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. 

Checklist before driving with the trailer

12. September 2018 um 16:47

checklistBefore you start moving with your trailer, you should go through and check certain items from your checklist. We have put together for you the most important points that you should absolutely check before leaving, so that you are well prepared for the next ride with the trailer.


Our checklist: These points should be checked before driving with the trailer

  1. Make sure that the trailer’s ball coupling is actually snapped onto the tow bar’s ball bar. Many tags have a tag to detect, so you can be sure that everything is correct – even if you may not hear the click sound.
  2. Be sure to check the turn signals and lights before starting. Due to the electrical kit towing vehicle and trailer are electronically connected to each other, whether everything is working properly there, you should check before every trailer ride by checking the flashing and light functions. In addition, you should also take a closer look at all the reflectors, are they perhaps too polluted?
  3. Is the safety rope correctly attached to the vehicle? In some EU countries, this requires specific brackets. How to fasten the tear-off rope correctly, we present you in our post.
  4. Have you kept all the values? When driving with a trailer, the vertical load that the vehicle and the trailer hitch allow should not be exceeded. The trailer hitch can often „endure“ more than the vehicle, but the lower value is decisive.
  5. Make sure you get your cargo right before starting. Large heavy parts should be down, the weight should be basically evenly distributed and nothing should be able to fly back and forth. This can change the driving behavior of the trailer while driving and you can quickly lose track.
  6. Finally, you should go around the whole trailer again. Is the handbrake released? Is the jockey wheel cranked up? Are possible flaps closed? Are the 12 in good shape? You should be able to check all these points at a glance and keep an eye on the tires for driving in different weather conditions.


Now you only have to adjust the interior mirrors on the vehicle and if necessary put the additional mirrors into operation. Then you have already completed the checklist, you can go and start your trip with the trailer. Good ride!


Our detachable towbar for Seat Ibiza

3. September 2018 um 15:16

Seat Ibiza

With its fresh design the Seat Ibiza goes into the next round: The popular car has been thrilling its drivers for many years and can be easily retrofitted with the right trailer hitch at any time. In our assortment we offer the suitable detachable towbar for an easy retrofit. We attach great importance to a good look on the vehicle and a high level of operating comfort for our customers. The towbar is easily operated via a rotary knob and requires no intervention on the vehicle.

Seat Ibiza


The benefits of the detachable towbar for Seat Ibiza

  • 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, CAN databus, LED compatible

Check out towbar

Technical data for detachable towbar for Seat Ibiza from 06/2017

  • D-value: 7,2 kN
  • Towing capacity: 1258 kg
  • Trailer load: 80 kg

The towbar for your Seat Ibiza from 06/2017 can be found in our MVG-shop. The item number is 0797 AS.

Explaining the MVG systems 2010, 2040 and 2080

24. August 2018 um 16:28

MVG systemsWith our products, you often come across the number codes 2010, 2040 and 2080. We explain what the codes actually stand for and where they are relevant for you. The codes refer to MVG systems. These designate different models of trailer hitches, but give no further information as to which vehicle the system is suitable for.


The MVG systems explained in a simple manner

The system 2010 – always ready with the rigid trailer hitch

It is probably the easiest system to explain. The code 2010 designates the rigid trailer hitches at MVG. The ball bar is firmly welded to the cross member. On some models we also offer  an optional replaceable plate system. Here you can exchange the rigid AHK on a removable plate for a jaw clutch and are flexible as you can attach a variety of pendants. This is often helpful, especially for powerful models like the current pick ups.


Our system 2040 – mounted in no time

The System 2040 is the successor of the System 2020, both codes stand for our removable system. With our detachable trailer hitches, you can remove the ball bar at any time flexibly and store it when not in use in the trunk. To remove the ball rod, you simply operate our wheel. The assembly is easy and you can take the towbar in no time in operation. Also, the socket holder is foldable, so you can not see anything on the vehicle, if you do not use the trailer hitch.


The System 2080 – the swiveling solution for your vehicle

With the code 2080 we refer to our swiveling trailer hitch. You can not remove the ball bar, but the ball bar can be pivoted away when the trailer hitch is not needed. It disappears inconspicuously behind the bumper. Also, the operation is done for you via a hand wheel. It only takes a few steps to assemble the ball bar and also to disassemble it again. Again, the socket holder is simply foldable, so that the AHK is not noticeable when it is not needed.

The detachable towbar for KIA Stonic

10. August 2018 um 11:54

KIA Stonic

The KIA Stonic is the newest SUV from the South Korean manufacturer and fascinates due to its modern looks. With the matching towbar the SUV can easily be turned into a towing vehicle, we offer the fitting towbar for an easy retrofit. Our towbar is detachable and can be handled using a twist grip. Therefore, it can easily be detached at any given time and can be stowed in the trunk. The towbar does not interfere with the optics of the KIA. The trailer coupling impresses above all by the simple operation, the socket holder can be folded away.

KIA Stonic


The benefits of the detachable towbar for KIA Stonic

  • 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 warning device

Check out towbar

Technical data for detachable towbar for KIA Stonic from 09/2017

  • D-value: 7 kN
  • Towing capacity: 1229 kg
  • Trailer load: 80 kg

The towbar for your KIA Stonic from 09/2017 can be found in our MVG-shop. The item number is 3792 A.

Reversing made easy: 5 tips for maneuvering with the trailer

31. Juli 2018 um 16:12

Maneuvering with a trailer, parking and normal driving is often not as easy as one would wish. For driving with a trailer, you do not only have to get used to the big yoke, but also always pay attention to the restrictions of the driver’s license.

Even with practice, maneuvering and reversing with the trailer is often the most difficult t ask. To make sure that this is no longer a hurdle, we have put together five tips that make reversing with a trailer easier and prepare you for the next shunting.


What you should look out for when maneuvering

  1. Before you start driving and, for example, place the trailer in a parking space, you should make sure to adjust your mirrors so that you can see the trailer well. You may not neglect the interior mirror, this is of course much less used than usual, but it can be a help when reversing, since you can watch the trailer well in there and you can make out landmarks on the trailer. Of course, you might alreday know this from attaching, once you have no helper, attaching through landmarks on the trailer becomes easier even without help.
  2. When going backwards, make sure you drive slowly and steer. The smaller the trailer, the more it reacts to your steering movements. So, if you slow things down a bit, you can avoid the trailer suddenly taking a position that you either could not predict or could not easily undo. If you are slow, you can brake at any time and react to movements of the trailer.
  3. If you are not sure about the distances when parking, you should get a referrer to help you. If you do not have anyone, get out in between and see how much maneuvering space you still have.
  4. Make sure the angle does not get too steep when reversing. Because the steeper the angle is, the more elaborate is the parking in the parking space for you. If possible, drive a bit farther away from the parking space, then relax in a gentle arc.
  5. When choosing the parking space, you should make sure in advance that this is not only big enough, but you also have enough space to maneuver. Consider the length of your team and act accordingly anticipatory.