Everything You Need To Know About Towbars

If you’re thinking about getting a tow bar for your automobile, there are a few things to think about. First and foremost, you’ll need to pick what sort of towbar you want. There are three types of bars available on the market:


With a tow ball affixed to the tow bar itself, the towbar is permanently attached and visible. Flanges are the most cost-effective option.

Swan Neck

This form of towbar is more attractive than a flange bar since the tow ball is merged into the towbar’s neck, which stretches under the automobile; however, the towbar is always visible.

Detachable towbars come in various styles, but they all have one thing in common: they can be removed when not in use. This sort of towbar is popular among high-end automobile owners since it helps maintain the car’s visual look while also providing the extra usefulness of a towbar when required.

Options for tow bar installation

After you’ve selected which sort of towbar is ideal for your needs, the following step is to figure out how to attach the tow bar to your vehicle. All towbars need an electrics kit, and the newer your car, the more expensive it will be to repair any damage to the vehicle’s electrics.

If you cause a major accident, your insurance provider may decide to write off your car. If you aren’t familiar with vehicle electrical systems, it’s best to hire a professional tow bar installer. The cost is defined in the following manner:

Your car’s make and model.

What kind of tow bar is you getting installed?

You’ve picked the electrics option. Before buying your tow bar, consult with a competent towbar fitter, who can advise on electrics and the manufacture and kind of tow bar that will best suit your requirements.

Electric towbars

Choosing the electrics that you need. You may pick between three distinct sorts of electrics. Electrics with 7 pins (single electrics), 12n/12s (twin electrics), or 13 pins (twin electrics). The sort of electrics you’ll need will mostly rely on what you’re towing.

Caravans and bike carriers, for example, need different electric kits. When bypass relays are added to the mix, things grow much more complicated. ‘Do I need a bypass relay?’ and ‘What does it do?’ are often asked questions.

If your car were built after 2004/2005, you would almost certainly need a bypass relay. When using a universal electrics kit, you must splice into electrics at the back of the vehicle. Because

You are siphoning power from circuits that already exist, the vehicle’s onboard computer may misinterpret this as a problem and display a warning light on the dashboard telling you that there is a problem with your lights. A bypass relay maintains this current constant, so the dashboard warning light does not illuminate until there is an issue.

Invest in a tow bar stabilizer

In addition to your towbar, you should invest in a robust stabilizer. The movement at the point of articulation where your trailer/caravan is attached to your vehicle is controlled by a stabilizer. This may assist in preventing your trailer from slithering (swaying from side to side).

The weight of your trailer’s cargo should be distributed evenly over the center/axle.You may reduce the vertical instability of your trailer equipment by dispersing the weight of your trailer’s load across the middle region, above the axle(s).

A multi-axle trailer increases the stability of your towbars.The stability of a multi-axle trailer is superior to that of a single axle trailer. This is because the trailer has a higher resistance to events that may cause it to shift course.

Check the tire pressure on your trailer!

Incorrect tire pressure might lead a trailer to depart from the towing vehicle’s planned course. This is particularly true if the pressure in the tires on opposite sides of the trailer differs by a little amount.

STOP if you’re about to snake!

Because of the nature of the snaking phenomenon, it’s preferable to come to a complete stop (as soon as feasible) to avoid a snaking trailer’s irregular movements. The motion of a snaking trailer is similar to that of a pendulum. As the trailer starts to wobble, very little extra force is necessary to keep the snaking motion going. It’s typically safer to come to a full stop because recovering control of a snaking trailer while in action might be difficult. At reaching the stage of the visit, one must better check the stability of your tow bar.

If you aren’t towing

It could be a good idea to unhook your tow bar if you aren’t towing. If your towbar obscures your license plate, you may be required by law to remove it while you are not pulling a trailer. Even though you aren’t legally compelled to remove your towbar, individuals often catch their shins on towbars that have been left connected (especially at night). Remove your tow bar from your car when not in use to be as safe as possible.

You can’t go back in time

So keep an eye out for circumstances where you can’t back out. You may be required to detach your trailer from your tow bar and turn around if you don’t (potentially in the middle of the road).

Before you go, make sure your towbar is in working order.

Some pranksters like removing pins and other safety precautions from a towbar to create issues for the trailer and driver. Check your tow bar whether you’re leaving a campground or your front yard.


Make sure you’re ‘hooking up’ on a smooth surface at all times.

If possible, hitch up your trailer or caravan to your towbar in a smooth area. One may be saved from poor quality connections, which is beneficial in terms of safety.

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