Originally Posted by burnsi
Here's my situation: I have a factory-fitted rear recovery point on my Territory and no towbar.
In a previous thread, someone indicated (I think it was Territory) that the rear recovery point and a Ford towbar cannot co-exist - it's one or the other.
Territory may have confirmed it but I was the dumb-ass that paid for both but only got a towbar.
Given I have the rear recovery point fitted, and am now contemplating a towbar in the near-future, I have a couple of questions:
1) Has anyone had a Ford towbar fitted at a dealer when they have got the rear recovery point fitted ? If so, what happens to the recovery point - angle grinder removal I presume?
Well, I only ended up with a towbar. Can't help you with what happened to my other recovery point.
2) Do the dealer-fitted Ford tow bars end up being as neat as the factory-fitted units - as in the neatness of the bar and electrical coupling protruding through the rear bumper?
In my experience at my dealer, no. Not even close to being as neat as a factory job. Which also happens to be what I had ordered by the way.
I'm satisfied that the bar location is fine and the plug is secure and located OK (though that took 2 attempts, lucky for them I'm the patient type) it's the appearance of the cutout that is the problem.
3) If the dealer cut-outs are not neat, does anyone know if the inside face of the rear bumper is moulded with markings as to where the cut-outs for the bar and electrical coupling go precisely - and can therefore be cut by me prior to going to the dealer for the bar fitment?
The excuse given to me for the less-than-desirable appearance of my cut-outs by the dealer, and I ended up speaking directly to the installer, is that there are no clear markings or cutouts to use as guides at the dealerships whereas the factory has a jig and automated equipment. Dealers are left to their best endeavours.
This is bringing back unpleasant memories that I had suppressed Burnsi.
I hope my suffering can at least guide others.