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Unbraked Trailer Couplings

Step into a world of towing with our exclusive selection of unbraked trailer couplings. Each of our carefully crafted unbraked couplings ensures a secure connection, providing a flawless link between your vehicle and trailer for smooth cargo towing journeys. Engineered with precision and built to last, our couplings boast robust construction and cutting-edge technology, providing the strength and durability needed for any towing task. Dive into our diverse range of unbraked trailer couplings, featuring renowned brands such as AL-KO, Bradley, SPP and Knott.

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What is an Unbraked Trailer Coupling?

An unbraked trailer coupling is a simple and effective hitching mechanism for connecting a trailer to the rear of a towing vehicle without incorporating a braking system on the trailer. It is designed to securely connect to a compatible coupling attachment on the trailer which helps distribute the trailer's weight onto the towing vehicle, crucial for maintaining stability. Unlike braked trailer couplings, which synchronize braking between the vehicle and trailer, unbraked couplings rely solely on the towing vehicle's braking system to bring both the vehicle and the trailer to a stop. The unbraked couplings are suitable for lighter trailers and applications where the trailer weight doesn't necessitate independent braking. For unbraked towing, the total weight of the trailer (including its load) must not exceed 750 kilograms. As the towing vehicle's braking system is responsible for stopping both the vehicle and the trailer, it is important to ensure that the towing vehicle's brakes are in good working condition.

 What Types of Unbraked Trailer Couplings Are There?

Ball and Socket Couplings: This is the most common design for unbraked couplings. The towing vehicle has a ball-shaped protrusion, and the trailer coupling features a socket that fits over the ball. This allows for rotational movement and flexibility during towing.

Unbraked Towing Eye: Towing eyes typically feature a metal loop affixed to a trailer, achieved through welding or bolting. Subsequently, this loop is connected to the towing vehicle by inserting a ball and pin through it, effectively securing the towing eye to the vehicle as the ball prevents the towing eye from releasing.

Unbraked Trailer Coupling FAQ’s

What types of trailers are suitable for unbraked couplings?

Unbraked couplings are suitable for lighter trailers such as utility trailers, recreational trailers, and those used for transporting small loads like gardening equipment. They are designed for applications where independent braking on the trailer is not required.

What is the maximum weight limit for trailers using unbraked couplings?

In the UK, the total weight of the trailer, including its load, must not exceed 750 kilograms for unbraked trailers. However, weight limits can vary, so it's essential to check local regulations.

Are there specific maintenance requirements for unbraked trailer couplings?

Regular inspection of the coupling, ensuring it is in good condition and securely attached, is crucial. Lubricate moving parts as needed, and replace any worn or damaged components promptly.