What to Consider When Buying a New Towbar

Whether you are towing a large caravan around the UK or just attaching a small trailer to carry camping equipment, you will need the right type of tow bar on your vehicle. If you want to tow any sort of trailer, you’ll need a tow bar. There are some important things to consider when buying and this guide will be able to help you out.


When choosing a tow bar in the UK, there are 3 types that are used more commonly than others, these include the fixed flange model, and the detachable and fixed swan necks. Each of these are suited to carry specific types of loads, so depending on your needs one of them should be perfect for you.

Fixed Flange Towbar > This is one of the most popular towbars on the market, it is used for transporting heavy loads such as large caravans and bulky trailers. One of the main reasons why people choose this tow bar is for its strength and durability, it is also allows you to attach a bike rake while you’ve a caravan already connected to your vehicle. In addition, a flange tow bar allows you to adjust the height and install a bumper shield if required. It is easy to link towing electrics to a flange towbar, which is one of the many reasons why it is so popular in the UK.

Swan Neck Towbars > The swan neck towbar comes in two distinct models, one is a fixed neck the other is detachable. These types of towbars are more common throughout the UK and Europe, most consumers choose this type of towbar over any other. The detachable swan neck towbar is a mobile kit which can be taken off your vehicle when needed, the fixed neck towbar is designed to stay on your car.

The type of bar you choose depends on the load you will be carrying, there isn’t a huge difference in price, so you must carefully consider your needs and select a towbar which is best for you.

Tips for Selecting the Right Towbar

It can be challenging selecting the right towbar for your vehicle, especially if you’ve no idea where to start. You can read through your car manufacturers manual to get more information on the type of towbar your vehicle is best suited to use. The manual will show you how much your vehicle can tow, so you can easily pick a product that is appropriate for you.

For instance, if you are driving a small 1 litre vehicle, there is no point fitting the car with a heavy duty towbar. The vehicle will struggle with a heavy load putting you in danger when trying to drive.

You should always select a towbar that is appropriate for your vehicle, choosing the wrong one will offer no benefits at all. Do some research on the different types of towbars available in the UK, and don’t forget to consult your manufacturers manual to find out about tow bar limits for your specific vehicle.

Author Bio

Gavin Mcgee is a car dealer and enthusiast. Having been connected to cars since his childhood Gavin knows a lot about various cars, their makers, models, servicing and is willing to share his knowledge with others and help them solve any problems they might have related to automobiles and motorycles.