When does the towbar need to be removed and why?

19. Oktober 2021 um 10:55

detachable towbarThe detachable trailer hitch is a practical and convenient solution: If you want to drive the trailer for a short time, but do not necessarily always want to have a trailer hitch mounted on the vehicle, you can remove it at any time. A rigid ball bar does not offer this and can sometimes be a nuisance, for example when loading the car. Often, vehicle owners do not want to permanently drive around with an unused trailer coupling on the vehicle, as this is seen as an interference with the vehicle’s optics, depending on the model.

The detachable towbar is a good alternative, after all, it can be removed at any time in only a few simple steps and is then neither actually nor visually in the way. However, the detachable towbar should be removed in some situations. Although there are no regulations, you should keep a few points in mind.

That is why you should remove the detachable towbar in these cases

Depending on the trailer coupling and vehicle, it may be that the removal of the ball rod is noted in the vehicle documents and thus made a requirement for driving without a trailer. This case can apply, for example, if the towbar would cover the license plate. This is not allowed and must be avoided when driving without a trailer, so you should remove the towball.

Basically, it makes sense to remove the towball whenever you are not pulling a trailer. This is mainly due to insurance reasons. For example, if you back up to another vehicle while parking, the risk of damage to the opposing vehicle with your trailer hitch still installed is higher. This also comes into play in rear-end collisions, although in that case you are only partly to blame if you did not remove the ball bar. Many insurance companies advise you to always remove the ball rod when it is not in use. By doing that, you can minimize personal or third-party damage and you can be sure that the claims that may be made to the insurance company are not reduced.

Should there ever be a rear-end collision with the tow bar installed, i.e. if someone crashes your car from behind and you have not taken off the towbar, the warranty for the entire trailer hitch expires and it must be replaced. The reason for this is that the smallest cracks in the trailer coupling cannot be ruled out. But even if you have removed the towball and someone hits you on your rear, you should at least contact the manufacturer of the trailer coupling and reassure yourself there with regard to a possibly necessary replacement for the cross member.

The detachable towbar – pay attention to these points when operating

9. September 2020 um 9:45

detachable towbarIf you have retrofitted a detachable towbar from us to your car, then you have decided on a product that, if possible, does not interfere with the look of your vehicle and can also be operated easily and easily. Nevertheless, we would like to explain a few steps to you once, in the video we introduce you to everything you need to know about the detachable towbar in the MVG system 2040.

Assembly and disassembly of the trailer hitch

To assemble and start up the towbar, insert the ball rod vertically into the mount from below. The ball bar usually locks automatically, you can hear that clearly. In addition to the click sound, you can also see it on the handwheel that jumps to the green mark. Once this has been done, you can lock the removable ball bar with the lock, so that the towbar cannot be disassembled or stolen. If you want to remove the ball bar again, you first unlock the ball bar. Then you put one hand on the ball bar and one on the handwheel, which can be found on the right of the ball bar. You then have to pull this handwheel to the side, i.e. to the right away from the ball rod, and then turn it backwards. The lock then releases and the ball rod can be removed from the holder downwards.

Assembly not working?

So you pretension the detachable towbar If the assembly does not work as described above, take the ball rod out of the holder again and check whether a silver bolt protrudes from the ball rod at the top. If this is the case, then the ball rod cannot be mounted in this way because it is not preloaded and the locking mechanism cannot therefore work. In order to then pretension the ball bar, you best place it on the floor or on a table. Place it so that the handwheel is facing up. Then you fix the ball bar with one hand and raise the rotary wheel with the other hand. In this position, turn it backwards until the silver bolt disappears into the ball rod and remains there. Then the trailer coupling is pre-tensioned and can be reassembled as usual. If assembly does not work as usual and pretensioning is not possible, then please do not use any tools. The best thing to do is to get in touch with us shortly, we can advise you by phone and give you information whether, for example, a ball rod has to be sent in.

Before or after driving the trailer

Before installing your towbar, you should always check again and again whether the receptacle of the removable towbar is dirty. Especially after driving in rough terrain or through mud puddles you should take a look inside. If the intake is contaminated, it is usually sufficient to simply rinse it out with the water hose. A protective plug is no longer required for most current towbars. If you do not need the towbar, then remove the ball rod. This is especially important for your insurance companies or if you are involved in an accident. Even if you misjudge when parking or driving against a wall, for example, this can have an impact on the ball rod and the liability. The removed ball rod is best stored in the trunk. We always provide you with a bag in which you can safely stow the ball rod and additionally protect your trunk from dirt. It is best to stow the detachable towbar so that it cannot slide back and forth and is instead firmly in one place. The best place in the trunk is often where the first-aid kit is also stored.

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Schedule of penalties | Overloads when driving the trailer

19. Juli 2020 um 10:00

Loading the trailer properly is not that easy. There are a number of things to pay attention to, for example the correct distribution of the load and securing play a major role. Above all, the weight of the load is important, it not only has to be distributed correctly to enable the trailer to travel as smoothly as possible. The permissible total weight of the car/trailer combination must not be exceeded, which of course is also influenced by the payload. The permissible total weight of the train results from the permissible trailer load, the permissible total weight of the vehicle and the unladen weight of the towing vehicle and must not exceed the values ​​in the vehicle registration document.

