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Old September 25th 03, 06:19 PM posted to uk.rec.motorcaravans
Gary B
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Default tow bar possibilities

I have an autosleeper Peugeot boxer van, and now I'd like to have a tow bar
fitted. So - wondered if you have to go to a specialist motorhome fitter or
can you go to anyone who advertises fitting?

One complication may be that it has a rear step fitted - that seems to be
welded or bolted onto the main chassis - that obviously sticks out about 18
inches - so maybe this has to be removed first? It looks like it probably
came with the van,, but I'm not certain?


Any suggestions/ advice comments etc would be very welcome


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Old September 25th 03, 07:59 PM posted to uk.rec.motorcaravans
Bob Douglas
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Default tow bar possibilities


"Gary B" wrote in message
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I have an autosleeper Peugeot boxer van, and now I'd like to have a tow

bar
fitted. So - wondered if you have to go to a specialist motorhome fitter

or
can you go to anyone who advertises fitting?

One complication may be that it has a rear step fitted - that seems to be
welded or bolted onto the main chassis - that obviously sticks out about

18
inches - so maybe this has to be removed first? It looks like it probably
came with the van,, but I'm not certain?


Any suggestions/ advice comments etc would be very welcome

Gary,

having had a towbar fitted to an Autosleepers Symphony on the older Talbot
Express in the past, it's worthwhile checking what's in the way of the
mounting points or the geometry of the standard van towbar.

The rear step is not really a problem, as it can be removed (potentially to
be replaced by the type of metal step mounted on the towbar and fitted to
commercial vans). You may well, however, find that underslung fresh or waste
water tanks or other equipment stop you mounting the standard bar, and you
will have to look further. The waste tank on my Symphony was a problem, the
standard bar would have gone straight through it!

A number of manufacturers do special bars for vans (and as I think type
approval still doesn't apply I think they'll still be around). I had a
specific one (off the shelf)made by Watling Engineers
www.tow-bars.co.uk/towbar.htm and fitted by my local fitter (Indespension -
who subsequently told me they would order as well). I retro-fitted a step
myself, but I believe they do one with a step as well.

A decent fitter will know what's on the market, but it's worthwhile knowing
about Watling (who appear to be still trading and coping with motorhomes
according to the website.

Bob

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Old September 27th 03, 05:50 PM posted to uk.rec.motorcaravans
marcleman
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Default tow bar possibilities

Hi,
I don't know if its any help to you, but there is a picture of the standard
boxer tow bar at
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/monkley...ldpickies4.htm I
appreciate the bodies are different, but it will give you an idea of how the
frame is fitted on to the chassis

"Gary B" wrote in message
...
I have an autosleeper Peugeot boxer van, and now I'd like to have a tow

bar
fitted. So - wondered if you have to go to a specialist motorhome fitter

or
can you go to anyone who advertises fitting?

One complication may be that it has a rear step fitted - that seems to be
welded or bolted onto the main chassis - that obviously sticks out about

18
inches - so maybe this has to be removed first? It looks like it probably
came with the van,, but I'm not certain?


Any suggestions/ advice comments etc would be very welcome




 



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