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Why I’d never buy another Treg hitch

Going back a couple of decades ago, you’d rarely see different towing hitches. Today, there are more options for towing a trailer than you can poke a stick at. Traditionally, Treg and the normal ball hitches were all you’d see, and while the Treg was a great option when it first came out, I would never, ever get one again.

Originally, I loved the idea of them; quiet, fully articulating, robust and low maintenance. My first camper trailer had one, and I liked the idea so much that I purchased a brand new, genuine Treg hitch for my off road boat trailer.

These days, I hate Treg hitches, and I detest using them. They work OK on very light trailers, but anything over a few hundred kilograms when used off road is just a total nightmare.

Dmax towing our camper trailer

Our old camper trailer running a Treg hitch

Why are Treg Hitches no good?

The reason is really simple; they are a right pain in the backside to hitch, and unhitch. On level bitumen or gravel they are easy enough to work with, but the moment you are doing it on soft or uneven ground, guaranteed you are entering struggle territory. They have two very distinct shortfalls

Perfection required for hitching and unhitching

By design, you need to slide a poly block into an opening that has about 1.5mm clearance. 

This makes it awfully challenging when the ground is undulating, or soft as every time you move the vehicle the hitch height changes. If its not bang on, the block catches and flicks up or down, and you have to try again. Hooking on a Treg hitch is a two person job, unless you get perfectly lucky.

Welded treg hitch

There’s literally a couple of mm clearance between the poly block and the receiver, making it a nightmare

Pressure on the pin

The above however, is only part of my gripe. My real gripe is the fact that the pin can be an absolute nightmare to put in, and even more so to remove. The moment the trailer has any force on the pin, you are totally at the mercy of physics. You have to struggle and sweat while pushing the trailer around and trying to free the pin, and it gets old real fast. This happens every time the trailer is pushing in a different direction to your 4WD (think basically every situation that isn’t perfectly level!)

I mentioned above that you get away with it with a lighter trailer, as its not hard to move it back and forth as required. Our boat trailer is under 500kg total, and is usually fine with it only rarely being a pain. Still though, I have had times where we’ve needed a couple of people to shove the trailer around while someone yanks the pin out.

Again, its a multiple person job and not one I particularly enjoy doing even on a light trailer. Imagine if your trailer was more than 2 tonne!

Soft Floor Camper Trailer

Trying to unhook on anything but flat ground isn’t much fun

Watch out for fakes

Another thing to be very wary of is fake Treg Hitches. This is completely asides from the issues above, but the fakes often fail within a couple of years, in a very bad way. With all of the Chinese Camper trailer and Hybrids coming in, you can guarantee that most don’t run the genuine Treg or Trigg blocks, and the materials have a bad habit of cracking and breaking away. Not nice when you are in the middle of no where, and your hitch is welded on!

Genuine treg hitch

Chinese treg hitch copy vs the genuine one on the top

What’s better than a Treg?

There are more hitches on the market now than I could even mention. The clear winner for me though, is the D035 made by Cruise Master. It’s a super clever design, and is easy to hook and unhook no matter where you are. You don’t have to get it exact, and that applies to all three directions.

As long as you are within about 40mm, as you lower the hitch onto the receiver it self centres. The only orientation you really have to get somewhat correct is the distance you back under, as its easy enough to lean on the drawbar and move the trailer side to side a few mm if required.

These lock and unlock without binding up, have the same articulation, are silent, rated to 3500kg and overall make hitching and unhitching a total breeze. We got one on our new hybrid camper trailer – a Reconn R2, and have been very pleased with it.

DO35 hitch

A DO35 on our Reconn R2 which makes lift so easy

Reconn R2

No articulation issues, and its so simple and easy to use

Hitching and unhitching used to be a pain in the backside, with lots of frustration. These days, its a piece of cake!

McHitches have a good reputation overall, and there are some others on the market but I have seen a few failures and the DO35 seems to be the most common.

Mc Hitch or Tregg

The Mc Hitch is another alternative to the Tregg

What hitch do you run? How do you rate it?

