Originally Posted by shenrie
how extensive did you guys who flat tow make the bracketing where the towbars attach to the car being towed? ive only been able to look at one setup and he just bolted the brackets to the stock bumper and called it good. the bumper support on the car i would like to tow is only held on to the car with 4-10mm bolts (the head of the bolt, not the thread pitch/size). i dont trust that size bolt to hold up jerking a 2500lb car around behind the van. am i being paranoid?
No you aren't. That's way insufficient IMO. I've just towed with a real tow setup, Roadmaster brackets and one of two Roadmaster tow bars I've had. Currently I have a bent and half destroyed 'All-terrain' tow dolly but it still works ok. Auxiliary cables/chains are important as well.
My Dad bolted a cheap A-frame tow bar on to an old Land Rover Discovery to tow behind his MH once. He just bolted it through the bumper like you described. He looked behind him at one point and the truck was gone. Believe it or not it had detached itself, rolled through a huge ravine and come to a stop in a parking lot without hitting anyone or anything. The cops and all involved got a big kick out of it. I just shook my head. Oh, he had a Honda Civic he was towing pop into gear once too, and before he realized it, it cooked itself and burnt to the ground. He was towing behind a diesel pusher and said he never felt it. I quit taking advice from Dad about this time.