Holidays 2020: Vacations despite COVID-19

6. Juli 2020 um 9:33

Vacation 2020COVID-19 has put an end to many planned vacations this year. According to the latest decisions, some trips are now possible again within the EU. Holidays within Germany are thus comparatively inelaborate. This is exactly the right time to rethink the vacation and travel in 2020 and maybe make plans yourself. We have put together a few suggestions for you.

Vacation at home: Excursion by bike

If, despite the new regulations, you may not decide to travel or prefer to vacation at home due to time or financial reasons, a trip to the countryside by bike is just right for you. If you live in the countryside, then get on your bike and start cycling. Unfortunately, this is not possible for everyone, so the bikes have to be transported. In our assortment you will find a selection of different rear bike carriers. We offer products for the transport of 2 bicycles as well as for the transport of 3 bicycles. Even the transport of up to 4 bicycles is possible depending on the model.

Models, such as the Strada Vario 2, are foldable and can be stowed away in the trunk during the bike tour. Clearly, we naturally place great value on the products in our assortment and are eager to choose them aacording to their easy way of use. This makes a trip by bike a mini vacation!

Trend holidays 2020: Camping in Germany and neighboring countries

Traveling in your own car is definitely preferred in times of COVID-19. You are alone and can (almost) get from A to B without any hygiene regulations. Your vacation will be even more relaxed if you also have your “own four walls” with you. With a caravan you take your own little home with you and can explore the most beautiful corners of Germany – or the neighboring countries. How about the North Sea, for example? Or would you prefer hiking in Bavaria?

No matter how you choose, a trailer hitch is the first important step to relaxed travelling with the caravan. Take a look around the shop, you will surely find a suitable model for your vehicle. Fixed towbars are the right decision for you if you are more of a frequent traveler with a trailer even after your vacation. It becomes more comfortable with a practical detachable or a swiveling trailer hitch. Depending on the vehicle model, we offer you all three types of towbars, of course we also have the right electrical kit.

Detachable towbar for Mazda CX-30

23. Juni 2020 um 8:48

towbar Mazda CX-30The Mazda CX-30 is the newest development from the Japanese manufacturer. As a modern SUV the CX-30 convinces due to its sporty design and great comforts. With the matching towbar it can easily be turned into a towing vehicle.

In our assortment we offer the matching detachable towbar for an easy retrofitting of the Mazda model. Our towbar is easily detachable by using a rotary wheel, the usage is comfortable. The towbar does not interfere with the car’s design.

The benefits of the detachable towbar for

Mazda CX-30 from 08/2019

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

Check out towbar

Technical data for detachable towbar for

  • D-value: 8,8 kN
  • Towing capacity: 1583 kg
  • Trailer load: 95 kg

The towbar for your Mazda CX-30 from 08/2019 can be found in our MVG-shop. The item number is 4511 AS.

Detachable towbar for Mazda 3

16. Juni 2020 um 10:56

With the Mazda 3 (BP / BPE) from construction year 03/2019, the Japanese manufacturer is now launching a versatile model in various designs on the market. Also the models Mazda 3 (BP/BPE/5HB/2WD) and Mazda 3 (BP/BPE/5HB/4WD) came to market these days. In order to be able to use the Mazda 3 (BP / BPE) Sedan and Fastback as well as the other two models for trailer journeys, you can easily retrofit the appropriate trailer hitch.


In our assortment we offer you a suitable detachable towbar for an easy retrofitting of the following models of Mazda 3:

Our trailer hitch for these models is removable and is easily operated using a 2040 rotary wheel. The towbar does not intervene with the Mazda’s modern look and is also easy to use.

 

The benefits of the detachable towbar for Mazda 3

  • vertically detachable towbar, MVG towbar 2040 
  • no visible cut-out required
  • 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, electronic blinking device, LED compatible

 

Check out towbar

 

Technical data for detachable towbar

  • D-value: 8,6 kN
  • Towing capacity: 1592 kg
  • Trailer load: 95 kg

The towbar for your Mazda 3 (BP/BPE) from 03/2019 can be found in our MVG-shop with the following item numbers:

Detachable towbar for Renault Captur II

12. Juni 2020 um 11:03
Renault Captur II The Renault Captur goes into the next round with its latest model: The Renault Captur II is modern and sporty, just the right choice if you want a versatile all-rounder. With the right towbar, the popular SUV also easily becomes a towing vehicle. In our assortment you will find a suitable detachable towbar with which easy retrofitting is possible at any time. Our trailer coupling is operated via a rotary wheel, which means that the ball rod can be removed in a few simple steps.   Renault Captur II