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10 comments… add one
  • Lindsay Gregory December 23, 2019, 1:43 PM

    I have a Treg on an off-road camper and I would not change it for all the tea in China. I do all the hitching my self backing onto the hitch is easy I back up to the hitch adjust the height and finish backing easy. It sounds like that the review is one-sided there have to be faults with the other brand as there is with the Treg and good points as well on both to be fair you should point the good and the bad of both to be fair, this will give me and other readers the ability to assess both hitches and not think it is only a commercial for the other hitch

  • Aaron Schubert December 23, 2019, 6:25 PM

    Hey Lyndsay,

    Do you use it on soft sand, or hitch it up on uneven terrain? Once the hitch is on, I found no difference between the two, but hitching and unhitching the DO35 eats it for breakfast.

    I’ve yet to find any downsides of the DO35, and still have a boat trailer with the treg. The review isn’t one sided, its just my experience, and based on that I’d never get another Treg. I still have my old camper trailer with a treg and even moving it around my place I find a nightmare. The DO35 is just so simple and easy, but that’s what happens as technology improves.

    It’s certainly not a commercial; I have nothing to do with Cruisemaster.

    Try one – you’ll love it. However, if you are happy with the Treg keep it; asides from the hitching and unhitching they are fine


  • GI August 8, 2020, 9:57 PM

    The McHitch automatic coupling of of course the clear winner, just back up and it hitches all by itself! Put the chains and cable on, done!

  • Aaron Schubert August 9, 2020, 1:06 PM

    Hey GI,

    I’ve heard a number of people recommend these. I’ve also heard of a few failures. The D035 seems far more robust, and is used most commonly across the bigger, and more ‘offroad’ style trailers. I do like the auto hook up idea though!

    All the best

  • Russell August 18, 2020, 5:12 PM

    It’s disappointing to see a great Aussie product getting a bad review as the lead article when looking up Treg Hitch. I feel for the employees you have helped to make redundant with your comments. I personally find the hitch easy to use and well made. Thanks all you guys making them I appreciate your efforts.

  • Aaron Schubert August 18, 2020, 7:28 PM

    Hi Russell,

    I suppose you could say the same thing about robotic technology that has put thousands of people out of jobs. Technology advances, and with it comes better options. In my experience and opinion, the Australian made D035 runs rings around the Treg hitches, as very clearly expressed in the article.

    It’s not a bad product, or poorly made, just there are now better options out there. For real offroad use, hitching and unhitching was a nightmare for me, and I used to get so frustrated with the struggle. If you use it on road, or differently, perhaps you’ve had a difference experience. That’s just fine too.

    You’d be better off taking aim at those who’ve taken the Treg hitch, and blatantly copied it and had it manufactured elsewhere. They are the real people putting Aussies out of jobs.

    All the best

  • Ded Driver August 31, 2020, 8:58 AM

    I don’t see Aaron’s write-up on the Tregg hitching problem as a bad review. I agree with him. They are good, its just that it can be a bastard to hitch-up or un-hitch on uneven ground. Get bogged at an angle & try unhooking it!. For use on light trailers &/or level firm ground they’re good. Just off-road can be tediously painful.

  • Aaron Schubert August 31, 2020, 4:24 PM

    Cheers Ded,

    Can’t please everyone. Your summary is exactly what I was implying.

    All the best

  • John Kindred September 4, 2020, 5:11 PM

    I have a camper trailer with a Treg hitch and agree with AAron about the difficulty of hitching/unhitching on sand. Ever tried to move 1 1500 kg load in sand on its jockey wheel? Well try that, especially if there is a root in the way. More divorce material than reverse parking a caravan.
    No problem with it on firm flat surfaces.

  • Aaron Schubert September 5, 2020, 7:32 PM

    Hey John,

    Yep, once you’ve experienced the frustration you start looking for alternatives. The number of times I’d be grumbling away trying to hook our old camper trailer up was entertaining, to say the least.

    All the best

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