EC TYPE-APPROVED TOWBARS
As a result of the towbar legislation changes introduced in April 2012 we have sourced the very best in
type-approved towbars from the UK and Europe. We are now able to supply and fit type approved towbars
specially-designed for the 2012 on Alko-chassis / extension chassis motorhomes.
From Memo, a Dutch company which has been making such towbars for many years to comply with
legislation which has been in place on the continent for quite some time. We can also offer type approved
towbars for motorhomes which don't have Alko chassis / extensions. Prices start at £678.50 inc vat fitted but there could be
extra charges, usually ranging between £60-£120 per side if the chassis or chassis extensions require additional
strenghthening or £120-180 per side for complete chassis extensions bespoke manufacturing.
We supply and fit complete Fiat Ducato extension kits priced at £480.00 including VAT as explained further down the page.
It may also require towbar to chassis extension triangulation reinforcement brackets as seen below at £72.00 a pair.
The first picture shows the motorhome with the complete Fiat Ducato chassis extension kit, type approved towbar & triangulations.
Please click on the photo below which shows a Rapido 695 that required the complete Fiat Ducato extension kit.
We can then fit the type approved Memo Europe adjustable towbar and as the extensions were over 1100mm long we had to fit the
towbar to chassis extension triangulation reinforcement brackets. Nothing is ever straight forward, there is nearly always
obstacles to overcome, as you will see if you click in to the photo the waste pipe and dump cable was in the way so we
had to hole saw the channel extensions and add a reinforcement plate and drill a hole for the dump cable but nevertheless we managed
to complete this in a day for the customer.
Pictured below is our solution for the problems that type approval has caused for those of you who
need to carry a motorbike or scooter. As well as fitting a type approved towbar we can bolt receiver
tubes to the chassis to accept one of our slot in scooter racks, because this installation
does not interfere with the type approved towbar in any way it is a separate entity which does not
come within the scope of type approval rules. Providing the chassis extensions are up to the job we
can add this very valuable extra facility for around a further £480.
Please click on the pic above to go to more images.
The Autotrail Tracker below shows a Type approved towbar with stepped up bumper attachment for
protection. The standard approved Flange ball type towbar without the bumper costs £778.50 inc vat
fitted and wired with single bypass protected electrics as shown below ( click on photo for more views).
Add a further £240.00 inc vat for our bepsoke stainless steel covered bumper protection
when fitted with a type approved towbar or £360.00 inlcuding VAT if fitted at a later date.
. The white stepped up version as shown below is fitted with a PWS type approved towbar
which to supply and fit the Type approved towbar would be £752.50 including VAT and wired with
13 Pin 8 wire (all lights only) by pass protected electrics and £360.00 including VAT to supply and fit
the white stepped up bumper protection bar.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR GALLERY OF THE OPTIONAL BUMPER PROTECTION BARS.
Below is a Hobby Tag Axle with type approved towbar fitted along with our Stainless steel covered
Bolt on bumper and Scooter rack provisions ( click on photo for more views )
Below with the cheaper Stainless bumper option ( no scooter rack provisions ) this style can
only be done straight across with no centre section cut out if the towbar pretrudes enough otherwise
it has to have the centre section cut out to access the approved towball for towing as above.
The picture below shows the New Memo fixed ( none adjustable ) bar fitted to a Bailey Approach.
which looks much neater than the adjustable type as it has to be on show ( click on photo for my views )
Below is the same fixed type approved towbar complete with our bespoke Stainless covered
Under-run ( bumper ) and heavy duty Scooter rack provisions capable of an all in load of 200kg
once our rack is slotted in at 30kg you can carry up to a 170kg Motorbike providing you have the
payload capacity on the Motorhome of course? all standard approved towbars only have an S value
( noseload capacity ) of 100kg so if you want to tow and carry a Motorbike when not towing this is
the option you will need. ( click on photo for more views )
Below is the adjustable Memo towbar fitted to a 2013 Bessacarr E796
At the bottom of the page is the towbar before fitting.
And the motorhome below is a Mercedes Sprinter-based Hymer Starline B680
The towbar below is fitted to a 2014 Rollerteam Autoroller 685. ( click on photo for closer images )
This towbar is EC approved to be fitted to any current Al-Ko chassis motorhome or any motorhome which is fitted
with Al-Ko chassis extensions.
It costs £678.50 inc vat, fitted, with full, 13 pin 8 wire (all lights) bypass-protected electrics. If distances to us here in Ferrybridge is too great
or you are good at DIY we can supply the towbar only for £430 inc vat or with wire-it-yourself cable and relay electrics kit for £495 inc vat.
We can substitute a dedicated 13 pin plug-in electrics kit for a further £156. This will enable towed-vehicle bulb failure detection devices
to function this dedicated wiring kit is RRP £240.
Below you can see a 'worst case scenario' example of the chassis extensions we have to fabricate for some motorhomes.
This particular motorhome required galvanized back to back lipped channel extensions,
reinforced at the Fiat chassis end, then triangulation reinforcement brackets from towbar to chassis extensions.
Click the image below to see more pictures of the chassis extensions we manufactured.
Chassis extensions by the same company may need to be fitted to April 2012-on Mercedes Sprinter, Ford Transit
and non- Al-Ko Fiat/Peugeot/Citroen based motorhomes to allow the same type approved towbar to be fitted. The
same towbar prices apply but the extensions are £480 inc vat, fitted. Many of these vehicles are already fitted with
type approved chassis extensions so the type approved bar can be fitted directly, but some are not and need the
P.S. Don't worry about the gap at the end...that's where the towbar goes.
Click here to see some of the extension work that we do.
TowTrust towbars for Elddis &
the Auto-Trail range.
Here is the TowTrust fully approved towbar for the Elddis family of motorhomes. We are able to offer
this to you for just £678.50, fitted and wired with dedicated 13 pin electrics c/w 13 - 7 pin adaptor.
The recommended retail price for the self fit kit is £848, we can offer you this for £540 plus postage, so I'm
sure you will agree, we can offer you splendid value for money.
We can offer the same prices on the Autotrail range of motorhomes like the Tribute below.
Witter towbars for Elddis
The Elddis family of motorhomes, the Aspire, Autoquest, Compass Avantgarde, Encore & Majestic are all catered
for exclusivley by type approved towbars from Witter. They are specially manufactured to fit perfectly
with the chassis extensions that Witter make for Elddis.
This is the genuine Witter towbar, fitted to a new Elddis Aspire. The price, £990 inc vat and fitting.