020, 10:57:31 AM »
It could do with a couple of ZipTies.
You'd be good to do a lap then. ;)
needs hundred mile hour tape... then it'll be safe.
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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2020, 11:00:26 AM »
needs hundred mile hour tape... then it'll be safe.
My bad, sorry you are right.
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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2020, 11:03:40 AM »
My bad, sorry you are right.
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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2020, 12:37:00 PM »
Surely someone in the park could loan you a hitch...quite a few spend a long time camped up.  Stop every 50klms and check it.   Good luck
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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2020, 01:05:39 PM »
Not being nasty, but why the hell do people still use these things, 45 years ago they were ok, but today ?
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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2020, 01:09:50 PM »


Checked regularly, chains tight
Maude it to jayco Mackay without disaster


Got a new second hand unit from jayco for $200


Just got to fit it now


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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2020, 01:22:56 PM »
Good to see you got home safely.  I,ve seen plenty of them break.  Do yourself a favour...go back to jayco and get a decent hitch set up.  These poly block setups are just crap.
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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #11 on: August 22, 2020, 01:32:27 PM »
Good to see you got home safely.  I,ve seen plenty of them break.  Do yourself a favour...go back to jayco and get a decent hitch set up.  These poly block setups are just crap.
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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #12 on: August 22, 2020, 02:08:00 PM »
An hour later and it’s fixed


I agree these poly blocks are a bit crap


But I’m not home, just at the nearest big town on day 3 of our 2 week trip


Luckily I always keep a selection of tools


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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2020, 07:06:35 AM »
Mob by the name of Ozhitch do a replacement type  that utilises some of your poly block. You need to buy a larger drill bit as well.  I used one on an old off road trailer and saved a few dollars.  Heaps better than the poly block..

https://www.ozhitch.com/ozhitch-conversion-kit
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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2020, 11:39:20 AM »
Looking at your photos not hard to see the problem. I originally thought the poly was black.  And cracking was visible.
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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #15 on: August 23, 2020, 01:23:58 PM »
Looking at your photos not hard to see the problem. I originally thought the poly was black.  And cracking was visible.

Also there was a period where some poly blocks were fraudulent copies of the original Australia Standards compliant model. Maybe this could be part of the cause of failure.

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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2020, 02:47:45 PM »
My polly block disintegrated, as did my mates.  Age and stress related I,d say...bit like myself!! :cheers:
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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2020, 07:00:02 PM »
How old was the hitch??
Just asking as I have same on my 2010 van.

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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2020, 11:37:11 PM »
2016 Modcon camper, so I assume 4 years old


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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #19 on: August 25, 2020, 07:50:18 AM »
Wow, that's certainly collapsed in only 4 years :o

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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #20 on: August 25, 2020, 08:35:15 AM »
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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2020, 10:18:25 AM »


My poly coupling split, I have tight chains and a dodger setup with a ratchet strap.
Hopefully that will get me to mackay


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Is the camper stored in a shed/undercover or out in the elements. Looking at how discoloured the block is.

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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #22 on: September 01, 2020, 11:01:58 AM »
It’s stored in the front yard, mostly under a tarp


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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2020, 10:20:03 AM »
Except the drawbar?
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Re: Disaster strikes in st Lawrence
« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2020, 10:35:34 AM »
I just ordered a Mchitch treg adaptor.  One trip away in newish van and the connecting up of the treg  has annoyed me enough to look at options. Went with this as original is welded on and existing mount plate isnt large enough to fit bolt on replacement.


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