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Old 09-09-19
Pixie_au Pixie_au is offline
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I use the Cruisemaster DO35 coupling (with handbrake) with inverted hitch and spare wheel lift. I don't have a suspension lift on my vehicle yet.

This arrangement leaves just enough room to get to Cruisemaster coupling onto the pin and enough clearance for the door to swing open clear of the coupling and hand brake.

This maximises the hitch height (to suit my camper trailer) while leaving enough room for the door to open properly
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Old 09-09-19
PaulMcG PaulMcG is offline
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If you have a look at the level of the bottom of your spare tyre - if you have a spare wheel lift kit fitted, the bottom of the tyre is about the same level as the lower edge of the rear door. Without the lift kit, the tyre will hang about 40-50 mm lower than the door. All the lift kit is is a spacer plate which bolts to the spare wheel mount, with a second higher set of mounting holes which you then use to mount the spare. On NX model, at least mine, the spare wheel cover looks terribly unfinished with the kit in place and the top section of the plastic cover removed. I think the NW might retain more of the cover, and looks a bit better.

And yes, the newer alko hitch does require a pin in place of the std tow ball, the pin comes as part of the kit. I got the kit from Supercheap on a 20% off sale, for $240.

Hope this helps some.
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Old 11-09-19
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Default mchitch + longer towing hitch + stone stomper

+1 for the mchitch, I don't know why it took so long to buy one. I fitted an extended reach towing hitch (300mm) and a stone stomper (which means I could ditch the stone deflector on the trailer and shift everything backwards. The door clears everything now and hitch up is a quick and effortless exercise.

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Old 08-10-19
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All this boils down to the fact that Mitsubishi designers thumbed their noses at conventional wisdom and put the spare in the centre of the door.
Of course this was going to cause problems, not the least that the weight is further away from the door hinges, resulting in more leverage, and directly in line with hitches etc.!!
Then they had the hide to charge us for lift kits!
My dealer went from $120 to $70 for the kit, thanks to a couple of whinges from me, and I have fitted a Mr. Hitches tow bar for my caravan, with a slight downward angle of the 'van which I prefer.
Hope this helps.
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Mike DiD Mike DiD is offline
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OzHitch is like Treg but with horizontal pin.

I can open the rear door fully and don't need a Spare Lift kit.
Mike R. Sydney. Pajero GLS NX Silver Jan15. DiD Auto. STILL grossly disappointed with the errors in Speed Limits on major roads in my TomTom.
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Old 09-10-19
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I have modified the original caravan hitch so that it does not foul the read door - it works great. And I don't have the spare wheel lift kit fitted. Even better! - Until I come to tow another person's trailer and then I am back to square one. The simplest thing is to get a spare wheel lift kit fitted (which I don't have) and then there are no troubles at all.
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Old 10-10-19
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I have the McHitch with the rear wheel lift and there is plenty of clearance. But i'm not a huge fan of the McHitch as the uni-joint on it shifts the centre of gravity of the hitch 100mm further out from the vehicle. I dont think the Treg or DO35 have this issue so i would run with one of those over the McHitch given the Paj already has a long towbar before adding the McHitch
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Old 03-12-19
PhilipK5 PhilipK5 is offline
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Default Alko Off Road Pin coupling not good off road

Originally Posted by Andythiing View Post
+1 for the new alko off-road pin type hitch - put this on my jayco penguin and it was excellent to tow with and solved my door clearance issues on my nt swb which has 2 inch lift
I tired the Alko Pin coupling which was great on sealed roads but and absolute disaster when driving on dirt or gravel roads. Coupling obviously filled with dust and would not lock on after uncoupling. Have gone to a DO35 much more reliable and can visually see it has locked on.
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Old 03-12-19
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I can now open my back door with the standard MM hitch. All I had to do was buy a new caravan

The coupling sits in the A frame rather than on it like my old van and I can finally open the back door when hooked up. Praise be to baby **insert spiritual being of your choice**
2012 NW DiD Activ
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Old 04-12-19
Greg Grey Grumbly Greg Grey Grumbly is offline
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Originally Posted by symo View Post
With the ALKO hitch you can open the rear door , no need for the spare wheel lift kit.
I use the Alko and they are a good solid off road hitch.

The only thing I didnít like about the Alko is that it doesnít lock up in the unlocked position for hooking up. But easily fixed by drilling a hole for a pin through the lift up section to clear the top of the inner section. Then I just use a stainless wire section to hold it up, works fine.
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