The Advantages of Using a Tow Bar in Your Off-Road Vehicle
Jeep wranglers and off-road vehicle enthusiasts have always longed for a good reliable tow bar on their vehicle. With a large selection to choose from in the market, it is important to educate yourself in the different types that you may purchase provided it suits your requirements.
Some vehicle owners simply have a tow bar as an added visual feature while others choose to have it for practical use. It is of course a very common feature on a 4 x 4 jeep and is quite an important feature to have when considering the rough terrains that these types of vehicles travel on.
Choosing the right Tow Bar for your vehicle
Although there are different types of Tow bars on the market to choose from, you should do some research before you pick one. Modern-day vehicles have come so far along in terms of design that compatibility can sometimes be an issue. Let’s take a look at some of the different types available in the market. The “Bolt-on ball” tow bar is perhaps the most traditional form of tow bar out there and is still a preferred choice when it comes to Caravans etc.
The Swan Neck Tow bar projects out from behind your vehicle and is usually welded or bolted to be tightly secure. A detachable tow bar can be useful as it can be easily removed from your vehicle when there is no towing required. Some vehicle owners do not like a tow bar jutting out from the back as it does not exactly enhance the appearance of the vehicle. It is important to note that your tow bar should not obstruct your license plate as that is considered an offense in most countries.
There are certain safety requirements you should adhere to as well like your tow bar should have a certain level of ground clearance and the weight it can accommodate should not exceed more than 7 to 8 percent of the actual laden weight of the caravan or trailer. The last thing you want is a bar that can easily break because that can lead to a serious accident on the road and damage to your belongings. A tow bar stabilizer for example can be an added safety precaution as it can actually regulate the snaking movement you sometimes see when the trailer moves from side to side behind your vehicle.
Keeping your bar in good condition
Make sure the bar is in good condition at all times. All bolts and nuts must be regularly checked before any long journey and ensure that no rust collects on it over time. Try and avoid overly large bumps on the road as the more pressure you exert on the tow bar the more likely it is to wear and tear quite easily over a particular period of time.
The points given above will help you choose the right accessory for your vehicle and help you keep it safe.