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Old 22 June 2004, 13:44   #11
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pic of mine in action. Manos, get two bits of 50X50 angle about 6oo long, dril one peice for the tow ball then both at 150mm centres, bolt one under the bumper (the one with the ball) and the other inside the bumber channel with through bolts that pass through both channels and the bumper. Plenty strong enough for moving a boat around.
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Old 22 June 2004, 14:46   #12
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Old 22 June 2004, 15:28   #13
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Front tow balls - best thing ever for moving a trailer/caravan around.

They need to be fitted slightly off-centre of the tow vehicle's fore & aft centre line on the driver's side for maximum effect.
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Old 23 June 2004, 02:50   #14
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Front tow balls - best thing ever for moving a trailer/caravan around.

They need to be fitted slightly off-centre of the tow vehicle's fore & aft centre line on the driver's side for maximum effect.


Not doubting that they do, but why?

Trying to drive forwards in a straight line with hitch in centre of car I can see being difficult, but how does off setting it help?
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Old 23 June 2004, 04:37   #15
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2 bits of plate bolted on with the bumper mounting bolts.
50 x 50 x 3 box between them. 2 off 50 x 25 x 3 drop to a 75 x 75 x 5 angle.
Bolt the ball to that.
I plan to put 2 30 x 30 struts back to the lower steering box mounts to stiffen it fore and aft, but it is strong enough for launching as it is.
2 hours work, and it cost about 15.

Bolting the ball to the bumper will make it too high, and risk grounding the back of the boat.
This ball is exactly the same height as the rear ball, and only sticks out about 50mm beyond the bumper, which is just enough to drop on the hitch.
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Another advantage being that if someone reverses into you, your car wont suffer; the ball will take the impact! Also handy for parking infront of walls!
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Wouldnt be without mine, trouble is on a slip with lots of launching boats your always being asked to do other peoples. I prefer using it as you arent relying on people who have no idea whatsoever about giving clear directions or signals to you, like the ones who seem always to walk into a blind spot and stand there or stand behind the trailer...weird! Steering works quite differently as its neither front nor rear bit like and articulted digger.
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Wouldnt be without mine, trouble is on a slip with lots of launching boats your always being asked to do other peoples. I prefer using it as you arent relying on people who have no idea whatsoever about giving clear directions or signals to you, like the ones who seem always to walk into a blind spot and stand there or stand behind the trailer...weird! Steering works quite differently as its neither front nor rear bit like and articulted digger.
Why can't I get my wife to undestand that if she cant see me, I cant see her. (And its no good waving like that)
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Old 23 June 2004, 05:53   #19
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2 bits of plate bolted on with the bumper mounting bolts.
50 x 50 x 3 box between them. 2 off 50 x 25 x 3 drop to a 75 x 75 x 5 angle.
Bolt the ball to that.
I plan to put 2 30 x 30 struts back to the lower steering box mounts to stiffen it fore and aft, but it is strong enough for launching as it is.
2 hours work, and it cost about 15.
Bolting the ball to the bumper will make it too high, and risk grounding the back of the boat.
This ball is exactly the same height as the rear ball, and only sticks out about 50mm beyond the bumper, which is just enough to drop on the hitch.
Thanks Mark.
My Range (1978) has some short of space in the middle of the front bumper where there is a pin going throught it and this is where I was thinking to do the 'operation'.
I'm in the UK right now for a few days so have no photos (having hired all the boats out for the week and the apartments thought to get back here and cool down a bit been 35-38 C in Greece).
Will be in Greece on Saturday and will try to fix this on the Range Sunday. I have ordered the ball for 3-4 pounds and hopefully will have it here before I go.
I understand your point regarding the hight of the ball and the possible problem with the trailer, but my trailers are quite high I think.
I will have to re-check it though and see whether it fits there as it is or will have to do your type of mounting.
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Old 23 June 2004, 07:03   #20
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I think the "space in the front bumper" is the hole for the starting handle....very usefull if, like me, you're prone to a bit of dementia and keep leaving the lights on.....
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