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Bobinet
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Hi All

Just seen the website for front towbar and contacted the local garage. They said that Watling do the front tows for Mondeos saloon and hatchbacks so I guess my TDCi Estate would be ok. Price quoted is £160 inc plus extra for the al ko ball. I have a wide driveway and about 14ft depth so basically pushing the van up at 45 degrees for a few feet then move to the right into the parking place. Not sure if a small hole in the grill is needed.

what do you think? Front towbar v Shifta v Mover ?

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Bobby :o

 

Really difficult to say not seeing the exact location.

 

I have quite a big area in front of my house but narrow access. Now we are getting on a bit we had a motor mover fitted to our last 2 vans and have never looked back.

 

When I am not caravanning I fish from a 14' boat on the Broads and in Ireland and I find the front tow bar invaluable for some of the tricky slipways but I have never needed it, yet, on the caravan. .

 

Bill

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A mover is far more practical, in that it can be used wherever the space for the caravan - the downside of a front towball is that you can only use it where there's room for both car and caravan, you can only use it where the car can grip - and even then you can't use it to rotate the caravan on it's own axle.

 

I can see the benefit of a front towball, compared to nothing, but it would be a mover every time for me

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I had a front tow bracket made for my Frontera, it made reversing the caravan off the road, up the drive and round the side of the house a dream.

 

I then changed the car to an Xtrail and bought a smaller caravan so I never got round to having one made for the Xtrail.

 

Now that I'm changing back to a bigger caravan I'm having a motor mover fitted as I've got the money to spend on one, if I hadn't I'd have had a front tow bar fitted.

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If you can afford the extra money, to fit a fixed mover, do it.

 

A front tow ball may be a bit easier if you have problems reversing, but can be a bother droping of and picking back up.

 

with mover drop caravan press buttons no problems.

 

Happy Caravaning

 

Monty

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If you can afford the extra money, to fit a fixed mover, do it.

 

A front tow ball may be a bit easier if you have problems reversing, but can be a bother droping of and picking back up.

 

with mover drop caravan press buttons no problems.

 

Happy Caravaning

 

Monty

 

Woohaaaa Mister, not so quick on the "problems reversing" quote.

 

I dont have any problems reversing my caravan, but its easier with some other help such as a mover or similar. But movers dont work due to my driveway/road/access. Like ive said before they are brilliant if they fit into certain parameters, but not everyone does.

 

So a front towball is bang on the button for me and works far better than a mover ever did, any of the ones i tried.

In Consilio Sapienta

 

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Bobinet,

 

A neighbour of mine with a Mondeo got hold of a spare towing eye that screwed into the point on his front bumper and had a towball fixed onto that so all he had to do was screw the towing eye in and hitch up and cost a lot less that the £160 you have been quoted. You will probably pick up a towing eye off fleabay for under £20 with postage. Just a thought.

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