The benefits of the detachable towbar for Renault Captur II from 01/2020

  • vertically detachable towbar, MVG towbar 2040 
  • no cut-out required
  • automatic system removal by twist grip
  • No modification of  the internal reinforcement required, bumper brackets remain in the original – short assemly time
  • 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 Renault Captur II

  • D-value: 8,8 kN
  • Towing capacity: 1718 kg
  • Trailer load: 95 kg
The towbar for your Renault Captur II from 01/2020 can be found in our MVG-shop. The item number is 0980 AS.

Schedule of penalties | Speeding when driving a trailer

1. Juni 2020 um 8:00

Correct loading from the trailer, maintaining speeds, securing loads, parking and much more is also regulated in the catalog of fines for driving with a trailer. What should you watch out for and, above all, what penalties and fines can you expect when speeding? We have put together the most important points for you.

Speeding when driving with a trailer

In order to be able to define the exceeding of speeds, it is important to know that the maximum speed for cars with trailers is set at 80 km / h. This is especially important for driving outside of built-up areas. If you want to drive faster, you need an additional permit for your car/trailer combination. The risk that arises when the permissible maximum speed is exceeded is classified as high, since speeding can cause your team to lurch or skid at excessive speed. The braking distance is also extended due to the added weight of the trailer.

Exceeding the speed limits inside and outside of built-up areas is basically regulated in the same way as when driving without a trailer. While 10-15 km / h will only be punished with a maximum fine of € 30, higher speeding exceedances both inside and outside of closed towns are also associated with points in Flensburg. From 40 km / h you must also expect driving bans. At over 60 km / h you have to expect points, driving bans and a fine of € 600.
You can find the differentiation below.

 

Speeding outside of built-up areas

  • up to 10 km / h: 15 €
  • up to 15 km / h: 25 €
  • up to 20 km / h: 10 €, 1 point
  • up to 25 km / h: 80 €, 1 point
  • up to 30 km / h: € 95, 1 point
  • up to 40 km / h: 160 €, 2 points, 1 month driving ban
  • up to 50 km / h: € 240, 2 points, 1 month driving ban
  • up to 60 km / h: 440 €, 2 points, 2 months driving ban
  • over 60 km / h: 600 €, 2 points, 3 months driving ban

Exceeding the pace within closed towns:

  • up to 10 km / h: 20 €
  • up to 15 km / h: 30 €
  • up to 20 km / h: 80 €, 1 point
  • up to 25 km / h: € 95, 1 point
  • up to 30 km / h: 140 €, 2 points, 1 month driving ban
  • up to 40 km / h: € 200, 2 points, 1 month driving ban
  • up to 50 km / h: 280 €, 2 points, 2 months driving ban
  • up to 60 km / h: 480 €, 2 points, 3 months driving ban

over 60 km / h: 600 €, 2 points, 3 months driving ban

You can find more information on the website of the German schedule of penalties.

 

Detachable towbar for Suzuki Vitara (LY)

18. Mai 2020 um 9:22

The new Suzuki Vitara (LY) comes along in a fresh design. The model from MY 10/2018 is modern and sporty. The Suzuki Vitara offers a lot of space and is still compact. With the right towbar, the Suzuki Vitara can also easily become a towing vehicle and is well suited for a driving with a trailer.

Towbar Suzuki Vitara (LY)

In our range we offer a suitable detachable towbar for an easy retrofitting of the popular SUV. Our trailer hitch is easily operated using a system 2040 with its rotary wheel, the towbar can easily be removed any time. The towbar does not intervene with the high-quality optics of the Suzuki and is easy to use.

The benefits of the detachable towbar for Suzuki Vitara (LY) from 10/2018

  • vertically detachable towbar, MVG towbar 2040 
  • no visible cut-out required
  • 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, parking assistance system car-sided, electronic blinking device, LED compatible

Check out towbar

Technical data for detachable towbar for Suzuki Vitara (LY) from 10/2018

  • D-value: 8,5 kN
  • Towing capacity: 1614 kg
  • Trailer load: 90 kg

The towbar for your Suzuki Vitara from 10/2018 can be found in our MVG-shop. The item number is 3521 AS.

How to transport your bikes with bike carriers

16. März 2020 um 8:44

license plateThere are a number of things to consider when riding with bike carriers, which is why we have put together the most important information for you so that you can not only transport your bikes comfortably with your vehicle, but also safely and correctly.

