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#1 pmsansom



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Posted 25 April 2012 - 03:40 PM

Hi guys,
I had a towbar fitted yesterday on my 57 plate ford s-max. Hooked my trailer up and was just a bit concernd about the towing angle. (see attached pic).
I've no previous experience of towbars or trailers/towing so just wondered what the consensus was.
Is this ok? Can/should anything be changed?


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#2 pragmatix


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Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:55 PM

In a ideal world the hitch should be level, can the ball be dropped some tow bars have multiple positions for the ball

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 01:24 PM

Ideally it could do with being lower, however as long as its secure, then there should be no real cause for concern.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 03:23 PM

Hi I used to tow a caravan. Your trailer does look a bit too high. You can purchase a lowering plate from most caravan accessory shops. I arranged my vans to be slightly down hill on the tow ball. I like a bit of weight on the tow ball about as much as a heavy suitcase but read what your car manual specifies. Remember to keep an eye on your speed and watch for any 'snaking'.

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 04:33 PM

Hi the tow ball height should be between 350mm to 420mm ( 13.8" to 16.6" ) measured from the ground to the centre of the ball with the car fully laden. Be carefull with drop plates as all new towbars are of a specific design and will weaken it if a drop plate is fitted, check with your towbar manufacturer first. Hope this is of some help. Dave

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