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Elddis Oddysey Hitchlock ?

I moved my caravan for the first time the other day and i could not get my hitchlock back down to the horizontal position. The caravan is a Elddis Odyssey and the hitchlock is blue with no button on the handle. Any suggestions please ? Mark.
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Are you talking about the handbrake, the hitch head stabiliser handel or a hitch lock (security device) that you can't get back on the hitch head?
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Sorry it's the hitch stabiliser handle. Can't get it back down meaning I can't fit my security lock. Thanks
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Ok then you have a Winterhoff hitch head. Right another quick question then. Do you need to have the "security ball" in the hitch head in place of the towball for the stabiliser to engage. The stabiliser handle also acts as the hitch itself on the Winterhoff so is it necessary to have something in the socket to engage on? Unfortunately we have an AL-KO unit on our van and the stabiliser and the hitch Handle are separate so it operates completely differently.

http://www.winterhoff.de/english/inhalt.html (this is for pre 07/2002 units). You need to scroll down to the connection / disconnection instructions.

If your unit is from 08/2002 onwards then there isn't a locking lever but it requires upward force in the socket to engage (security ball). Well that's how I read it but I'm no expert on Winterhoff.

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Ok then you have a Winterhoff hitch head. Right another quick question then. Do you need to have the "security ball" in the hitch head in place of the towball for the stabiliser to engage. The stabiliser handle also acts as the hitch itself on the Winterhoff so is it necessary to have something in the socket to engage on? Unfortunately we have an AL-KO unit on our van and the stabiliser and the hitch Handle are separate so it operates completely differently.

http://www.winterhoff.de/english/inhalt.html (this is for pre 07/2002 units). You need to scroll down to the connection / disconnection instructions.

If your unit is from 08/2002 onwards then there isn't a locking lever but it requires upward force in the socket to engage (security ball). Well that's how I read it but I'm no expert on Winterhoff.
Hope this is of help.

Our Odyssey is 2007 and the same applies. You MUST have a ball in the towing socket to enable the lever to completely go down. As mentioned this can be a plastic version as supplied with the Hitchlock.
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Our Odyssey is 2007 and the same applies. You MUST have a ball in the towing socket to enable the lever to completely go down. As mentioned this can be a plastic version as supplied with the Hitchlock.
I will second this, our 2007 Avante requires the security ball in the socket before the lever will lock down.
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Ok thanks for your help. I did try putting the security ball in but it all felt a bit loose and didnt fel like it would do anything ?
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Ok thanks for your help. I did try putting the security ball in but it all felt a bit loose and didnt fel like it would do anything ?
It will be loose, just apply some upward pressure on it and the lever will go down.
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