Fitting Instructions for Towbars

Updated April 17, 2017

Tow bars allow you to tow another vehicle securely and are commonly used on recreational vehicles to tow a smaller vehicle on trips. Tow bars utilise the trailer hitch of the front vehicle to pull the second vehicle while the tow bar is attached to the frame of the second vehicle. There are many different models of tow bars and each has its own benefits and drawbacks.

Select a tow bar that is designed to fit on the vehicle being towed. The front vehicle will need a trailer hitch but the tow bar will attach to the frame of the second vehicle.

Select a tow bar that will support the weight of the vehicle being towed. There are three classes of tow bars; Class I, Class II and Class III. Each class has weight limitations for the weight they can safely pull.

Install the tow bar onto the vehicle being towed. Attach the base plate to the frame of the vehicle and attach the tow bar to the base plate with the supplied hardware. The installation process will vary depending on the vehicle, but you will need a ratchet and set of sockets regardless of the vehicle.

Adjust the tow bar if necessary to achieve proper alignment, centring the bar on the vehicle. There are two adjuster bolts on the tow bar where it connects to the base plate. Make sure the bolts are tightened down once the adjustments are complete.

Connect the safety pins to secure the tow bar. Depending on the model of the tow bar, there may be two safety pins or four. Insert these safety pins into place and secure them with the supplied hairpin clips.

Connect the safety cables to the vehicles. These cables should cross and connect to both the tow vehicle and vehicle being towed. Attach the cables to the trailer mount of the front vehicle and the frame of the rear vehicle.

Things You'll Need

  • Ratchet
  • Sockets
  • Tow bar
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