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Tow Bar King loves hearing from customers like you. Your queries are important for us so we can keep improving our services. Browse through our FAQs to find quick answers on your tow bar installation questions.

These FAQs are meant to be a guide. Your requirements will differ and it is best that you talk to the professional team at Tow Bar King to get specific advice and answers for your towing needs.

No. A properly installed tow bar that is compliant with all the relevant standards and regulations will not void your vehicle warranty. The important guideline to be aware of is your vehicle’s recommended towing capacity. When you need to tow something, always make sure that the load is within your vehicles tow rating.

Tow Bar King has a full range of services to address all your towing setup requirements. Our team can setup your trailer lights and indicators quickly through a bypass ECU system. This allows indicator and other signals from your vehicle to get through to your trailer without drawing power from your car itself. The ECU relies on an independent power source to power your trailer lights.

This ensures that wiring your trailer’s lights and indicators will not affect the sensitive wiring and electronics configuration of your entire vehicle.

Late model cars come equipped with modern wiring harnesses that is almost like “plug and play”. This eliminates the need for tricky splicing and soldering just to get your trailer and vehicle connected. With these new technologies, the integration of your trailer’s electronics with your vehicle is seamless.

While seemingly simple, this often requires professional expertise to carry out quickly and correctly. Talk to the experts at Tow Bar King for the best advice and tips on how to integrate your electricals.

When your Gross Trailer Weight exceeds 750kgs, Australian regulations require that your trailer should have a braking system. Trailers with electric braking systems require an Electric Brake Controller to control the timing and output of your trailer brakes. They usually have a manual override for emergency situations or for descents with steep grades.

Tow Bar King also offers a range of towing accessories such as brake controllers that will ensure your towing vehicle is set up properly. Talk to our professional team about the most suitable brakes and control system for your requirements.

A trailer will sometimes put so much weight on your tow ball that it pushes the rear of your vehicle down. This puts stress on your car’s tires and suspension. More importantly, pushing on the rear of your vehicle raises the front so that it will have a significant effect on your steering, traction, handling and braking.

The weight distribution hitch addresses this issue by bringing your vehicle and trailer connection back to a level towing height that is safe.

Each vehicle has a tow rating specified by the manufacturer. This information should be found in the towing section of your vehicle manual. Take note that this figure is often a maximum limit under the most ideal conditions. Your towing requirements are unique. Talk to the expert team at Tow Bar King so that we can help you build a towing a setup that optimizes your vehicles towing capabilities without compromising your on road safety.

The hitch tow bar is a very popular installation because of the ease with which the trailer ball mount can be removed. The ball mount is usually attached to the tow bar by a high tensile hitch pin and retaining clip.

The Class 3 Light Duty Hitch is for towing applications similar to the Standard Tow Bar. The main difference is how the trailer ball mount is attached and removed.

The Class 4 Heavy Duty Hitch has the same characteristics as the Class 3 Hitch but are design for heavier loads between 1200kgs up to 4500kgs. This is the one you need when you are towing a caravan, a boat, a car trailer, or a horse float.

Standard Tow Bars (Class 2) are usually used for light duty towing of up to 1600kgs. These usually have a trailer ball mount that can be removed by undoing two attachment bolts on the tow bar flange. This type is suitable for passenger vehicles and small- to medium-sized SUVs. Removing the trailer ball mount usually requires tools.

The two most important considerations are power and a work area. We need good, reliable access to power to run an extension lead to the work area so we can power the tools and equipment that are necessary for your installation.

The work area needs to be somewhere near your vehicle as well as providing suitable parking for our own service vehicle. That way accessing our specialized tools and equipment is easier and the work will not take more time.

There are days when our team will also need some sort of shelter – rainy days and hot days in particular. The shelter should be able to cover the rear portion of your car to protect both your vehicle and our installers from the weather.