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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 21st July 2020, 17:47 Thread Starter
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hi all newbie 2day I will b buying my first antara 2.2 diesel 2012 on Friday ,my question is it has a detachable towbar on it [ brand new ] I read on a diff site that some cars with these on and towing a caravan suddenly the caravan comes detached as I am going away next week am bit concerened is it a case that they work loose or am I better getting a fixed one fitted hoping for some xpert advice cheers
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 22nd July 2020, 21:19
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nothing wrong with detatchable if installed correctly. Mine has a fixed type but only since it was fitted when I purchased it. I would much prefer a detatchable one since its much more discreet when not towing.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 24th July 2020, 08:03
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Hi A detachable towbar should not come adrift, however if over time with a lack of lubrication on the mechanism and with corrosion on the inside of the box section where the towbar slides into, it is possible that the towbar may not fully engage properly and if left in that state could possible come adrift. Of course if looked after properly by the user and lubricated if required so the mechanism works sweetly and the covers are kept on over winter so minimise corrosion then I would be perfectly happy with one. I prefer a detachable towbar but mine is fixed purely because it came with the car.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 6th September 2020, 17:49
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There are far too many detachables failing.

Some will be user error & some design issues.

If towing often or heavy fit a fixed. If only towing occasionally to the tip fit a detachable & remove when not in use.

Fixed ones do not affect reverse sensors.
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My detachable towbar was fitted by a specialist in a workshop who offered a thoroughly professional service. I had to answer certain questions beforehand, including what I was planning to tow. It seems that some detachable towbars are not rated to pull certain loads, which I never realised and perhaps this is why they fail. Also the firm took into account the common fault where the electrics neither charge the caravan battery nor run the fridge on 12v when towing and the correct harness was installed. All good, no problems. I only detach it in the winter and it is lockable to prevent theft. Had this one for five years and have been towing for thirty-five years.

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I always though the towbar was matched to the capabilities of the car. must read up on this at some point. Richy
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 14th September 2020, 19:45
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I always though the towbar was matched to the capabilities of the car. must read up on this at some point. Richy
You would hope so but on more than one occasion I have been offered a bar that would pull my load but was under the cars limit.
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