Bosal Detachable towbar

Jul 15, 2005
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Gary,

Sorry, no, I have a Brink detachable with 13 pin electrics (Eriba Triton van and C270), but several of my Eriba friends do have the Bosal equivalent.

Brink and Bosal are the two big European tow bar manufacturers, and supply most of the European manufacturers (Mercedes, BMW, VW/Audi group, Ford, Volvo, Opel, Saab, etc.) with OEM tow-bars.

If you have any specific questions I can ask them for you, were you concerned about ease of use? or reliability?

From what I have seen the Brink and the Bosal are equivalent in terms of quality, the tow ball is a very simple push fit (you need to turn a control knob and a key to prepare - then remove the key to prevent theft), and they work fine with ALKO or Winterhof stabilisers.

Robert
 
Jul 21, 2005
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Hi

I had a Bosal detachable towbar fitted to my BMW X5 in June 2004 when I came to use it in June 2005 I found that it had become loose ie you could move the ball in and out a little bit, it was duly retightened but came loose again after just one outing, having taken it back to the fitters again they have replaced all the nuts and bolts with the nylon locking type, they have tld me if it comes loose again it must be the fault of my caravan which is a Bessacar Cameo 325 single axel nothing too heavy, so to sum up I dont know if this is a common faults with this type of towbar or not.

regards Ian Craig
 
Mar 29, 2004
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Hi

I had a Bosal detachable towbar fitted to my BMW X5 in June 2004 when I came to use it in June 2005 I found that it had become loose ie you could move the ball in and out a little bit, it was duly retightened but came loose again after just one outing, having taken it back to the fitters again they have replaced all the nuts and bolts with the nylon locking type, they have tld me if it comes loose again it must be the fault of my caravan which is a Bessacar Cameo 325 single axel nothing too heavy, so to sum up I dont know if this is a common faults with this type of towbar or not.

regards Ian Craig
Hi Ian

I do have a Bosal Detachable towbar fitted to my Honda Accord it was supplied as a genuine Honda Accessory and mine also comes "loose" this is the reason for the posting.

I so far have had 3 replacements under warranty and this one has started to do the same.Could you please do me a favor check with the hitch fitted and locked in position with the key removed (No caravan Attached) if you can rotate the large knob clockwise against spring tension at all, and is their any play in the ball

Thanks

Gary
 
Mar 29, 2004
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Hi Ian

I do have a Bosal Detachable towbar fitted to my Honda Accord it was supplied as a genuine Honda Accessory and mine also comes "loose" this is the reason for the posting.

I so far have had 3 replacements under warranty and this one has started to do the same.Could you please do me a favour check with the hitch fitted and locked in position with the key removed (No caravan Attached) if you can rotate the large knob clockwise against spring tension at all, and is their any play in the ball

Thanks

Gary
 
Mar 14, 2005
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I too had a Bosal detachable towbar fitted to my Ford Galaxy, after about 12 months that started to come loose never did get to the bottom of it. Fitter told me to try lubricating the mechanism which I did, slight improvement. Have since replaced car with another Galaxy this time with a fixed towbar.
 
Jul 21, 2005
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Hi Garry

When this current awful weather subsides I will make an effort and get under the car and fit the tow ball, I still find this a bit of an effort and usually only do it once at the start of the caravan season. It does sound like there is an issue with these tow bars, I could literally push the ball in and pull it out by about half an inch. THe fitters told me on the first retighten that every nut and bolt on the system had come loose, scarey to say the least, I wonder if there is a complaints rout via Bosal, as my fitters have now washed their hands of my problem.

regards Ian
 
Dec 16, 2003
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Hi Garry

When this current awful weather subsides I will make an effort and get under the car and fit the tow ball, I still find this a bit of an effort and usually only do it once at the start of the caravan season. It does sound like there is an issue with these tow bars, I could literally push the ball in and pull it out by about half an inch. THe fitters told me on the first retighten that every nut and bolt on the system had come loose, scarey to say the least, I wonder if there is a complaints rout via Bosal, as my fitters have now washed their hands of my problem.

regards Ian
Have Bosal fitted to Mercedes for 5 years towing van and car trailer , no problems and was less than half the price of Brink or mecedes fitting!!!!!!!
 
Jul 21, 2005
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Hi Garry

When this current awful weather subsides I will make an effort and get under the car and fit the tow ball, I still find this a bit of an effort and usually only do it once at the start of the caravan season. It does sound like there is an issue with these tow bars, I could literally push the ball in and pull it out by about half an inch. THe fitters told me on the first retighten that every nut and bolt on the system had come loose, scarey to say the least, I wonder if there is a complaints rout via Bosal, as my fitters have now washed their hands of my problem.

regards Ian
Bosal Detachable Towbar: Hi I promised to report back on how my detachable towbar was getting on. After having it come loose and retightened twice last year by the fitters, the third time the fitters replaced all the nuts with the nylon lockable type. Well I have just refitted the tow bar, having forgot to check if it had come loose after our last outing at the end of last year and can report the the towbar is as solid as a rock. So if you are having trouble with the Bosal detachable bar coming loose get the fitters to change the fixing nuts to nylon lockable type.

regards Ian