How To Install A Tow Bar On Your Commercial Vehicle

A tow bar is the ideal solution in each instance – it's a utility multiplier that adds immense value to your commercial vehicle.

Imagine you have a large pump or generator or some specialised equipment that is required at the work site or that you have to often take back something large from a client site for repairs in a garage or workshop. A tow bar is the ideal solution in each instance – it's a utility multiplier that adds immense value to your commercial vehicle. Now let us see how to install a tow bar on your commercial vehicle.

Now, before you install a tow bar on your commercial vehicle, you may need to do a couple of things:

Pre-Tow Bar Purchase:

Do read up on the owner's book of your vehicle to find out how much weight your vehicle can safely tow – never assume anything because each vehicle has a different towing limit. Also, if your vehicle is brand new, make sure your vehicle can tow right away as often times, a brand new transmission system will not be able to tow right away. It might need to be used for a few hundred kilometres before it is ready to take the strain of a tow.

Purchasing the right tow bar:

Check out the tow bar designs and select one that is ideally suited for your purpose. You will also need to purchase a tow mounting bracket – one that fits your vehicle perfectly. Apart from the mounting bracket, if the towed weight is going to be more than 750 Kgs, you will also need supplementary electronic breaking (to be attached to the controller in your tow vehicle) to assist your existing brake system.

Once you have everything laid out and ready for installation, you are now ready to install a tow bar on your commercial vehicle. Here's how you proceed:

1. Locate the mounting points on your vehicle – if you are not sure where that is, refer to your truck's manual. Although unlikely, it is possible that you might have to remove the rear bumper and other things to get to the mounting points to attach the bracket.

2. Attach the Bar – Locate the two open holes on either side of the rear chassis. If your tow bar has a chain mount, thread the chain through the mounting holes and back into the tow bar using a wrench to tighten it. On the other hand, it your tow bar has a bolt mount, thread the bolts through these two holes and tighten them with the wrench.

3.  Attach the Towed Vehicle – After you have fitted the tow bar, attach it to the unit you want towed. The exact process will depend on the kind of tow bar you've purchased selected – whether it has a detachable or fixed flange ball. Your tow bar will have a manual included – see what that says.

4. Connect the Wiring – The final stage to installing a Tow Bars is to connect the wiring between the lead vehicle and the unit being towed. If the unit you are towing does not have any tail lights, you will have to purchase a separate trailer light wiring kit.

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Sep 27, 2017