Overloading the trailer

While overloading cars (PGM up to 7.5 tons) or trailers (CGM up to 2 tons) of over 5% only results in a fine of € 10, with 30% overloading it is already € 235 and one point on one’s driver’s licence. If you are traveling with a truck and trailer, the penalties are higher. In any case, fines and, if necessary, points are also due for the vehicle owner. So if you borrow a car/trailer combination and are caught with an overload, the owner of the combination will also be asked to checkout. The penalties for the keeper are higher, so if the overload is more than 5%, the keeper must already pay € 140 and expect a point.

You must also always pay attention to the vertical load when loading. The vertical load is defined as the load that the trailer coupling is subjected to from above. The vertical load is specified for both your vehicle and the towbar. It is often the case that the two values ​​are different. In this case, the lower value applies and must be observed. If the permissible drawbar load is exceeded, a fine of € 25 must be payed if it is exceeded by up to 50%. If more than 50 % are exceeded, € 60 are due, in addition you have to count on a point on your licence. This offense also has an impact on the vehicle owner.

Below you will find the differentiation for fines and penalties that may arise when overloading your car/trailer combination.

Overloading cars / trucks (PGI up to 7.5 tons) or trailers (PGI up to 2 tons)

  • by over 5%: € 10
  • by over 10%: € 30
  • by over 15%: € 35
  • by over 20%: € 95, 1 point
  • by over 25%: 140 €, 1 point
  • by over 30%: € 235, 1 point

Overloading trucks or trailers (ZGG over 2 tons)

  • by 2-5%: € 30
  • by over 5%: € 80, 1 point
  • by over 10%: 110 €, 1 point
  • by over 15%: 140 €, 1 point
  • by over 20%: € 190, 1 point
  • by over 25%: € 285, 1 point
  • by over 30%: € 380, 1 point

Vehicle owner: Overloading trucks or trailers (zGG over 2 tons)

  • by 2-5%: € 35
  • by over 5%: 140 €, 1 point
  • by over 10%: € 235, 1 point
  • by over 15%: € 285, 1 point
  • by over 20%: € 389, 1 point
  • by over 25%: € 425, 1 point
  • by over 30%: € 425, 1 point

Drawbar load exceeded

  • by up to 50%: € 25
  • by more than 50%: € 60, 1 point
  • Permissible drawbar load not indicated by sign: € 5

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

Detachable towbar for Toyota RAV4 V

10. Juli 2020 um 10:35
 
 

Toyota RAV4 VThe Toyota RAV4 V is ideally equipped for driving with a trailer. In order to be able to demonstrate its tensile strength, the right towbar must not be missing. In our assortment we offer a detachable trailer hitch for an easy upgrading in premium quality. The trailer hitch is Toyota RAV4 Veasily removed using a rotary wheel, the handling is easy. Also, the towbar does not interfere with the look of the popular SUV.

The benefits of the detachable towbar for Toyota RAV4 V from 11/2018

  • vertically detachable towbar, MVG towbar 2040 
  • no visible cut-out required
  • automatic system removal by twist grip
  • Foot sensor for electric tailgate remains (if available)
  • 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

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Technical data for detachable towbar for Toyota RAV4 V

  • D-value: 10,2 kN
  • Towing capacity: 2000 kg
  • Trailer load: 100 kg

The towbar for your Toyota RAV4 V from 11/2018 can be found in our MVG-shop. The item number is 3669 AS.

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

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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

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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.

Detachable towbar for Jeep Wrangler (JL)

12. April 2019 um 14:17

Jeep WranglerThe Jeep Wrangler (JL) comes in a modern design. From model year 08/2018, the model with its significant corners and edges is now available in a sporty look, which of course is still strongly oriented towards the evergreen and its characteristic look. For many years, the Jeep Wrangler has been a popular vehicle for off-road tours and is also used increasingly in city traffic.

The Wrangler is also excellently suited as a towing vehicle and can prove its pulling power with the matching trailer hitch. In our assortment we offer a suitable detachable trailer hitch for an easy retrofit. Our trailer hitch ca easily be operated by means of a rotary knob of the system 2040 and can be removed at any time. The towbar does not intervene in the high-quality appearance of the Jeep Wrangler (JL) and is also easy to use.

Jeep Wrangler

 

The benefits of the detachable towbar for

Jeep Wrangler (JL) from 08/2018

  • 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
  • no increase in load bearing possible
  • 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 Jeep Wrangler (JL) from 08/2018

  • D-value: 13 kN
  • Towing capacity: 2671 kg
  • Trailer load: 140 kg

The towbar for your Jeep Wrangler (JL) from 08/2018 can be found in our MVG-shop. The item number is 0849 AS.