Tow bar types explained


Tow bar types explained




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Commercial Vehicle Towbar Types

 Flange Towbar Types


Witter Flange Tow barWestfalia Flange Towbar

The most commonly used type of tow bar in the U.K. is the Flange where the tow ball is bolted to the tow bar with two 24mm bolts.  There are also some variations of the flange towbar type that have four bolts instead of two.This is the most versatile design of tow bar because it can be used with tow ball mounted accessories i.e. Cycle carriers, bumper protectors & all types of stabilisers, all mounted between the tow bar & ball.  The flange type of towbar is non-removable.  

Reasons to buy a flange towbar type:

1.    Compatible with a large number of vehicles.
2.    Allows for a choice of tow balls.
3.    The height of the towbar can be altered using drop plates.
4.    Economical, they are the cheapest type of towbar.

Reasons not to buy a flange towbar type:

1.    Both the tow bar and electrics can be seen when looking at the vehicle.
2.    Different types of towball can be expensive.

Swan Neck Towbar Types


Westfalia Swan Neck Towbar


In the E.U. the most common towbar type is the Swan Neck towbar. This is where the tow ball and the neck are all one piece of the tow bar. This type of tow bar is becoming more popular in the U.K. due to the appearance of the bar looking neater and with the bar being narrower it is less likely to trigger your parking sensors.

This type of bar is a little less versatile; you can either tow or attach a
cycle carrier you can’t use both at the same time.

The swan neck tow bar can also be used with an Alko stabiliser without the need for modification.

Reasons to buy a swan neck towbar type:

1.    Compatible with a large number of vehicles.
2.    Compatible with Alko stabilisers
3.    This type of towbar looks professional and discreet.
4.    Competitively priced tow bar, slightly more expensive than the flange
type towbar.

Reasons not to buy a swan neck towbar type:

1.    Tow ball height cannot be altered.
2.    Alternate Towballs cannot be fitted.
3.    Slightly more expensive than a flange type towbar.
4.    Swan neck type towbars are visible unlike the detachable type towbars.

Detachable Towbar Types

 Detachable Type Towbars

When fitted to the vehicle a Detachable towbar looks very similar to a Swan neck towbar. However the beauty of this type of bar is that the neck
simply unclips when not in use it, leaving little or nothing of the tow bar to see.

Witter Towbar systems offer Quantum Vertical towbar types and Quantum Horizontal towbar types.  They are termed as this due to the manor in which they are inserted into the housing of the towbar.

Reasons to buy a detachable towbar type:

1.    Almost invisible, and in some cases this type of towbar is invisible
when not in use.
2.    Already compatible with a large number of vehicles.  As popularity
increases with this type of towbar more and more vehicles will have this
type of towbar developed for them.
3.    Compatible with Alko stabilisers
4.    Aesthetically better looking in appearance compared to other types of
5.    Reduces risk of injury when around the rear of the vehicle, as the
detachable neck can be removed when not in use.

Reasons not to buy a detachable towbar type:

1.    Tow ball height cannot be altered.
2.    Alternate Towballs cannot be fitted.
3.    Much more expensive than a flange and swan neck type towbars.

Electric Swivelling Tow Bar Types


Electric Swivelling Type Towbar

The electric swivelling trailer towbar system is the newest type of towbar developed by Westfalia.  One press of a button and the towbar will appear
from under the vehicle.  You are then ready to tow!  

The electric swivelling towbar type leads the way in the tow bar industry.

Vertical Detachable Tow Bar Types


Vertical Detachable Type Towbar     Vertical Detachable Type Towbar

The automatic detachable towbar type is invisible.  This type of towbar allows easy removal and fitting of the tow ball neck. The neck of the towbar is inserted vertically into the actual towbar fitted to the vehicle.  To prevent theft or unwanted removal of the towbar neck a lock and key has been added.

Horizontal Detachable Tow Bar Types


Horizontal Detachable Type Tow Bar    Horizontal Detachable Type Tow Bar

The automatic detachable type towbar is invisible just like the one above. The only difference between the vertical detachable towbar type and the
horizontal detachable towbar type is the direction in which the towbar neck is inserted into the towbar fitted to the vehicle.

Compact detachable Tow Bar Types


Compactl Detachable Type Tow Bar

This type of towbar made by Westfalia is a smaller and cheaper version of the vertical / horizontal detachable towbar types.  The neck of this type
of towbar fits into the towbar fitted to the vehicle horizontally and like most Westfalia products this type of towbar is secured using a lock and ey.

Pin System Towbar Types


Pin System Detachable Type Tow Bar

This type of towbar is another similar to the detachable type towbars.  The pin system towbar's neck is inserted horizontally into the fitted part of the
towbar unlike other types of towbar this system does not have a lock and key. Instead it is secured by a pin, which itself is made secure by a leg

Nut System Towbar Types

 Nut System Detachable Type Tow Bar

This type of towbar is identical to the Pin System towbar type.  The only difference being where the pin system is secured with a pin the nut system
is secured with a nut.

Permanently Attached Towbar Types

Permanently Attached Type Tow Bar

This type of towbar is Westfalias version of the commonly known flange towbar type.  Both (F10 Welded) and (F20 Bolted) are available, although thebolt type towbar is preferred to the welded.  Fixed Flange otherwise knownas permanently attached is the cheapest model of towbar.

Universal HGV Towbar Types

   HGV Type Tow barHGV Type Towbar

Towing Brackets For HGV Towbar Types

Westfalia Towing Brackets are suitable for vehicles up to 3.5 t.  The good

thing about this towbar type is that they are fully adjustable in terms

of both width and height.  This type of towbar allows fitting to vehicles

that do not have a standard type towbar allocated to them.


With many different combinations available to this type of towbar, this should be your first choice when searching for HGV towing equipment.


Towbars are type approved, This means that a towbar for a VW Golf 2006 will only fit a VW Golf 2006 , It will not a Ford Focus 2006 For more information regarding type approval please call 0800 5200 478