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Just changed my car to a BMW X3, it is fitted with a BMW detachable tow bar but there is nowhere to clip the breakaway cable, or indeed anywhere to bolt either a plate or eye. A policeman acquaintance has told me it is illegal to put the breakaway cable around the tow ball. Advise please
With apologies for raising what is probably a hoary old chestnut... We have a caravan built in 2000, so not with the newest gear on the block. The breakaway cable has the sort of clip on the end - there's bound to be a proper name for it - which looks like a well curled J, with a spring piece closing its open side. If that makes sense. We picked our van up in 2016, fresh from tents and knowing nothing, when the dealer told us to attach the breakaway cable by looping it through the tow hitch bar then clipping back on itself. So I did. Then someone pointed to advice online saying this was all wrong, and against police advice, because the tow bar might simply come off, so I hooked it to the hole under the tow hitch, as advised there. It's a real pain to get off in a hurry, but I was Being Virtuous. Yesterday our approved engineer serviced it, and explained that while it's advised to hook the carabiner style clips to the tow hitch, the J clips simply uncurl themselves under stress and so are useless in emergency if connected that way. They're meant to be clipped back on themselves, when they work properly. So now I'm confused! The back-on-itself method is much easier to operate, and what he says makes sense. But any clarification here would be welcome. Thank you.