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#1 Dave_B

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Posted 23 December 2020 - 12:38 AM

Hi,

Looking to add a tow bar to a mk5 Mondeo. Functionally tow bars have an obvious advantage, but never liked the look of having one and would only use a couple of times a year... Is it possible to get a reliable, safe, detachable tow bar that you can refit every time needed or is a permanent fix the only option?

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#2 PURPLE_2L_LX

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Posted 23 December 2020 - 03:55 AM

Several manufacturers make detachable towbars. Not a fan. Its always raining when you

need to fit and remove them. Getting too old to be crawling under the car.

 

 

Typically my current car came with a factory fitted detachable   (Westfalia)

 

 

Avoid used ones, seen to many with makor parts missing and also take care

with items not from the UK. If its wrong it could cost a lot to return it.


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Posted 23 December 2020 - 07:07 AM

I have used Westfalia (on a Mk4)and Tow Trust on a Mk5, both were excellent. I couldn't find one that didn't requires some modification to the Mk5 rear bumper, but the Tow Trust one removed the least and you really have to get down behind the car to see the bit removed, see attached pic. 9009fd7f11f5016bd180dc58a12b94c7.jpg

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Posted 23 December 2020 - 07:16 AM

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Pic with the towbar inserted. There is a red/green indicator on the locking mechanism to indicate whether it is attached properly or not, the towbar goes in very easily and clunk's into place so you know it's in (and the indicator will confirm). You can also lock it onto the car so you can leave it on without fear of someone making off with it. da4cfad15331ec2a1c71a7d9d7017465.jpg
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Posted 23 December 2020 - 09:38 AM

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Thanks Both - Great info and thanks for the pics... and they are as strong as a 'fixed' version and able to pull a caravan without concern?


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Posted 23 December 2020 - 10:12 AM

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I've pulled 1.6 tonne with mine, no issues whatsoever, once it locks in, it is solid. That goes for the Westfalia too that I had on my Mk4.
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Posted 23 December 2020 - 11:12 AM

I have a "Brink" detachable

 

A bit more visible, you can see the word Brink on a blank that fits in when the ball is detached also you see the wiring socket.

 

I'll try and post a pic later

 

But the advantage is you don't have to go "underneath to put the ball neck in.

 

Tow 1400kg no worries



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Posted 23 December 2020 - 12:27 PM

Just learn't that they have improved it now to have a "Hiding" electric socket

 

 

I would recommend not scrimping on the "Electrics" side and pay the extra for the dedicated to vehicle electrics option whichever one you get.

 



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Posted 23 December 2020 - 05:27 PM

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They will pull over 2 tons without issue.   Still using heavy chunks of steel

and easily tow more than the cars legal limit.

 

Back in the 90's the police used the Rover 800's and Range Rovers to tow artics up motorway

inclines in the snow.  Health and safety probably prevents them doing that these days.


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Posted 23 December 2020 - 08:13 PM

Cheers Guys - Some great advice. Thanks






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