Coupling/Uncoupling your caravan

Step 1 - Cleaning the tow ball ready for connection to the stabiliser hitch

Clean all paint of the tow ball with abrasive paper or similar

1a- Clean tow ball with abrasive paper

Clean all the paint of the tow ball with abrasive paper or similar

Clean tow ball with brake cleaner or similar

1b- Clean tow ball with cleaner

Clean all contaminates off the tow ball using brake cleaner or similar

Step 2 - Connect the caravan hitch to the car

Stabiliser and hitch-lock both in open position

2a - Handles Open

Stabiliser and hitch-lock handle both in the open position

Turn Jockey-wheel to lower hitch onto the tow ball until the hitch-lock handle drops down

2b - Lower the hitch

Turn the Jockey-wheel to lower the hitch onto the tow ball until the hitch-lock handle drops down

Hitch-lock handle in the locked position

2c - Hitch handle down

Hitch-lock handle in the locked position

Step 3 - Check tell tales

Hitch-lock tell tale correctly showing green

3a - Hitch-lock tell tale

Hitch-lock tell tale correctly showing green

Tell tale button showing green

3b - Button tell tale

Tell tale button to show green

Step 4 - Test connection

Checking normal height of wheel arch to check hitch

4a - Check hitch connection

Note normal height from top of wheel to the wheel arch. Never trust the hitch! If you think it's connected check again! Wind Jockey-wheel down again to lift car up, putting connection under strain

Bigger gap in wheel arch showing hitch connected correctly

4b - Test hitch properly

Check for bigger gap between tyre and wheel arch. Lower stabiliser handle down. Wind up Jockey-wheel then loosen clamp. Lift Jockey-wheel up and tighten clamp. Ready for driving away!

Stabiliser handle down and locked

4c - Lock stabiliser bar

Stabiliser handle down and locked

Step 5 - Tidy connections

Damage to cables is possible if they are left dangling

5a - Incorrect electrics routing

When connecting electrics and brake-away cable, prevent damage by not hanging them close to the floor

Electric cable routed correctly to avoid damage

5b - Correct electrics routing

Route electrics so they are not too tight or likely to be damaged while turning or braking

Brake away cable could be damaged in this position

5c - Incorrect brake-away cable routing

Brake-away cable too low - May get damaged

Brake away cable routed correctly to avoid damage and clip attached to tow bar

5d - Correct brake-away cable routing (Top view)

Plenty of free play in brake-away cable. Allows caravan to turn freely without tightening and activating the handbrake. Clip attached to tow bar properly

Brake away cable routed around tow bar and clip attached to tow bar

5e - Correct brake-away cable routing (Side view)

Brake-away cable routed around tow bar and clipped properly to tow-bar hole

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