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thanks i wondered because the vehicle seems to have no chassis members for the last 4 feet to rear of the vehicle body other than thin framework for spare wheel carrier
 

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Hi she 276.
I ha,ve just seen your question regarding a towbar for a Compass Drifter410 I have one of these and was wondering if you ever did get one fitted and if so by who.
you are right about the chassis it seems to end after the rear wheels with just a wooden floor,it would seem that a towbar would have to be quite a long affair.

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compass drifter tow bar

Hi i have not fitted a towbar yet but have now got drawings to construct one...the two long sections are of 2 " box steel, and run at floor level through to the rear of motorhome then pass through fibreglass panel...they are then linked across with 2" box to form towball section..the other end of the long bars are weldedto the top of the plate that is on the end of the chassis section behind rear leaf springs..a further box section is cut to angle from the bottom of the plate up to the underside of the long bars ..about 18" long these are the strengthening sections...as a further rear end strength a steel angle section is fitted inside seating storage area then bolted to long bars . if a spare wheel frame is fitted under the rear end of 410 the long bars go either side of it . she276
 

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Hello she276,
just read your reply to my question.
its a very interesting post,do you envisage doing this work yourself
or are you having it fabricated by an engineering co.
I am considering a company called Armitage towbars to fit one for me
they do seem to have the technoledgy and from the pics I have seen
it looks a professional job.I wish you luck with your task and would like to know how it works out.

Bill
 

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hi yes I have manufactured towbars for every vehicle I have ever owned .... I have hesitated fitting one to the drifter as the size of the unit and the over engineering required (because of lack of tail end chassis strength ) ...will add a goodly amount of payload weight hope you find what you want ....if you have no metal work experience much better to play safe and dig into the account or from under the mattress. regards she276
 

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Be warned with home - made or non proffesional towbars. All towbars MUST be tested and have a weight attached. If you have a non recognised one it will put you in bother!

Had a freind with his vehicle end up in this situation, he had one of those vans with the fibreglass body on an extended chassis, he had an engineering company make a towbar for him, and a few years later got a prohibition order from a vosa stop for his troubles, along with recovery for both van and trailer etc.

It was a harsh judgement, but it can happen!
 

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Rainbow-Chasers said:
Be warned with home - made or non proffesional towbars. All towbars MUST be tested and have a weight attached. If you have a non recognised one it will put you in bother!

Had a freind with his vehicle end up in this situation, he had one of those vans with the fibreglass body on an extended chassis, he had an engineering company make a towbar for him, and a few years later got a prohibition order from a vosa stop for his troubles, along with recovery for both van and trailer etc.

It was a harsh judgement, but it can happen!
If my memory is correct then Motorhomes are exempt from towbar type testing.

Derek
 
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