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Family Run 

Stafford Towbars Is A Family Run Business. Run By Husband and Wife Adam and Emma Anslow.

 

Adam And Emma haver Have Welcomed their Third Child A beautiful Baby Girl In July Just Straight after the Stafford Horse Trials Show they attended.

 

Together with Their Children They Attend Local Equine And Agricultural Shows Promotoing Their Business. 

 

Often you will see their Children walking around the Local Shows wearing their Stafford Towbars T Shirts And Giving out promotional items.

 

If you see them give them a wave or a hello.

Maypole Security  Products

have recently added three new security lines to our range of Maypole security products offering you some alternative products to consider when securing your caravan, trailer or commercial vehicle.

These are:

MP956 Alko security hitchlock
MP9733 Fold down security post with integral lock
MP908 Van door lock


MP956 Alko Security Hitchlock

The new Maypole Alko security hitchlock is suitable for a wide range of Alko hitches including: AK130, AK160, AKS1300, AKS2004 and AKS3004. It immobilises the hitch to prevent tow away theft and is also a highly visible deterrent. It is a strong and robust design and can be easily fitting to the hitch in less than 10 seconds. View the product page on the Alko Security Hitchlock.

MP9733 Fold down security post with integral lock

The new fold down security post is perfect for either commercial or private use. It could be used for: driveways, garages, car parks, parking spaces and much more. The post can be bolted down into concrete and can be folded down for vehicle access.

Towing Mirrors and The Law

Caravan mirrors and cameras - how important are they?
To be compliant with the law, anyone towing a caravan must be able to see 20 metres behind them and four metres either side of the towed outfit. In order to meet this requirement, almost all vehicles will need additional towing mirrors.

The Caravan Safety and Security Group (CSSG) have warned that “many drivers wrongly believe that because they are towing with substantial 4x4 vehicles, these mirrors are not required. When police check caravan outfits, one of the most common problems they find is a lack of towing mirrors - something that could potentially cost you more than the price of the mirrors.”

Since January 2010 the law on towing mirrors has also changed, and now states that all new cars and motorhomes registered since this date must carry the ‘e-mark’ indicating that they comply with EEC regulation 2003/97 (in the EU) or UNECE Regulation 46.01 or 46.02 (in the United Nations).

How to check if your mirrors comply with the new law

The advice from CSSG and The Camping and Caravanning Club is to ensure that your towing mirrors meet the EEC regulation regardless of the registration date of your vehicle, as this provides assurance that your unit is as safe as possible. If your mirror is compliant it will have a label on it similar to one of these below:

EEC regulation

The Roman numeral number indicates the class of mirror (eg small, large or wide angle)
The lower case ‘e’ demonstrates that the mirror meets the prior-2010 regulation
The number following the ‘e’ represents the country that the mirror was tested in - 11 is the UK’s number, but all numbers are accepted by law
The number below is the approval number and begins with 01, 02 or 03 - 03 is the approval number representing the 2010 compliance, so this is what you need to be looking for.

 
UNECE Regulation

The Roman numeral number indicates the class of mirror (eg small, large or wide angle)
The upper case ‘E’ demonstrates that the mirror meets the prior-2010 regulation
The number following the ‘E’ represents the country that the mirror was tested in - 11 is the UK’s number, but all numbers are accepted by law
The number below is the approval number and begins with 01, 02 or 03 - 02 is the approval number representing the 2010 compliance, so this is what you need to be looking for.
Read this article from The Camping and Caravanning website for more information on caravan mirrors  

Looking for towing mirrors? Visit our showroom for our full range of mirrors.

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