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I have a LR pin type recovery hitch on the back of the 90 and a trailer with the standard tow hitch on.

I could keep taking the recovery hitch off and putting the dixon bate back on every time I need to use the trailer, but that would get a tad annoying, so I need to change the hitch on the trailer.

Trouble is I can't find one anywhere :unsure:

Any ideas?

I have tried Towsure, done a google and asked at my (usually very good) local trailer centre - all with no joy.

TIA

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Might be worth contacting Ifor Williams I am pretty sure they will supply various trailer hitch attachments. I have ordered trailers from them at work and specified 76mm NATO eyes to be fitted for example, no problem there. A 76mm NATO would be "just a bit clonky" with a pin hitch though :unsure: but they may be able to supply an eye with a smaller hole in it.

You can also buy a combi hitch which looks a bit like a NATO hitch (i.e. with a hinged top) but the bottom part of the jaw is shaped like a 50mm ball, so you can tow either a 50mm ball trailer, or a big eye like a NATO (or a tow rope etc). Not sure who makes them but you can buy them here, though they ain't cheap.

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I'm not sure NATO rings fit in the pin hitches anyway.

Mark, would a pin/ball hitch like Tim sugested do the job for what you want?

Depends on what type of pin hitch.

There are 2 main types I have seen over the years - the old Land Rover galvanised one which had a very deep jaw, often seen on Series 3s etc, and the new "Dixon Bate 201661" style one, usually painted black. A NATO ring will fit in the former type - we've got several NATO-ringed trailers on the farm and they fit but are horribly clonky to tow, I wouldn't really recommend it for road use but it is possible. Land Rover have discontinued making these anyway, as of about a couple of years ago.

NATO ring won't fit in either the later "Dixon Bate" type hitch, or the "Pinball Wizard" type combination ball & jaw hitches (LR part no RTC8159 I think) as the jaw isn't deep enough on either of these - you can't get the ring in far enough to be able to get the pin through.

The other one that will apparently fit a NATO ring is the 4-bolt heavy duty 5 ton hitch shown here part number 201910, though I have never seen one of these in the flesh but as DB says it will fit, I guess it will. Should be strong enough too :)

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I have a LR pin type recovery hitch on the back of the 90 and a trailer with the standard tow hitch on.

I could keep taking the recovery hitch off and putting the dixon bate back on every time I need to use the trailer, but that would get a tad annoying, so I need to change the hitch on the trailer.

Trouble is I can't find one anywhere :unsure:

Any ideas?

I have tried Towsure, done a google and asked at my (usually very good) local trailer centre - all with no joy.

TIA

If the trailer in question is unbraked, 40mm ring :D I'm suprised the trailer centre near you cannot supply, or try the trailer place at Southwick near Trowbridge.

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Thanks Guys, sorry for the delay in replying was trundling round Dorset with work yesterday.

Thanks Western & Landrover589 - Just what I was looking for.

Tim / Mark: I could change to the Ball & pin type, but it would mean refitting the drop plate, which would mean removing the recovery point on the cross member, so I wouldn't gain anything. Don't want the drop plate on all the time due to ground clearance.

Ball & pin wouldn't go directly onto the rear crossmember due to clearance issues with spare tyre.

Trailer will be a bit nose high, but it doesn't / won't get much use so it shouldn't be an issue.

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How about the ubiquitous orange dual hitch, like this on eBlag?? :D

Orange or not, still doesn't get around the height difference & fouling of the spare wheel :huh:

Cheers anyway, off to bother the local Trailer guy on Saturday to supply me one of the above linked <_<

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