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I used to tow a small classic car on a Brian James trailer. That was with a Nissan X trail. All towing effectively stopped when I bought a Yeti. Quoted fitting figure for a towbar and electrics was £850.00. :eek: The dealer muttered all sorts of dire problems with the cambus system if I went to an outside fitter who was quoting about £250.00 all in. Said fitter new his work and I would have been happy to go down that road but didn't want to screw up my warranty.

Having got that out of the way I'm now looking at a towbar to fit a rack on for my mountain bikes. I'm very reluctant to heave up three mountain bikes onto the roof. With my "abilities" I'm liable to drop at least one!

However it would appear that the Tiguan towbar is nearly as expensive as the Yeti. Quoted figure on the VW site is £730.00. That and a rack at £515.00. I don't think so. :shock: :shock:

So if you've taken the trouble to read this far can I ask:

Has anyone fitted an after market towbar? If so costs and any problems with dealers or warranty. Plus any suggestions for fitters in central Scotland.

Note that the towbar would only be for bikes. No caravans, trailers or anything else.

Thanks
 

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I was assured by the VW dealer that I bought my Tiggy from that there would be no warranty issues with an after market towbar, as long as the fitters used standard vehicle specific wiring kits. The salesman acknowledged that I would get a much better price going to a specialist than I would from the dealership.

I had a Tow Trust fixed flange towbar fitted by a fairly local (to me) and well renowned caravan and towing specialist. I believe that some local car dealers (e.g Nissan) use the same company to get towbars fitted rather than use their own mechanics.

They did a 10% discount for weekday fitting. Total including wiring kit, fitting, a detachable bumper protector, and a number plate for the trailer was £651. Can't help you with fitters in Scotland, but I also considered a Witter towbar, and their website will find you an approved (by them) local fitter.
 

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I am similarly interested, but for a variety of reasons, have yet to act.

Had what appears to be a good quote for a whitter bar with 7 pin electrics, fitted for £550 at P F Jones in Manchester or stafford.
When work schedule allows, I plan to get fitted there asap.

Removable bar, no cuts btw... dedicated vw electrical kit.

Let us know how you get on please?
 

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My second-hand Tiguan came with an aftermarket Bosal towbar and standard electrics. Had a local (central Scotland) fitter to remove the standard electrics and fit vehicle specific wiring and coded it. Charged £300 and did a every good job.
If it's only for bikes I would go for a high level rear carrier like Thule. Raises the bikes above the rear lights.

Bob
 

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Thanks for the replies. Yep I'm also looking at a Thule BackPac which appears to fit the back of the Tiguan. Certainly the cheaper option......if it fits!

My only thought is that the tow bar rack might be more difficult for the casual tealeaf to nick. Note that I'm only thinking here on the rack. I never leave my bike on any rack in any public place. :roll:

The real answer, of course, is a Ford Transit but my better half isn't especially keen on that for the shopping or indeed anything else!
 
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