How to Install a Tow Bar

Tips to Install a Tow Bar

If you are planning to install a tow bar on your RV, you have to make sure that you’ve picked the right type. There are various options in the market. Consult a professional and install it on your own.

Having an RV will allow you to explore many places when the weather is good. At present, the motor home mounted tow bars are really popular. Most owners of recreation vehicles commit the mistake of improperly installing the tow bar. Well, if you want to ensure your safety, it would be best if you consult an expert.

DIY or Hire Professional Help

RV owners find it hard to decide which option to choose. Hiring a professional can mean additional cost on their part but it can also guarantee proper installation and general safety. On the other hand, if you know a great deal about tow bars, you may be able to install it. It will only take a weekend to this task. Just in case you choose to do it yourself, you will have to make sure that you’re equipped with the right knowledge and skills.

Dos and Don’ts

Inserting the tongue of the tow bar to a part called hitch receiver is not right. For instance, in the opposite ends, you can find the car and the tow bar’s tongue. This is unsafe and you must make sure that you install it properly.

The tow bar should be inclined in the direction of coach. There should be a height difference of at least 10cm or 4”. Just in case the height difference is more than the allowed measurement, you can use the ‘drop receiver’. Take note of the car that you’re using. There are times when the hitch receiver is mounted low and this is where you must apply the drop receiver. As you can see, this is a bit complicated and if you can’t figure things out, you should seek professional help.

Other types of tow bars in the market that you can find are A-Frame, self-aligning vehicle mount, and the self aligning receiver mount. The self aligning tow bar is a great choice because it is easy to use. If you opt for the A Frame, you will need the assistance of a spotter, driver, and two people during hookup.

If you own a VW Golf Mark 4, you need to purchase a tow bar that is a direct fit. Since the car has a large rear bumper overhang, you may have limited options. You have to make sure that the mounting bracket is in line with the rear/frame bumper supports. Learn how to install the tow bar and if you still find the info overwhelming, you need to contact a reputed expert. It is not a good idea to jeopardize your safety to save money.

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