HAYMAN REESE KNOWS TOWING
There is one thing that connects a vehicle to a trailer, camper trailer, caravan or boat trailer: a towbar
Hayman Reese says it is the market leader in the towing industry, manufacturing a full range of products to provide an end-to-end solution for businesses and consumers.
The first Hayman towbar was sold in 1941 at a country show by a gentleman named Eric Hayman. Over 75 years later, Hayman Reese is a household name, servicing thousands of the 1.5 million registered Australian RV and boat owners each year.
The quality of product, history of the brand and the service provided have become an integral part of the success of Hayman Reese, says the iconic Australian brand, which today still designs, tests, manufactures and distributes towbars in its purpose-built facility.
Since the very first towbar, Hayman Reese says it has strived to provide customers with everything required to equip a consumer with the safest towing solution. Each solution is sold as a complete kit, including comprehensive fitting instructions that enhance the ease of installation.
The Hayman Reese journey simply started with a towbar but has expanded to include SmartClick Wiring Solutions, Brake Controllers, Weight Distribution Systems as well as application specific products such as X-Bar, a tailored design 4WD solution.
Hayman Reese Towbars
Hayman Reese is a real pioneer when it comes to towbars. In the early 1970s Hayman towbars was purchased by a US company called Reese, forming the Hayman Reese brand.
During this progressive time, the innovative 50mm x 50mm hitch receiver style towbar was introduced to the Australian market. Universally accepted by both trade customers and consumers, the 50mm hitch, commonly known as the Hayman Reese style, is still utilised today.
Since that time, Hayman Reese says it has continued to be at the forefront of towbar innovation.
The 2000s saw Hayman Reese change the way that towbars were painted. Previously, towbars were merely dipped in paint, which could allow foreign objects to destroy the paint integrity. Hayman Reese decided to look to the future and change the way that towbars are finished.
Its introduction of the MetalShield three stage corrosion protection system has significantly increased the longevity and quality of the painted towbar. Firstly, towbars are shot blasted, preparing a clean uniform surface free from imperfections or foreign objects. This is followed by a pre-protection surface using electricity to create an adhesive bond between the raw metal and the e-coat. Finally, the towbar is powder coated to ensure maximum durability against rust and corrosion. Hayman Reese says the finished result gives its towbars a quality finish that surpasses the performance of many others in the market.
The latest Hayman Reese innovation in towbars is SmartPin anti-rattle technology. For years, many consumers have experienced a rattle or knocking sound, created by the tow ball mount and hitch receiver. As part of the ongoing focus on product innovation and improvement, Hayman Reese says it specifically designed and developed the market leading SmartPin solution, engineered to combat any annoying rattle that motorists might experience.
Unique to the market, the SmartPin utilises two small ‘keyways’ in the hitch receiver that the SmartPin slots into. Once the accompanying nut is tightened, the SmartPin is held in place, providing sufficient pressure against the hitch receiver and tow ball mount to prevent rattle. The ability of the SmartPin to work effectively despite the type of hitch used means that the consumer can enjoy a quiet ride regardless of what they are towing.
Revolutionising a towbar is hard. Towbars are purpose built with a single function, often concealed away as much as possible. However, Hayman Reese says it pushed the boundaries again with the release of the X-Bar towbar in 2018.
Beyond the traditional single function of towing, the X-Bar reportedly delivers on the needs of 4WD enthusiasts in terms of clearance, recovery rating and strength. The Hayman Reese X-Bar has three dedicated recovery points, rated up to eight tonnes, increases clearance by up to 100mm and has the strength to withstand heavy towing and recovery without compromise. Post release, it has been a success story for Hayman Reese, with the 4WD industry embracing the design and function.
Always ahead of the game, Hayman Reese says it provides its customers with a complete towbar kit including rated D shackles, tow ball, vehicle specific wiring harness, related hardware and vehicle specific fitting instructions aimed to make installation easier.
Innovation in towbars was only the start for Hayman Reese. At a similar time to the release of MetalShield, Hayman Reese also introduced what it calls the simplest solution for wiring a towbar – the Hayman Reese SmartClick wiring system.
Hayman Reese says the system makes wiring a towbar as easy as clicking two plugs together. Taking the complexity out of splicing, cutting, matching and soldering wires, the vehicle specific SmartClick looms are designed to be ready to plug into the existing vehicle wiring, drastically reducing fitment time and margin for error. Included in towbar kits for most modern vehicles, Hayman Reese says this product delivers on its brand promise to ensure the most efficient vehicle installation.
As advances in automotive technology have increased the complexity of vehicle electronics, Hayman Reese says it has continued to innovate to meet the needs of the changing market.
Gone are the days of grabbing a couple of metres of seven-core trailer cable, a trailer socket and a handful of scotch-locks. Modern vehicles can use CANbus wiring, single wire dual voltages, low voltage or even low current signals to operate the taillights where trailer wiring connects.
