Coupling Parts Identification

Somewhere on the body of the coupling (not the coupling head), there should be an ID plate, some examples of the ID plate location are shown below. This plate should contain the manufacturers name, a type number and weight of the coupling. This is often most of the information that is needed to figure out what parts are fitted.

Common coupling manufacturers:


Type number 6 digits beginning 811 (ID plate is a green oval or the details are stamped into the coupling body)


Might have Maesteg – CF34 0AQ. Type number AC or AV followed by weight


Type numbers begin with HU or EH


Type numbers start V67 or CP


Coupling numbers begin 48.27.58

These are just guidelines; over the years different numbers have been used.

Location of Coupling Identification Plates

Al-Ko Coupling Identification Plates

Al-Ko Coupling Identification Plates

Knott Avonride Coupling Identification Plates

Knott Avonride Coupling Identification Plates

Indespension Coupling Identification Plates

Indespension Coupling Identification Plates

Bradley Coupling Identification Plates

Bradley Coupling Identification Plates

If you still need help, please don’t hesitate to email us with as much of the following information you can: Coupling make, coupling model, coupling weight and parts needed, photos of the coupling can be every useful as well.

A Guide to Towing a Trailer or Caravan

A Guide to Towing a Trailer or CaravanAre you considering towing a caravan or a trailer? You might be going on holiday, needing to move household items, possibly transport a boat, or you could need to tow as part of  your business. If you are then you will need to familiarise yourself with the current rules and regulations with regards to towing. There is a wealth of things you will need to know before beginning to tow. To help you to be able to stay within the law and tow safely we have created this guide full of advice and tips to support you. read more

Introducing a new initiative aimed at improving the safety of towed trailers

FREE Trailer Safety Check

In the interest of safety we have introduced a free trailer safety check scheme for all braked and unbraked trailers throughout Devon.

We are offering trailer owners a free safety check, consisting of a simple report which will highlight any defects the trailer might have, We will inform you if there is any aspect of the trailer that is not safe and legal to use on the road. Should any faults be identified you can either instruct us to undertake the work at an agreed price, we can supply the parts for you to complete the work yourself or you can take the trailer to any garage or workshop for the work to be completed. read more

How to Fix a Noisy Creaking Caravan Stabiliser

A stabiliser that clamps to the towball, such as the popular Winterhoff WS3000, uses friction pads clamped tightly to the towball. This helps to prevent the caravan or trailer from swaying or snaking, and with some stabilisers, pitching and rolling as well. The pads are made from a similar material to brake linings, so that when in contact with the steel towball they will form a high resistance. read more

Brake shoes – OEM or compatibles?

Al-ko orginal replacement brake shoes

Al-ko original brake shoes

It has been possible to buy non-original brake shoes for caravans & trailers fitted with Knott brakes for many years now. We’ve had them to try out and we were not very impressed with them. With the price not being much less than the Knott originals they don’t seem a viable alternative. More recently Maypole have sourced E11 marked compatible shoes from the EU for Knott & Alko brakes. read more

Cycling Adventures this Summer

Thule boot mounted cycle racks

Cycling has changed a great deal over the years. Just cycling on the roads is no longer very safe so purpose made cycle paths and off road paths have been made to explore the countryside. Attaching a cycle rack to your car lets you be adventurous; you can drive to a convenient location and be free to explore quiet roads, wild terrain (like the moors) or just follow safe cycle paths. read more

New Kartt Jockey Wheel Range

Premium Jockey Wheels by KarttPremium Jockey Wheels


It’s not often that a new range of products appear in trailer industry especially when we hear about good companies like Bradley Doublelock being taken over and their products rapidly becoming discontinued. So it’s nice to see that Kartt have a range of new Jockey wheels and clamps called the Orange range. They are all fitted with a nice bright orange wheel rim, although this doesn’t seem much it is actually quite useful. Most jockey wheels end their life by being accidentally left down or too low to the ground when driving off, they may last a few miles but that’s about it! So when the final checks are done before towing it is quite easy to see that the Jockey wheel is tucked up out of the way. read more

Limited Edition Anniversary Trailer

Continuing our 40th Anniversary celebrations we’re offing a limited edition Anniversary Trailer with many extras as standard, ready to tow away for £499.00 including vat. It’s a mid sized light weight trailer ideal for camping, gardening and general household chores. Maneuverability is easy when using the telecopic jockey wheel included, the removable tail gate makes it easy for loading, emptying and cleaning. It is also equipped with car sized 13″ wheels, so it’s good for long distances. These trailers are in stock and ready to tow away.

So much damage can be caused to a car’s interior when trying to carry awkward, heavy or dirty items, the depreciation or repair costs can easily outweigh the cost of a trailer. read more

Easter Hamper Competition Winner

A big congratulations to Kayleigh Ludkin who is the winner of our competition helping us to celebrate our 40th anniversary of supplying towbars, trailers, parts and accessories. Here’s Kayleigh with Mark Saxton (Director) in our Exeter store receiving her wonderful prize of a luxury Easter hamper! Well done and we hope you enjoy!

From us here at Western Towing

Competition Winner from celebrating our 40th anniversary of supplying towbars, trailers, parts and accessories in Exeter Devon


To celebrate our 40th anniversary of supplying towbars, trailers, parts and accessories, we are excited to be running a fabulous free prize draw to win the contents of this trailer, a luxury Easter hamper. As you can see from the photo there’s plenty of lovely chocolate, Easter eggs and some really nice wine!

We are a family run business which started in 1977 supplying and fitting towbars from a house in Teignmouth, Devon. Since then with have established two branches, one in Newton Abbot and the other in Exeter, Devon. With 40 years in the towbar, trailer and caravan industry we’re sure we can help with any information, products and services you require.

Western Towing celebrating 40th anniversary of supplying towbars, trailers, parts and accessories

To enter visit our Facebook Page and see our post regarding this competition – just like, share and comment by Sunday 2nd April.

The lucky winner will be announced on Monday 3rd April and can be collected or delivered just in time for Easter!

Good luck everyone!


Western Towing