Deciding On the Correct Tow Bar

March 6, 2015    

Tow Bar

Buying the right tow bar for your car could become a daunting task. You need to have the correct information available about technical jargon that comes along with the Towbar installation! To make your task easier in buying the right tow bar, we have listed some important things you should know before deciding on the rights towing accessory for your vehicle.

Tow Bar

Choosing the correct tow bar

Follow some simple steps and you are sure not to go wrong with buying the right tow bar:

Identify the Aggregate Trailer Mass (ATM)

First, you need to know the ATM of your trailer or caravan. This is the total mass of the vehicle and whatever you add as payload, for instance, fuel, water, luggage, and food – this is usually specified by your caravan or trailer manufacturer.

You can identify this by the tow ball weight of your entire loaded trailer or caravan that is usually the weight on the back of your vehicle or the jockey wheel when the caravans uncoupled. The tow ball weight is normally around 10% of the Aggregate Trailer Mass – however, we at Tow Bar Brisbane recommend providing an accurate measurement. This you can do by taking your caravan and car to a district weigh-bridge.

Once you know what your ATM is you can browse through one of your favourite towbar Brisbane suppliers and use these figures to analyse the best option to suit your car. Always take into consideration the tow bars ratings. Another, great options to buy a hitch receiver to add to your caravan especially if the ball weight exceeds 125 kg as this allows you to use heavy weight distribution.

Analysing the Tow Ball Weight

With some trouble-free tools, the calculating of the tow ball weights accurately worked out. All that is required is paver or brick, a piece of pipe, a strong plank, and a bathroom scale. By following the set out procedure your tow ball weights analysed:

  • Place the scale and brick/paver 90cm apart
  • Place the piece of pipe on top of both the scales and the brick, and then rest the plank across them
  • Now, Zero the scale
  • Place the jockey wheel on the plank 30 cm from the brick
  • Now, multiply the scale reading by 3 to get the accurate caravan tow ball weight

This will allow you with a good indication of the kind of hitch you should buy for hauling your trailer or caravan. Installing the correct tow bar allows your vehicle to pull the trailer or caravan without any effort and prevents breakdowns of the cars mechanical parts.

Tow Bars Installation

Contact us at Tow Bar Brisbane we have years of experience in the leisure and automotive industry, all our tow bar installers are trained and accredited to deliver quality work. Your vehicles left in capable hands while installing your car tow bar. For any questions, regarding tow bar concerns, talk to one of our qualified sales people for the best advice on tow bars.


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