If you are new to the world of towing, one of the most important decisions you have to make is to choose the right tow bar. There are many options to choose from when it comes to tow bars. A wise choice will help you establish the perfect link between the tow car and touring caravan. Before you can go to the market in the hunt for a tow bar, you will need to establish how much weight you will be towing.
Smaller trailers weigh much less than large caravans and make a different level of strain on your tow bar and subsequently on the towing vehicle. If you are looking for the right tow bar, here are some guidelines to help you in your decision making.
Detachable flange towbar
The detachable flange towbar offers you a lot of versatility as compared to the traditional flange version. When not towing, the towbar can be easily detached. It offers many advantages to users. You will be able to tow seamlessly without problems. Additionally, the tow bar is removed when not in use to preserve shins. When not towing, it does not trigger reversing sensors and presents a good choice for fitting towing couplings and other accessories. The only advantage is that it is generally one of the most expensive tow bars we have on the market today.
Fixed Swan Neck Tow bar
The fixed swan neck tow bar is ideal for different towing situations and applications. It offers a slim and unobtrusive appearance. What makes it great is its ability to be compatible with different stabilizers. It is less likely to disturb reversing sensors and it is more aesthetically pleasing as compared to a flange tow bar. It has some disadvantages though. The first is that tow height can't be altered and cannot be fitted with any bumper shield.
Detachable Swan Neck Tow bar
The detachable swan neck tow bar is slim, secure, and simple to use a tow bar. When in use, only a small part of the tow bar remains visible. It offers many advantages. It is compatible with stabilizers and is less likely to disturb reversing sensors. As a disadvantage, it has to be noted that the tow ball height cannot be adjusted and can't be fitted with any bumper shield.
To conclude, it is good we need to analyze the tow bars we have discussed above. With a flange towbar, it is bolted using two or four bolts to a flange plate. The flange plate then gets fitted to the underside of the vehicle. To many, this could be perceived to be a not so pleasing design due to the visible bolts and components on display.
A swan neck towbar entails an actual shape and design of the towbar. The towbar gets fixed directly to the underside of your vehicle and makes use of a swan neck format or design to offer an unobstructed appearance. For fixed towbar, as the name suggests, the towbar can't be easily removed from the vehicle. Fixed towbars are available for both flange and swan neck designs. Detachable towbars can be easily removed from your vehicle and uses a quick-release handle with a straightforward detachment.