Hi Ozglide Team
We have had an ozglide on our offroad van for a year now. Have travelled form Brisbane to Darwin and back, on bitumen, corrugated road and some rough terrain, Brisbane to 1770 then to Canberra and back.
They are just the longer trips, we get away most weekend sometimes a hour from home other times 4 hours away on all sorts of roads and tracks.
Everywhere we stop people come to talk to us about the hitch on the front of our van wanting to know how the ride is and how it works. I am not a engineer or mechanic and am not very mechanically minded at all. I do know from sitting in the drivers seat covering 15000 klm’s since we have had the Ozglide that I haven’t had a better ride. We have travelled over 50,000 klm’s before we had the Ozglide and we wish we had it on our first van for that time.
The Ozglide has improved the comfort for those long and short trips we love to enjoy and has made it so much more safer and comfortable. Hitching up is easy no more stabiliser bars, no additional tension on the van and our car.
If you are serious about caravanning and camping and like to know your set up is as safe and as comfortable as it can be then install an Ozglide and you will enjoy a much better travelling experience.
To the Ozglide team.
I have been following the development of this unit for sometime. From initial design to the current finished product.
I tow a 2008 Compass 21’6″ caravan with independent suspension and standard coupling and fully loaded at 2.72t. Tow vehicle is a 2003 GU 3ltr turbo charged Nissan Patrol. I had 30% heavier duty rear coil springs fitted Feb2013 and I purchased the Ozglide unit which was fitted Dec 2015.
I reside in Albury NSW and have since towed my van on country roads namely Albury to Buffalo River (Myrtleford) and to Wagga Wagga via the Olympic Way.
This road and its poor condition in places I felt was a true test for the advantages claimed by the Ozglide team about this units capabilities.
The results for me were conclusive.
This invention is gold. The van is noticeably smoother riding behind my tow vehicle, and without the need to fit the Weight Distribution hitch ( a blessing in disguise ) , the van tracks straight and true. The most telling feature for me is the positive effect on my vehicles front end in regards to increased stability and steering control ( excellent for wet weather running ) . What became apparent is the ‘seesaw’ effect on the down/up movement on the towball (235kgs towball weight) due wholly to the units design features.
Thanks Ozglide. My best investment yet.
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I fitted an Ozglide to our new Olympic horse float in Rochester Victoria and towed one horse back to Warwick Qld . I was very pleased with how it towed behind our Motorhome and the horse was very happy and not stressed even after long periods of traveling. I could watch the effects of the Oz Glide action with a camera over the tow ball and could not feel any unnecessary stress on the vehicle, I am quite impressed.
To The Team At Oz Glide.
I have been involved in equestrian activities for thirteen years in Australia and many more in England; during this time I have had been floating horses to and from various events around the State using a variety of horse floats and towing vehicles.
I am currently using a Toyota Landcruiser and JR Easy Traveller float (which weighs 1100kg empty and 2400kg when loaded with two horses). This float is one of the latest being only three years old and is regarded as one of the best on the market for safety and comfort when towing.
Over the years I have towed my horses on many different road surfaces and, although the float gives them a pretty comfortable ride they would occasionally move about a bit over very uneven surfaces. (I have an infloat camera fitted so that I can see what the horses were up to in transit.)
Oz Glide approached me recently and asked if I would agree to have device fitted to my horse float and tested by me, to see what I thought of the performance and if I could notice a change of any sort.
After testing the Oz Glide unit for nineteen weeks and approx 1,200 kilometres, my conclusion is that the horses are travelling more comfortably. I can see their feet as well as their heads with the float camera and they simply don’t move. One horse is particular used to be reluctant to load but now seems altogether happier both loading and travelling – now he actually dozes off. The horses arrive in better condition and more importantly for me, in a good mood!
I believe that the ride inside the car is also slightly better. The difference is subtle but I’m sure that the device dampens the effect that the float tends to have on the car as well as vice versa.
I fully support the Oz Glide device and I would recommend it to my colleagues in the industry and my friends. So simple but so clever.
I am available on my contact details below to answer any further questions if required.
To The Oz Glide Team.
This hitch set up looks to handle the rough stuff. After viewing the set up I believe that it will handle what ever is dealt to it. If we had this set up whilst we travelled the Kimberly’s we would of had a better ride and the van would of not jerked around from the rough roads.
I can see this being a great addition to off road vans especially in the remote areas and for the people who use the weight distribution systems.
When I purchase our next van I will seriously consider adding this hitch to our van.
Hi Allen & Karen
I must congratulate you on your Oz Glide product.
Having been in the Engineering & Automotive Heavy Equipment field for the past 49 years and I was impressed with the design & application of your product.
The use of the “Air Bag” to absorb the up and down movement and the use of the “Shock Absorbers” to inhibit the recoil forces has resulted with a very safe and smooth ride for Trailer or Caravan use.
I wish you the very best in your venture as the Oz Glide product is a good step forward to safer and smoother towing.