Tagged: Tow bar
December 8, 2014 at 5:02 pm #2268
We want to fit a tow bar and it has to meet the Type Approved criteria. Our local firm is struggling to find one. Any suggestions?
May 12, 2015 at 9:39 pm #2362
Hope you find them as good as we did
May 11, 2015 at 5:32 pm #2361Francoise FaulknerModerator
We have an appointment at LNB Towbars on 1 June, after which we shall be legal again!
February 6, 2015 at 4:33 pm #2305
LNB Tow Bars, Filton, Bristol have now fitted a type approved tow bar onto our Renault Master /Hobby 30th Aniversay Edition. They have done a very neat job and were excellent and very helpful. LNBs owner has his own motorhome and really knows what he is talking about.
January 6, 2015 at 3:27 pm #2295Richard FaulknerParticipant
Hello Maureen, and Dave,
After much research I eventually found someone, (Martin Clack, just outside Gloucester) who could fabricate a towbar for our Premium Van 65GE. Because the Premium Drive/Van does not have an Alko chassis, finding a type-approved towbar didn’t seem possible. Certainly, a solution eluded me. Mr Clack was under the impression that type-approval was not necessary for motorhomes over 3500kgs. I now know that is not the case.
It was only after reading Maureen’s post that I dug a little deeper into the legality of having a towbar. This morning I spoke to a garage that carries out MOTs. They don’t actually look at certificates. They do check for cracks, corrosion and whether the unit is fit for purpose. I also spoke to a Renault truck garage and service centre. They did not know how the law affected motorhomes and could only speak with authority about HGVs. Any towbar fitted to an HGV now requires type-approval. Next, I spoke to the owner of Buffalo Trailers, from whom I bought our trailer. He only knew about the regulations for trailers but he did put me onto a contact in VOSA.
I spoke to Dave Picker (VOSA) who told me all I needed to know. Type-approval is required for towbars fitted to motorhomes, no matter what the weight of the vehicle is. Mr Picker appreciated the difficulty faced by motorhome owners in finding a suitable towbar, especially if the vehicle did not have an Alko chassis. He mentioned some manufacturers who can offer a “universal” fit, based on an Alko chassis.
Mr Picker said the first hurdle was whether Hobby had built the vehicle so as to be fit for towing. This would be indicated on the VIN plate (the maximum train weight). Our Hobby has a towing capacity of 1850Kgs. Mr Picker said he had to advise that a towbar should be type-approved. He also said that he doubted if anyone would actually check.
If MOTs become more rigorous in the towbar department, or if anything else changes between now and when our van will need its first MOT, I may have to ditch my first class towbar.
December 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm #2270
Dave, thank you for this information. It has really helped us. Our van was only built a few months ago so we need to have a type approved system.
December 8, 2014 at 11:36 pm #2269David LawsonParticipant
Hello Maureen and Stephen,
Hope this is of some help albeit expensive.
Towbar with extension kit for Renault based Motorhome 2002 onwards
Although of no interest to you, but may be of interest to other members, we actually used this type approved model from the same manufacturer and because it is width adjustable, it does fit any Al-ko type chassis.
We paid £470.00 delivered from a supplier in this country. It was easy to fit taking about 2 hours.
Incidentally, type approval for towbars intended for motorhomes applies only to motorhomes built after April 2012. Motorhomes built before this date do not require a type approved towbar. I have a non type approved towbar which was fitted to a 2006 vehicle and I transferred it to a 2012 vehicle. It was only after a few months I became aware of the new rules and had to purchase the type approved towbar as mentioned above.
The non type approved towbar is now surplus to requirements and is for sale at £50 collection only.
Last time I spoke to Rick Faulkner who also possesses a Renault based Hobby, he did express an interest in purchasing a towbar. Hopefully, Rick may come along soon with his findings, and / or some advice.
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