Rapido 9000 DFH, Who does a Type Approved Tow Bar for this Vehicle

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  1. zac

    zac Funster Life Member

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    If i was to get a new 2017 Rapido 9000 DFH who does a type approved towbar for it as i am being told if i go for it i cant add this on as it is too far down the factory line to change (although i wouldnt anyway as i have been reading it is around 2k from Rapido).

    It essential that i have a towbar so this could be a breaking point for me!

    Anybody had one fitted recently, i know there are companies like armitage and pws but i dont know if these are type approved.

    I will call round tomorrow but if anyone has any info it would be good to know.
     
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    Is it a Fiat chassis?
     
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    So thats a Fiat on Alco chassis presumably, does it have chassis extensions under the garage/back end.

    Martin
     
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    doesnt say on their site but i will call them tomorrow, it is a Fiat but it is an ALKO chassis
     
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    It is a Fiat with Alko Chassis, not sure on the extenstions though to be honest, hopefully someone can confirm this
     
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    Sorry to say I think this type approved towbar thing,whilst being sensible about fitting yourself ( but who would'nt be) is a real con!
    It was over €1200 on our new van,then we collected and the idiots had put no electrical plug on,like you it was a dealbreaker and we were shortly heading off for winter with scooter on trailer,they couldn't understand my annoyance.
    Of course with a new vehicle with canbus you can't just wire into the lights like we did in the old days.We had to go to another trailer place which I found in 5 mins on the internet after being told there were no plugs in France and get the wiring done,crazy.
    Really hope you find what you are looking for with no stress.
     
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    Ring armitages at knotingley West Yorkshire I would be suprised if he did not fit one or know if it's possible
     
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    Another potential option worth a call is PWS towbars / engineering in Poole, not so far from you, Zac.
     
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    They are on my list to call this morning

    These are my preferred if possible as they are much closer than armitage but when I spoke with then around the autotrail they said there's were not type approved. We will see though as that was 2 years ago.
     
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    Watling Engineers in St Albans.

    http://www.watling-towbars.co.uk

    They're used to fitting them to Rapidos with AlKo chassis.

    @zac Rapido don't use the entire AlKo so it's not just a case of bolting a tow bar on to the end. Ignore the AlKo page on their website, you won't be able to find all the dimensions it asks for.
     
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    zac Funster Life Member

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    I did see the page, i will have to call them to see if they can do one. No point me providing dimensions as if i do it definitely won't fit lol. Looks like i am going to have to take a leap of faith with this and order the van and sort towbar later.
     
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    They will do it for you.

    Usually with a Rapido A class the last AlKo section on each side is omitted because the garage gets in the way.

    What they have to do is fabricate new pieces to replace the missing sections and fit around the garage.

    They can then bolt the type approved tow bar to these new sections.

    I'm sure others will do a similar job but I was impressed with Watling when I spoke to them so they're who I will be using when I finally get round to having one fitted.
     
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    They are also quite close to me as well which will be convenient
     
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    I would recommend Watlings as well. The A Frame people suggested I go there for the best job (even though they do towbars themselves) - Watlings fitted stronger chassis extensions and then the towbar. Did a good job
     
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    Our Burstner Aclass ( Ducato with Alko) had a Bosal Towbar and Fiat wireing kit fitted by Jacques tow bar services in York for about £850. Superb job and very helpful guy. If you want his advice I am sure he will help you. He knows what he is on about.
    Cheers
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    I recently purchased a tow bar from Tow Trust and it fits like a glove. Very helpful to deal with and realistically priced. Originally my Carthago had a dealer bar fitted by Armitage but it turned out to be for a van not an AClass. The result was low clearance so grounding all the time.
     
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    Thanks for the all the advice, very helpful as always on here and has given me the confidence to order the 9000 DFH, so finally my Sieve of a motorhome will now be going. Wont be till March next year but there is hope on the horizon :).
     
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    zac Funster Life Member

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    Hi Sue

    I was good to meet you Saturday and as discussed our one is now going, i got a little more on the p/x plus some extra's thrown in so not all bad and i will now be a lot less stressful. I wanted a hymer that we saw there but with the extra's it would of took us way over budget (it was similar to yours). Now i know it is going i wont be worried about getting the remaining items fixed as they can sort that out when they get ours in Jan 2017.
     
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    Great news! Looking forward to seeing you both again some rallies :)
     
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