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Swan Neck Tow Bars And Non-Alko Hitches


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A question out of curiosity and for future reference. ...

 

Can a swan neck tow bar be used with a trailer without the AL-KO style stabiliser hitch? I've got no need to use a trailer at present but I'm just wondering in case I ever have to hire one or tow something for friends or family.

 

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Yes you can tow any other trailer but make sure you clean the ball after as trailers can have grease on the hitch.

 

 

 

Dave.

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Yes you can tow any other trailer but make sure you clean the ball after as trailers can have grease on the hitch.

 

 

 

Dave.

 

Thanksfor the reply.

 

Would I also need to grease the ball for a non AL-KO hitch?

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If you have a stabilizer type hich on your trailer, usually Alko or Winterhoff, these work by clamping the towball with friction pads inside the head of the hitch. These need a clean dry NON GREASED towball. If you are towing a trailer WITHOUT a stabilizer type hitch, the towball needs greasing.

Hope this helps, Mike.

2014 SsangYong Rexton W towing a 2017 Sprite Major 4EB. (After June 9th).

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If you have a stabilizer type hich on your trailer, usually Alko or Winterhoff, these work by clamping the towball with friction pads inside the head of the hitch. These need a clean dry NON GREASED towball. If you are towing a trailer WITHOUT a stabilizer type hitch, the towball needs greasing.

Hope this helps, Mike.

 

Thanks- suspected as much.

 

So how practical is it to 'degrease' a greased towball when switching between hitch types.

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To degrease:- Wipe the towball with a few sheets of kitchen towel to get the majority fo the grease off, then thoroughly clean it with methelyated spirit on a new piece of kitchen towel. I always give it a final wipe over with spray on brake/cluch cleaner before every trip. I've had the brake/clutch spray for about two years now so it's not that expensive to use.

 

Regards, Mike.

2014 SsangYong Rexton W towing a 2017 Sprite Major 4EB. (After June 9th).

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To degrease:- Wipe the towball with a few sheets of kitchen towel to get the majority fo the grease off, then thoroughly clean it with methelyated spirit on a new piece of kitchen towel. I always give it a final wipe over with spray on brake/cluch cleaner before every trip. I've had the brake/clutch spray for about two years now so it's not that expensive to use.

 

Regards, Mike.

 

 

White spirit or petrol will clean grease from a tow ball and is much cheaper and, probably, safer than brake cleaner which is in the carbon tetrachloride family.

 

Brakcleen = Perchloroethylene/Tetrachloroethylene

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