The Right Towbar for Your Car

by Byron Jonas

The vast network of highways and roadways that crisscross the country attract countless motorists out onto the pavement every year, many of them yearning for some adventure or thrill just on the other side of the horizon. It is with that notion of adventure that many people end up choosing to bring with them as much of their possessions (or at least the necessary ones) as possible.

That's where having a towbar installed on your vehicle comes into play: to allow for the use of a trailer behind one's vehicle and thus expand the volume of things that travel with you on the road.

To properly tow a trailer, it is necessary to have a standard and strong towbar, also known as a tow hitch, installed that can deal with heavy loads and ensure that the vehicle and the trailer move in relative synchrony, preventing excessive disarticulation between the movements of each.

Not any towbar will perform that way, of course. Beyond making sure that your towbar fulfills certain industry standards it is essential that you hear what a professional has to say on the matter before you have a towbar installed on your car or buy a vehicle because of its in-built towbar.

There are two basic forms of towbar on the market: one version which includes a towball mounted on a tow bracket, and another which incorporates a tow pin and jaw along with a trailer loop. The former variety will allow for greater articulation of the trailer's and car's movements, whereas the latter variety is a little more rigid (though if there is enough slack in the pin the same result can be achieved, more or less).

A receiver towbar is one which generally includes a removable tow ball, whereas a fixed hitch will generally have the tow ball and all built right into the frame of the vehicle. In all cases, the hitches are connected directly to the chassis of the vehicle, allowing for heavier objects to be towed. Certain towbars built with a square receiver sockets which enable the weight to be more evenly distributed during towing, thereby reducing the risk of accidents.

It is incredibly important that when connecting the trailer to the vehicle, the loading of the tow ball be performed correctly both horizontally and vertically - people without experience in performing such loading operations should seek out the advice of someone that does know what they are doing, and that way prevent possible damage to property and persons.

There is hardly a towbar safer than the Lunette Ring variety of coupling. This variety is made up by the Lunette Ring itself and the pintle hook on the vehicle; these couplings are recommended for people towing trailers on uneven or rugged terrain such as out in the country.

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