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Some years ago I watched a chap drop a length

of carpet over the lip of his car boot to protect the

paintwork on his new car while he edged the

caravan hitch over the ball.

A few years later I saw a similar job, carpet mounted

on a plywood rectangle with a cut out that dropped

over the towbar/ball as temporary protection.

Then came the Alko hitches, big bulbous, little or no room

for removable bumper protection.

Does anyone have a solution to the Alko lack of space?

My s/s protector has bent and hit paint off the wrap around

bumper, despite being very careful.

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Then came the Alko hitches, big bulbous, little or no room

for removable bumper protection.

Does anyone have a solution to the Alko lack of space?

My s/s protector has bent and hit paint off the wrap around

bumper, despite being very careful.

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Whilst using a mover it is possible do it very carefully & precisely, & I've never overshot.

 

I would always fit a mover for avoidance of back strain. My Disco has the tow ball attached to thick steel plate, the coupling is more likely to be damaged, but you seem to have found another good reason to use a mover.

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David

Swizz

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I use a mover, but sometimes a small correction can be amplified if the jockey wheel is

"torqued up" on its pneumatic tyre

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If you have a fixed towball, you can buy a metal bumper protector from Alko that slides in between your towball and mounting.

You have to remove your towball and fit a spacer at the back of each bolt and then refit to your car towing mount. Then the metal bumper protector slips between the 2. You have to remember to remove it before setting off or you loose the metal bumper protector on the road for some poor unsuspecting soul to hit.

Mitsubishi Shogun 3. 2 SG3 197 BHP, 2014, Auto in White . Looking for a 7m German caravan.

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I use a mover, but sometimes a small correction can be amplified if the jockey wheel is

"torqued up" on its pneumatic tyre

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Hi gumdrop,

 

It's several years since I used a pneumatic wheel, so can't fully understand the amplified bit.

However I try very hard to ensure that I move my van in very straight ahead way, for the last 2 or 3 feet, for another reason which is that otherwise the wheel does not always fit into the A frame underside.

Perhaps approaching fairly straight will also assist you. It takes a bit of practice !

 

David

Swizz

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The tyre tread seems to screw up against the weight and thrust

of the caravans last move. My road is narrow and there is not a

lot of manouvering room so I cannot get a straight run but am

always swinging in toward the coupling.

Anyway http://www. bumpcatcher. com/en/bumpcatcher-eng

http://www. multimat. uk. com/store/products/standard-16mm-kumfie%28r%29-sit-mat

I still want some good ideas

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Hi

 

I use a "sto =stop " to protect the bumper transfer it from car to car over the years

 

Example at http://www. pfjones. co. uk/bumper-protector-sto-stop. html

 

Dave

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I posted earlier about a bumper protector from Alko, I was wrong it is witter, Sorry. they can also be found on the pfjones web site. Hope this helps.

Mitsubishi Shogun 3. 2 SG3 197 BHP, 2014, Auto in White . Looking for a 7m German caravan.

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Despite the adversity, I have only bumped my car the once,

and decided to do something about it, from the replies you

would think I was the only one in the world to need a bumper

shield! how disappointing :(

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Reverse the car up to the hitch wound well above the tow ball height rather than move the van. I must admit that a reversing camera makes it all blissfully easy.

Enjoy every minute of every day. It doesn't last nearly as long as you'd like, and there's no guarantee of coming this way again.

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  • 3 weeks later...

We use a foam kneeling pad from Pound shop and keep it in front locker.

You can easily cut a notch out so it fits snugly over neck of tow bar to hold it in place.

Cheap and simple! :)

 

Joy

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We have one of these from Milenco:-

 

http://www. milenco. com/products/hitchlocks/gel-bumper-protectors/

 

Seems to work but it is not quite as invisible as they would have you believe.

 

Also follow their instructions to not get it we for 24hrs after fixing or water gets inside it ( do not ask how I know this ).

 

Ian

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  • 3 weeks later...

I learnt the hard way to use a bumper protector, whilst hitching up I forgot the van was on a ramp and as I was pulling the van forward it ran off the ramp and hit the bumper, wont do that again.

Swift Fairway pulled by a Ford Mondeo 2. 0 Business Edition 5 door hatchback

Adventure before Dementia

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At the NEC I saw a little airbag device that fits over the hitch - At the time I thought it to be a solution to an imagined problem but maybe. ...

 

I have no idea what it was called though.

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Not sure what the OP is looking for - I have a stainless steel bumper protector mounted between the tow ball and bar and I have no problems with space for the Alko hitch. Protects the bumper just fine.

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Not sure what the OP is looking for - I have a stainless steel bumper protector mounted between the tow ball and bar and I have no problems with space for the Alko hitch. Protects the bumper just fine.

I had a S/Steel bumper protector, but a slight bump bent and split it!

Unless it has a 1/4" S/Steel bar behind it . .... forget it.

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I also have a stainless bumper protector but as I use a mover mine remains untouched ;) (touchwood)

 

Funny old world though, years ago a bumper protected the car now we need something to protect the bumper :blink:

Paul B

. .......Mondeo Estate & Elddis Avanté 505 (Tobago)

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Gumdrop, you must have hit it fairly hard then - I have touched mine with the van and whilst it flexes slightly, it has never moved far enough to hit the car.

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I did not use the caravan like a battering ram! :D

 

It was brought up on the mover, but as I squared

it up, moving it slowly (I have mentioned this before)

it engaged the S/Steel "protecter" and just pressed

against it . After I backed it off the metal was bent

and cracked.

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I had a S/Steel bumper protector, but a slight bump bent and split it!

Unless it has a 1/4" S/Steel bar behind it . .... forget it.

 

I have tried the steel and stainless bumper protectors and found instead of protecting the bumper they are bent back into the bumper causing more damage.

 

The best one I found was a drop plate 6 inch turned upside down so it stuck up behind the ball and they are 12mm thick and will not bend.

 

Dave

Jeep Commander 3. 0 V6 CRD

Isuzu D- Max Utah Auto

Elddis Crusader Storm 2000 Kgs, Unipart Royal Atlas Mover .

 

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