The Fitting Instructions for a Tow Bar

Written by michael e carpenter
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Tow bars let your car or truck pull trailers, boats and even other vehicles. Tow bars are easy to install, remove and store. Each make and model of car will have different tow bar requirements. Installing a tow bar can be completed on your own in about an hour. If you are not familiar with the process it may be best to have a professional install the tow bar for you.

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Things you need

  • Tow bar kit
  • Vehicle owner's manual

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  1. 1

    Read the owner's manual for both the vehicle doing the towing and the vehicle being towed to find out any weight restrictions or towing requirements.

  2. 2

    Purchase a tow bar kit that will work for the make and model of the vehicle. If the vehicle is being towed the tow bar will be installed on the front of that vehicle. Tow bars come in a number of styles including rigid A-frame, self-aligning motor home mounted and self-aligning car mounted. If the vehicle is doing the towing, the tow bar will be installed at the vehicle's rear. Verify that the tow bar kit meets the requirements for towing.

  3. 3

    Install the tow bar onto the vehicle. Installation will vary based on the kit purchased and the make and model of the car. In some cases the tow bar will be clamped on with bolts. Other times holes may need to be drilled into the vehicle's frame to connect the tow bar. Follow the installation instructions provided with the kit to correctly fit the tow bar to your vehicle.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are planning on towing a vehicle regularly, purchase the best quality tow bar kit available.
  • If you have not properly installed the tow bar the towed vehicle may come loose while driving.

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