In an accident with your towbar – what must be done?

21. März 2019 um 14:33

AccidentIn an accident, there are many points that shoot through your head and that you have to pay attention to. The trailer hitch (maybe) does not always come to mind at first. Of course, driving yourself in or against the front of the car will obviously not affect the towbar, although it will certainly damage other areas of the vehicle. Thus, you will have to worry about the trailer hitch when the rear of the vehicle is affected in the accident. So if somebody drives into the back of your car or if you drive too far when parking and end up in the wall, then you should always think about your trailer hitch and question whether it can still be used.

Damage to the trailer hitch – repair required

In the event of a collision on your vehicle and thus also on your trailer hitch, you have to act. A trailer hitch can not be repaired. This is because repairs and modifications of any kind are inadmissible and the approval, which we receive for your trailer hitch and send you, is not valid anymore after an accident. In addition, there are product liability reasons that make it necessary to replace the trailer hitch. If someone crashes into your car frim behind, then possible damage to the trailer hitch is often not really visible. Sure, when the paint is off, the damage does not seem that bad at first. However, you can not detect any damage to the cross member or the side parts with the naked eye. We strongly advise against the repair on your own, not only for the reasons already mentioned. A self-repair does not fulfill the necessary hardening and machining processes which ensure the tensile strength and stability and can not be met by you or in any workshop. If your rear end and thus your trailer hitch has been damaged, you should no longer tow the trailer with the trailer hitch and replace it as soon as possible.

 

Damage caused by the trailer hitch

In an accident, as we have outlined above, certainly the opposing vehicle is affected. Often it will be the case that your tail looks much more harmless compared to the front of the other party. Due to the trailer hitch on your car, the impact forces of the opponent on his car have a significantly stronger impact, so that his vehicle is certainly badly damaged at the front. But does the trailer hitch affect the liability of the insurance company? Currently there is no official and universal regulation. In the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations in Germany (StVZO) the following is stated in §30c: „[…] no part of the outline of the vehicles may protrude so that they more than inevitably endanger the traffic.“ That is, with a removable trailer coupling or even a swiveling model, the emergence would be avoidable. Therefore, we strongly advise you to have the two models attached or unfolded on the vehicle only if you need the towbar immediately. Otherwise, there may be difficulties with the insurance.

 

The detachable towbar for KIA Sportage of 2018

10. März 2019 um 13:46

KIA Sportage

The KIA Sportage enters the next round: In 2018, a new facelift model came to the market, which once again shows that the popular SUV is one of the most modern vehicles. The facelift inspires with an attractive look and a high level of comfort, also the SUV is well known as a towing vehicle.

So that he can show his strength, we offer the right trailer hitch. Our trailer hitch can be easily retrofitted and has a removable system. If the trailer hitch is not needed, the ball bar can be easily removed at any time. This is easily achieved with a rotary knob. The towbar does not interfere with the high-quality look of the KIA Sportage and is also easy to use.

KIA Sportage

 

The benefits of the detachable towbar for KIA Sportage

  • vertically detachable towbar, MVG towbar 2040 
  • no cut-out required by using the original cut-out
  • automatic system removal by twist grip
  • also fitting for AdBlue vehicles
  • automatic locking device when fitting
  • easy handling
  • vehicle-specific eletrical kit, 13-pin, 12 Volt, rear fog lamp shutdow, parking assistance system car-sided, electronic blinking device, LED compatible

Check out towbar

Technical data for detachable towbar for KIA Sportage from 2018

  • D-value: 11,2 kN
  • Towing capacity: 2317kg
  • Trailer load: 120kg

The towbar for your KIA Sportage from 2018 can be found in our MVG-shop. The item number is 3133 AKS.

 

The vertical load: What do you have to watch out for if your vehicle has a lower vertical load than your AHK?

22. Februar 2019 um 16:11

vertical loadA higher vertical load with  the towbar than with the vehicle will be the case most of the time. The trailer hitch can usually withstand higher loads than the towing vehicle. Towbars made by MVG are tested for fatigue strength according to the European Directives 94/20 / EC, ECE R55 or Carlos TC. In addition, the towing hitches are always tested for maximum D values ​​and towing loads, so it can certainly come about that the hitch is approved for higher values ​​than a vehicle.

The values ​​of the vehicles are dependent on various factors, the entire construction of the vehicle must be aligned with the values ​​specified by the vehicle manufacturer for reference to the vertical load, so that the vehicle „endures“ the acting forces during trailer travel. If you have a vehicle with a vertical load or towed load less than the value of the towbar, then you must comply with this lower value. The lowest value is decisive.

Why is that so important? Assuming the values ​​of the vehicle are the lower values ​​and are not met, this can have different effects on the vehicle. As a rule, for example, the engine and the chassis are adapted to the trailer operation already in the development of the vehicles and included in the calculations. Thus, if the values ​​are not met or exceeded, this can possibly have an effect, for example, on the drive train, the chassis, the cooling system or even the transmission. Therefore, it is important to always follow the instructions of the manufacturer, in the manual for your vehicle you will certainly find information about it.

