Hook up with a tow bar system this spring from 4x4AT

… but which type of tow bar do you need?

Increase the functionality – and the fun – of your pickup, SUV or 4×4 by adding a tow bar from our selection of quality towing accessories. Double up on your commercial cargo space by using a trailer, or get your vehicle kitted out for leisure trips or your next memory making staycation adventure.

But a quick look at tow bars shows that there are two main designs: the fixed flange and the swan neck. Our technicians are often asked what is the difference between them – and which is required for a particular vehicle … and here is the answer!

In general, a fixed/flange type is made of two parts – the neck part and the actual tow ball. The ball is bolted onto the neck section which is bolted onto to the vehicle.

Fixed/Flange Tow Bar

A swan neck tow bar is made of one solid piece and the neck part is longer and more curved, and tend to be available in detachable versions.


Fixed Swan Neck Tow Bar

There are pros and cons of both types – which is best for you largely depends on what vehicle you have, and what else you may want to do with it.

We recommend the swan neck types to be fitted to vehicles with rear parking sensors, as they don’t interfere with their operation, and this type is compatible with towed units which have stabilisers (for example, caravans) and this is the use they are mostly designed for. Whereas, fixed flange units are more suited for use with a cycle carrier, are cost-effective and are generally considered more versatile overall … the jack of all trades of tow bars rather than the ‘specialist one job’.

Ford Ranger towing caravan

In stock for a huge range of pickups, 4x4s and SUVs; we offer fixed flange, swan neck fixed and detachable tow bars plus the ‘plug and play’ wiring kits for each model. Full instructions are included for home fitting, or if you prefer a professional job done, please give us a ring or send a message to book in to one of our 4×4 workshops and have your tow bar and electric integration fully installed by our trained technicians.

Tel:01677 428799                                      Email:sales@4x4at.com

We stock tow bars and towing electrics for:

Audi Q5BMW X3Fiat FullbackFord KugaFord RangerHonda CR-VIsuzu D-MaxJaguar F-PaceJeep WranglerKia SportageLand Rover DefenderLand Rover DiscoveryLand Rover Discovery SportMercedes X-ClassMitsubishi Eclipse CrossMitsubishi L200Mitsubishi OutlanderNissan JukeNissan NavaraNissan QashqaiPeugeot 2008Range RoverRange Rover SportRange Rover VelarRenault AlaskanSkoda KodiaqSsangYong MussoToyota HiluxToyota RAV4Vauxhall MokkaVolkswagen TiguanVolvo XC60Volvo XC90VW Amarok

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