Towbars

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by ShiftZZ, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. ShiftZZ

    ShiftZZ Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2008
    Messages:
    20,058
    Location:
    Leicestershire
    Ratings:
    +42,832
    Are there any issues that need considering before you buy and have one fitted?

    Overhang?

    Manufacturer?

    Weight to be towed?

    Etc Etc..

    Thoughts, pointers would be appreciated.
     
  2. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2008
    Messages:
    9,464
    Location:
    East Sussex 01-580-881288
    Ratings:
    +6,110
    Shiffty what diabolical scheme are you thinking of now........................................


    Peter
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  3. Wildman

    Wildman

    Joined:
    May 30, 2008
    Messages:
    15,458
    Location:
    Ilfracombe, Devon
    Ratings:
    +8,647
    All of the above, and price of course.
     
  4. TheBig1

    TheBig1 Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2011
    Messages:
    8,694
    Location:
    Dorset
    Ratings:
    +14,439
    pre 2012 registration, you can have a towbar made up to fit your van without worrying about type approval. after 2012 is a different matter

    as for other factors, you will need to ensure the towbar and any chassis extensions are substantial enough to tow the maximum allowed by your maximum towing weight. this is the maximum train weight, less the mass in running order, unless your manufacturer quotes a lower figure.

    overhang is an awkward one as no 2 vans are the same, and the problem normally only becomes apparent when loading on a ferry etc. very dependant on the overhang from the rear wheels back.

    dont forget that the bigger the towbar, for example with bumper bar like pws make, the more load capacity you lose and more weight on rear axle
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  5. voyagerstan

    voyagerstan

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2011
    Messages:
    323
    Location:
    torquay sometimes
    Ratings:
    +212
  6. rangitira

    rangitira Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2010
    Messages:
    6,753
    Location:
    Cornwall
    Ratings:
    +18,600
    They are great protection from the "nudge parkers":thumb:
     
    • Like it Like it x 3
  7. moandick

    moandick

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2007
    Messages:
    1,318
    Location:
    Landrake, Cornwall
    Ratings:
    +113
    I have just taken mine off my Autocruise Starfire. It needs a paint job to spruce it up - but if you want it - come and get it!

    Dick
     

Share This Page