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Towbars

It is very important to choose towbars that are right for your vehicle, as an improper fit can cause an accident and make towing more difficult. Correct wiring provides the trailer with mandatory lighting, including signal and brakes.

Capacity

You can find the towing capacity of your car or truck by looking at the chassis plate or in the handbook supplied with the vehicle when new. You can be cited for exceeding the vehicle's limit. Some manufacturers list the maximum limit for unbraked and braked trailers.

Determine the maximum load by subtracting the Gross Vehicle Weight from the Gross Train Weight (combination of Gross Trailer Weight and Gross Vehicle Weight) to find how much can be towed.

Are you planning to tow a trailer that exceeds the gross weight maximum of your vehicle? As long as the weight limit complies with requirements, you can use that trailer. Stack the items properly for safety.

When Permitted

A number of small cars do not have towbar mounting points to fit towbars because they are not designed for it. If you intend to pull a trailer with your car, verify if it is permitted before purchase.

Three Types

Detachable: Easily removed from vehicle when not in use
Flange: Fixed to the vehicle at all times, with the ball bolted to the bar. Most affordable and common in the UK.
Swan neck: Fixed to the vehicle at all times with a similar neck to detachable styles.

Common Uses

We frequently think of towing a trailer to carry small items from one spot to another. Other objects are much larger, such as a caravan or car. Boats, cycles and jet skis are frequently seen being towed by vehicles of all sizes. You might even see a larger vehicle towing a trailer and horses. Those unfamiliar with pulling a trailer can take a short course to give them confidence in the procedure.