Towbars suffer from a lot of wear and tear with frequent use. In some cases they don’t last you a lifetime, you will have to replace them sooner or later. Take a look at our guidelines to know when it’s time for you and your towbar to part ways.
When Should You Replace Your Towbar
Worn Out Pins
Worn out towbars are responsible for many road accidents. To protect your life and the lives of others on the road, replace your towbar if it has endured a lot of wear and tear. Examine the pins for damage. You may be able to use replacement pins to extend the life of your towbar. If the towbar is rusting or cracking, ditch the old towbar and buy a new one instead.
Tow Bar Bolts
Take a good look at the tow bar bolts to look for signs of damage. Towbars come with high tensile nuts and bolts. You will have to examine them for tightness every 800kms. Make sure the bolts are carefully screwed into the right spots. This way the towbar is flexible enough to handle the turns and bumps on the road. If the bolts are preventing the tow bar from functioning properly, you will have to change them or replace the tow bar itself.
Consider How Often You Use Your Towbar
If you use your towbar frequently, you will have to service it often & replace it once it has visible signs of stress cracks or pitting. So if you like hitching your caravan to your towbar every week, you might have to replace the towbar sooner. If you use it just once or twice a year to carry small loads, it should last the lifetime of the vehicle. Attach your trailer to the towbar and test the lights, brakes and electrical components. If the towbar seems unfit for use, don’t head out on your trip until you install a new one.
Using the Right Towbar
You will have to replace your old lightweight towbar with a new one if you decide to tow heavier loads like boats, caravans or horse floats. Flange towbars, swan neck towbars and detachable towbars are some of the most common types available. Always refer to the manufacturer’s towing specifications when you’re looking for a new towbar. To prevent swaying on the road, it’s a good idea to install a weight-distribution hitch. Lastly, if you have a range of trailers with varying coupling sizes, buy an interchangeable tow ball system.
Towbar Installation in Melbourne
If you’ve purchased a used vehicle and need a new towbar, get in touch with the experts at Advanced Towbars. We have a wide range of towbars and towing accessories for sale. Whether you’re looking for electric brake controllers, sway control kits or truck towbars, we can help.
We have a team of professional tow bar installers who are ready to come to your home/office for the installation. We can fit your vehicle out with anything you need. If you want the latest reverse camera and sensors, roof racks or car tow bars, don’t hesitate to contact us.
We have more than 40 years of experience in the industry and we work with some of the best brands.