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Message posted by binka on 30/1/2014 at 8:39pm
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My tow bar is getting fitted next week and is a Witter detachable one. Have an Alko stabilising hitch on my new caravan and the dealer said to get an Alko ball for the tow bar.

I rang the mobile fitters up who are doing my tow bar and they said the Alko hitch will fit straight on it without me needing to get any extra part.

But I've just thought. Is fitting on it the same as it been good enough for the stabiliser to work?

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Message posted by Jack+Jon on 30/1/2014 at 8:50pm
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The towbar you describe is ok for the hitch you describe.

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We have a witter detachable tow bar and the latest stabiliser hitch and it works perfectly - we were never told to get anything else.
BUT remove the paint from the tow ball before you first tow - and don't be tempted to grease the tow ball but I'm sure other will advise as well

Message posted by binka on 30/1/2014 at 9:00pm
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Thanks. I'd read about removing the paint so will do that. And no greasing.

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What you have been told by your dealer applies to fixed towballs as the AlKo requires one with a longer neck. Detachable towballs already have that.

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Quote: Originally posted by David Klyne on 30/1/2014What you have been told by your dealer applies to fixed towballs as the AlKo requires one with a longer neck. Detachable towballs already have that.

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That's quite right but just to add as well that an Alko towball has extra clearance directly under the ball to allow the hitch to swivel and the detachable towball also has that as well so is 100% compatible to connect up with a stabiliser hitch.


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Extra clearance, longer neck, same difference. The end result is exactly the same.

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I never mentioned to the dealer it was a detachable one so I guess that's why he said what he did. Thanks.

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Whilst on this subject, our new to us car has a Witter detachable towbar, works fine but won't detach, any ideas? It was detached when we bought it, now it's on it won't come off.

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Hi Anne, I have posted a Youtube link with reference to the application and removal of the Witter 'Quantum' towball which may be identical to yours. If it's a different model the fitting should be somewhat identical. Hope this helps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZnuhKOvmx8

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Thanks, can you post a link that works if possible please?

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detachable tow bar

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thanks both.

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I clicked on the link that I posted and it worked okay for me Anne.

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Quote: Originally posted by tango55 on 01/2/2014
I clicked on the link that I posted and it worked okay for me Anne.

Thanks, yes, it showed up the 2nd time of looking.

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I have the Witter detachable swan neck and they can stick sometimes. I have had to get a pair of pipe grips to get just a little more pressure to turn the lock release other times it's quite easy. A lot of it is just getting the hang of it. If leaving it on the car after unhooking make sure you lock it on with the key, they are quite weighty and an easy way of getting some scrap money !
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