Towbars – If you’re shopping for a towbar.
You’ll probably come across many options.
To choose the right one for your vehicle.
You must understand the pros and cons that come with different towbars.
You also must keep the manufacturer’s recommendations in mind when making a choice.
Types of Towbars
There are fixed or detachable towbars available.
They come in two styles–the flange and the swan’s neck.
Flange is the most used towbar.
The assembly consists of a tow ball that’s secured to the flange plate with bolts.
The flange plate is attached to the vehicle.
If you need to pull lighter loads (up to 1250 kg) a standard 50mm towbar with a bolt-on tongue should work.
For heavy loads, use a hitch receiver.
Swan neck towbars is becoming popular because of their slimline design.
They obstruct parking sensors, and they’re available as both fixed and detachable towbars.
Swan neck towbars are always mounted below the vehicle.
They have a narrow neck, hence the name.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Flange Towbars
Flange bars are versatile.
You can fit different tow balls and you can mount various accessories along with the tow ball.
These accessories include cycle carriers, drop plates and rear steps.
Both fixed and detachable bars have the same towing capacity.
The only difference between the two is that you can remove the detachable bar when it’s not in use.
This improves the appearance of your vehicle.
Both fixed and detachable flange aren’t as appealing as swan necks bars.
Your parking sensors will consider them an obstruction and give you false alerts when you’re reversing.
Apart from this, the fixed flange towbar gets in the way of your legs when you’re accessing the boot.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Swan Necks
Swan neck offers a better aesthetic value than flange.
They don’t always get rid of the parking sensor problem, though.
Some swan’s neck aren’t as versatile as flange towbars.
You can’t use tow bar mount cycle carriers along with swan neck.
Neither can you fit drop plates, couplings, or rear steps.
Their biggest advantage is their slimline design.
If you use a detachable neck, your vehicle will look clean when you remove the neck.