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How are you getting on with the factory fitted electronically deployed tow bar, ( to those who have it ) ?
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Has anyone had a post market detachable tow bar fitted?
 

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Picking mine up tomorrow and need to take the caravan to new storage this week so I'll know more then. Factory fit.
 

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Getting on good with it. Had to get an adapter as only towing a trailer 7ft x5 ft for camping gear. Very neat and easier than a removable one that I had on our smax before
 

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Drew said:
Getting on good with it. Had to get an adapter as only towing a trailer 7ft x5 ft for camping gear. Very neat and easier than a removable one that I had on our smax before
Did it not come with an adaptor?
The brochure states factory fit towbar comes with one. Our current Yeti certainly did.
 

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Bought top of range demonstrator, 2L diesel, but without towbar, and ordered and paid for fitting of same (1300 euros) in May. After much pressing of dealer it appears that the retro-fit bar and fittings will not be available until September!
 

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Took our van to the storage site at weekend. Just a short trip of 3 or 4 miles.

I have only ever towed with the 1.4tsi L&K Yeti we part-ex'd for the Kodiaq.

The difference was quite marked. I could always feel the back of the Yeti moving up and down and being pulled about by the van but the Kodiaq was totally stable and you could actually 'forget the van was there'. The extra torque of the diesel was very evident too.
No real idea of mpg after such a short journey but even with less than 200 miles on the clock the Kodi is already bettering the Yeti by 15mpg on similar runs. The towbar is also a revelation to deploy with no pulling off and replacing of covers or kneeling on the floor seeing exactly where the towbar fits.
Very impressed so far.
 

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Here in NZ we usually use 1 7/8 towball (we're stuck in the past with that for some reason) so the factory fit electric 50mm unit is basically useless unless I buy my own trailers/caravans. My dealer will be installing a Skoda genuine detachable tow bar before final delivery.
 

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I have been running with 50mm tow ball in NZ for a while now. Thel cost of replacing the coupling on the trailer is worth it for the convenance of the factory towbar. I just added the towbar to my order this week.
 

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I don't have a trailer myself, only hire one every few months. If there are places that do 50mm trailer hires I'll probably add the factory fit one my order.
 

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I know of some trailer couplings available with 50mm and 1 7/8" tongues. Why both were allowed in the first place is beyond me. All new towbars should have been required to be 50mm. The current situation is dangerous as there is no visual difference between the two sizes but mixing the two can lead to serious accidents.
 

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The tow-ball seems to be painted black. Does this paint have to be removed with paint stripper or an abrasive before use? Thanks
 

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Plodd said:
Drew said:
Getting on good with it. Had to get an adapter as only towing a trailer 7ft x5 ft for camping gear. Very neat and easier than a removable one that I had on our smax before
Did it not come with an adaptor?
The brochure states factory fit towbar comes with one. Our current Yeti certainly did.
Mine has gone into the dealer for the new door panel but there are some recalls on it. Firstly the usual sw updates and secondly adding an adapter for the tow bar so I guess they were missed off when built.
 

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Marinfullsuss said:
The tow-ball seems to be painted black. Does this paint have to be removed with paint stripper or an abrasive before use? Thanks
It does need the paint removing for certain hitch stabiliser systems so it doesn't contaminate the pads.

My van has an Alko stabiliser and does need the paint removing.
 

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The paint has come off mine straight away after hitching up from trailer anyway
 

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Drew said:
Plodd said:
Drew said:
Getting on good with it. Had to get an adapter as only towing a trailer 7ft x5 ft for camping gear. Very neat and easier than a removable one that I had on our smax before
Did it not come with an adaptor?
The brochure states factory fit towbar comes with one. Our current Yeti certainly did.
Mine has gone into the dealer for the new door panel but there are some recalls on it. Firstly the usual sw updates and secondly adding an adapter for the tow bar so I guess they were missed off when built.
I had an adaptor sent in the post from the supplying dealer. Wasn't expecting it but the label attached said it was a recall!!
 

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Still waiting for mine as it came into the dealer damaged!
 
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