Long towbar + Explorer

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Re: Long towbar + Explorer

Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:01 pm

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Re: Long towbar + Explorer

Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:47 pm

Ha. Cool

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Re: Long towbar + Explorer

Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:37 am

mplester wrote:The Bosal tow bar can handle a vertical load of 150kg when at its longest adjustment point, which is more than enough for your Xplorer. However in Aus you can purchase a bracket that lifts the spare wheel by 25mm. This is good for 2 options. 1 you can now open the tailgate with the van hitched up. 2 you can move the hitch in on the adjustment
My xplorer pushes a 150kg scale past its max before lifting the jockey wheel off the ground! :shock: This is before anything is packed!

I have walked away from buying a Gen 4 now on a number off occasions when I see the contraptions fitted at the back for tow bars!

Has anybody fitted one of these spare wheel lifting brackets together with a proper tow bar that can maybe post some pics here?
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Re: Long towbar + Explorer

Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:07 pm

Johan,

I have a pretty standard towbar and have hooked up an old heavy Jurgens and currently tow a Echo Chobe caravan. I have no problem hooking up or towing those contraptions.
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Re: Long towbar + Explorer

Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:40 pm

LowRange mentioned:
My xplorer pushes a 150kg scale past its max before lifting the jockey wheel off the ground! :shock: This is before anything is packed!
Now as braking makes the nose go down, imagine the download force on the towbar when the caravan's brakes are engaged and on top of that you may still go through a bump. These things must be awfully strong.
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Re: Long towbar + Explorer

Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:28 pm

Boys, please don't make me nervous. I had the towbar attache points welded stronger by a reputable (I hope) place in N1 motor city, CTN. It looks strong enough but will somebody with a gen 4 go and play with some crash test dummies and report back? :D

I am an accountant and a gen 4 newbie so obviously I know very little.
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Re: Long towbar + Explorer

Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:46 am

For a towbar to receive its sabs stamp of app it must complete 1 million cycles on an mts machine. This is to test vertical loading and check for cracks etc. This test is extremely strenuous, so you can feel safe if your bar is sabs approved.
I tested my Xplorer on the rti weight bridge, fully loaded with water tank full, the nose was 138kg and the total weight just over 1600kg.
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Re: Long towbar + Explorer

Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:25 am

I have an older Bosal detachable unit on my 09 GLX. it has handled some pretty heavy going so far with my Conqueror conquest over rough and corrugated roads in the Transkei. recently had it checked and all looks OK so far. Bosal are brilliant though. I called to ask about the amount of play in my detachable extension piece which on my unit is severe. they seem very happy to invite one out to Pretoria and check the unit out. I am going on Friday.

regards the bottoming out of the caravan nose, best investment so far for me have been air bags in the rear coils to level the back under load and for more comfort when towing
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Re: Long towbar + Explorer

Thu Aug 10, 2017 7:40 am

Arnie wrote:I have an older Bosal detachable unit on my 09 GLX. it has handled some pretty heavy going so far with my Conqueror conquest over rough and corrugated roads in the Transkei. recently had it checked and all looks OK so far. Bosal are brilliant though. I called to ask about the amount of play in my detachable extension piece which on my unit is severe. they seem very happy to invite one out to Pretoria and check the unit out. I am going on Friday.

regards the bottoming out of the caravan nose, best investment so far for me have been air bags in the rear coils to level the back under load and for more comfort when towing


What airbag did you fit, and who supplied/installed them?
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Re: Long towbar + Explorer

Thu Aug 10, 2017 8:57 am

Plod wrote:
Arnie wrote:I have an older Bosal detachable unit on my 09 GLX. it has handled some pretty heavy going so far with my Conqueror conquest over rough and corrugated roads in the Transkei. recently had it checked and all looks OK so far. Bosal are brilliant though. I called to ask about the amount of play in my detachable extension piece which on my unit is severe. they seem very happy to invite one out to Pretoria and check the unit out. I am going on Friday.

regards the bottoming out of the caravan nose, best investment so far for me have been air bags in the rear coils to level the back under load and for more comfort when towing


What airbag did you fit, and who supplied/installed them?
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