"Austin Shackles" <austinNOSPAM@ddol-las.net> wrote in message
>>Is it indeed safe to use the towing eyes as recovery points (as was
>>suggested by the guy who sold the def to me)?
> Same applies (only less so) to using tow balls as recovery attachments.
> tow ball is stronger than the lashing eyes, but isn't truly safe -
> designed for a 3500Kg maximum tow, but to get 3500Kg on the ball you have
> for example decelerate a 3500Kg trailer at 1G with no trailer brakes, or
> have it hanging from the ball off a cliff (seen a picture of such,
> I don't know what the failure stress on tow balls is, but there are
> of them being broken, and the ball doing a credible impression of a 2"
And watch out for how they're attached. One of my colleagues recently had a
problem with his trailer which caused it to snatch and bang on the ball
rather badly on the way home from a trip across Europe. With no reasonable
prospect of getting the trailer serviced before we got home, he just put up
After about 1500 miles like that, we noticed to our horror that the bolts
holding the tow-ball onto the Disco were bent and almost sheared off.
They turned out to be of totally the wrong grade of steel. "M4.5" if I
remember rightly instead of - and somebody will correct me here if my memory
is failing - M8, toughened steel.
If you didn't fit your own tow-ball then this is a mistake you too could be
living with. I checked mine, and also carry a spare set of strong nuts &
bolts now just in case - the local trailer dealer (Trident) gave me them
free when I hired a trailer from them, since they seemed to like my level of