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#529583 - 8th Jun 2011 12:53am Towbar Fitting
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Hi, does anybody know where i can get a cheap towbar supplied and fitted to an 03 suzuki ignis? i was quoted 130 about 6 months ago but i cant find this company again. any help with this will me much appreciated.

Kris

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#529587 - 8th Jun 2011 1:15am Re: Towbar Fitting [Re: TRFCKrisTRFC]
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Cheapest on eBay is THIS which is a few pence over 100, and doesn't include the lighting socket (if you need it), so 130 seems VERY cheap (although it is an easy fit, only a few bolts and no drillilg/cutting).

The only place I can think of round here is Port Sunlight Trailers, they do supply and fit towbars but unless they're getting a REALLY good deal on these I think 130 might be a bit on the low side.

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#529590 - 8th Jun 2011 1:20am Re: Towbar Fitting [Re: TheDr]
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yeah it was a while ago now i got the quote. port sunlight trailers wants about 300-350 to supply and fit. To be honest with the light clusters being fairly high up on the stern of the Ignis im unsure wether ill need electrics so it should be an easy installation.

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#529591 - 8th Jun 2011 1:24am Re: Towbar Fitting [Re: TRFCKrisTRFC]
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Do i need lights on the back of the trailer regardless of the height and visibility of the light cluster on the ignis? im unsure of the towing rules and regulations. cheers

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#529596 - 8th Jun 2011 1:55am Re: Towbar Fitting [Re: TRFCKrisTRFC]
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Okay, a lot depends on the size of the trailer, if you're going to use it after sunset, and the year of manufacture of the trailer (yes I had to read up on this quickly to remind myself)

The definitive guide is HERE the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulation Act 1989

The most important point for you is "6(4) The exemption from the need for a small trailer to be fitted with any stop lamp or direction indicator when those on the towing vehicle are visible to an observer 6 m behind the trailer will not apply to a trailer manufactured on or after 1st October 1990."

Basically if you can see the lights on your car, it's not a new trailer (without a tag not sure how they'd tell) and you're not using it at night you should be okay, but you DO still need to have the red warning trianle reflectors on the back of the trailer (and a reg plate if it obscures yours)

Depending on the size of the trailer (and remember, if your trailer is loaded can your lights still be seen) a different set of regulations apply, but basically: "(5) No trailer manufactured before 1st October 1990 *this may be on your tag* is required by regulation 18 to be fitted with any stop lamp or direction indicator whilst being drawn by a motor vehicle fitted with one or two stop lamps and two or more direction indicators *basically meaning, your car* if the dimensions of the trailer are such that when the longitudinal axes of the drawing vehicle and the trailer lie in the same vertical plane *it is towing it* such stop lamps and at last one direction indicator on each side of the vehicle *your cars rear lights* are visible to an observer in that vertical plane from a point 6 m behind the rear of the trailer whether it is loaded or not. *if someone is stood behind the trailer can they see the lights on your car*

I hope that helps, I added on the bits in "*" because at 2am this stuff can seem a bit heavy smile

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#529597 - 8th Jun 2011 2:08am Re: Towbar Fitting [Re: TRFCKrisTRFC]
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yes this is a massive help, thank you soo much.

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#529663 - 8th Jun 2011 10:25am Re: Towbar Fitting [Re: TRFCKrisTRFC]
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check out ebay thats where ive got all towbars Ive had from and as for fitting as previously stated its easy to fit as it's only a case of putting bolts thru and tightening as for fitting advisable to use a set of ramps tho get the a**e end high in the air
click here for fitting instructions http://www.witter-towbars.co.uk/uMedia/FittingInstructions/SZ10A.pdf


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#529665 - 8th Jun 2011 10:27am Re: Towbar Fitting [Re: TRFCKrisTRFC]
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I got mine fitted on the BMW (and my previous BMW) at Advanced Auto Elecricians in Rock Ferry.

May be worth a try......
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