2020 Defender



Make sure the relevant safety warnings and cautions have been read and understood before towing a trailer. See TOWING SAFETY.


The detachable tow ball is very heavy. Extreme care must be taken when manoeuvring the tow ball. Use two hands to safely manoeuvre the tow ball. Make sure that no body part is below the tow ball during fitment or removal. Failure to safely manoeuvre the tow ball could result in serious injury or death.

To remove the detachable tow ball:

  1. Remove the keyhole cover.

  2. Insert the key.

  3. While supporting the tow ball, turn the key clockwise to unlock the handwheel.

  4. Pull the handwheel away from the tow ball. Simultaneously rotate the handwheel approximately half a turn counter-clockwise until it locks into position. The red lug on the handwheel should enter the green indicator scale.

  5. Using both hands, lower the tow ball from the mounting bracket.

  6. Fit the top cover to the tow ball. When correctly fitted a click is heard, and the handwheel returns inwards to sit flush against the tow ball. The green indicator lug should be aligned with the green indicator scale.


    Repeat step 2 if there is insufficient gap between the tow ball and the handwheel to fit the top cover.

  7. Turn the key counter-clockwise to lock the handwheel.

  8. Remove the key.


    The key can only be removed if the top cover has been fitted correctly.

  9. Refit the keyhole cover.

  10. Securely store the tow ball and key in the loadspace.


    Make sure the tow ball is stored safely in its bag using the lashing eyes on the loadspace floor. In the event of an accident, or under heavy braking, the tow ball can become a projectile, potentially causing serious injury or death.

  11. Fit the protective cover to the mounting bracket.