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Saw a Volvo 850 estate in tesco's car park last night that had a tow ball set up i've never seen before.

It had a plate welded to the bar protruding from under the bumper with 4 sets of holes in so that you could attach a tow ball at a different height, like you see on the back of many 4x4's, nothing odd there.

But attached to this plate were 2 tow balls, one on the top set of holes & one on the bottom set. The bottom one was a standard tow ball, the upper one was an extended tow ball, so stuck out 3 or 4 inches further.

It also had 13 pin sockets both sides - black & grey one side & black the other.

Only thing i can think is that the owner regularly tow 2 different trailers that need to attach at different heights, though attaching anything to the lower ball must be a bit of a squeeze.

 

Just found it odd :blink:

Did take a picture but as is was about 10pm its just come out black & you can't really make anything out :(

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I refer you to the Rt Hon Member for the 19th Century.....................pictured just to the left of your screen..................

 

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Could he be using a towball mounted bike rack on the upper ball?

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I ask myself whether that arrangement is actually legal or not. It sounds more like a homemade product which wouldn't have had the necessary type approval.

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Could he be using a towball mounted bike rack on the upper ball?

that was another thought i had, though thinking about it, i don't think you'd actually fit a caravan hitch on the lower towball, certainly not an alko hitch.

 

I ask myself whether that arrangement is actually legal or not. It sounds more like a homemade product which wouldn't have had the necessary type approval.

 

i think it would be legal as it just looked like those you see on the back of a 4x4's, not a home made job. Its just that you would only normally have one towball attached.

I refer you to the Rt Hon Member for the 19th Century.....................pictured just to the left of your screen..................

 

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Witter make adjustable type approved towbars attachments could be theirs. The yanks use a hitch with different towballs as they use a number of different size balls and they just turn it to the size they need.

 

This set up sounds like it is for different trailers to save changing the height.

 

 

 

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that was another thought i had, though thinking about it, i don't think you'd actually fit a caravan hitch on the lower towball, certainly not an alko hitch.

 

 

i think it would be legal as it just looked like those you see on the back of a 4x4's, not a home made job. Its just that you would only normally have one towball attached.

 

On a 4x4 maybe, but specifically for a Volvo 850 estate? I find that difficult to believe.

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On a 4x4 maybe, but specifically for a Volvo 850 estate? I find that difficult to believe.

 

Pre 98 ? . ........ Or could of been a Volvo cross country 4x4 . A towbar with 4 holes is legal so could be a professional made.

 

I have seen vehicles with 2x towballs fitted at different heights which I would of thought is for different trailers or saves cleaning grease off to use a caravan hitch.

 

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Pre 98 ? . ........ Or could of been a Volvo cross country 4x4 . A towbar with 4 holes is legal so could be a professional made.

 

I have seen vehicles with 2x towballs fitted at different heights which I would of thought is for different trailers or saves cleaning grease off to use a caravan hitch.

 

Dave

 

OK a Volvo 850 is pre 98 so it wouldn't come under the type approval requirement. But it a 4x4 wouldn't be exempt if built after 1998 as it wouldn't count as an off-road vehicle.

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Pre 98 ? . ........ Or could of been a Volvo cross country 4x4 . A towbar with 4 holes is legal so could be a professional made.

 

I have seen vehicles with 2x towballs fitted at different heights which I would of thought is for different trailers or saves cleaning grease off to use a caravan hitch.

 

Dave

 

It looked like it may well have been a pre 98 Volvo. It was certainly a mid 90's model 850

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I ask myself whether that arrangement is actually legal or not. It sounds more like a homemade product which wouldn't have had the necessary type approval.

The Volvo 850 is old enough not to come under Type Approval.

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