The vast network of highways and roadways that crisscross the country attract countless motorists out onto the pavement every year, many of them yearning for some adventure or thrill just on the other side of the horizon. It is with that notion of adventure that many people end up choosing to bring with them as much of their possessions (or at least the necessary ones) as possible.
Of course, there is only so much that a person can fit into their ordinary vehicle, which is why many people choose to buy a trailer of one sort or another.
In order to be able to haul a trailer behind one’s car, it is very important that the vehicle be equipped with a quality towbar (also referred to as a tow hitch) that can resist lots of stress and keep the vehicle’s and the trailer’s movements more or less in sync.
Of course, it isn’t just any kind of towbar that can perform that way. You need to make sure that the towbar you have installed already, or that you want to install, meets the standards of the industry and furthermore to hear what a professional in the field has to say before deciding what kind to choose and what sort of trailer to use with it.
Basically, towbars come in two forms: there are those with a tow ball mounted on a tow bracket, and another kind that involves a tow pin and corresponding jaw that fit to a trailer loop. The first kind is better for articulating the movement of the towing vehicle and the trailer which is a major consideration when towing, while the second type does not allow for such great coordination, though if you allow enough slack in the tow pin you can come closer to successfully articulating the movements of both.
What is known as a receiver-type towbar is a version that has a detachable tow ball, while on the other hand a fixed-type towbar usually will have tow ball and other components incorporated directly into the vehicle’s frame. In both cases, the towbar is connected directly to the chassis, which permits the driver to tow a heavier load. For better weight distribution and therefore a safer tow, with less risk of accidents, there are special square receiver sockets designed for such purposes.
Loading the tow ball is a delicate procedure and has to be done just right in both the horizontal and vertical sense, otherwise there is greater risk of something going awry. If you do not have experience loading the tow ball, then get the help and advice of somebody that does, a decision that will not only help avoid damages to your own property and vehicles but also avoid hurting other people out on the roadways.
One of the safest varieties of towbar is known as a Lunette Ring, which forms a very secure coupling by means of the mentioned ring and the pintle hook on the vehicle. This sort of towbar is ideal for heavy loads and for people towing on rugged terrain.