Determined to not allow this to be a become an issue for fitters, Hayman Reese explains it sought to find solutions for each vehicle. Now included in each kit that requires one, Hayman Reese wiring solutions include an Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that works by reading the status of vehicle tail lamps and powers the trailer lamps from the battery power source without disrupting codes in the vehicle system.
The ECU isolates the vehicle’s existing tail lamp circuits and transfers the power to the trailer lamps, preventing overload and providing protection against any trailer wiring faults, which is especially necessary for vehicles using an electrical control method like a Pulse Width Modulation. Paired with SmartClick harnesses, the inclusion of ECUs alleviates the fitment concerns encountered with the ever-changing intricate wiring systems in modern vehicles.
Safety is a key concern for Hayman Reese, which says it only provides its customers and consumers with quality products that will last the life of the vehicle.
This includes ensuring that the accompanying wiring systems for each Hayman Reese ECU carry the ACMA RCM mark (formerly known as ‘C-tick’). The RCM mark means that all Hayman Reese ECUs meet and adhere to Australian Electromagnetic Compatibility Standards and will not interfere with expensive and sensitive electronics critical to safe operation. Getting the set-up right is important in saving time and money but the safety of motorists is always the top priority for Hayman Reese, it says.
Hayman Reese states it is also at the forefront of developing solutions to meet the changing needs of motorists, whilst ensuring that consumers can confidently tow in safety and meet legislative requirements.
Any trailer weighing over 750kg is required by Australian law to have a braking system installed. Electric and electric over hydraulic brakes, commonly found in RVs and boat trailers, require a brake controller to control the voltage output to the trailer brakes.
Brake controller technology has progressed over the years. Starting with basic electric solutions, brake controllers have progressed to timer-based systems and more advanced proportional brake controllers. The current Hayman Reese range of brake controllers include both timer and proportional systems suiting many different applications.
The Hayman Reese Guardian and Compact brake controllers utilise a proven timer-based system to increase the voltage to the trailer brakes over a length of time, increasing the braking force. Great for lighter loads or off-road towing, the robust timer-based systems still have a place in the harsh Australian terrain.
The Guardian IQ and Compact IQ brake controllers take this technology one step further, using proportional braking technology to provide an even easier solution for consumers.
Reacting to the changing velocity in the vehicle, when the brake pedal is pressed, the brake controller will adjust the voltage sent to the trailer brakes to slow the trailer with ease. The technology being used in Hayman Reese proportional brake controllers has reportedly been shown to achieve better results with many caravan stability systems and is amongst the preferred choice of caravan manufacturers.
Overall, continuing to offer both types of brake control solutions gives customers the choice to select the perfect product to meet their needs. To further facilitate the fitment of Hayman Reese brake controllers, in 2015 Hayman Reese released a range of brake control harnesses. Clicking into the existing Hayman Reese SmartClick towbar wiring harness, the brake control harness range reduces fitment time and again removes the complexity of integrating with specific vehicle wiring systems.
With safety at the forefront of all products, Hayman Reese says its Weight Distribution range is no exception.
The company says it aims to keep consumers safe while towing and that is exactly where weight distribution comes into play. The concept, principles and primary function of the Weight Distribution range have stood the test of time, with many inferior look-alike products now on the market.
The concept of weight distribution is to spread the weight applied at the rear of the vehicle, when towing, more evenly across all axles. This allows for greater stability and less stress on pressure points, as the towing load is distributed across a larger area.
When originally released, Hayman Reese had a ‘trunnion’ style spring bar concept. This suited most caravans at the time as they had a similar A-frame depth and coupling position. Over time, as caravans changed to accommodate the developing requirements set by the market, the traditional ‘trunnion’ style spring bars were no longer a ‘one-fits all’ scenario. Rather than maintaining the status quo, Hayman Reese developed the ‘round bar’ style of spring bar, providing increased clearance around the A-frame.
Presently, both styles are still sold, each within their own weight ranges: ‘Trunnion’ style accommodating consumers with a shallower A-frame or bottom mounted coupling, whilst ‘round bar’ systems meet the needs of top mounted couplings with deeper A-frames.
Hayman Reese weight distribution systems have become an integral part of a towing system, with many consumers exclaiming that they won’t tow without them. The success of these systems has become so predominant over the years that the development of most new caravan coupling systems considers the integration of weight distribution as mandatory to ensure the safety of the vehicle and its occupants.
Hayman Reese says it is proud to be a leader in towing, offering end-to-end solutions with quality you can rely on.
From the brake controller at the front of the car, to weight distribution and everything in between; it says you can rely on the Hayman Reese brand and that is why Hayman Reese has become the most sought-after range of towing products in Australia.
With everything you need in every kit, simplified solutions, assured quality and ease of fitment, the company says the Hayman Reese range is bound to save you both time and money, whilst helping motorists to stay safe on the road whilst towing.
For more from Hayman Reese, visit www.haymanreese.com.au