The bicycle has become an important part of our society. Many use the two-wheelers for short distances to escape the heavy city traffic and to get faster from A to B. For some, cycling is the most popular sport and furthermore it is often used for longer distances. With the beginning of spring, there is of course the opportunity for a bike tour on vacation or short break. But before you can get started, you should first clarify which type of bike carrier is suitable for your car, because not every model can be mounted on every vehicle.

Roof carrier

With a wheel track for the roof rack, you can transport up to four or, depending on the space, more bicycles on the vehicle roof. You can attach and remove the roof rack at any time by yourself on the vehicle roof – usually it is attached to the roof rack. Note that you have to lift the bikes up and down on the roof of the vehicle. The additional cargo on the roof shifts the center of gravity of your vehicle upwards, offers greater air resistance and is more susceptible to cross winds.

Rear bike carrier

One of the most practical possibilities of transportation are rear bike carriers, which are easy to install on the vehicle without much effort. For a rear bike rack you need a trailer hitch, the carrier is then attached to the head of the trailer hitch. When loading the carrier, you should always observe the permissible guidelines for your vehicle and the rear bicycle carrier. In our shop you will find the right rear bike carriers in various designs for up to four bicycles.

You should consider…

When driving with a rear bike carrier, get off the gas. ADAC recommends a top speed of 120 km / h. If the carrier or the bicycles attached to it hide the vehicle’s lights, you should definitely purchase a rear bike carrier that has taillights itself. Alternatively, you can attach additional brake lights to the rack so that you remain visible. If the vehicle’s lights are covered, you must expect a fine of € 20. In some cases, racks and / or bicycles can also hide the license plate, in this case you will need to get a second license plate and attach it to your bike rack. Anyone who cannot show a visible license plate at a police check must expect a fine of € 60. Movable objects such as bicycle baskets or child seats should be stowed inside the vehicle to minimize the safety risk while driving.

The Easter holidays in Germany will start in a few weeks and if you are planning a bike tour on the way, you should inform yourself beforehand about the country-specific features of the destination. The same applies to transit countries and places. As in Austria, a special license plate on the bike carrier is mandatory in Italy and Spain, for example.

In our shop we offer you various rear cycle carriers, just have a look!

Understanding the assembly instructions correctly

21. Juni 2019 um 11:54

assembly instructions For the attachment of your trailer hitch or also with the electrical kit we are always sending you an assembly instruction. These instructions explain, how your AHK and / or electrical kit must be put into operation. To help you understand we use pictograms to explain steps or comments, which repeatedly appear in the instructions. In the following paragraphs we are explaining the signs und pictures to you.

Signs and pictures in the assembly instructions of MVG

Montageanleitung MVG WarnhinweisAn old familiar, even from other areas, is probably the warning. We use a triangle with an exclamation point in it to alert you to the need for extra care and careful attention.

We give you directions and positions using different arrows. We show specific points on the vehicle or show you attachment points for the AHK. It is important to pay close attention to the position arrows.Montageanleitung MVG Positionspfeil

Montageanleitung MVG PfeileYou will always see two arrows pointing towards each other in our assembly instructions. These are used when you need to connect or disconnect something. This is especially common in electrical kits when your cable needs to be connected.

With the towbars and their instrucion manuals, you are more likely to find a hand with a pin. This will tell you that you have to draw something in pencil, which will be the case especially if you need to make small changes to the bumper, for example.Montageanleitung MVG Stift

Montageanleitung MVG MülleimerBesides, you will also find a trashcan that tells you that you can dispose something. You may also find this sometimes with the electric sets.

 

In connection with cutouts on the bumper, you will also find a deburrer in the installation instructions, with which you must then deburr the cutout as cleanly as possible. Otherwise, the risk of injury from small chips is high. Also, the file is important in this context and often has to be used in cutouts on the bumper.Montageanleitung MVG Entgrater und Feile

Montageanleitung MVG Zu Zweit ArbeitenIn addition to the deburrer and the file, a drawing with two persons carrying something is also important when attaching the trailer hitch in accordance to the instruction manual. This pictogram indicates that you should work in pairs, for example when removing the rear apron. This is much easier for two, with fewer accidents happening at the same time.

The wrench with screw and the drill show you that you have to tighten something or use the drill to drill holes. The spatula is used whenever you need to remove the underbody protection.

