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Vellfire Alphard GGH20 GGH25 ANH20 ANH25 Towbar solution 2008 to 2014


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Those who have hunted will know, finding a towbar for a the 2008 onwards Vellfire / Alphard isn't easy.

You can order a "Suntrex Tugmaster" towbar from Japan, but they are best part of £600, plus shipping (£200), plus duty and VAT.... its over £1000 to your door :(

Or you could fabricate something from scratch if you are that way inclined.

 

But what I found was the Lexus RX300-400h tow bar from Witter is nearly a direct fit, but some modification are required. Part number TY135BU

 

First the main beam across the back is 1090mm long, and it needs to be reduced to 990mm end to end.

Simply measure 50mm from each end, mark it very accurately, then slice it with a slitting disc.

Clean up the end plates and re-weld them back on.

 

Then I made up two flat plates to sit on the inside of the boot floor to act as a load spreader.

 

And 6 spacer collars I made from some 20mm steel bar, that I drilled out with a 12mm bore for the M12x125mm bolts. These need to be exactly 81mm long. I made them on a lathe.

 

If you do nice job of it, you end up with a towbar that looks straight out of the factory, with a branded  e11 type aproval sticker on it 😂

 

Strangely, one of the bolt holes lines up perfectly with one of the factory holes and floor indentations. You only need to drill a couple of holes for the bolts. Spare wheel still fits perfectly. All looks like a proper one, whatever that might be.

 

Keep in mind the photos are mostly during the mock up fitting so the bolts haven't been tightened up.

 

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On 7/9/2022 at 5:11 PM, threepot said:

Those who have hunted will know, finding a towbar for a the 2008 onwards Vellfire / Alphard isn't easy.

You can order a "Suntrex Tugmaster" towbar from Japan, but they are best part of £600, plus shipping (£200), plus duty and VAT.... its over £1000 to your door :(

Or you could fabricate something from scratch if you are that way inclined.

 

But what I found was the Lexus RX300-400h tow bar from Witter is nearly a direct fit, but some modification are required. Part number TY135BU

 

First the main beam across the back is 1090mm long, and it needs to be reduced to 990mm end to end.

Simply measure 50mm from each end, mark it very accurately, then slice it with a slitting disc.

Clean up the end plates and re-weld them back on.

 

Then I made up two flat plates to sit on the inside of the boot floor to act as a load spreader.

 

And 6 spacer collars I made from some 20mm steel bar, that I drilled out with a 12mm bore for the M12x125mm bolts. These need to be exactly 81mm long. I made them on a lathe.

 

If you do nice job of it, you end up with a towbar that looks straight out of the factory, with a branded  e11 type aproval sticker on it 😂

 

Strangely, one of the bolt holes lines up perfectly with one of the factory holes and floor indentations. You only need to drill a couple of holes for the bolts. Spare wheel still fits perfectly. All looks like a proper one, whatever that might be.

 

Keep in mind the photos are mostly during the mock up fitting so the bolts haven't been tightened up.

 

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Hi, how did you get on with wiring it up  any pictures of that? Thanks

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No pictures, but just pulled spurs off the rear left cluster for brakes, side light, indicator........ and pulled 2 spurs off the right cluster for indicator and fog light.

 

I found it easiest to pop both rear light clusters out, then I could fish some wires about without removing any plastics.

 

There is rubber bung in the floor under the carpet on the left of the boot which I drilled a hole in to pull the cable from the tow bar into the cabin.

 

And I used one of these bypass relay with built in beeper:-
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01MFDM9SE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

For the permanent live I took a feed from the control box for the power tail gate, again you can see it if you pop the access panel off the left hand side of the boot load space plastics. There was a 10mm bolt into the body work in there too for the ground.

 

 

Towing on the Vellfire is fantastic! Much better than using my RAV4. The Vellfire is nice and heavy so the trailer doesn't push the van around. I've been towing my car transporter trailer with my MR2 track car on the back. It's luxury going in the Vellfire with cruise control and automatic gearbox. Visibility is really good too, because if I need to do any tight reversing, I can press the buttons to open the electric sliding doors and tail gate so I can see really well. The only down side is the 3.5 Vellfire is quite heavy on petrol towing compared to the Rav4, but at the same time it has bags of power so you don't really work it hard.

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On 9/13/2022 at 12:25 PM, MattG said:

Great job in modifying your towbar.

 

For those who may search these forums in the future, and are looking for a towbar, I got mine supplied and fitted by https://towbarcentredorset.co.uk/. I think it was £375 all in and done in half day.

 

Cheers,

Matt 

 

Hi Matt,

 

If I could have paid that to have it done I would have jumped at that service!

Can you post some photos of what they have made/fitted etc under the van?

 

Cheers,

Matt

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