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Old 25 June 2013, 11:49   #11
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[QUOTE="mister p;549711"]Are all tow points standard thread? Because if yes then we're cooking.[/

Across all the one's I'm familiar with they are.

Interesting concept. Got me thinking ...
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Indeed, what it means is that if your trailer's got a home from home, a soft and easy launch and recovery, effectively any car will do.
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Indeed, what it means is that if your trailer's got a home from home, a soft and easy launch and recovery, effectively any car will do.
Except the getting up or down a slippery ramp is 1/2 the battle.
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Except the getting up or down a slippery ramp is 1/2 the battle.
That's what I meant by "soft launch and recovery". If that battle's already dealt with then there's no problem.
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I suppose if the ramp is always the perfect angle at all heights of tide, clean, weed, and sand free. Sounds dreamy, let me know where it is
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Well, the angle stays the same at all states of tide. :-)Actually softer than the ferry ramp next door!!!! And it's not wet steel.
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How about getting a local engineer to make you a screw in mount for a towball that fits into your tow point on the Merc ? You could then bolt a standard towball to it.
+1 I would go for same solution, find you thread, get a substantial flat plate welded on to take a tow ball and away you go, any good engineer will make that up for you. I guess your biggest issue is how long a threaded bar you need to protrude far enough from the front or rear of the car to be able to get the tow ball fitted? maybe worth a good flat washer n nut to tighten upto tow point to help keep it rigid? if it works great, if it don't you ain't lost a lot
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Are all tow points standard thread? Because if yes then we're cooking.
You should have a towing eye in your spare wheel kit somewhere. They are L/H thread. I've used them to extract cars from hedges (with my 110 ) so I guess they'd tow an SR4. Illegal of course, but hey!
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Shouldn't be too hard to find a towing eye for any model at a breakers yard for a few pounds & alter to attatch a towball. Totally illegal for road use but ideal for an easy launch site. It's got to be a strong point on the car as it's where you tow the weight of the car & I've never ripped one out when extricating with the Landy !!
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Shouldn't be too hard to find a towing eye for any model at a breakers yard for a few pounds & alter to attatch a towball. Totally illegal for road use but ideal for an easy launch site. It's got to be a strong point on the car as it's where you tow the weight of the car & I've never ripped one out when extricating with the Landy !!
you ain't been trying hard enough then, I well remember recovering a rally car from a stage on the Pirelli Rally a few years ago, the tow point came off and I can still see it sailing through the air with my tow rope still attached, heading straight for the windscreen of my 110, lucky enough it missed the screen and put a nice dent in the vent just below the screen. I never repaired the vent, it stayed there to remind me never to trust a manufacturers tow point again, and before anyone says was it a rusty old rally car, no it wasn't, it was a top ex WRC car, probably worth more than our house given up recovery now, ribs are much more fun n no hassle
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