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Old Oct 16th, 2018, 15:37   #21
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If you look at image 32 it shows that the bar needs to be re-fitted.
That is for the fitting of a genuine Volvo tow bar, the OP and myself have got a Tow-Trust tow bar installed.
At the NEC this week for Caravan show, hoping that Tow-Trust will be there, so's i can find out more info.
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That is for the fitting of a genuine Volvo tow bar, the OP and myself have got a Tow-Trust tow bar installed.
At the NEC this week for Caravan show, hoping that Tow-Trust will be there, so's i can find out more info.
What stand? I'm going Saturday.

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Hopefully i'll find out tomorrow.
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That is for the fitting of a genuine Volvo tow bar, the OP and myself have got a Tow-Trust tow bar installed.
At the NEC this week for Caravan show, hoping that Tow-Trust will be there, so's i can find out more info.
ask them why it doesn't bolt to the manufactures official tested mountings as you say it is screwed to the six beam mounting holes which are only 10mm bolts not the 14mm volvo use in a reinforced area .
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Old Oct 16th, 2018, 20:21   #25
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Fingers crossed i can find out some answers, either from them or Volvo, if they are there after winning The Caravan Club Tow car of the year.
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Well after spending 5 hours traipsing around the NEC, no sign of Volvo or Tow-Trust putting in an appearance, so sorry chaps no further forward, still at MOT time i might find out more.
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I can confirm that on my car, the Tow Trust tow bar is mounted correctly (to the same points as the Volvo tow bar) It is definitely not attached to the crash beam mounting points.
I have spoken to Tow Trust on the phone and they have assured me that the crash beam is not re-fitted with their tow bar for this vehicle ( I have since found out that other makes of tow bar both for my car and others do not re-fit the crash beam after fitting the tow bar).
They also told me that their tow bar for my car has been tested to limits in excess of those Volvo use in their testing. I believe there is a you tube video on their testing.
After speaking to Tow Trust and having got underneath my car to look at the bar and mountings, I can say I'm happy with the safety aspect and the quality of the bar.
I also spoke to my insurance company who have confirmed that my insurance has not been invalidated by removal of the crash beam. Of course it has to be re-fitted should the tow bar ever be removed from the car.
I am going to Tow Trust tomorrow to get them to take a look at the way in which the 13 pin socket has been mounted and adjust its position if possible. I must say that this company has been very helpful indeed. I will update this post after my visit tomorrow

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I visited Tow Trust today and they were excellent.
They moved the 13 pin socket to its upper mounting point and angled it back slightly. It now sights out of sight behind the bumper and is no longer fitted vertically
On looking at the fitting instructions with a member of staff, I can also confirm that the tow bar should be fitted by bolting through Volvo's intended fixing points (as mine is). They confirmed that my towbar had all been fitted correctly apart from the position of the 13pin socket.
On looking at the tow bar myself, I cannot see how it could be fitted to to the crash beam mounting points
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