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    Today I finally got round to fitting the tow bar from my old Vec C to the new one, so I thought I'd take some pics to show how it's done. Although there may be some variations depending on tow bar type, I'm sure they all follow the same basic principles as shown below. The instructions for mine say that the rear bumper had to come off but I didn't bother and it all went on OK

    First off you need to remove all the carpeted boot trim and side panels and the plastic trim below the tailgate catch:





    Next job is to remove enough of the glued on sound deadening material on the nearside to fit the interior plate for the towbar. I did this using a hair drier to soften it and a scraper:



    Once all removed:



    The next two shots show the dimples marking where the boot floor is to be drilled:





    I drilled pilot holes and then opened them up using successively larger drill bits, finishing off with a cone type bit to get them to the required 22mm:









    A clean up of all the swarf in the area and then insert the plates with their welded in bolts through the holes:





    Next jobs are under the car, and it's not easy to get good pictures under there! First up you need to completely release the two rubber hangers from the rear exhaust box to allow it to hang down:



    Next up the towbar itself needs to be manoeuvred into position to line up with the bolts now poking through the chassis rails under the car. As the nearside has to be manoeuvred over the exhaust back box I got that side into place first and then supported the tow bar with a trolley jack and jacked it up into place:



    Then it's simply a case of offering up the four nuts and washers and tigtening them up as tight as you can:






    Once in place and all four nuts are fully tightened the exhaust box needs to be re-mounted on its rubber hangers, but before I did that I took the opportunity to give the chrome end piece a thorough polish while I had good access to it!

    Last job is to drill a hole from inside the boot and fit a grommet to it to allow the socket wiring into the boot:



    That's the physical fitting of the tow bar completed. As mine is a removeable type -

    Now you see it:



    Now you don't:





    Final job was to wire in the socket which I did using a bypass relay and scotch lok'd into the nearside rear light wiring harness. As these are potentially different to the kit that may come with other tow bars I won't go into that in this thread; if anyone wants to know the connections I made I'd be happy to write something up.

    Once all the wiring connections are made and the socket tested the boot trim can all be replaced and the job is done! All in all I spent about 3 hours fitting this (with several smoke and coffee breaks) and taking my time! If you can use a drill and a spanner it really is a very straightforward job.

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    nice how 2

    As long as your caravan doesn't do the now you see it/now you don't trick half way down the motorway

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    Nice little how2 there buddy, i fitted my own too its easy. I used the gen VX electrics, more expensive but simple to fit

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    I'm not a caravaner mate, I use the tow bar to trailer my motorbike to track days and I'm thinking of getting into buying and doing up cheap cars and selling them on for a profit, so I'll probably need to pick them up will a car trailer.

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    Do you mind if I ask what make and how much the towbar cost. Looking for a detachable one myself.

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    I've had that tow bar for about 4 years as it was on my previous Vec C.

    It's made by Westfalia and in a very quick internet search I found one here for £182 plus electrics http://www.towbarsdirect.co.uk/ If you shop around you may find it cheaper.

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    Nice tip not to bother removing the bumper. I removed it when I fitted mine then found it wasn't really necessary and it added an hour to the job because the screws at the back of the wheelarches were hard to get out .

    I used the VX electrics - more expensive (muchly!) but an easy plug-in fit and you get the benefit of the bulb checking all round.

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    Very useful 'how to' thanks.
    I'm looking into getting a car trailer hitch for my estate.

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    Hi just wondered if the dimples that you drilled were already stamped in the boot floor cheers

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    Yep they are under the sound deadening

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