This tow coupling has been discovered on a “home made” caravan in S.A.
It is shown as being made by “Rice Trailers” who were one of the first collapsible / folding camper trailer manufacturers in the UK between 1928 and 1938. They still exist building mostly horse trailers.. so this coupling may well be off one of those type of trailers.
I still like it... notice how the hand brake ratchet doubles as an handle to lift the trailer.... and it's even got a hole to put ya index finger in
And this "Rice" coupling is fitted to NeilnCheryl's "Dee-Jay" caravan....... they say.. "By turning the chrome handle it tightens a clamp underneath the ball. Seems to work OK"
This coupling looks like a “Gem” or “Imp” coupling as shown in reply 41 of this thread, but this is the first example we have of it fitted to an over-ride brake. It was posted by Belinda in 2006 and is on a Clayton's Propert on display at the National Museum in Canberra.
The 1948 patent application for this coupling can be seen HERE so it would be fair I think to call it a 'Flint coupling'.
Post by chippydave01 on Apr 19, 2009 9:47:29 GMT 10
Hi guys,So after 2 years of this thread I would like to know how many people have newly registered a vintage caravan and left the original coupling on. I ve heard conflicting rules on this as they state it must be in accordance to as 4177.3-1994.But on the other hand do you tell them its vintage and its before the rules were invented or does historic rego allow you to use the orginal.Im not really after everyones interpretation on how they drive accordingly with an old hitch just the governments hard and fast rule if there is one.
Cheers Dave, Hope you have as many happy hookups as me .
My understanding (and my experience) is that if you are restoring the 'van to it's original state and the coupling on it is in good original working condition it is acceptable, even if it has none of the markings otherwise required..... brand name... weight capacity etc.
Of course if you modify the 'van... your not interested in originality and the RTA is not interested in helping you keep it original, so you're in a different ball game and if the tow coupling doesn't conform to the new rules it will have to be updated.
This is the way it happens in NSW and I think other states are the same.
That is a loverly coupling aye ?.... very unusual.
I imagine the socket bit ...that would be on the caravan.... must be held down on the ball by those two knurled nuts..... the socket must have had two lugs either side of it that engaged with the nuts....... just a stab in the dark
You don't have a photo of the socket do you mate..... well of course you don't but we are just going to have to find one aye ?
P.S. Just had a look around this thread.... "Old Tow Couplings" and reckon this coupling on Vikings 'van could be the goods...... what do you think
It looks pretty close , eh. I notice some reference to queensland in that thread with the dealership location. The tow hitch in my photo is coming from QLD as well. Perhaps it was a queenslander generic/commonly used tow connection in those days? I mean all the states had different commonly used/preferred trailer plug connections, so its probably the same with tow hitches - a bit like railroad track widths. jennison
Last Edit: Jul 2, 2009 15:22:11 GMT 10 by Jennison
I put this in the original thread before seeing that it had been added here. Yes, it is from a Jones' Dolly Wheel assembly. The combination captive towball/plate stays attached on the towing tongue of the vehicle and the pivotting bolt sections clamp the plate to the base of the coupling when on the caravan. The slot in the base of the towball is for a tool to stop the towball turning as the nut is tightened onto the towing tongue. Should be a 2 1/4" (approx 58mm) towball and is the elusive correct part from a Jones' Dolly Wheel. There was apparently another tool to do up the two clamping "knobs", which like the towball were originally chromed. The chrome is coming off my one also. Many Jennisons were fitted with the Jones' Dolly Wheel, patented 1957.
G'day Cobber. This last photo is the same coupling as our Mabel van also same as David & Lyn van and earlee's lanton van. I am told that it is a Brisbane made coupling and has the nic name clover hitch. This coupling was also duplicated by some entrepreneur's working at Queensland- Rail workshops in Ipswich in the old days. dosse