Approved towbar

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  1. mojo

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    Another issue I have struggled with is finding someone who can fit a approved towbar to our new van.I am told this is required for vehicles registered after April 2012.Many have said they are still trying to get approval on their designs which is no good to me as I need one soon.One company called UK Towbars do a Belgium made approved bar which I intend to use after finding other companies also providing the same product such as Watling Engineers.Am advised that any country can provide European Type Approved bars and Belgium are one of the first to achieve it.
    Any thoughts and suggestions welcome.

    Thanks
     
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    Are not Vans and therefore motor homes outside this approval scheme
     
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    Cant say for the UK but i think its all the EU.

    Here in Belgium they are very strikt at the test centre.


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    I have a nephew that works for a towbar manufacturer in Sheffield and he assures me that it is for motorhomes. It is causing real problems in the industry trying to get type approval.

    I have one from Watling sat in the garage waiting to be fitted. It is from here originally, www.autoproducten.com ,company called Memo.
    I am loathe to fit it as it just doesn't look right to me. Nephew and his company are looking in to it.
     
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    It has to be type approved on new MHs and if you go onto Towtals site and click on Type Approved it is the same towbar as Watlings and Memos from Autoproducten.
     
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    Just had a good quote from Towbar Express.
    They will even fit at your home.
    Anyone know of them?
     
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    PWS in Poole Dorset are proved manufacturers and fitters. We are on our second motorhome and towbar from them, would recommend them.
     
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    Yes, I do.
    The owner of the company is a friend of mine, but don't ask for discount as even I can't get it :Sad:
    Is it for a new MH or pre April 2012 ?
     
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    I have spoken to David at PWS over the last month and he is pulling his hair out trying to get type approval .Does not know when and if he will get it.Can not wait any longer .UK Towbars it will have to be.
     
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    We've just had ours manufactured and fitted at Towtal.....I would highly recomend them...
     
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    I second that, we use them

    Peter
     
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    Yes very good at towbars and motor homes they do both, so know everything about both, they will do any repairs, nothing to me, haven't even used them but seen stuff they have done and looked at vans there when we were after one
     
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    They gave a really good quote for a bar fitted at my home.
    Dunno about Type Approval, I assume new ones would have it?

    Towtal is always reccomended, but is a fair way from here. Dont know if they fit at your address or not.
     
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    Have you tried Armitage in Ferrybridge?
    This is from their website

    ALL OUR TRAILERS ARE SOLD WITH A VOSA VEHICLE APPROVAL CERTIFICATE
    Yorkshire's premier Box Van Trailer & Enclosed Trailer Supplier
    We major in Motorhome towbars, both bespoke AND type-approved and are leading A-Frame specialists. We build or supply motorbike trailers, unbraked and braked goods trailers, plant trailers, tipping trailers, platform trailers, car transporters, horse box and cattle trailers, advertising trailers and bespoke trailers AND air assisted suspension for motorhomes and light commercials. FOR MOBILTY MATTERS, CLICK HERE.

    http://www.armitagetrailers.com/

    http://www.armitagetrailers.com/Typeapprovedtowbars.htm


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    If you look on all of the sites for type approved towbars you will find that they are all the same ones from www.autoproducten.com

    As I said earlier, this type approval is causing a major headache in the UK, and I have spoken to Armitages, Watling etc and they all say the same thing. When a UK one is produced, let me know.
    The one they are selling is a "one towbar fits all " make, as it is not solid and is multi adjustable via bolts. You have to drill your own holes out to suit. The towbar is tested at it's extreme limits, so therefore it is type approved for virtually anything, as opposed to individual makes. It is the cost of making type approved towbars for each and every type of MH that is the crippler. Seems Autoproducten have stolen a march on the rest of the manufacturers and it is probably patent protected.
     
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    YES

    I agree,the only towbar available at the moment.
     
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    For those who have AlKo chassis I have been on their web site and they are selling a towbar to fit. I have asked them if they are type approved (which I would hope they would be for their own chassis) and made an enquiry re buying one.
    I am now waiting for their reply and will post as soon as I know anything.
     
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    My Autotrail Tracker FB is a March 2012 but the local companies will not fit a tow bar that is not type approved. :Sad::Sad::Sad::Sad:

    Autotrail advise that they will have a tow bar in September 2013. :thumb::thumb::thumb:

    but local companies advise probably £1200 instead of previous quote of £600 :Eeek::Eeek::Eeek::Eeek:
     
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