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Post by Kdc on Thu 10 Jan 2019 - 11:24

Do you carry a towrope?
I am guessing most do and think i ought to get one.Looking at 3.5 ton rope in nice carry bag at halfrauds , would that be considered suitable for my Warwick xl ?
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Re: Towropes

Post by Paulmold on Thu 10 Jan 2019 - 11:30

I've carried one of these for years, roll up neatly and don't take up much room

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F400382937805


Just looked at Halfords website and what you mentioned appears to be the same as what I have.

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Post by rgermain on Thu 10 Jan 2019 - 11:51

I have had the same type for years, not used thankfully, but could come in handy if stuck on wet grass etc ( if I can find some kind camper to tow us out)

While on the subject, I also carry spare door mirror glass, also just in case, available on ebay.
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Re: Towropes

Post by Weegie on Thu 10 Jan 2019 - 12:24

Just to add the opposite viewpoint, we don't carry one.

On the one occasion we've needed to be towed off a pitch, the campsite staff used their own kit. It's probably a reasonable assumption that any campsite with grass pitches is prepared for vans that need to be towed off a pitch.

If needed on the road, I'd hope the AA / RAC would be better prepared than me in any case.

I do know where the towing eye is!

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Re: Towropes

Post by boxerman on Thu 10 Jan 2019 - 12:47

I've carried one [similar to Paul's] ever since I needed to be pulled out of soft ground [by the lighthouse keeper] at Ardmamuchan Point.
Two other vans there but no-one had a rope so I thought it would be a handy thing to carry in future even if just to help others.

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EDIT: Correction - the lighthouse keeper's 4 x 4, not the lighthouse keeper himself content
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Re: Towropes

Post by Kdc on Thu 10 Jan 2019 - 14:06

Thanks for quick responses,,guess ill go with the flow and get myself a rope,"I know it makes sense".
Not quite on subject but potentialy related.....whats the opinion on grip mats,is that something else you have and use? Seem to think they could be very usefull on grass pitches as a precaution.Looking at the milenco ones,are there any i should or should not be considering.
Thanks for any forthcoming replies,I love the experience I can tap into on the forum that would take me ages to learn,maybe the hard way.
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Post by rogerblack on Thu 10 Jan 2019 - 15:04

We carry a high weight rated tow rope, stored under the passenger seat with the heavy duty jump leads etc. but I can't remember the make or source and it's way too cold for me to venture out to check at the mo!  

We also use 3-in-One monster mats to place under the front wheels to minimise sinking in when pitched on soft ground, they also get your wheels started to move when setting off and help stop bogging down. They're also designed to work in conjunction with Fiamma Level-Up ramps as they have interlocking studs. If possible, we reverse onto the ramps so that driving forward off them again helps to get going on soft ground or wet grass.

http://www.vancomfort.co.uk/monstermat.htm

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Re: Towropes

Post by rgermain on Thu 10 Jan 2019 - 18:37

boxerman wrote:I've carried one [similar to Paul's] ever since I needed to be pulled out of soft ground [by the lighthouse keeper] at Ardmamuchan Point.
Two other vans there but no-one had a rope so I thought it would be a handy thing to carry in future even if just to help others.

Frank

EDIT: Correction - the lighthouse keeper's 4 x 4, not the lighthouse keeper himself content

Good point, you do not only get stuck on campsites. Be prepared ( from my boy scout days )
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Re: Towropes

Post by Gromit on Thu 10 Jan 2019 - 19:41

Kdc wrote:whats the opinion on grip mats,is that something else you have and use? Seem to think they could be very usefull on grass pitches as a precaution.Looking at the milenco ones,are there any i should or should not be considering.
Hi Kdc

Being of a stingy nature, for the limited number of times you will (hopefully) need them, I wouldn't fork out the cash for Milenco ones.

This is what we carry. A couple of cut down bread crates, hung under the step so they don't occupy load space, or mess it up after use when they are filthy.

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Re: Towropes

Post by Suppersready on Fri 11 Jan 2019 - 20:32

I like your bit of lawn .... !
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Post by IanH on Fri 11 Jan 2019 - 21:16

If you have the Boxer base, don't forget the ASR function, BUT apply it before going anywhere iffy!
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Re: Towropes

Post by Gromit on Fri 11 Jan 2019 - 21:54

Suppersready wrote:I like your bit of lawn .... !
Good, innit!  Tricky getting the mower to it though.  hugegrins

The dog hated the aluminium step, so she had to have the mat - plus it keeps some of the mud out of the van. (It's a Fiamma item.)
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Post by Suppersready on Sat 12 Jan 2019 - 1:29

Lol ....
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Re: Towropes

Post by pat and jim on Sat 12 Jan 2019 - 18:14

Evening 
I was under the impression tow ropes where illegal on 
The road and now had to be a bar
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Re: Towropes

Post by boxerman on Sat 12 Jan 2019 - 18:33

Interesting! Where did you hear that?

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Post by vwt4 on Sat 12 Jan 2019 - 19:51

Surely they would not sell them if they were illegal to use !
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Post by groundhog on Sat 12 Jan 2019 - 20:45

pat and jim wrote:Evening 
I was under the impression tow ropes where illegal on 
The road and now had to be a bar
Jim
It is illegal to tow on a motorway but otherwise they are not. I would always use a towing strap over a rope, carry one but never had to use it fortunately!
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Re: Towropes

Post by Paulmold on Sat 12 Jan 2019 - 21:05

I have a bar in the garage and having been towed with a bar, the garage is where it will stay.

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Re: Towropes

Post by pat and jim on Sat 12 Jan 2019 - 22:19

Evening al
I've just looked it up on the net
It's leagal to tow with a rope strap or chain but only to
Move a broken down car to a place of safety 
Any  towing after that is illegal
I think that's what I read 
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Re: Towropes

Post by Kdc on Sat 12 Jan 2019 - 22:48

Dont think i would be keen to be towed too far by rope  in a camper,i would get a recovery if it required road travel. My thinking on asking about tow ropes was with the view of assistance on wet/slippery campsite field.
I beleive that whilst its not recomended,towing with a rope or chain is still legal and as far as road rules go the towed vehicle is treated as a trailer. If anyone knows the exact legal stand I am sure many of us would find it intresting to know.
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