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How do I fit a tow bar?

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When towing a caravan, a tow bar is essential. This is essentially a ball and hook that links the caravan with the towing vehicle. Not all cars have a tow ball fitted to them (caravans come with the hooked section as standard), so you will need to ensure you check if your caravan has one prior to collection of your touring caravan.

Almost anyone can fit a tow bar if it is required, however if you are unsure or do not feel confident, it is always worthwhile asking your car garage or a skilled friend to do this for you. After all it is the tow bar that will be holding the weight of your caravan.

The first thing to check prior to getting your tow bar, is to check whether or not the car you own is strong enough to tow the weight of your caravan. Once you know that this is OK you are then able to go ahead and fit the tow bar.

When purchasing your tow bar, it should come with all of the required fittings and screws. Make sure that you always check the fitting instructions to ensure no parts are missing. Your instructions will have full details on the equipment needed for fitting, however the following is a good guide to the required tools:

  • Socket set with 10mm, 13mm, 17mm, 19mm & 24mm Sockets
  • 10mm, 13mm, 17mm, 19mm & 24mm Spanners
  • (If you do not have a 24mm spanner an adjustable would surfice)
  • Flat End Screw driver large
  • Small Electrical Screw Driver
  • Posidrive screw driver large & small
  • Stanley Knife
  • Side Cutters
  • Pliers
  • 12volt Electrical Test Light
  • Electrical or Insulation Tape
  • Cable Ties

In some cases you may need the following tools:

  • Jig Saw or Hand Saw
  • Electric Drill
  • 10.5mm Drill Bit
  • 13mm Drill Bit
  • 17mm Drill Bit
  • Cone or Hole Cutter
  • Crow Bar