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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 06-06-04, 04:33 AM Thread Starter
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It was made clear to me from recent visit to a Ford Dealer, that there has been no allowance made for anchor / tow points for recovery in Off Road situations.
There is a factory option (only if you get in quick enough before the vehicle goes into production) mentioned on the Territory Website for either front / rear or both recovery points. These options are purely for On Road use are are simply for only short distances.

A towbar will assist this exercise at the rear of the vehicle, but what about the front??

Does anyone know of this issue, or perhaps know more than I, to share a solution...

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It was made clear to me from recent visit to a Ford Dealer, that there has been no allowance made for anchor / tow points for recovery in Off Road situations.
There is a factory option (only if you get in quick enough before the vehicle goes into production) mentioned on the Territory Website for either front / rear or both recovery points. These options are purely for On Road use are are simply for only short distances.

A towbar will assist this exercise at the rear of the vehicle, but what about the front??

Does anyone know of this issue, or perhaps know more than I, to share a solution...

Thanks,
Bretto
A towbar is a VERY bad idea for towing or for the extraction of cars. Yes this is a poor oversight by ford if it is at all.

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Re: Off Road Recovery for AWD Territory??

any more info on the recovery points as i to am interested in this

towbars are not the best to use as a recovery point as they are designed to pull in a straight line & not to be pulled from

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Re: Off Road Recovery for AWD Territory??

C'mon guys Ford know better than that.

Have a look at a Territory, in the lower grill area at the front is a threaded socket for the insertion of an eyebolt (offset on drivers side). I believe there's one at the back as well but not absolutely sure where.

That's the designed in recovery point.

I imagine the accessory kit conatin said eye bolt!
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Re: Off Road Recovery for AWD Territory??

Hi Bretto

Welcome to the forums

One thing from this site you will learn is that most dealerships do not know what the hell is going on.

Best spend some time with the car itself and asking questions here!
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C'mon guys Ford know better than that.

Have a look at a Territory, in the lower grill area at the front is a threaded socket for the insertion of an eyebolt (offset on drivers side). I believe there's one at the back as well but not absolutely sure where.

That's the designed in recovery point.

I imagine the accessory kit conatin said eye bolt!
Hi Guys,
I have ordered this with my new Territory (it is an option: Front only or front and rear).
The dealer that I ordered from did not even know it was available, I only saw it listed on the website and added it to the order.
I have been told by someone at the Ford customer centre that it is only for when the car is being towed on-road (eg. being winched onto flatbed truck etc)!!!!!
I cant see why it would be an option if that is the case - but ordered it anyway....
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...I have been told by someone at the Ford customer centre...
Like they'd have a clue.

I spent half the night at the MMS talking to one of the development engineers (and I'm a Mech Eng myself). Believe me, it's a purpose designed recovery point.

There's nothing wrong with eyebolts - they are one of the prefered attachments points when lifting stuff at my work and this is HEAVY industry!

Not much under 10tonnes here!

Rocket, what have you ordered?
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Like they'd have a clue.
Rocket, what have you ordered?
I ordered a TX (I did not like the light/grill on the Ghia) in Lightning Strike.
Alloy Wheels, colour coded bumbers, reverse sensing system, AWD, Down High Descent Control, 3rd row seats, cruise control, Leather steering wheel and shifter, alloy scuff plate inserts, carpet mat set, cargo shelf, 2300kg towpack, fog lamps, tow recovery kit, rear spoiler, cargo area cover....

Goodbye AU2 XR8 - hello Territory.
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Jeez mate all you forgot was the DVD player.

Nice selection - colour coded Lightning Strike (just like my Avatar)

I'm still trying to convince myself I can afford the Ghia repayments. I'm after the Premium Sound & split climate control more than the leather and other electronic gizmo's. I might yet wait for the TS.

Either way an order will be going in soon.

Maybe we should start the NSW owners chapter.

I grew up not far from Oran Park (your location?) but live down the South Coast now.
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Re: Off Road Recovery for AWD Territory??

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C'mon guys Ford know better than that.

Have a look at a Territory, in the lower grill area at the front is a threaded socket for the insertion of an eyebolt (offset on drivers side). I believe there's one at the back as well but not absolutely sure where.

That's the designed in recovery point.

I imagine the accessory kit conatin said eye bolt!

i had a glance at that the other day & just thought that it was a charging port for the A/Cond.......... next time out i will look a little harder

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