What to consider when installing a tow bar
Installing a tow bar might seem like a vehicle add on, but there are a few things you should consider before installation.
What do you want to tow?
Before buying and installing a tow bar, it is important to think about what you’ll be towing.
Will it be your new boat? Or maybe just a few mountain bikes in a cycle carrier?
Once you know what sort of towing you’ll be doing, you can find a light to heavy duty tow bar for the job.
What is the towing capacity of your vehicle?
It is essential that you know your vehicle’s towing capacity.
This is the maximum amount of weight you can legally and safely tow behind your vehicle. You can find your towing capacity in your owner’s manual, or from the manufacturer’s website.
Failure to consider your towing capacity can lead to issues with braking, your engine overheating and cause danger to yourself and other motorists on the road.
How can I increase my towing capacity?
If you want to tow a heavier weight than your towing capacity, there are a few things you can do to legally increase your towing capacity.
A weight distribution system redistributes more of the trailer’s weight throughout the vehicle.
Have a vehicle programmer reprogram your setting and replace your axles with heavy-duty versions to take on the heavier load.
Upgrade your brake pads and rotors and install a trailer braking system.
To find out the best solution for your needs, speak to a trusted mechanic.
What if I need to carry more weight?
A GVM upgrade is a federally certified upgrade kit designed to increase the Gross Vehicle Mass of a vehicle.
With a GVM in place, you can legally carry more weight in your vehicle (however, it does not increase your towing capacity).
The benefits of a GVM upgrade include significant increases in load-carrying capabilities, compliance with Workplace Health & Safety, a safer work environment and improved stopping distances when laden.