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Old 17 December 2013, 17:38   #1
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Getting a towbar fitted to my car so I can finally tow the boat myself! The cheapest quote I have so far is from dolphin trailers in poole (185) I've tried most of the mobile services and local garages but most are over 200.

Does anybody know of anywhere else in poole that might be cheaper?
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Old 17 December 2013, 17:42   #2
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Thats not a bad price if it incudes the electrics
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Old 17 December 2013, 18:58   #3
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Thats not a bad price if it includes the electrics
Yip, I doubt you'll get significantly cheaper I've had 4 fitted over the years on a range of cars and I don't remember any being much less than that, and most a bit more. You can DIY it, but I've always concluded it wasn't worth it for the hassle / confidence in it factor.
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I'd go reputable rather than cheap, what you save now you could spend later on sorting out hashed electrics.
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I fitted my own, which is not rocket science - but it takes time and you will pay for labour. If you get a cheap quote they will have to cut corners somewhere and end up doing a rushed / shoddy job.

The electrics are fiddly, you can save time by using poor connectors which will fail soon after you have paid for the job.

I paid about 200+ so your quote is pretty cheap. Just ask them how they do the electrics and watch them do it.
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I would echo the comments above. I don't think you will get it done for much less than that unless you do it yourself. I have fitted several towbars in the past. Bolting them on is relatively straightforward, but the electrics on modern vehicles are becoming a complete nightmare. My current towbar I had professionally fitted for just over 200.
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Luke, what car are you fitting the towbar to, makes a difference to the advice? for instance, if it's a landrover, buy the kit and fit it yourself, but if it's something with cambus wiring and no connection to plu straight into, then pay for the fitting but as previously stated, watch what they do and make sure they use proper connections and not them horrible quick connectors
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Luke, what car are you fitting the towbar to, makes a difference to the advice? for instance, if it's a landrover, buy the kit and fit it yourself, but if it's something with cambus wiring and no connection to plu straight into, then pay for the fitting but as previously stated, watch what they do and make sure they use proper connections and not them horrible quick connectors
Absolutely, +1


I paid over 300 to have mine installed, I have fitted loads myself but at the time, I had none (time that is), so I sat back and allowed someone else to do it.

No regrets on spending the money
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There are some jobs that are simple, but turn out to be a right pain to do.

Towbars easily fall into that category.

I fitted my towbar, but crawling about under the van in the dark, getting mud and grit in my eyes. Then taking the bumper off and breaking the daft plastic clips that hold the trim on, then finding the wiring harness plug in was for the wrong year and having to re-order it, then finding the fog light blinked instead of the indicators.

So, sometimes its just easier to pay someone.
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