Detachable towbar for Chrysler Pacifica (RU)

6. Februar 2019 um 11:45

Chrylser Pacifica

The Chrysler Pacifica (RU) thrilled as a modern hybrid. Of course, the van can also be set up as a towing vehicle, of course, the right trailer hitch is essential.

We offer you a practical detachable trailer hitch, which you can operate in a few simple steps and remove at any time. Operation is via a rotary knob, the trailer hitch does not interfere with the appearance of the Chrysler.

Chrysler Pacifica

 

 

The benefits of the detachable towbar for Chrysler Pacifica (RU)

  • vertically detachable towbar, MVG towbar 2040 
  • no visible cut-out required
  • automatic system removal by twist grip
  • automatic locking device when fitting
  • easy handling

Check out towbar

Technical data for detachable towbar for Chrysler Pacifica (RU) from 11/2016

  • D-value: 11,8 kN
  • Towing capacity: 2000 kg
  • Trailer load: 120 kg

The towbar for your Chrysler Pacifca from 11/2016 can be found in our MVG-shop. The item number is 0848 A.

Why is retrofitting with change plate practical?

23. Januar 2019 um 15:28

Change plate systemIn some vehicle models, we also offer a practical system with removable disk in addition to a rigid or detachable trailer hitch . But what are the benefits for you and why is it advisable for some vehicles to opt for a system with a change plate?

We always offer the replaceable plate system when the function and consequently also the use of the vehicle can be well supplemented by a jaw clutch. For example, with very powerful vehicles, as they are often used in forestry. Here are certainly the current pick up models, such as the Renault Alaskan and the Nissan Navara, to be named. In agriculture, these cars are often used. The trailers, which are used in the work in forestry and agriculture, usually have no ball coupling as you know them from the popular trailers. Instead, you have to work with a jaw or a bolt coupling. With a removable change plate system, this is easily possible. Because you have two plates, each holding a different trailer hitch for you. So you can of course on the one hand, rely on a normal rigid trailer hitch. On the other hand, there is also a plate, which is provided with a mouth clutch. You can then use these for the foot or bolt coupling of the trailer.

If you want to switch between the plates, this is of course easily possible. You just have to pull a lever forward and then you can turn off your removable disk. Also, the assembly of the new plate is literally done in a jiffy, but you turn the plate simply on the base plate until the lever engages. The operation of the system with removable disk you can also look at the video once.

 

Three features that the towbar should have for retrofitting

12. Dezember 2018 um 11:19

Retrofitting towbarIf you want to retrofit a towbar, you should pay attention to a few details. Clearly, you want to be able to use the AHK for a few years on your current vehicle and you do not want it to annoy you on a regular basis. Therefore, we have put together the three most important features that you should consider when choosing the towing hitch.

1. The towbar should not be in your way

Nothing is more annoying than constantly bumping your leg on the trailer hitch because you have forgotten that it is now on the back of the vehicle. Surely you will get used to it one day. Yet, if you are a habit and are bothered by something in your way, then you should think about a detachable or swiveling towbar. These are not permanently in your way and only need to be put into operation when you really intend to use them. This way you save not only trouble, but also dirty trouser legs, if, after retrofitting you forgot about the towbar again.

 

2. The trailer hitch should lie to you in the operation

If you are retrofitting a trailer hitch and it is not exactly rigid, then you should make sure when retrofitting that you get along well with the operation of the trailer hitch. With our detachable trailer hitches, you just have to turn one wheel aside and turn it to remove the ball rod. During assembly, you only need to guide the ball rod into the receptacle until it snaps in by itself. Even with the swivel trailer hitch from us only a few steps are necessary. So you have to operate the trailer hitch as described for the removable version, if you want to dismantle the towbar. If you have operated the wheel, the towbar „falls“ down and you only have to bring it up to its resting position. If you would like to put the towbar back in operation, you will move the lever of the rest position to the side so that the ball bar „falls down“ once again. Then you only have to grasp the trailer hitch and guide it to its correct position. Here, too, the towbar locks itself in. So you see, the operation of our towbars is designed as easy as possible for you, we put a lot of value on it in the development and construction.

3. The trailer hitch should not affect the appearance of your vehicle

Nothing is nastier than a large section in the bumper, if you retrofit a trailer hitch. It is by no means absolutely necessary to reckon with a section when retrofitting. Our trailer hitches are designed to come out under the bumper and thus run around it. A section in the visible area of ​​the bumper is therefore not required when retrofitting with MVG trailer couplings. When buying your trailer hitch you should also pay attention to this, certainly you would like to make on your vehicle no major interference with the optics.

When is an activation required for retrofitting?

8. November 2018 um 11:10

Activation of the electrical kit
In order to ensure that the towing vehicle later communicates correctly with the trailer and that the lighting equipment does its job without error, the correct installation of the electrical kit with an activation is important. This should best be done by a specialist, especially with regard to the ever more complex electronics of the vehicles.

Activation is required above all for newer vehicles equipped with a CAN data bus. The activation must be carried out properly to ensure the complete functions of the electrical kit at the next trailer travel. Often notes regarding the retrofitting and activation of the electrical kit are given  in the operating instructions of the vehicle manufacturer, in the specialist workshop, the responsible staff usually knows how to perform the programming and unlocking and are equipped with the necessary funds.

