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Date Registered: 06-2005
Location: Orange, NSW
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Re: Towbar


Re towbar purchase:

I recently made enquiries via internet/email from
Shop1Auto at Gladesville (Sydney) NSW - www.shop1auto.com.au

They quoted:
Hayman Reese hitch 2000kg Supply only: $369
or
Carasel hitch 2000kg, supply only: $295
Tow ball: $10
Universal splice in wiring loom: $16
Or
Vehicle specific plug-in loom: $45

On further enquiry I was told that the writer would fit the Carasel if it was his vehicle.

I plan on getting one soon and fitting it myself.


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Date Registered: 05-2008
Location: Adelaide
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I had a Nissan towbar supplied and fitted last week. Cost $485 all up - the Hayman Reese quote was $525. Reasonably happy with it so far.

Have a couple of questions for you guys with experience with these -

The replaceable "tongue" is quite a loose fit and rattles a lot. I assume this is normal but is there anything that can be done to reduce the noise?

It is also very easy to remove....... slip off the clip, slide out the locking pin and out it comes. Handy for me - but very easy for someone else to help themselves! Is there a way to make it more secure? Or am I just being a little paranoid?

I was a little surprised at the way the wiring was done. Basically, the wire from the socket on the towbar just hangs down and them loops up into the middle of the spare tyre well. This seems pretty poor for an offroad vehicle - easy to catch on rocks or branches etc. Is this normal? If so, has anyone done anything to protect the wiring? I have already spoken to the dealer about it and they have asked me to come in so they can look at it, but I thought I would check with you guys first.


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2006 ST - Twilight, stock standard except for tinted windows, flat mirrors, Nissan towbar, bonnet protector, third brake light decal, Prodigy electric brake controller, Milford cargo barrier, Barjo Bull bar, UHF radio
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Date Registered: 02-2004
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quote:

emkay100 wrote:
The replaceable "tongue" is quite a loose fit and rattles a lot. I assume this is normal but is there anything that can be done to reduce the noise?



Yes it is loose and it does rattle. To fix that, just wrap around some tape and slot it in.

quote:

It is also very easy to remove....... slip off the clip, slide out the locking pin and out it comes. Handy for me - but very easy for someone else to help themselves! Is there a way to make it more secure? Or am I just being a little paranoid?



Yes it is very easy to pinch. THIS is what you need to lock it securely.

quote:

I was a little surprised at the way the wiring was done. Basically, the wire from the socket on the towbar just hangs down and them loops up into the middle of the spare tyre well. This seems pretty poor for an offroad vehicle - easy to catch on rocks or branches etc. Is this normal? If so, has anyone done anything to protect the wiring? I have already spoken to the dealer about it and they have asked me to come in so they can look at it, but I thought I would check with you guys first.



Sounds like a dodgy wiring job to me, take it back to the dealer and ask them to fix it. No wires should hang below the towbar, as there is a grommet there for the wires to go through and link to the main wiring harness on the right side of the boot.


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Date Registered: 05-2008
Location: Adelaide
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Thanks Jalal,

the tape sounds like a great tip! I will also be looking into the locking clip.

And Yep .... I will be seeing the dealer about the wiring this week.

Cheers,

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2006 ST - Twilight, stock standard except for tinted windows, flat mirrors, Nissan towbar, bonnet protector, third brake light decal, Prodigy electric brake controller, Milford cargo barrier, Barjo Bull bar, UHF radio
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Date Registered: 02-2007
Location: North Shore, Sydney
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Michael,

If you're not using the towbar, take the hitch out of the receiver and put it in the spare wheel inside the car, together with the pin and shackles - wrapped in an old towel. It's more secure that way too as I was warned about them being stolen.


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Date Registered: 06-2008
Location: Blue Mountains, NSW
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Hey guys
quote:

The replaceable "tongue" is quite a loose fit and rattles a lot. I assume this is normal but is there anything that can be done to reduce the noise?


The Nissan towbar comes with a lock nut which when tightened up removes the slack in the gooseneck.
I use a locking hitch to give me peace of mind knowing that it will be there when I get back to the car.
Tony

Last edited by cooch t31, 14/Sep/2008, 8:19 am


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Date Registered: 02-2004
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Tony,

The lock nut only comes with the T31 towbar, the T30 doesn't have it.

Speaking of which and when we tightened this lock nut on Kim's T31 exy yesterday, the towbar neck was still loose and wobbly, so it's not doing much.

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Date Registered: 06-2005
Location: Barossa Valley
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I have a bolt on the underside of the tow hitch that tightens the hitch into the carrier.
It is a Nissan towbar & mine is a T30.

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Date Registered: 02-2004
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Dave,

I just went out and checked my nissan towbar just to make sure I wasn't dreaming and can confirm that it doesn't have any bolts under the hitch. My exy is a series I, but I have seen so many of the genuine nissan towbars (both from series I and II) and none of them had this bolt.

Are we talking about the same thing here? or is your towbar really is a Nissan one (not Hayman Reece)?

Can you take a photo?

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Date Registered: 02-2007
Location: North Shore, Sydney
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I had a a Hayman Reese and it did not have any bolt holding the "tongue" in place - hence the cheap solution to remove it and only put it in the hitch receiver when I was using it.

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