Tow Bars

Tow bars can be used to pull other vehicles, boats, trailers and just about anything else you throw at it. It’s often you don’t see them but when you need them, they’re a life saver!

Tow Bar

How To Choose The Right Tow Bar?

There are a number of things you will need to consider when purchasing a towbar for your vehicle, the most important two are:

Towbar Types

There are two main types of tow bar: fixed and detachable. Both of these types stay fastened to the vehicle. As detachable suggests these can be easily detached from the vehicle.

Towbar Electrics

Choosing the right electrics will depend on your intended towing purpose. There are three options for you to choose from: Single, Twin, and 13 pin.

Below we have an in depth look at all the differences and if ever you’re unsure or want to talk to one of our engineers you can contact us!

Types of Tow Bar

There are different types of tow bars depending on your need and style. Find out below the types of tow bars we have to offer.

What is a Fixed Swan Neck Tow Bar?

The swan neck towbar refers to the actual shape and design of the towbar. This towbar is fixed directly to the underside of your vehicle and uses a ‘swan neck’ design to offer an unobtrusive appearance.

What is a Fixed Tow Bar?

As the name suggests, a fixed towbar cannot be removed easily from your vehicle. Fixed towbars are available in both swan neck and flange design.

What is a Detachable Tow Bar?

Again, as the name suggests, a detachable towbar can be removed easily from your vehicle. It uses a quick release handle to allow quick and straightforward detachment.

Fixed Swan Neck Towbar
from £349
- Compatible with AL-KO stabilisers
- Less likely to trigger reversing sensors
- More aesthetically pleasing than a flange towbar
- Price is very competitively priced compared to its detachable counterpart
Fixed flange bar
from £349
- Tow and carry cycles at the same time
- The towball is removed when not in use preserving 'shins'
- AL-KO towballs can be fitted
- Won't trigger reversing sensors when not towing
- A choice of towing couplings and accessories can be fitted
Detachable Swan Neck Towbar
from £449
- When detached only a small part of the towbar remains visible
- Compatible with AL-KO stabilisers
- Less likely to trigger reversing sensors
- More aesthetically pleasing than a flange towbar

Tow Bar Electrics

Once you’ve found the right towbar, then it is a case of deciding which electrics are best for your car and your towing needs. In this section we will look at dedicated kits, universal kits, 7-pin electrics, 7-pin twin electrics and 13-pin electrics.

They connect the electric system in your car to the electric system on either a caravan, trailer or cycle carrier. It is a requirement by law to have an electrical kit fitted with your towbar. The reason this is a legal requirement is because the electric kit syncs the safety features in your car with the electrics in a caravan, trailer or cycle carrier.

Choose electrics:

7-Pin Electrics

This is the most common and cheapest connector type currently used in the UK. It will fulfil all normal towing requirements under UK law and it can be used with lighting boards, cycle carriers, old caravans, garden trailers, plant trailers and horseboxes. In fact, almost anything you can connect to a towbar. A 7-pin electric kit will not power the inside of your caravan.

What Can You Power with 7-Pin Electrics?

Lights on a caravan, trailer or cycle carrier (indicator, fog lights, brake lights).

What Cannot be Powered with 7-Pin Electrics?

Interior appliances of a caravan (fridge, caravan battery) Reverse lights (caravan, cycle carrier, trailer).

7-Pin Twin Electrics

These sockets are usually fitted in addition to the single 7-pin electrics. Providing electric to both the exterior and interior of a caravan, this is the ideal electrical socket when you wish to charge the caravan battery or power the fridge in a caravan built before 2008.

What Can You Power with 7-Pin Twin Electrics?

Lights on a caravan, trailer or cycle carrier (indicator, fog lights, brake lights) Interior appliances of a caravan (fridge, caravan battery) Reverse lights (caravan, cycle carrier, trailer).

13-Pin Electrics

The modern socket type on the market, the 13-pin socket is ideal for all your towing needs. Powering the lights on a caravan, trailer or cycle carrier, a 13-pin socket can also provide power to the inside of your caravan. All UK caravans manufactured after 2008 will have a 13-pin connector as standard.

What Can You Power with 13-Pin Electrics?

Lights on a caravan, trailer or cycle carrier (indicator, fog lights, brake lights) Interior appliances of a caravan (fridge, caravan battery) Reverse lights (caravan, cycle carrier, trailer).