Montageanleitung MVG Anschrauben

Montageanleitung MVG Eimer und CleanerIf you have to protect something against corrosion, we noted a small bucket in the assembly instructions for you. If something needs to be cleaned, you will see two hands with a rag and a bottle labeled „Cleaner“. You can then apply both to the appropriate place.

We still have two last pictograms for you: An eye that is displayed with either two question marks or a book. The question marks refer you to a picture and mean something along the lines of „seeMontageanleitung MVG Verweis illustration „, the book represents the workshop manual and refers you to this.

You have further questions about the attachment of towbar and electrical kit or to an assembly instructions? Then please browse through our FAQ, where we will answer you the common questions. If you have another question, feel free to contact us anytime!

Can my car be used as a towing vehicle and tow a trailer?

11. Juni 2019 um 11:07

towing vehicleOf course, before you retrofit a trailer hitch, you first have to determine whether your car has ever been designed to travel with the trailer and is approved as a towing vehicle. You can find all the information you need on the nameplate of the vehicle. The data are both in the service booklet and usually on a sticker that is housed in the spare wheel module. If it can not be found there, you will find information in the owner’s manual of the vehicle on where to findyour nameplate. In addition to the vehicle manufacturer and the approval number, the chassis number can also be found there. The second line also specifies technically permissible weights. Underneath you will also find the permissible trailer weight.

This indicates the permissible trailer weight

As the name implies, the trailer weight indicates how heavy the combination of vehicle and trailer may be. Thus, it is clear that a combination may exist, so theoretically a trailer could be drawn. It then depends on the value. The weight of the vehicle must be deducted from the weight of the trailer in order to clarify whether and, if so, with what weight a trailer can be towed.

In addition, you can also consult the vehicle registration, which is the easier way. The vehicle registration indicates with the values ​​O1 and O2, which braked and unbraked towing load is technically permissible for the vehicle. If you can not find any values ​​there, the vehicle is not allowed to drive with a trailer.

What happens if your vehicle is not allowed as a towing vehicle and still pulls a trailer?

In order for a vehicle to be approved for trailer use, some points have to be met already in the development of the vehicle. Thus, for example, the motorization of the car is adapted to the possible use as towing vehicle, or special attachment points for the trailer hitch are defined by the vehicle manufacturer. Also, the cooling of the engine and other system must be defined separately for the optional trailer drive. If your car is not suitable and approved for the load and service as a towing vehicle, it will cause a variety of damage to the vehicle if it is still used to tow a trailer.

Driving license for driving with a trailer: Different classes and what they mean

15. Mai 2019 um 10:44

driver's licenseIn Germany there are many different license classes, among these are also some that regulate and influence driving with a trailer. We had a look at the different licenses and summarized the key data for you. A distinction is made between the driving license class 3, class B, class B96 and class BE.

The driving license class 3

This certificate is already older and has been replaced by the class B. Thus it is old, it is not invalid and confirmes the permission for its owners to drive a car up to 3.5 tons total weight. In addition, the Class 3 license also allows you to drive trucks of up to 7.5 tonnes overall weight and three-axe trailers of up to 12 tonnes total weight (as long as the towing vehicle is not heavier than 7.5 tonnes). This means that combinations of up to 3.5 tons can be driven. Also included in the Class 3 license are motorcycles, trikes and agricultural tractors up to 40 km/h.

Your options in driving with a trailer when owning a driving license class B

If you have a class B license, you can drive up to 3.5 tonnes. Exceptions are motorcycles, which fall under the driving license classes AM, A1, A2 and A. In addition, the addressed motor vehicles may not have more than eight seats in addition to the driver’s seat. When driving with a trailer, the category B driving license allows to tow trailers with a total mass of a maximum of 750 kg, or a maximum authorized mass of more than 750 kg, provided the maximum permissible mass of car and trailer does not exceed the value of 3500 kg.

The driving license class B96

This driver’s license is a supplement to the class B and is therefore also noted in the driver’s license. If you have this extension, it is allowed to drive trailers with a total weight of more than 750 kg. In addition, the permissible total weight of the combination of vehicle and trailer, which you may tow, increases. Namely, the permissible total weight of the class B96 billet may then be between 3500 kg and 4250 kg.

Driving with the driving license class BE

If you have a driving license class BE, then you are as flexible as possible when driving with the trailer. This is a combination of the class B and the permission to drive with trailer. The maximum permissible weight of the trailer may be up to 3.5 tonnes. So this is the driver’s license with which you can pull the heaviest trailer.