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Bosal Detachable Tow Bar


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They make towbars for Ford, at least they did mine!

I've found it spot on in every way, except, the 'eye' to attach the breakaway cable is to small to thread the hook through!

 

The detachable ball is both easy to put in/take out and is absolutely solid when attached. The positive lock gives clear indication that it is, so leaving no niggling doubts, it's also lockable for security while parked but this is not actually required to be locked for towing.

I've also found no need to clean or have ever lubricated the fixed bit's location hole in three years, so no problems there with rust or other muck building up

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Had one fitted, towed to Spain, and by the time I got there, there was considerable movement on the arm. Fitter air-freighted a new one out to me,(ball & arm), but by the time I returned home, I was experiencing the same problem. Bosal eventually reluctantly agreed that the problem must have been on the fixed part of the towbar, where the detachable arm goes into, and agreed to replace the whole towbar. By this stage, I had had enough of it, and replaced it with a fixed towbar instead.

Have since changed the car, and I now have a Witter detachable fitted, and it's been as steady as a rock.

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I have had one for 6 years I haven't removed it for the last 18 months I attempted to remove it this week and cannot move it!

Knarf

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I also have a bosal tow bar on my Audi which came with the car when I bought it second hand. It clearly had not been used much and would not fully engage with the bracket on the car.

 

Bosal were very helpful and replaced all the moving parts in the detachable neck and gave me a new bracket. It then worked perfectly. ..... For about 3 months!

 

I now leave it on the car all the time.

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We have a westfalia the type where the swan neck fits up vertically into the reciever. Its been fault free since we got it almost 2 years ago.

Are the bosal ones a vertical or horizontal fit ?

 

 

Don't forget if the swan neck obscures the numberplate then it must be removed when not it use.

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I have had one fitted to my car now for 7 yrs never a problem always remove it after each trip and as soon as I arrive on site. no movement and always easy to remove and connect.

 

I think the motto here is its a detatchable tow bar to DETATCH it and dont leave it fitted!

 

cheers

 

Davidl

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Mine was difficult to detatch from new but I managed it, after a struggle, but now I am unable to remove it. The key will turn and the black cover will depress but it is impossible to turn it to release the swanneck.

Knarf

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We had one fitted to our recently departed Renault Scenic. It was the one supplied as the "official" Renault part and was fitted at the Renault UK import centre.

 

We always detatched it straightaway after towing and never had any problem removing it. The issues we had were a) ensuring that it was properly engaged when fitting ( lubricating the lock mechanism regularly sorted this out) and B), living with the fact that the key couldn't be removed from the lock when the towball was removed. This made it slightly more difficult to stow in such a way that the key didn't get bent or broken off in the lock.

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I had a swan neck towbar installed on my car. Wish I got a flange type. The thing I miss the most is not having a bumper protection plate. It also makes having things like cycle racks expensive!

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  • 7 years later...
On 02/10/2012 at 23:56, Eddie said:

Had one fitted, towed to Spain, and by the time I got there, there was considerable movement on the arm. Fitter air-freighted a new one out to me,(ball & arm), but by the time I returned home, I was experiencing the same problem. Bosal eventually reluctantly agreed that the problem must have been on the fixed part of the towbar, where the detachable arm goes into, and agreed to replace the whole towbar. By this stage, I had had enough of it, and replaced it with a fixed towbar instead.

Have since changed the car, and I now have a Witter detachable fitted, and it's been as steady as a rock.

I have been using a detachable Bosal hitch  for about two years now and I experience the same issue - the hitch gets loose with a significant play. Here is my response to the issue - 1.5 mm stainless steel sheet to compensate for lack of wedge stroke. Once worn out, this sheet metal piece could be simply replaced with a new one. 

It worked well so far.

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