What type of towbar is right for my car? I need to tow a trailer what class of tow bar do I need? How many types of towbars exist and which is the right choice for my car? These are the common questions we receive on a day to day basis by customers buying a tow bar for their new or used cars.
In the following we would like to clearly outline all the key components in a towing system so you can have a better idea of what your vehicle may need. If you have any doubts or questions don’t hesitate to contact us and we can help put together the right system for you.
Towbars are rated into 3 classes. Class 2 Standard towbars, Class 3 towbars, and Class 4 heavy-duty towbars. The classes exist to distinguish between the towing capacities and style of each tow bar.
Class 2 towbars
Class 2 light duty towbars are typically rated up to 1200 kg and is a well engineered solution for light towing and mounting bike racks. Hayman Reese Class 2 towbars have an industry leading ball-mount tongue made from thicker high-grade steel compared to other brands. Our Class 2 towbars have a bolt-on tongue that attaches to the crossmember using two bolts.
Class 3 towbars
Class 3 medium duty towbars are a step-up in performance and features. Our medium duty towbars are typically rated up to 1600 kg and feature a 40 mm x 40 mm square hitch receiver with a removable Trailer Ball Mount. When you are not towing, simply remove the retaining clip and hitch pin and the Trailer Ball Mount slides straight out. Hayman Reese medium duty towbars are engineered to work with Hayman Reese mini Weight Distribution kits and intermediate Weight Distribution kits offering improved safety, handling, control and comfort when towing heavy loads.
Class 4 towbars
Class 4 heavy duty towbars feature the famous 50 x 50 mm square hitch receiver. Typically rated to the vehicle’s maximum towing capacity, and are suited for towing caravans, boats, horse floats or even the professional tradesman. Hayman Reese is famous for the heavy duty towbar because we invented it. The Hayman Reese range of heavy duty towbars also a feature a removable Trailer Ball Mount. When you are not towing, simply remove the retaining clip & hitch pin, and the Trailer Ball Mount slides straight out. The 50 x 50 mm square hitch receiver is also compatible with our entire range of Weight Distribution kits offering improved safety, handling, control and comfort when towing heavy loads.
System Weight distribution systems are designed to transfer the load evenly through the front and rear suspension of your vehicle, keeping weight distribution across all wheels equal for the safe towing of heavy loads. Some recommendations outline that if your towed weight is more than 50 percent of your vehicles a weight distribution system should be used.
In Australia any trailer that weighs more than 750kg will need to be fitted with brakes. If electric brakes are fitted a brake control united will be required to activate the brakes
Sway Control System
Crosswinds, poor trailer loading or insufficient spring bar tension in the weight distribution system can generate sway. Sway control is recommended to be used with most weight distribution systems so much so that many systems come with already built in sway control. Certain setups do however require separate weight distribution and sway control systems.
Along with the above core systems needed for towing, you will also find a range of handy useful extras, Tow bar steps, bike racks, ball mounts, and pintle hooks, are a few of the extra products we can help you with here at Suncoast Vehicle Accessories. We hope this article has cleared some of the confusion up around towing systems, if you would like help in choosing a system that is right for your needs please call us we would be delighted to be of service to you.