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When towing on road with nato hitch should it be left to swivel or locked cheers guys

Depends on the trailers coupling head ----------

if it's fixed [unable to rotate horizontally] the [vehicle hitch]pintle must be able to swivel [even on road] [or the trailer if it flips my take the towing vehicle with it] all normal ball coupling heads are able to rotate while the vehicle part remains fixed.

if the trailer hitch can swivel then the pintle must be locked at all times,

my trailer has a fixed NATO ring so my pintle is set to rotate whenever the trailer is connected, never had any problems :D

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I've never seen a NATO 76mm trailer ring that doesn't swivel, unless it is seized up!

Some of the early ones like mine don't swivel, it has a lockout pin for the overun brakes, I'll stuff a pic up shortly :D

here we go one fixed NATO 76mm ring hitch MH35 type

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:D

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IF.........it all goes t*ts up and you need to get the AA/RAC out will they recover a Ring hitch trailer ????

I ask cause my car trailer normal hitch is stuffed( its a bit worn as it rattles and not worth the risk) and for 2500 Kg new one is ££££££'s :( , but I have a Nato ring as per Ralph's type sat in the shed. :)

So would I be OK ? :unsure:

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I had to be recovered, and the recovery lorry could not use my drop plate (standard dixon bate) as the pins were too short for his hitch which was wider than standard, and they had no pins (pretty useless of them). They told me that the AA/RAC doesn't include recovery of non-standard trailers. In the end we sorted it out, but it could be a problem.

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