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Towbars: Flange Towbars

The standard type of towbar in the UK is the flange towbar, (in most cases the two-bolt flange.) This is the type of towbar that been available in the UK for many decades. Perhaps the best known make of flange towbars is Witter, the UK's largest towbar manufacturer.

With a flange towbar a separate towball is bolted onto the towbar via bolts on each side (normally one on either side). This system allows different types of towball to be fitted. The most popular is the standard towball, however long reach towballs are now becoming popular for caravans with a integral stabiliser such as the AL-KO system. Also many commercial vehicles also fit a combination pin, ball and jaw to allow, for example the towing of site generators which have a towing ring rather than a convention hitch.

The flange system also allows for accessories to be fitted between the towbar and the towball, these include stabilisers (such as the Bulldog or Snakemaster), cycle carriers, tow steps or bumper protector plates.

Important Note - Towballs
When buying a two bolt flange towbar the towball is not normally included. This is because of the different variants of towballs (ball, pin and jaw or long reach towballs etc) available. It is for this reason that Witter, Tow-Trust, PCT etc do not supply a towball with the towbar.

Also many people choice to use a towball that they have taken from their old car. A standard towball is just £4.50.

There a number of different variants of towball/coupling available but for most people all that is required is the standard 50 mm Towball. Please note that an EC type approved towball is needed for cars registered from August 1998 ('S' reg) onwards.

  The UK's most popular and hence most of the time the cheapest type of towbar available   Can cause problems with parking distance control (reversing sensors)
  The flange plate allows use of a bumper protector plate, a cycle carrier plate or a stabiliser plate   On show at the rear of the vehicle all the time (Detachable flange towbars are available, please see the detachable page)
  The flange plate allows use of a standard towball, long reach or AL-KO towballs or commercial pin, ball & jaws   Requires a special AL-KO style or long reach towball for use with AL-KO type stabiliser systems
Different types of neck are used with flange towbars, depending on the make of towbar and design of the vehicle. But all allow a standard towball (with the rare exception of four bolt flange towbars) to be fitted. Long reach towballs, commercial pin and balls can also be fitted.

All prices include VAT. Towbar prices do not include towballs, electrics or delivery.
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