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Old 26 August 2009, 13:25   #1
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Front Tow Bar

I'm going to desisn and build a front tow bar for the Monty. Is there anything I should be aware of before I start? Offset/central, how heavy duty the structure should be etc.
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Well it should certainly be able to be lighter than a rear one since it wont be subject to the high loads of acceleration, heavy breaking etc. The fixing point to the chassis and how the load is spread would be my biggest concern, any way you can get a look at one for it, and then decide "not to buy it" ?
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what towcar is it for andy?
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This may give you some ideas.

http://www.western-towing.co.uk/acat...h_Towbars.html
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This any good ? http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?...=front+tow+bar
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Well it should certainly be able to be lighter than a rear one since it wont be subject to the high loads of acceleration, heavy breaking etc. The fixing point to the chassis and how the load is spread would be my biggest concern, any way you can get a look at one for it, and then decide "not to buy it" ?
I have the ends of the left and right chassis members to work with, they're not generous but might be able to get a couple of U bolts on or to bolt a U shape bracket with a bolt though the middle, clamping it on. I then have to clear the bottom of the bumper before fixing a box or RSJ section to it.
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what towcar is it for andy?
Isuzu Trooper/Vauxhall Monterey
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Codprawn and Fred, I have looked at these links. The Western Towing one I was looking at before I started this thread. I understand about the towbar being offset the the near side so the driver can see where he's going. However in my situation I have to get the trailer around a tight left bend and need to get the hitch as close to the right (offside) as possible. So will mount the towbar in the centre.

I also want to mount the bull bar I've taken from the Kia and a RSJ or box section will do a treat.
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bolting it to the bullbar not an option?
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I bolted two to my Series 3 Landy's bumper, couple of big washers on the back.
Got it completely stuck ie get a lift home and go back the nect day with a tractor and remove it, the bumper did bend a little but the Landy was stuck on its axles.

Did the job and was great for pushing boats around the yard.
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