Towbars

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  1. Stacetop

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    Hi I'm after a towbar for our 2008 transit, it's not an alko chassis or type approval required I think! So I'm after someone to make one but one on at a reasonable price in the North East.

    Any recommendations?!
     
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    I'm not an expert but there are a number of off the shelf tow bar kits available. Getting one made up may cost more and cause issues with insurance companies.
     
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    They can only " make it " if they have an EU homologation for tow bars. In the UK it is required to have the plate with manufacturers details on.
     
  4. Stacetop

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    I wasn't sure if an off the shelf one would fit a coach built Motorhome or what is required by fitters but demfinately in need of recommendations on places to get quotes from!!
     
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    Your base vehicle appears to be a Transit - there will be a rasonble number of suppliers for transit tow bars. How old is your Transit - if it wasn't converted from new?

    How about this? http://www.pfjones.co.uk/tow-bars/f...towbars/ford-transit-chassis-cab-towbars.html
     
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    This is where ours came from
    http://www.towtal.co.uk
    I know it's no where near you but they seem to make loads
     
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    type approval needed at that year.

    I made my own and it cost around £60/£70 inc professional welding.

    Sorry, i wouldnt make one for anyone but me....too much responsibilty involved.
     
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    I think people are all getting confused and the original information not fully given..
    I am understanding this to be a coachbuilt motorhome on a Transit base vehicle, 2009.
    No type approval needed, that is after April 2012. Simply a case of one being made up by one of the several motorhome towbar companies, ie Towtal etc... Cost usually around the £500 mark is what they all seem to charge. Find a local fabricator and it may be done a lot cheaper if they can be bothered / encouraged to do it..
     
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    See my post above yours Tonka.....motorhomes are type M1

    EDIT....Actually, you are correct, that only applied to cars not goods vehicles
     
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    I recall lots of debate about all this motorhome type approval.
    When buying my 2012 van I was just on the edge as it was registered in January and the new type approval for motorhomes came into effect in April.. Sure that somewhere on one of the towbar sellers website it has the right information...

    Here ya go...
    http://www.watling-towbars.co.uk/type_approved_motorhome_towbars.html
     
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    Hi don't know anyone in the north east but if your prepared to travel to Freckleton near Lytham a guy there makes them while you wait that's all he does is make towbars, made two for me in the past be worth talking to him Mike Parkinson 01772 634215 or 07887 997653
    Cheers
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    Thanks for all replies! I thought there was somewhere in the North West but as I'm short of time im going with Armitages, they must do a lot so hopefully it will be fine.
     
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    I to have used Mick in the past (2 vans) and I booked today to go back to him on 23rd of this month for another, top quality/top man, 5 ***** recommend.
    at this time of the year best to phone and book as he is very busy.
     
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    I made the trip down to Armitages today!

    They throughly checked my van prior to taking it for its towbar fitting - and asked what I was towing. We discussed towball positions to suit my needs.

    I was given a clean and tidy curteousy car for the day! On collection the bar was positioned how I wanted and looks really nice! I haven't towed anything yet but was happy with customer service today!! Bar is also played with towing weights, nose weight etc!
     
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