Which towbar ?

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  1. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

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    I am considering adding a towbar to the Rapido (Fiat base).

    There are several types.
    Flangeball Towbar
    Swan Neck Towbar

    etc


    What is the best one, I am thinking of adding a bike rack (electric bikes, I think are too heavy for the normal bile rack).

    Any suggestions?
    What would be the approx cost of fitting?
     
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    Cant help on the model dave

    but do I feel an A frame in the wind ??:)

    barry
     
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    Without a doubt go "conventional" and you will find racks to suite your every need
    Go swan neck or removable and you will be stumped
    as for cost ,they vary depending on make and model of motor home and chassis type
    circa £300- £700 all in
    Geo
     
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    We have two electric bikes on our bike rack with the batteries taken out, each weighs 22 kilo and the weight limit on the rack is 60 kilo we are well within the range.
     
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    No they are not. Especially as you remove the battery in transit.
     
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    I'm just designing and then building my own towbar to fit my Ducato base....
     
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    Where do you begin ?

    I've looked under mine and there is nothing substantial for about a metre then the FIAT chassis.

    How to you work out the stresses on something like that ?

    Failure does not bare thinking about.
     
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    all tow bars had to be type approved .. can you have that done ?

    EDIT

    just noticed it doesn't apply to motor caravans

    In replay to the Dave's question.. agree with Geo ..

    get a flange tow hitch, the swan neck looks pretty but makes it difficult to add a bike carrier
     
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    Get some "Roller Skates"..... Dave....

    A lot Cheaper and easier to stow.... :Cool::thumb:
     
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    I can just see it now. New for ITV Saturday, The Torvill & Dave Show :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Esentially I found a van the same as mine with a towbar fitted profesionally.....took a load of photos and some measurements......simples...It was on the same ALCO extension as mine....doddle...
     
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    one piece of advise i will give is to make sure that the towbar does not hang too low under the van as this can make for problems.

    the one i had fitted to mine hung down where the ball flange bolted to the crossbar although it was only around 3 inches it did ground out on several occasions so after removing the assembly and having it altered so it is level with the rear chassis its not a problem.

    if you have a substantial overhang the risk of grounding is increased quite a lot due to the leverage.
     
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    Come on....we're not that stupid. First the towbar...





    ...then the trailer...






    ...and finally






    [​IMG]
     
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    A cunning plan.
     
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    You both look as if you have been driving them for years:Wink::thumb:
    oh and my van has a Towtal fitted with a nice strong bumper as well, I can vouch for how strong it is as I reversed into a brick wall with it, not hard but hard enough to have damaged a normal bumper so it saved me some money without a dought:thumb: and if your van has a looonnng overhang as someone has said, then this will save your skirt as I have done that to a hire van as well :Blush:
     
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    certainly is Derek.

    i made my own for an alko chassis ducato.

    hardest part was measuring for the holes in the side plates to match the alko chassis mounting holes while maintaining the correct towbar position....never drill holes in an alko chassis for any purpose.
     
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    towbars for alko chassis are one of the only models available off the shelf. others have to be designed on a per model basis which makes them more expensive
     
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    Not for a DIY one.....from memory mine cost around £40 for the 60mm box section (3mm wall thickness) and 2 x 10mm mounting plates, £20 for professional welding (my welding skills just aint good enough :Sad:) a handfull of M12 bolts/nuts and a tin of paint....already had a new flange ball.
    plus around 8 hrs of my time designing it and cutting the steel to size

    around £70 for complete tow bar :thumb:
     
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