The main thing to consider is what’s it for? My caravan has an AlKo stabiliser, For which the ball needs to be a but further away from the bumper.
You basically get two types. A flanged type which is a flanged plate that a tow bar bolts too. You can also bolt permanent bike rack mounts on at the same time, so you can tow a caravan and carry bikes
Or you also get a swan neck type, which is just a long bar with the ball on.
You can get both of these in fixed or detachable. We went for detachable as it looks neater, and stops me bashing my shins on it.Posted 5 years agogarage-dwellerSubscriber
Where not sure in Hampshire i have used Solent Towbars and Phil Taylor at Horndean but a bit off patch for you.
On the sensors point i haven’t had an issue when not towing but they do pick up the bike rack as if you are reversed into a wall beeeeeeeeeep.Posted 5 years ago
As for type I don’t think it matters flat plate or fixed swan neck is cheaper than removable.garage-dwellerSubscriber
Not sure what the score is with more modern cars wiring (eg can bus wired cars) and how that affects things. VW suggested to me it would be 750notes for a towbar much of it was for some little chip or connector. It was a fleet car so decided to do without the towbar.Posted 5 years ago
Can anyonye recommend somewhere to get a tow bar with all the electrics fitted, in or around the Farnborough area (prepared to travel a bit, if they can do it ‘while you wait’)
1)Will it interfere with the reversing sensor?
2)Is there a particular type I should go for that will allow me to fit a bike rack?
3)how much should I expect to pay?
It’s a Citreon Xsar Picasso, it that make a difference.
ThanksPosted 5 years ago
Older caravans had two plugs, one for lights, one for van, fridge etc.
Mine is a combined Plug, so van and car just have one.
Flange type is most versatile, if I’d known I could have got a detachable one at the time, I would have.
We bought a detachable witter, to avoid spoiling the look of the car. Vain, I know.Posted 5 years agojoeeggMember
You can get a Thule bike carrier that fits onto the towbar and can be used when towing.Posted 5 years ago
The towbar must be the 2 bolt fitting as the Thule plate bolts to it.
I’ve used a 4 bike one for years but found that the longer arms with bikes on made hitching up a bit more awkward so cut the arms down to two bike and its perfect.
As for the towbar.You can usually fit these yourself as the rear of the car should be ready to take the bolts for the towbar.I did this and then took it to an auto electrician to do the wiring.
Towsure do a wide range of ‘bars,together with all the bolts and fitting instructions.On some cars you may have to cut a slot out of the bottom of the bumper.andysredminiMember
We just had a wittur one fitted on out 3 series bmw (e90) by indespension in Halesowen (near Birmingham)
It cost £220 with twin electrics and only took a couple of hours to fit.
I looked at buying the parts and fitting it myself but it was going to cost more for the parts alone.
I think indespension have branches all over the country so may be worth having a look.
I haggled and got a bit knocked off the initial quote.
AndyPosted 5 years ago
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