Tow Bars Explained

In general terms there are two types of tow bars available. These are the Flange Ball and the Swan Neck.  Both offer the same basic function of hooking up your cargo but each have their specific benefits and drawbacks. However, in many cases, both types have the further options of being fixed, detactable or retractable. We can easily advise of the correct type, given your vehicle details and through a better understanding of what you’d ideally like to achieve. Why not give us a call or pop in so that we can show you wants on offer and provide a full quotation.

The details below should help inform you more about the options and decisions that are required.

Dedicated Wiring Benefits:

Just as important as the quality of towbar, are the electrics fitted alongside it. Modern day vehicles come with a multitude of safety features built within them. By putting in vehicle specific electrics, this interacts with the vehicle and the safety features. This also ensures your vehicle warranty is not interfered with in any way because the parts are the same as the dealer would use. By doing this, it ensures safety and piece of mind for everyone.

Vehicle Warranty

In order to protect the warranty on a new vehicle, the manufacturer and their dealership network will often insist that any towbar wiring must be equivalent to that supplied by themselves. That is why our products comply to these standards and that your vehicle warranty will remain unaffected.

If you are thinking of getting a new vehicle or already have one, come and see us to chat about the best options available.

Video Explaining the Benefits of Dedicated Wiring Systems

Flangeball Towbars

A fixed flange ball towbar is typically used in the UK for all forms of towing / cycle carrying attachments and generally the most cost effective option. The 50mm towball attaches via two or four M16 bolts to the plate allowing the fitment of a 25mm spacer for the use of cycle carriers or blade stabelisers etc.

  • Tow and carry cycles at the same time
  • Bumper shields can be fitted
  • AL-KO towballs can be fitted – extended neck.
  • The towing height can be adjusted on the four-hole plate
  • A choice of towing couplings and accessories can be fitted
  • Electrics are normally mounted by the towball

Swan Neck Towbars

Fixed swan neck towbars are becoming more popular here but are generally used outside of the UK and have the least flexible design meaning although cycle carriers can be used with this type of towbar, you are not able to tow at the same time.

  • Compatible with AL-KO stabilisers without any changes
  • Can look neater on the back of some vehicles
  • Less likely to trigger reversing sensors
  • Electrics normally fitted where the neck attaches to main towbar.
  • Cannot be fitted with a bumper shield

Benefits Of A Towbar From Westfalia-Automotive

Perfect fit: With more than 1,700 different towbar models, Westfalia-Automotive stands ready to deliver for almost every vehicle model in Europe
Trustworthy: Westfalia-Automotive Managing Director Franz Knöbel invented the ball-hitch towbar back in 1932 –and today his 50mm diameter design is the standard around the world. This history means our systems enjoy broad acceptance within a global market

Innovative: Westfalia-Automotive doesn’t rest on its past successes. Alongside numerous innovations to make our towbars even more compact, convenient, flexible and safe than ever before, we also develop innovative cycle carriers for use with vehicles fitted with a towbar.