Rear tow point

Submitted: Tuesday, Nov 05, 2019 at 20:57
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Hello,
I have a prado 150 and don’t have a towbar and not planning on getting one. I am wanting a rated recovery point on the rear I can use for recover tow/ snatch.
I have searched and have not found anything for this.
I have road safe recovery points on the front.
Interested to hear what others have done.
Cheers
Brent
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Reply By: Bazooka - Tuesday, Nov 05, 2019 at 22:15

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2019 at 22:15
I have a tow bar Brent but this thread on Pradopoint might help.
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Reply By: Member - willawa - Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019 at 08:06

Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019 at 08:06
Hi Brent
Try Shannon at Rally Speed Artarmon . They may be able to help
That is if you'r in Sydney
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Reply By: Hoyks - Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019 at 15:48

Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019 at 15:48
Why wouldn't you be interested in a tow bar?
It will be an easy bolt-in solution that will work as an additional chassis cross member to spread the load between the rails as well as give a solid lump of metal to bump on rock steps before the expensive plastic and work as a solid recovery point.
It also gives you the option to tow if the need ever arises.

If $$ are the issue, and you have no plan to tow a trailer, then you can pick up a unblemished tow bar from the wreckers, bolt it in and not worry about the trailer plug wiring.
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Reply By: Ron N - Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019 at 15:59

Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019 at 15:59
One of the things I enjoy as regards having a towbar fitted to every vehicle I have ever owned, is - when some brain-dead dropkick, yapping on his phone, texting, or otherwise indulging in totally distracted driving, runs up the back end of your vehicle at speed - the damage to your vehicle is minimised, and the damage to the dropkicks vehicle is increased.

I've had 4 of these style of imbecile drivers, run into the back of 4 of my vehicles (in the last case, I was parked in the Missus' Camry, in a clearly-marked parking bay, in front of a cafe, at midday on a bright, sunny, dry day - and a dropkick in a Commodore ran straight up my back end at 60kmh, without even hitting the brakes) - and in every case, I was able to drive away, whereas the offending drivers vehicle had to be towed away, with very major front end damage.

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Reply By: Member - Barry P (VIC) - Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019 at 19:18

Wednesday, Nov 06, 2019 at 19:18
contact the 4wd shed in bayswater melbourne they might have something
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Thursday, Nov 07, 2019 at 06:50

Thursday, Nov 07, 2019 at 06:50
Check out Superior Engineering, in Deception Bay Qld. They make heaps of similar stuff for 4wds, just not sure about rear tow points.

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Reply By: CSeaJay - Thursday, Nov 07, 2019 at 17:41

Thursday, Nov 07, 2019 at 17:41
The best rear tow point, and the safest, will be a towbar...
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Follow Up By: ian.g - Sunday, Nov 10, 2019 at 12:57

Sunday, Nov 10, 2019 at 12:57
Will be the cheapest also
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, Nov 11, 2019 at 08:27

Monday, Nov 11, 2019 at 08:27
And it is the best way of spreading the tow force between the two chassis rails. This is a very important point. Why the aversion to fitting the correct equipment?
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Follow Up By: ian.g - Monday, Nov 11, 2019 at 13:06

Monday, Nov 11, 2019 at 13:06
Who's to say it's not correct and not spreading the tow force evenly, it is after all a "Tow Bar" a lot of design goes into producing them and they are model specific.
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Follow Up By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, Nov 11, 2019 at 13:46

Monday, Nov 11, 2019 at 13:46
I don't get your gist Ian. Are you insinuating that I am saying a tow bar does not distribute the towing force evenly to the chassis????????????????
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Follow Up By: ian.g - Monday, Nov 11, 2019 at 14:07

Monday, Nov 11, 2019 at 14:07
I thought that was what you were saying, however on re reading your post I see that I was wrong, and I apologise. The "Why the aversion to fitting the correct equipment?" was what confused me, once again sorry.
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Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Thursday, Nov 07, 2019 at 19:24

Thursday, Nov 07, 2019 at 19:24
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Hi Brent,

There appear to be very few, if any, commercially offered rear recovery points. The reason for that is probably little demand as most people have towbars which easily perform that task.

Another consideration is that it would be necessary to attach a rear recovery point to the chassis at much the same place as where a towbar would be attached. This is in a rather inaccessible location and would be somewhat difficult to access to attach recovery straps and the strap could come into contact with body parts when in use.

In my own case, I added rated recovery hooks to the towbar arms in an accessible but concealed position which allows for the use of an equalising strap if so desired. But I have never needed them!
There is no need to have the ball mount fitted, leaving the hitch box available to connect a tow strap.
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