Thought all towbars were the same? Think again. Matching your towbar to your towing needs doesn’t take long and an informed choice could make all the difference.
There are 3 main types of towbar, all with their own benefits and drawbacks.
- Usually the less expensive solution.
- Easily add on stabilisers, cycle racks, bumper protector plates, etc.
- Not the most asthetic.
- Possibiltity of interference with reversing sensors.
- Extended neck (Al-Ko) ball needed for hitch stabilisers.
- Less obtrusive.
- AlKo stabilisers are compatible.
- Less issues with reversing sensors.
- Not compatable with plate mounted cycle carriers.
- Cannot add extras like bumper protectors, old style stabilisers.
- Harder to get hold of although they have increased significantly in popularity and are available for most new cars.
- Remove when not in use, in some cases there is no sign of a towbar.
- No issue with reversing sensors.
- Doesn’t ruin the look of your car.
- Most expensive option although as they become more popular the gap is narrowing.
- Needs servicing at 3 years.