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    new tow bar new mot?

    Morning all. Just a quick question to you mechanic types if I may. Will I need a new mot test if i fit a tow bar or can I wait until the next test date ?.
    After a long rebuild I hope to soon have my land rover back on the road but am undecided on which tow bar to use. So I thought I would just mot it and fit a tow bar later but an not sure where I stand with the current law etc.
    Thanks in advance Pete

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    no you won,t need to re- mot if you fit a tow bar even tho there are now checks made on the security etc of fitted tow bars now on the mot test

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    i had a tow bar fitted a couple of years ago by a reputable company specialising in tow bars and it was never mentioned to me and im sure they would have told me if i needed a new mot

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    Lovely thank you. I suppose the next question would be any recommendations of which type of tow bar to fit. Ideally I would want one with as little hanging down as possible to keep the ground clearance at a maximum. I have towed with Dixon bate height adjustable bar before but wasn't so keen on the clonking when changing from braking to accelerating.

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    The height of the ball or eye should be that is correct for the trailer being pulled i.e. the trailer chassis should be level and not tilting up or down. That is why so many people need to fit drop plates or height adjustable hitches. So you may not have too much scope on this one. I had a Sierra estate some years ago that had a very shallow departure angle due to the overhang and I was always scraping it on the ground.

    Just in case anyone didn't know it has been illegal to fit second hand tow hitches to vehicles for some years now and only vehicle manufacturers mounting points may be used. So the days of transferring tow bars that were previously mounted on other vehicles or of knocking up your own tow bar are long over, though you wouldn't believe it.
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    Ok that's made my mind up on using the tow bar off of my old chassis them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pj1 View Post
    Ok that's made my mind up on using the tow bar off of my old chassis them.
    Just as a matter of interest (to me); Did the 'old chassis' have the same registration number as your current, rebuilt, vehicle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8x57 View Post

    Just in case anyone didn't know it has been illegal to fit second hand tow hitches to vehicles for some years now and only vehicle manufacturers mounting points may be used. So the days of transferring tow bars that were previously mounted on other vehicles or of knocking up your own tow bar are long over, though you wouldn't believe it.
    Bullsh*t as long as its a reputable make and not a home made job, its ok
    are you thinking of the need for a makers plate on it?

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    Incidentally, my reason for asking is, I've got a 6 cyl, 2.6 litre petrol Series lll, converted to run on propane and the original had/has a very good condition 'Dixon Bate' adjustable tow hitch. I'm building her (and I would say 'her' because her plate starts DBR 'Debra') onto a new galvie chassis and I will be transferring the hitch to the new chassis... but the registration number will not change.

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