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Hi Folks,

I have a 'regular' towbar/ball fitted on my Volvo which seems to fit most caravans, yet today while trying to give a friend a hand to move their caravan (an older 1970's Abbey) it appears that the towball is much too big for the caravan's fitting, - we had a look at a few other 'older' caravans on the storage site, and they too have the smaller 'fitting'. Is there some form of connector that we can use to quickly 'swap' or will we have to go through all the hassle of unbolting it all off...changing the 'ball' and bolting/torqueing it all back together?

Many Thanks.

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There are two sizes: the old inch and 7/8ths ball (47.5mm) and the newer 50mm ball.

Some couplings arround in the '70's were designed to cope with both ball sizes but I don't know where you would purchase one these days. The old 1.7/8th hasn't been used since the  '60 to my knowledge

If your car has a 50mm tow ball, you won't be able to get it into a smaller coupling.



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We had 2 x 1960s caravans when we started and they both had standard 50mm couplings. Looked like the originals, B & B chassis.

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 Is there some form of connector that we can use no

or will we have to go through all the hassle of unbolting it all off...changing the 'ball' and bolting/torqueing it all back together? yes

the problem will be finding one 1. 7/8ths ball (47.5mm)  a car scrap yard is a possibility



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I used to have a b&b chasis 1970s caravan and the tow hich on mine had seized with rust so full movement of the pull up looped handle was immpossible, which left it difficult to hitch up.  had to strip mine and clean it up, which was worth doing as changed the 3 concentric tension springs at the same time ,they were well rotted and available still at caravan shops

( I sometimes wonder why I got rid of the caravan as I had spent hours and hours renovating it)



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