Tow Bar Guide – Everything You Need To Know

May 6, 2014     / /

This tow bar guide will give you a comprehensive run down on what’s involved with choosing the right product and professional for your installation. A tow bar is a simple device when you look at it A ball mount secured to the rear of a car or camping vehicle, which hooks a bar attached to the load you want to tow. The mechanism of a tow bar is simple as well: The ball mount attached to the rear of your vehicle pulls the load attached to it. However, what is not simple is the technique of How to install a Tow Bar.

Tow Bar Guide – Factors To Consider

To a regular eye, a tow bar may look like ball and socket joints: Mount a ball here, secure a socket there, and your car is ready to go with the trailer attached to it. It takes an experienced hand to tell you that Installing a Tow Bar is more about precision mechanics and precise calculations, and not just about a ball mount attached to the end of a vehicle.

There are a couple of factors to consider before you attach a trailer to your vehicle and start your engine:

What is the load you plan to tow with your vehicle

This is, perhaps, one of the most important factors. There are different kinds of tow bars for different kinds of weights, and for different kinds of engine capacities. A light duty tow bar would probably suit most needs, from hauling a trailer, a camping van, to hauling luggage. A heavy-duty tow bar should be installed when the weight of the tow is exceeds 2,500 kgs. It is imperative that you know the load you want to tow. A lightweight tow bar for a heavyweight load can cause serious damage to your vehicle.

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What is the kind of tow bar you need to use

There are rigid tow bars and there are flexible, collapsible tow bars. Rigid tow bars are economical and are a good option if you plan to use it once in a while, sparingly. Tow bars that are rigid do need to be fitted in a careful, precise manner. Once you secure the tow bar, there can be no adjustment done. Collapsible tow bars allow for more leeway with adjustments even after you secure it to the end of your vehicle. These tow bars are a good option if you are looking to travel frequently with a trailer. Tow Bar Installation Cost for a collapsible tow bar is on the higher side. Keep reading the Tow Bar Guide to learn how to install a tow bar.

Install Your Tow Bar – A Handy Accessory

A Tow Bar Install can make you and your vehicle an expert at multitasking. If you are planning a holiday on a budget, all you need is a tow bar which will give you the freedom to wander about in your vehicle anywhere and everywhere, making it the perfect mobile holiday home. If you are planning a camping trip for the entire family, all you need is a tow bar to hitch your camping van and you are ready for a weekend in the wild. If you are shifting luggage or moving from one city to another, all you need is a tow bar to fix a trailer that can carry your belongings and transport them in a safe secure manner from one home to another.

Tow Bar Installation Instructions

Life becomes much easier once you know How to install the proper Tow Bar.  We have listed for you the techniques used by us, professional Tow Bar Installers, that will guide you in installing a tow bar which is perfect for your load.

  1. Before you begin, always check whether the surface is flat or at an angle (upward or downward). Tow bars installed on flat surfaces provide the perfect pull capacity for your trailer or camping vehicle. This is one step that most people forget to tick off before they begin installation.
  2. Measuring the frame where the tow bar will be secured is a step that needs a calm hand and precise execution. The ball mount of the tow needs to be drilled dead centre of the frame. If it is drilled off centre, the load could tilt sideways if you plan to drive around tight curves or steep roads. Check the measuring tape a couple of times before you mark the spot to drill. Expert tip: Once you mark the centre, measure the two halves to see if it is dead centre.
  3. Securing the tow bar is the final step of the process; a step that needs as much attention to detail as the first two. If the bolts are not fastened tight, the trailer will unhinge from the vehicle, and you can imagine what that will do when you are on a highway.

Tow Bar Installation Melbourne

Fixing a tow bar sounds simple enough to do. Some may even tell you that it is a Do It Yourself (DIY) task. We would caution you in this regard.

Though there is no harm in installing a tow bar yourself, and puffing your chest in front of family and friends (as most of us do), it is always better to consult an expert and use their expertise to install tow bars that are specific to your needs, but more importantly, that are specific to your automobile make and load. Your vehicle may react differently to a particular load than, say, your neighbour’s vehicle.

Tow bars are indeed a handy vehicular accessory of installed in the proper manner. There are professional tow fitting companies located in Melbourne, and throughout Australia, who could make installing tow bars as easy as it looks.




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