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Hilary



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PostSubject: Towbar fitting   Tue May 24, 2011 7:14 pm

Good evening,

I want to fit a Towbar on a 2007 B Bay.

Is it the usual, all roads lead to Danbury?

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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Tue May 24, 2011 8:27 pm

No you can go down the cheeky wee B road and fit it yourself. I got mine form Just kampers part no. J11370 £143. Only had two holes to drill in rear panel, take your bumper off, put the towbar on then bolt the bumper and towbar together job done.
Electrics are fairly straight forward as battery is in rear and plenty of space to get to the wires you need.

I am assuming it would be the same for air and watercooled.

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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Tue May 24, 2011 8:51 pm

Thanks for the advice.

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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Sat May 28, 2011 11:16 pm

Quoted from another post

"Get the proper kit for the job and get someone to fit it that knows what they are doing re cutting into the electrics etc."

I couldn't agree more, it is important that you do know the way round the electrics of the vehicle.

I fitted my towbar for approximately £150, there are plenty of auto electricians that would be able to fit a supplied towbar for a reasonable amount.

To answer the original question, there are other options available, but as usual you pay your maoney and take your choice.

Hope you mangage to get one sorted soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:44 pm

Hi,

i am looking to put a towbar on my 2002 aircooled in the next week or so. Looking around ebay etc there does appear to be varying styles around. Can anyone confirm which style towbar actually fits straight onto our brazilian bays? I notice there are existing holes on the main chassis wher the bumper attaches and was hoping one would slot straight on.
I have been led to believe the early bay rounded bumpers style will probably fit?
Has anyone fitted one who can comfirm this? Need to go down the second hand route ideally for cost reasons!! Cheers....
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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:29 pm

The Towbar we got was from just kampers - just kamper link
It fitted with no bother at all, just two holes to be drilled in middle section


and a small cut out from the bumper for clearance



it bolts on with the bumper bracket


Hope that's helpful.

p.s. need to find the chrome polish before the holidays! Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:43 pm

Very helpful thanks! Can you remember what jk product code it is by any chance? Where you linked above, there is no link? cheers, Steve
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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:46 pm

If you click on the phrase 'just kampers link' it should take you there, the part no was J11370.

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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:53 pm

Oh......sorry, still new to this forum lark. Embarassed
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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Thu Jun 23, 2011 10:31 pm

@Skytiger wrote:
If you click on the phrase 'just kampers link' it should take you there, the part no was J11370.

cheers

After following your images on fitting a swivel seat, it appears you are very handy to know. I may have a go at a towbar.............how difiicult is it compared to the swivel seat? can you give me an indication on a 1-10 basis cand compare it to the swivel seat.

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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:55 pm

I'm going to have a good look at one of these towbars this weekend olive at the JK Open Day. The only thing I'm not keen on initially is the fitment to the rear valance. I've seen another type that doesn't need that bit. I'll report back.

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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:54 am

Tim, I will keeping a close eye on this as like you I am not too keen on clamping this throughbehind the bumper. I may end up having a spoke one made to avoid this, if costs work out reasonable.
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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:50 am

Hang fire on that one Steve, I know a man who can. Just need to get a price. I'll let you know.

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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:33 am

Ok Tim, let me know, although I do need to get this fitted in the next week or so as we are heading off into Europe on 15th July with a trailer in tow pale
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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:35 am

And before anyone says it...yes I do always leave everything until the last minute! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:05 am

@TimV wrote:
I'm going to have a good look at one of these towbars this weekend olive at the JK Open Day. The only thing I'm not keen on initially is the fitment to the rear valance. I've seen another type that doesn't need that bit. I'll report back.

Thanks Tim, after that it may be one of those Stimson pod trailers.
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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:09 pm


Ok the swivel seats would be about a 8,(because i made it more difficult fitting mx5 seats rather than standard ones) towbar is about a 3 ( it would be a two if not for the wiring)

The bit that fits to the valance wasn't my cup of tea either but I too, left it too the last minute and just bit the bullet and fitted it. If I had more time i would have cut off this bracket and made new brackets to bolt to the original bolts holding the valance and welded them on.

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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:20 pm

Yep just be aware everyone that the rear valance on the BraziBay is different to a Classic.

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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:23 pm

Is there a maximum weight load to pull?
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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:07 pm

If it's an unbraked trailer the max. 750kg gross trailer weight or half the towing vehicle's kerb weight - whichever is less. Which would be 625kg for us

For a braked trailer/caravan it is recommended that the laden weight of caravan/trailer should not exceed 85% of the kerbweight of the tow car. So would be 1062kg for us obviously with our interiors weighing a bit this would bring it to even safer levels so their is a small leeway.

Permissible rear axle load is not used to calculate towing load it is the vehicles kerbweight however you still would not want to overload the rear axle but 1062kg is well within the axles limit, incidently our handbook states 1300kg

I tow an unbraked trailer with my kombi and collected logs for my woodburner in it and i would say it weighed between 400- 500kg total(just a guess mind) and the kombi was fine a bit earlier braking required but ok. So most owners are by the sounds of it just using it to carry extra equipment for camping which probably wouldn't be as much as 500/600kg.
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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:51 pm

Thanks for that info, I guess if I fit the tow bar the Stimson Multipod should pull along very nicely.

As for 'collected logs for my woodburner' your a kindred spirit. Having a woodburner is better than a telly in my opinion Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:32 pm


Your right about woodburner can't stop looking at it.

Had a look at the multipod website looks like a very versatile trailer plus advantage of more sleeping space.
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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:14 pm

@Skytiger wrote:

Your right about woodburner can't stop looking at it.

Had a look at the multipod website looks like a very versatile trailer plus advantage of more sleeping space.

Its more than a trailer its a multi-purpose unit and its also lightweight, the idea of having the additional sleeping space is an advantage if you have a growing family. It also looks good, I wouldnt mind it in the same colour scheme as Olive I think that would look good being dragged along on the road Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:25 pm

@olive wrote:
I think that would look good being dragged along on the road Very Happy

It certainly would. But not as sharp as the white/red/black jetski I'll be pulling along with Max. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Towbar fitting   Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:43 am

It must be colour coordinated or there's no point Wink
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