When the European towing brackett
manufacturers such as Bosal and Brink (now Thule Towing Systems)
began selling into Britain they introduced to the mass UK market
swanneck towbars (either with a welded or bolt on neck).
The swanneck towbar is the
norm in most continental European countries such as Germany,
but every year they become more popular in the UK.
With a swanneck towbar instead
of the neck of the towbar ending in a flange plate (to which
a separate towball is bolted), the neck turns straight into the
ball. Many people believe this is more aesthetically pleasing
than the more common flange type, as usually the electrics are
located on the main towbar out of normal view.
However they do have disadvantages
in that traditional blade type stabilisers (Bulldog, Snakemaster
etc) often require an expensive and intrusive adapter. Also bumper
protector plates, tow steps and pins and balls etc cannot be
When refering to a swanneck
towbar we would not normally include detachable swanneck towbars,
for more information please see our detachable