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Detachable tow bars?

in We've got it down to a T Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:35 am
by Herby (deleted)
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Detachable tow bars - anyone use one? If so, any good?


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RE: Detachable tow bars?

in We've got it down to a T Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:43 am
by Steamdrivenandy (deleted)
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They work fine, no issues except more expensive than fixed. Mine is a Witter.


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RE: Detachable tow bars?

in We've got it down to a T Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:49 am
by Deeps (deleted)
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Mine's also detachable and again no issues. I think fixed spoil the lines of the car anyway so for that reason alone I wouldn't want a fixed item.


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RE: Detachable tow bars?

in We've got it down to a T Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:11 am
by Randa france | 12.855 Posts

Quote: Herby wrote in post #1
Detachable tow bars - anyone use one? If so, any good?

There's some interesting discussion and links here Herby
Mirrors and towball

What car are you towing with? Also, if towing a Puck, although you probably won't need extending mirrors, quite often, it's recommended you use them to keep the over-zealous police force at bay.
Randa


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RE: Detachable tow bars?

in We've got it down to a T Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:05 pm
by Agger (deleted)
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Mind's an electric towbar, came with the car, but very very neat, if only Carlsberg did towbars!


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RE: Detachable tow bars?

in We've got it down to a T Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:22 pm
by Aaron Calder | 3.738 Posts

This is mine. It's a Westfalia as would have been fitted at the factory as original equipment. With the dedicated electrics it cost over £700 so you will need to give it a lot of thought.

I didn't want to spoil the lines of car when not towing so it's simply a vanity thing.

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The electrical socket swivels up behind the bumper when not in use.


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RE: Detachable tow bars?

in We've got it down to a T Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:56 pm
by Frantone (deleted)
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Got exactly the same one on my Ford Galaxy!
Fitted by GT Towing at Potters Bar.


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RE: Detachable tow bars?

in We've got it down to a T Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:10 pm
by Blueyonder (deleted)
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What did you have on your T5 Frantone? Getting ours sorted this week, around the 650 mark with dedicated electrics but VW dealer quoted 950 and said this wouldnt include routing the wiring behind the cabinets etc up to the passenger seat!


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RE: Detachable tow bars?

in We've got it down to a T Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:13 pm
by Agger (deleted)
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I only have the Swanneck and electrics when I press a button Iin the boot, they swing down and require a kick or push to lock into position, when finished I press the button again it dis engages and I kick or push it back up behind the rear bumper. Nothing comes off the car at all, very tidy


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RE: Detachable tow bars?

in We've got it down to a T Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:45 pm
by Poptop320 | 2.605 Posts

I have a Witter tow bar, I had to have one on the previous car a Suzuki Jimny as a fixed towbar would have obstructed the number plate. I have a different car now which would accommodate a fixed however I prefer the detachable as you don't crack your shins or dirty your pants when you are puttering the shopping away.


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RE: Detachable tow bars?

in We've got it down to a T Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:06 pm
by Frantone (deleted)
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On our T5 (Bilbos Nexa) we also had a Westphalia detachable.
This was fitted by GT Towing. When I booked it in I neglected to mention that it was converted to a camper. Big ooooops! But they were brilliant and routed the necessary wiring behind the cabinetry. It took hours but, as I said, they were brilliant.
I understand the boss man was a joint founder member of the NTTA (tow bar fitters association?).

However the VW specialists could not (or would not) persuade the T5 to disable the reversing sensors and before I could resolve the issue they (VW dealership) closed down. In fact changed family circumstances meant we had to sell the T5 rather too quickly soon after.
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RE: Detachable tow bars?

in We've got it down to a T Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:42 pm
by Steamdrivenandy (deleted)
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Witter seemed to have pulled away from mobile fitting.

When we had ours done the guy had to trail back to Stoke twice as he'd got the wrong bits. By the time he'd finished it was virtually dark. No wonder they prefer a workshop with parts on tap.


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RE: Detachable tow bars?

in We've got it down to a T Mon Mar 10, 2014 6:17 pm
by Pepé Le Pew | 2.722 Posts

Quote: Aaron Calder wrote in post #6
I didn't want to spoil the lines of car when not towing so it's simply a vanity thing.
I can understand that, especially if one has a hairdresser's car like yours

Ours is a Bosal detachable, but I've never detachabled it. It acts as a good deterrent to those contemptible park-by-feel merchants, one of whom did exactly that before I had it fitted.

I know some people say that if a gormless herbert clobbers you from behind then the hitch will transmit the force to the monocoque rather than just the shock-absorbing beam behind the 'bumper' (which is only a big lump of cosmetic plastic, really). Thing is, though, if someone is going to hit me hard enough to twist the chassis, I'm all for doing as much damage to the front of their motor as possible in the process, starting with a hitch through the radiator.



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RE: Detachable tow bars?

in We've got it down to a T Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:56 pm
by Aaron Calder | 3.738 Posts

Quote: Pepé Le Pew wrote in post #13
I can understand that, especially if one has a hairdresser's car like yours
The last person who used that oh so amusing and original line suffers from alopecia, so naturally my response was, "How the hell would you know?"

I have it on good authority that you too are amusingly follically challenged, so yah boo sucks with nobs on, matey!


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RE: Detachable tow bars?

in We've got it down to a T Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:08 pm
by Pepé Le Pew | 2.722 Posts

Quote: Aaron Calder wrote in post #14
I have it on good authority that you too are amusingly follically challenged, so yah boo sucks with nobs on, matey!
Well, all I can say is that your authoritative source needs a new guide dog.

My maternal granddad went to his grave with a barnet that'd knock Michael Heseltine's into a cocked hat, and to the best of my knowledge that's the side which passes on the hairy gene.

Whatever, I've still got all mine.

And I couldn't help but notice the tiniest hint of bitterness in this:

"The last person who used that oh so amusing and original line..."

A little too close to the mark for comfort, by any chance?

Never mind, Gervaise. I think your car is ever so pretty.

No, really.

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