Off-Road Trail­ers Axles & Hitches

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Most of us are fa­mil­iar with some type of trailer – boat, RV, or small util­ity trail­ers. Off-road trail­ers can have sim­i­lar parts, but many are off-road spe­cific. Here is a run down of some of the dif­fer­ent axles and hitches you’ll see, and their pros and cons. AXLES Most trail­ers will come with ei­ther leaf spring or tor­sion axles. The leaf spring is some­thing we are all fa­mil­iar with. Leaf springs pro­vide a steady ride on pave­ment, are the most af­ford­able, and they are re­pairable. Tor­sion axles are bolted to the trailer frame, im­prov­ing ground clear­ance, and act as an ad­di­tional cross mem­ber re­duc­ing flex on rough roads. They are not re­pairable, only re­place­able, but on the plus side re­quire only the stan­dard wheel bear­ing main­te­nance.

HITCHES Ball Hitch

Pros – easy to back up, qui­eter than a pin­tle. Cons – can pop off un­der twist­ing loads.

Pin­tle/Lunette Hitch

Pros – They are eas­ier to con­nect than a ball hitch and typ­i­cally stronger, but be care­ful as you still shouldn’t ex­ceed a load above your ve­hi­cle's tow rat­ing.

Cons – noisy when driv­ing off-road, very chal­leng­ing to back up.

Lock ‘N’ Roll Ar­tic­u­lat­ing Hitches

Pros - They se­curely lock the ve­hi­cle to the trailer with­out the noise of a pin­tle hitch and are eas­ier to back up; much greater ar­tic­u­la­tion than a ball or pin­tle mak­ing it great for the odd an­gles we en­counter tow­ing off-road.

Cons - it can bind if you jack­knife the trailer back­ing up. lock­n­


Pros - The Max Cou­pler pro­vides se­cure, quiet con­nec­tion to your off-road trailer and it is easy to back-up. There is no bind­ing when you jack­knife the trailer that you see in the Lock ‘n Roll.

Cons - it is ex­act­ing to con­nect trailer and ve­hi­cle.

Max Cou­pler photo Ex­treme Tear Drops

Pin­tle Hitch from Curt

Leaf Sprung Axle photo Rock­well Amer­i­can

Tor­sion Axle photo Rock­well Amer­i­can

Max Cou­pler photo Knight Of­froad Trail­ers

Lock'n Roll photo Lock'n Roll

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