Make sure you get the right towbar for the job.

There are 2 styles of towbar available.  You can choose between either a flange ball towbar, where the towbar has a faceplate with the towball bolted to it, or you can get a swan neck towbar which has a one piece neck with the towball attached.

Either option can be available as a detachable option where the neck can be removed from the towbar when you are not using it.

Please note that not all styles of towbar are available for every vehicle.  You can use our Towbar Finder to find the towbar types that are available for your car.

Fixed Flange Towbar

A Fixed Flange Towbar is generally the most cost effective option, and is the most commonly used in the UK. The tow ball is attached to the tow bar using either two or four 24mm bolts, and it can be used with tow ball mounted accessories ie cycle carriers, bumper protectors etc, which are mounted between the tow bar and ball.

 

Pros

Compatible with a large range of vehicles
Can be used with a choice of tow balls.
Tow and carry cycles at the same time (subject to load limits)
The towing height can be adjusted

Cons

The tow bar and the electrics can be seen
Different types of towballs can be expensive

Detachable Flange Towbar

A Detachable Flange Towbar is the newest type of towbar and works in a very similar way to the Fixed Flange Towbar. The towball is attached to the neck with 2 24mm bolts, however the neck can be removed from the bar using a lock and key. The standard towball is an Alko ball, so is compatible with Alko stabilisers.

 

Pros

Cannot be seen when not in use and is aesthetically better looking compared to fixed towbars
Reduces the risk of injury when the neck is removed
Is compatible with an increasing number of vehicles
Won't trigger reversing sensors when removed

Cons

Towbar height cannot be altered
A limited range of alternate towballs
Much more expensive than fixed towbars

Fixed Swan Neck Towbar

Fixed Swan Neck Towbars are often used outside of the UK. They are the less adaptable than Flange towbars as they cannot be used with additional accessories. Cycle carriers are available, however they cannot be used whilst towing.

 

Pros

Less likely to trigger reversing sensors
Compatible with a large number of vehicles
Looks more discreet than a Fixed Flange towbar

Cons

Towball height cannot be altered
Slightly more expensive than Fixed Flange towbars
Alternate towballs cannot be fitted
Cannot be fitted with a bumper shield

Detachable Swan Neck Towbar

The Detachable Swan Neck Towbar is similar to the Fixed Swan Neck, this style was the first detachable type to be offered. It is mainly used in Europe, and although a cycle carrier can be used, but they cannot tow at the same time.

 

Pros

Cannot be seen when not in use and is aesthetically better looking compared to fixed towbars
Reduces the risk of injury when the neck is removed
Is compatible with a large number of vehicles
Won't trigger reversing sensors when removed

Cons

Towbar height cannot be altered
Alternate towballs cannot be fitted
Much more expensive than fixed towbars

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