Towbar Fitting Service

Choosing the right towbar

Detachable Towbar Fitted to Nissan Qashqai

Choosing a genuine quality towbar (not just one the manufacturer calls 'quality') is the most important consideration. Normally the price of a towbar indicates its quality. In our experience, it is better to pay for a towbar that has been produced up to a specific quality rather than down to a low price. After all, the towbar connects two rather valuable items together.

The style of towbar is also a matter of preference. The most popular is the 'two bolt fixing' towball, developed in the UK, which still offers the facility to add accessories such as a bumper protectors, stabilisers and cycle carriers.

Towbar Fitted to Mitsubushi Pickup

Further thought may be given to how this affects the appearance of the rear of the vehicle by a towbar that is permanently fixed in position. A detachable towbar is the option, which overcomes this. There are two main types of detachable. There are models that when the towball is removed, no sign of a towbar is left. Even the electrical socket flips under the bumper.

Towbar Fitted to Local Police Car

Others leave the electrical sockets visible under the bumper or rear valance because the space behind the bumper is restricted. However, they still look very unobtrusive and not having a towbar protruding past the bumper can be considered to be aesthetically important when not towing. The swan neck towbar is popular with vehicle manufacturers as their original equipment towbar and is also popular in the rest of Europe. Still not so popular in the UK as there is no flexibility to add accessories but some prefer the appearance to the 'two bolt fixing' type towball.

Witter, Thule Brink and Westfalia are the UK's leading towbar manufacturers. We recommend them for their build quality, strength and unobtrusive designs.

Witter Towbars
Westfalia & Brink Towbars

Many vehicle manufacturers choose Witter, Brink (Thule) & Westfalia towbars as their approved equipment because of their reputation for making excellent products.

Our Towbar Fitting Service - Two levels of fitting

STANDARD FIT

Quality towbar and electrics fitted to our usual high level with a standard guarantee. Popular choice when the vehicle is likely to only be kept for a short time.

  • Genuine Lifetime guarantee on the towbar and 12 months guarantee on all the electrics
  • The towbar is painted in black primer/top coat from the factory.
  • All holes that need to be drilled or scraped clean of mastic are protected with 'Waxoyl' underseal to ensure no rust can occur where the towbar meets the vehicle chassis.
  • The towbar is fitted by our experienced fitters in accordance with the towbar manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Bypass relays are always fitted to vehicles with sensitive wiring.
  • 12N electrics (for road lighting) are connected to the vehicle loom using scotchlocks (this is the usual method in the towbar fitting industry).
  • 12S electrics (Supplementary caravan wiring) includes the latest high amp self-switching relays & power supply to cater for all types and makes of caravan including the most modern caravans with large fridges.
  • 13 Pin electrics combines 12N & 12S as above into one high quality plug & socket connection. We only use the correct 13 core cable which includes 5 x 2.5mm² cables and complies with ISO11446. New caravans supplied from 2009 will be fitted with 13pin electrics.

PREMIUM FIT

For total peace of mind, quality towbar and fitted to our usual high standard but with a higher level of finish and guarantee. Usually chosen when the vehicle is likely to be kept for longer than a year or by those towing frequently.

  • Genuine Lifetime guarantee on the towbar and on all the electrics. This also includes 'no quibble' accidental* lifetime guarantee on the towbar and electrics this is while you own the vehicle.
  • The towbar is finished in a high quality black top coat which gives excellent protection against corrosion.
  • All holes that need to be drilled or scraped clean of mastic are protected with 'Waxoyl' underseal to ensure no rust can occur where the towbar meets the vehicle chassis.
  • The towbar is fitted by our experienced fitters in accordance with the towbar manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Bypass relays are always fitted to vehicles with sensitive wiring.
  • 12N electrics (for road lighting) are connected to the vehicle loom by soldering, using a non-residue solder which gives a far superior and reliable connection and increases the strength of the vehicle cables rather than reduce them.
  • 12S electrics (Supplementary caravan wiring) includes the latest high amp self-switching relays & power supply to cater for all types and makes of caravan including the most modern caravans with large fridges..
  • 13 Pin electrics combines 12N & 12S as above into one high quality plug & socket connection. We only use the correct 13 core cable which includes 5 x 2.5mm² cables and complies with ISO11446. New caravans supplied from 2009 will be fitted with 13pin electrics

NTTA Accredited Towbar Fitting Centre

Western Towing are NTTA Accredited

For your peace of mind we are NTTA accredited towbar centres. Please click here to find about the benefits of choosing us to fit your towbar.

We have been fitting towbars since 1977 and introduced the two levels of fitting in 1999. We are constantly striving to give the best towbar fitted at a competitive price. Please contact us on 01392 216336 for a quote. Lines are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 12.30pm on Saturdays

We don't offer a mobile service as we believe it is not possible to fit towbars, or more importantly, the complicated electrics to vehicles at the roadside or on a driveway. Work on todays vehicles should be carried out in a suitably equipped workshop. There is the added advantage of knowing where we are should you need us!

Courtesy Car

courtesy car info

You are welcome to book our courtesy car while we fit your towbar, there is no extra charge,
subject to conditions.



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