Towbar guide

Confused by the wide variety of towbars?

Our handy guide will help you.

Types of towbar

When it comes to towbars, you’ll find two main styles: fixed and detachable, each offering swan neck and flange options. With such a diverse range of choices available, selecting the right towbar can be a perplexing task. It’s important to note that towbars are designed to be vehicle specific, which means the available options may vary depending on the make and model of your car. Nevertheless, it’s reassuring to know that the majority of modern vehicles offer compatibility with all towbar styles and types, ensuring a comprehensive selection to suit your needs.

flange towbar

Fixed Flange TowBar

  • Capable of fitting a bumper protector plate
  • Can be used with to ball mounted accessories like cycle carriers.
  • Capable of using height-adjustable couplings, drop plates and spacers to get different towing heights and clearances
  • Most popular type of towbar in the UK and tend to be cheapest.
  • Capable of fitting a towbar and pin system required to pull plant trailers and generators
  • Capable of putting a butterfly step on (mainly used on commercial vehicles)

detachable Flange Towbar

  • Same benefits of a fixed flange towbar, with the added benefit that it can be removed when not in use.
  • Neck mechanism locks to the vehicle to stop it being stolen
  • If parking sensors are fitted to a vehicle the detachable towbar will not interfere once removed
  • You will not bang your legs or trip on the towbar when utilising your boot or walking around your vehicle when the neck is removed
  • Detachable flange tow ball necks look less sleek when fitted
  • More expensive than fixed flange towbars

Swan Neck towbar

Fixed Swan Neck TowBar

  • More aesthetically pleasing than a flange style towbar
  • Price is very competitively priced compared to its detachable counterpart
  • More chance of the parking sensors not picking up the towbar when in reverse (but not a guarantee)
  • Can be more expensive than a flange depending on make and model.
  • Towing and using a towbar mount cycle carrier at the same time is not possible
  • Capable of carrying all types of ball mount cycle carriers

detachable Swan Neck TowBar

  • Same benefits of a fixed swan neck towbar, with the added benefit that it can be removed when not in use
  • If parking sensors are fitted to a vehicle the detachable towbar will not interfere once removed
  • The neck of the towbar can be removed leaving the vehicle looking like there is not a towbar fitted and towing capacity is the same as a fixed bar
  • Towbar height cannot be altered
  • Capable of carrying any tow ball mount cycle carrier
  • Neck mechanism locks to the vehicle to stop it being stolen

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