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    Default DS23 Strapping to trailer - Advice needed

    Going for a 2 hours drive up the coast tomorrow early.

    Is strapping as per the pictures safe? Any suggestions welcome.

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    Happy and safe travels going North. There was a post earlier this year recommending the DS is mounted on a trailer facing forward as you need all the weight on the front of the trailer to be able to tow safely.

    Looks like you have done a grand job!


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    Quote Originally Posted by dimistyle View Post
    Happy and safe travels going North. There was a post earlier this year recommending the DS is mounted on a trailer facing forward as you need all the weight on the front of the trailer to be able to tow safely.

    Looks like you have done a grand job!


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    Hi,
    Looks good! Personally Iíd take off the hubcaps in case any of the straps start rubbing in them. Also make sure height is set to low so the straps stay tight.
    Have a safe trip.

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    Ed

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    I would check the straps around the tyre fairly constantly. I have heard of them riding "down" the tyre and thereby loosening the whole tie-down as it gets caught on the tie rod and axles behind the tyre.
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    Also for extra security make sure the car is in gear and the hand brake is on.
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    Thats how I need to start strapping them down ... by the wheels. THe body isn't the best as you can tear the tie down points off if not careful
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    Ok, then. Everyone seems to be pretty happy with it.
    Let's go!
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrisson_citroen View Post
    Ok, then. Everyone seems to be pretty happy with it.
    Let's go!
    Bon Voyage!
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL View Post
    Also for extra security make sure the car is in gear and the hand brake is on.
    It is an automatic, so maybe safer to have it in Neutral ( to save any stress on the locking pawl resulting from forward/rearward jarring ) and with the parking brake really well applied.
    Not needed in this case but the old factory advice for towing was to attach tow ropes to the lower front suspension arms rather than any bodywork.

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    By the time I got to read this, I hope you are there safely and didn't get too hot on the way.

    Cheers, Ken

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    No news is good news hopefully form the Frenchman?

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    You got it right, even the car transporters do it that way. We towed our Ami6 from Sunshine Coast to Melbourne tied that way


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    Thanks Guys,

    Everything went fine all the way to Coolum.
    Following in a C5 hydro, it soon became apparent as to how we are spoilt with the hydraulic suspension. Just looking at the trailer bouncing as well as the DS on its lowest setting (as recommended) you realize how even those highways are rough.

    Anyways, unloaded in Coolum Beach, and an unknown passer by exclaimed : "Wow, the 20th Century Design Award Winner!"

    45 years later on the other side of the world , they still gasp!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fritzelhund View Post
    Not needed in this case but the old factory advice for towing was to attach tow ropes to the lower front suspension arms rather than any bodywork.
    Yes, I also had a strap underneath doing that
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    Here is how you do it





    if you don't know what an old kombi is worth ... lookup split screen kombies with the extra windows in the roof
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    Nooooo I can imagine when they got it home and realized they damaged the roof. These Kombi are not a cheap vehicle to buy.

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