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    Default Towing question

    Can I tow a moderately heavy trailer about 500 to 600kgs with this extension or should i remove it. Jobug to cape town,rat road all the way.

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    I've used and still have on my LR this type of extension.Ive towed off road trailers from Nossob to Mabua and other way and had no problem.Have been thru Botswana , Zambia, Zimbabwe ( Hwange , Mana , Kariba ) towing a Conqueror supra 2 with full water tanks and camp equipment. So should be good travelling on road.

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    I have had broken towbar without extensions. It actually broke more than one time. Any extension ads quickly to the moment acting on the towbar. If it is not needed I would take it off.
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    Agree. If not absolutely necessary take it off. Work out the leverage / mechanics and it is frightening.
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    Towing stability is improved by shortening the distance between the pivoting point of the coupling and the rear axle. In fact, a pivoting point a little ahead of the rear axle seems to be ideal, for example heavy lean-to trailers and trucks as in horse and trailer combinations.

    The extensions in question was made to accommodate SUV type vehicles with spare wheels fitted on rear swing doors.

    Ask yourself, assuming that extension was two meters long, what will the whip-lash affect be on the trailer. With a shorter extension that affect is still there but much less and without it the least.

    Another aspect to consider is that of leverage. An extension to a towbar obviously has a downward leverage affect on the structure and fastenings of the towbar and undercarriage. Obviously the longer the extension the more strain on the structure. A 90 kilogram downward force will be increased by adding an extension.

    At slow speeds such as in off-road conditions affect will be hardly noticeable, similarly to caravans where sway cannot be induced at very slow speeds.

    The reason why the previous range of VW Combis and Microbuses were highly rated as stable towing vehicles was because of the short distance between the tow hitch pivoting point and the rear axle.
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    Thanks for the responses. Makes sense to remove it then.
    Rather safe than sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WayneMan View Post
    Thanks for the responses. Makes sense to remove it then.
    Rather safe than sorry.
    For interest only...why is extension there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof View Post
    For interest only...why is extension there?
    My father in laws drives the old shape Everest and because of the spare wheel on the boot, he also has a factory fitted "extension" to extend past the overhang of the spare wheel.

    Not sure what vehicle the OP has.

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    The shock loads on that extention and its bolts arehigh much higher than I would like on one of my vehicles. I know a lot of vehicles have spare wheels that are in the way but with a bit of effort and peseverance you can manage without that extention. If at all possible dont use it I have seen many failures from Bicycles on the back of trailers never mind on the back of tow cars
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prof View Post
    For interest only...why is extension there?
    It's for my bicycle rack. The standard length tobar is to short and too close to the back window. The extension allows the handlebars of the bikes not to scratch or bang onto the rear window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IcePick88 View Post
    My father in laws drives the old shape Everest and because of the spare wheel on the boot, he also has a factory fitted "extension" to extend past the overhang of the spare wheel.

    Not sure what vehicle the OP has.
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