Towbar Differences and Benefits

Whats the difference between Flange, Swan & Detachable Towbars?

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Which Towbar should I choose?

Whats the difference between Flange, Swan & Detachable Towbars?

Detachable swan neck towbar, where the neck of the towbar can be removed when not in use.

Detachable towbars avoid any issues with parking sensors picking up the tow bar neck, so ultimately if your car has reverse parking sensors this would be the best option for you.

  • Neck removable when not in use
  • No issues with reverse parking sensors
  • Compatible with ALKO Stabilisers
  • Compatible with most Cycle Carriers

On a Swan Neck towbar, the towball is part of the neck of the towbar.

A swan neck towbar can look tidier on the vehicle because it is more compact and is less likely to set any reverse parking sensors off. We can not guarantee this as it is dependant on the bumper shape and location of the parking sensors. We would recommend the Detachable Swan Neck Towbar if your vehicle has parking sensors.

  • Tidy and compact
  • Compatible with ALKO Stabilisers
  • Fits most clamp-on Cycle Carriers
  • Unlikely to trigger parking sensors compared to a Flange Towbar, however we would recommend a Detachable Towbar instead

The flangeball towbar is a commonly used type of towbar in this country.

On this type of towbar, the towball is bolted on to a faceplate on the tow bar, this allows accessories such as bumper guards and cycle carriers to be bolted behind the towball.

  • Versatile
  • Can be used with most accessories.
  • Can be used with a bumper guard.
  • Not recommended if your vehicle has reverse parking sensors.