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Old 10 July 2014, 05:07   #1
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Discovery towbar issues

If any of you are using a Discovery with a detachable towbar, I suggest you read this:
Tow bar on the Discovery 3, Land Rover Discovery Revies and Report, Land Rover Discovery Recall
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Old 10 July 2014, 05:15   #2
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Have they actually done a recall now?
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DISCO3.CO.UK - View topic - Trailer Accident - Removable Towbar Failure

I have a detachable, and would prefer a fixed but havent had any problems with mine.

I have put a cable tie on the twist lock to stop that moving, as that seems to be the main problem that causes the rattle.
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Old 10 July 2014, 05:43   #4
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No recall as far as I can see. Advice seems to be that the disconnectable tow hitch is not designed for everyday day use and if the vehicle is being used for towing on a regular basis, a permanent mounted hitch is recommended.
All tow bars and hitches have to be tested and are E marked to be legal for use in the EEC. I don't believe that an "occassional" use towbar would be permitted. How do you define occassional use?
They can be a bit of a fiddle to fit, especially if there is dirt in the receiver, if it wasn't fully home before the key is removed, I guess it could come off?
Whether it is a design fault or user error, there have been several incidents and making owners aware has to be a good thing, so they check their own hitch.
Personally I have bever used removable hitches on my own vehicles, I like lots of nuts and bolts holding it all together.
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Have used XC90 with detachable towbar for 8 years to tow twin axle caravan and 7m rib, no probs.

Went to replace it earlier this year with Disco4 and was shocked to find LR Dealer telling me (as I was pricing up some additions I wanted to a lightly used 2013 car they had in stock) that I couldn't use a detachable towbar if I was towing regularly and/or heavy loads as they have instances of towbar detaching. They intimated that it was more a case of the head wearing in the socket and coming away than anything to do with incorrect fitment/user error.

Bought a new XC90 and put a Westfalia detachable bar on in the end. Lovely bit of kit that is completely invisible when bar is detached (all electrics and mounting are tucked up behind rear valance).

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A few years ago EVO magazine ran a RR Sport TDV8 as a long term demo car for about 1 year, the towbar on that fell off while towing a car trailer.
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Did a quick search on disco3.co.UK and a couple of the discussions imply that LR have updated their policy on removable towbars. Key points made are that the noseweight for removable shouldn't exceed 150kg and it is for leisure (not commercial) use. If you're towing heavy loads (above150kg nose weight) or on a constant basis they advise a fixed towbar. Here's a link to one of the discussions (I haven't finished reading the full discussion yet)
http://www.disco4.com/forum/topic105414.html
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"Hi All,*

Just to make you aware, following the concerns raised I have done some further investigation with our internal teams to understand the topic. Hopefully, the following should clarify the situation.*


Firstly, I would like to clarify that there is not a safety recall on the detachable tow bar in any of the worldwide markets.*

There is however, a campaign running in Ireland.*

It has been identified that where customers are regularly towing heavy or multi axle trailers (where the nose weight may exceed the 150Kg restriction) or where the trailer remains continuously attached, the towing equipment fitted to the vehicle may not be the optimum for this type of use.*

Continuous attachment to the vehicle of the quick release towing equipment (even when not in use) is not recommended as this can lead to unnecessary wear of the tow bar and receiving socket. When not in use the quick release towing equipment should be detached from the vehicle and securely stowed in the rear of the vehicle.*

Due to the market conditions in Ireland, a voluntary inspection campaign is taking place. There is currently no requirement for this to take place in the UK market.*

For customers outside of Ireland, if you have a concern with your detachable tow bar, I would advise that you visit your local Land Rover Approved dealership and allow them to carry out checks on the condition and wear of the tow bar.*


Many thanks,*
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Fit the HD additional plate and brackets. The removable hitch alone is a bit crap and is prone to rattling.
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What a pile of junk. Any towbar that has the ability to just fall off has NO place on any tow car, regardless of its use. What the hell happened to type approval? Some twit going to tell me my welding isn't good enough for a tow hitch but yet decide that something that can fall off in normal use is OK........
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Agreed. 94/20/EC is the type approval criteria (recently amended to Regulation 55 IIRC). Before being given type approval they're meant to go through rigorous fatigue testing (the design, not every bar, clearly), equivalent to around 2,000,000 push-pull cycles. Only then should it be given type approval status.

I recently posted a story, on my FB page, pertaining to this exact problem. A Discovery towbar became detached, whilst towing a double horse trailer. Both animals were hurt, but neither killed/destroyed and, incredibly, no people were injured either. Amazing, especially when you see the photographs.

I'm a big Landy fan (run a 110 commercial), but the chaps in the green Oval Office need to look at this more strenuously.
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