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Quote: Originally posted by Fortyfoot on 29/9/2017
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Coachman is not an Elddis caravan and I am fairly sure that it is on an ALKO chassis?

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With the Winterhoff hitch you will need to clean the ball of all grease and any coating and use a spacer behind the towball, you'll probable need new bolts too.

for the alko hitch you'll need a alko type towball then clean off all coatings before using it

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So probably best to buy the new Alko ball and should then do for both types of hitch?

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Quote: Originally posted by iank01 on 29/9/2017
I am sure that hitch is the hitch on the BPW chassis. It also requires a different type of hitch lock. What year is the caravan as I think they only switched to the ALKO chassis last year.



Elddis have used an Alko chassis for many years, at least on some models. I have a 1992 Elddis Wisp on an Alko chassis, and my 1988 Tornado XL had one too.

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Quote: Originally posted by Colin21 on 29/9/2017
Quote: Originally posted by iank01 on 29/9/2017
I am sure that hitch is the hitch on the BPW chassis. It also requires a different type of hitch lock. What year is the caravan as I think they only switched to the ALKO chassis last year.



Elddis have used an Alko chassis for many years, at least on some models. I have a 1992 Elddis Wisp on an Alko chassis, and my 1988 Tornado XL had one too.


We have a Buccaneer and it is on a BPW chassis and I am fairly certain that prior to 2016 all Elddis were on a BPW chassis however maybe they only used the BPW chassis for a few years?

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Quote: Originally posted by iank01 on 30/9/2017
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Quote: Originally posted by iank01 on 29/9/2017
I am sure that hitch is the hitch on the BPW chassis. It also requires a different type of hitch lock. What year is the caravan as I think they only switched to the ALKO chassis last year.



Elddis have used an Alko chassis for many years, at least on some models. I have a 1992 Elddis Wisp on an Alko chassis, and my 1988 Tornado XL had one too.


We have a Buccaneer and it is on a BPW chassis and I am fairly certain that prior to 2016 all Elddis were on a BPW chassis however maybe they only used the BPW chassis for a few years?




Interesting! It's got me curious now. Maybe Elddis did switch, and switch back again, or maybe they used different chassis for different models? I don't know the answer, does anyone else?

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Over decades Elddis have used both BPW chassis which usually have Winterhof stabiliser hitches fitted although I think now these hitches are branded as BPW & at other times Alko chassis & hitches. Currently BPW are used afaik. Most but not all Alko stabiliser hitches can be fitted to BPW chassis. New Alko hitches bought as an aftermarket kit include bolts & spacer to allow fitting to BPW chassis. So it is possible to have Elddis with BPW chassis & Alko stabiliser hitch.

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BPW have been bought out by ALKO.

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Or more accurately Alko US parent company has bought BPW. Here. BPW have always manufactured larger commercial trailer chassis as well so maybe only the Alko brand will be seen on caravan chassis in future?

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Quote: Originally posted by Fortyfoot on 29/9/2017
So probably best to buy the new Alko ball and should then do for both types of hitch?


Yes or no?

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Quote: Originally posted by Fortyfoot on 01/10/2017
Quote: Originally posted by Fortyfoot on 29/9/2017
So probably best to buy the new Alko ball and should then do for both types of hitch?


Yes or no?

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Fortyfoot




To be on the safe side, maybe buy an Alko ball, which I believe will be fine with anything. That's what I would have done when having my towbar fitted, had I known there was a difference. Not that it would have made much difference, as both the caravans I have had since have had standard hitches, not stabiliser hitches.


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Fortyfoot, an alko towball has more space between it and the towing vehicle. You can put any hitch onto it, winterhoff, alko etc. If you are renewing the towball go for alko as it can accommodate any hitch, whereas an alko hitch on a standard towball could cause problems when turning due to the lack of space between hitch and towing vehicle. Hope that helps

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