 

What happens if the activation of electrical kits is not done?


If you do not let the electrical kit unlock, it will be difficult with the trailer. After all, all flashing and light functions on the trailer are important for safe driving with the trailer in order to be able to participate safely in traffic. These functions can only work properly by unlocking. For example, this ensures that the rear fog lamp is switched off when the trailer is being used on the vehicle and that it works on the trailer. If the activation does not take place, both rear fog lights shine. Often when driving with the trailer there are acoustic and electronic signals, for example when flashing. These will also be eliminated if your electrical kit is not installed correctly, but this is more likely to involve electrical kits with audible or electronic flashers.

The detachable towbar for Seat Arona

25. Oktober 2018 um 10:28

Seat Arona

The Seat Arona is a modern cross over SUV, which can convince by its design. The popular SUV is also ideal for driving with the trailer or the rear bike rack. Of course, the right trailer hitch must not be missing so that you are ready for your next bike trip. Therefore, in our assortment we not only offer a rigid trailer hitch but also a practical detachable system.

The detachable towbar is easy to use and can be mounted and dismounted at any time. The operation is done via a rotary knob and is possible in a few steps. Our towbar requires no intervention in the modern design of the Seat, our AHK uses the original cutout.

Seat Arona

 

The benefits of the detachable towbar for Seat Arona

  • vertically detachable towbar, MVG towbar 2040 
  • no cut-out required by using the original cut-out
  • automatic system removal by twist grip
  • automatic locking device when fitting
  • easy handling
  • vehicle-specific eletrical kit, 13-pin, 12 Volt, rear fog lamp shutdow and parking assistance system, CAN databus, LED compatible

Check out towbar

Technical data for detachable towbar for Seat Arona from 11/2017

  • D-value: 7,5 kN
  • Towing capacity: 1323 kg
  • Trailer load: 75 kg

The towbar for your Seat Arona from 11/2017 can be found in our MVG-shop. The item number is 0798 AS.

Safe loading for the drive with trailer

11. Oktober 2018 um 10:02

LoadingBefore driving with the trailer, it is important to also deal with the cargo. Finally, this can affect the driving behavior of the trailer. If you’ve gone through the checklist, you’ll also be dealing with the cargo and loading it within the trailer. Maybe you have already loaded the trailer, but maybe you also have to accommodate some parts. It is important to be clear about a few points. The center of gravity of the trailer is usually centered, slightly ahead of the axle. It is important when loading not only to know where the center of gravity is, but also to plan it when distributing the load. Above all, you should pay attention to distribute the load evenly at the center of gravity and around the center of gravity. Better you load the goods a little further forward than too far behind. If you overload the rear part, there will be a negative vertical load, which can cause the team to skid during the ride.

In addition, you should make sure that large, heavy cargo pieces are stored as far down the ground as possible. A lying cabinet is easier to transport than a standing, finally, this cabinet springs from movements and can move its own focus unintentionally, for example, when driving around a curve. On the other hand, if the cabinet is transported horizontally, the center of gravity of the cabinet is also significantly lower, significantly reducing the handling of the trailer and the entire yoke. It is also important that you always secure your cargo well. Lashing straps and nets are a good way to secure loads, and in the worst case, even the smallest of loads can become dangerous missiles. Even cartons with books in a move are heavy and can adversely affect the trailer, so you should load them in the trailer safely so that the range of motion is limited, in case of doubt, it is best to use safety straps.

The license plate for the rear bicycle carrier

26. September 2018 um 9:23

license plate
If you are traveling with a rear bike rack, you must also have a license plate number for your rear bike rack. This is a so-called sequential indicator. It does not differ from your license plate and is basically a duplicate.

That’s why you need a license plate for the rear bike carrier


Such a sequential indicator is always important if the existing is concealed on the vehicle. This can be the case, for example, by loading with a transport box for the trailer hitch or just with the widespread rear bicycle carriers. It does not matter if the rear bike rack covers everything or if it is still partially visible, you must always plan a follow-on license plate when using a rear-wheel carrier. It’s best to pay attention when buying the carrier that it also has a license plate holder so that you can mount the required license plate as well. In many countries, the absence of the successor mark is punishable, so it is important to be prepared before going to Switzerland for example26. Also in Austria you should prepare yourself and assemble your successor license plate on the rear bicycle carrier. Basically, a missing license plate can also be punished in Germany.

Also make sure that the lights on the vehicle are often covered by the transporting bicycles. In road traffic, the other road users can not see your taillights and turn signals so it is important to use a lighted rear bike carrier.

 

Get a follow-up license plate for your rear bike carrier

If you buy a rear bike carrier, you should get the following number plate immediately. Since this requires no stamping, you can usually save long waiting times. Just have your license plate duplicated at your local contact point, as a rule a number of providers are based at the Traffic Office, so you can get the license plate there at short notice. The waiting times on site are individual, but usually very low. Often ordering on the Internet is no problem, so you even save the way to the office.