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Everything you need to know about D’Angelo Fifth Wheel Hitches

D’Angelo fifth wheel hitches are expertly crafted coupling systems to connect a trailer to its towing vehicle. What is even better is that all of their fifth wheel hitches and fold down ball applications are designed and manufactured in Australia.

There are a variety of fifth wheel hitches that are manufactured by D’Angelo Engineering, including the MiniMax, the Mini Heavy Duty and the Maxi Heavy Duty. With eight different varieties, it is important to know which one of D’Angelo fifth wheel hitches is right for you and your vehicle.

MiniMax

(50mm – 75kN)

The MiniMax is a compact design fifth wheel hitch, measuring at 530mm (width) x 390mm (length) and weighs just 30kg. D’Angelo Engineering designed this particular fifth wheel hitch with the rugged Australian conditions in mind.

The MiniMax is suitable for light trucks and can be installed alongside the D’Angelo Folding Ball/Kingpin to allow you to return your vehicles tray back to its original form. Features include replaceable greaseless top pad, wear collar and saddles for a cleaner environment and reduced maintenance cost.

Features include:

  • 50mm wrap-around jaw
  • 530mm wide
  • Lightweight and compact design
  • Various pedestal heights
  • Heavy duty foot bushes
  • Adjustable jaw to minimize slack
  • Retractable curbside release handle for roadside safety
  • 90% grease-free design for a cleaner environment

Fold Down Ball/Fold Down Kingpin

The D’Angelo 2inch Fold Down Ball, also known as a fold down kingpin, is the perfect application to match MiniMax fifth wheel hitches. The design of the fold down ball is highly practical as it can be folded away to allow the towing vehicle to perform dual functions – essentially, the Fold Down Ball can be hidden away when not in use.

Features include:

  • Complies with Australian standards – design rule 62/02
  • Allows you to utilize the full tray/tub of your vehicle when not hitched to a trailer
  • Australian designed and manufactured
  • Fold completely flat when closed
  • Suits all fifth wheel hitches
  • D-Value of 75kN

Mini Heavy Duty

(50mm – 190kN)

The Mini Heavy Duty is a one of D’Angelo fifth wheel hitches that are engineered to be used for practically any type of heavy vehicle application. The hitch has an adjustable wear collar and heavy-duty foot bushes designed to outlast any other model in its class.

Features include:

  • 50mm jaw
  • 615mm wide
  • 700mm diameter ballrace available
  • Secondary release handle
  • Greaseless option available
  • Easy access adjustment bolt and grease points

Maxi 800

(50mm – 190kN)

D’Angelo Engineering designed the Maxi 800 as a range of fifth wheel hitches to suit almost all applications – suitable for a range of different applications, the hitch is a true all-round performer. A special feature the Maxi 800 is constructed with is its unique adjustable wear collar, which is designed to prolong its jaw life.

The Maxi 800 is suitable for a range of heavy vehicles, including B-Doubles, Road-trains and Car Carriers. The side mounted release handle and low profile design of the Maxi 800 also means that it suits slide-back type trailers.

Features include:

  • 50mm jaw
  • 800mm wide
  • Secondary release handle
  • Easy access side adjustment bolt
  • Greaseless option available
  • Long life foot bushes

Maxi SuperLight

(50mm – 190kN)

The Maxi SuperLight is unique in that it is fabricated from steel, which means you can repair it unlike cast models. The objective D’Angelo Engineering had with designing the Maxi SuperLight was to supply a super light model fifth wheel hitch to suit almost all applications.

Suitable for a range of heavy vehicles, this variety of D’Angelo fifth wheel hitches can be installed onto B-Doubles, Road-trains, Car Carriers and General Freight trucks.

Features include:

  • 2’ jaw
  • 915mm wide
  • Easy access side adjustment
  • Greaseless or Grease
  • Long life foot bushes
  • Left hand release available

500 Series

(50mm – 165kN)

A highly recognizable product, the 500 Series has been on the Australian market for over 40 years. Its design is uncomplicated, economic and robust – it comes with an easy jaw adjustment, which extends its maintenance intervals and its time being forced off the road is minimized and productivity is increased. Suitable for a range of heavy vehicle applications, the 500 Series has a reputation that is unmatched by most other fifth wheel hitches.

Features include:

  • 50mm jaw
  • 915mm wide
  • Various mounting heights
  • Easy access jaw adjustment bolt
  • Automatic safety on release handle
  • Press-fabricated top
  • Throat lugs to prevent jaw damage

Maxi

(50mm – 190kN)

The Maxi is manufactured with a unique adjustable wear collar to prolong its jaw life. With an easy reach, side access retractable release handle, this range of D’Angelo fifth wheel hitches is less likely to cause any problems when reconnecting. A true all-rounder, the Maxi is suitable for a complete range of heavy vehicles.

Features include:

  • 50mm jaw
  • 915mm wide
  • Secondary release handle
  • Easy access side adjustment bolt
  • Greaseless option available
  • Long life foot bushes

Maxi Heavy Duty

(50/75/90mm – 300kN)

The Maxi Heavy Duty is manufactured for the rugged Australian conditions and maximum endurance. It has the strongest jaw mechanism of any D’Angelo fifth wheel hitches ensuring that you have the confidence your load is secure on even the toughest road conditions. Suitable for a complete range of heavy vehicles, this particular range of fifth wheel hitches by D’Angelo Engineering is available in a selection of jaw sizes (50mm, 75mm & 90mm).

Features include:

  • 50, 75 or 90mm jaw available
  • 915mm wide
  • Secondary release handle
  • Easy access side adjustment rod
  • Heavy duty foot bushes
  • Easy side grease access points
  • Greaseless option available

Maxi 800 Heavy Duty

(75/90mm – 300kN)

The Maxi 800 Heavy Duty is another range of D’Angelo fifth wheel hitches purposefully built for the rugged Australian conditions. The design is similar to the Maxi Heavy Duty, with the only difference being that the Maxi 800 Heavy Duty has a side mounted release handle and low profile design making it suitable for slide-back type trailers.

Features include:

  • 50, 75 or 90mm jaw available
  • 800mm wide
  • Secondary release handle
  • Easy access side adjustment rod
  • Heavy duty foot bushes
  • Easy side grease access points
  • Greaseless option available
  • Pedestal PCD

Installation of Fifth Wheel Hitches

It is highly recommended to go through professionals to ensure that the right fifth wheel hitch is being installed. This way you can be assured your vehicle will not be damaged and your hitch is not installed wrong.

If you are looking for more information on fifth wheel hitches, the team at MK Equipment Services are specialists in the supply and fitment of D’Angelo Fifth Wheel Hitches. Get in contact on 07 3272 9519 to discuss what the right fifth wheel hitch for you is.

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