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Towbars: Swanneck Towbars

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 fitted.

When refering to a swanneck towbar we would not normally include detachable swanneck towbars, for more information please see our detachable towbars pages.

  Many people consider a swanneck towbar to be better looking than a flange towbar   Can cause problems with parking distance control (reversing sensors) as it is on show all the time
  AL-KO type stabilisers can be used with out a special AL-KO or long reach ball   Causes problems with the use of cycle carrier plate or a stabiliser plate
  Electrical sockets mounted on the main bar to provide a better look   Different type of coupling can not be used, such as a pin, ball and jaw. Bumper protector plate also can't be used
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 or commerical pin and balls can also be fitted.

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