tow hitches

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 18:15
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Looking at buying the 08 TD Holden Rodeo. Wondering if it is better to have the tow hitch supplied and fitted by Holden, or get it done by (such as) ARB after purchase? Saw a previous thread which mentioned Pathfinder has issues with factory supplied tow hitch.Ta.
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Reply By: Hoyks - Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 18:28

Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 18:28
Just ask them wheer they get them done. Generally they farm out fitment to after market stores so you will probably get a Hayman Reece bar anyway.
If not, just get it written into the sale that you want one. Saves you running around and as it was fitted at time of delivery, you should get dealer backyup is something like the electrical work fails.
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Reply By: blown4by - Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 18:37

Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 18:37
Doesn't really matter much as long as it is professionally fitted and is rated to suit the load you wish to tow. ADR62 requires all towbars to have their rated capacity stamped on the bar. I suppose if you get the dealer to fit it the General would not be able to use the after market bar as a warranty loophole should something remotely related to the towbar occur but you are gunna pay for that because they make a profit on all accessories they fit. Compared to the vehicle price + GST + Stamp Duty, etc that could be a small price" to pay.
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Reply By: Stu-k - Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 19:36

Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 19:36
If thats who you are picking between I would go for the dealer ARB are so hopeless they would probably fit it to the front
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Follow Up By: Dion - Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 19:53

Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 19:53
A towbar on the front is not a bad option. Makes shunting the boat away at the end of the day easier.

Cheers,
Dion.
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Follow Up By: Stu-k - Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 21:22

Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 21:22
But it makes towing on the highway a pain in the neck!
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Follow Up By: DCTriton - Sunday, Mar 09, 2008 at 00:37

Sunday, Mar 09, 2008 at 00:37
Stu, makes it fun in a unimog - 8 gears in reverse...lolol
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Follow Up By: unimog - Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 22:12

Thursday, Mar 27, 2008 at 22:12
I've tried that, but it gets a bit scary from 4th upwards!!!LOL
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Reply By: Dion - Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 20:01

Saturday, Mar 08, 2008 at 20:01
The factory towbar fitted to the RA's 03-pre RA07 had the hole in the receiver and hitch slightly offset. The ofical reason given is that you could not then fit an inferrior (less than 2000kg) hitch into the receiver.
The downside to this of course is that the hitch then cannot be inverted to suit the trailer, and most other COTS hitches can't be used. This also makes it a pain if you need to swap between 50mm ball, treg hitch or pintle hook.
My 03 RA has the factory towbar and has the offset hole, my 05 RA has a Hayman Reece towbar. Both towbars were ordered as part of delivery, but at two different GMH dealers.
I don't know if the RA07 factory towbar continues with the offset hitch or not, the TD manual has an increase of 1t to 3t towing capacity now.

Cheers,
Dion.

p.s. when I put the Kaymar bar onto the rear of my 05 RA, I will have a Hayman Reece towbar for sale, but it will even if bolted to a 08 RA will be limited to 2t despite the 08 RA having a 3t towing capacity.
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