Ready, Get Set, Tow: Which Tow Bar to Buy
Aside from customizing your SUV with stunning alloy wheels or macho brush guards, having a tow bar (or a trailer hitch) can give your vehicle an element of surprise every time you hit the road. The longer, the better, as some might say. Your SUV connected with a trailer that can carry your bikes, boats, or even a motor home could be an interesting sight for its viewers, and a helpful solution to your cargo needs. Here are some tips on buying the right hitch for your car:
Types of tow bar
- Heavy-duty hitch. Imagine tagging along your home whenever you go out of town or if you plan on starting up a store or service center on-wheels. We recommend this type of hitch if you want to haul even the biggest cargo there is. You can choose from two types of heavy-duty towing:
Weight distributing hitch. If you wish to just carry lightweight cargo, then you may choose this one. Since heavier tongue weight can make driving less stable and uneven, this type uses long rods to exert more leverage on the vehicle's frame. This keeps the weight stable between the car and the trailer, giving you a smoother ride despite your heavy-duty cargo.Front mount hitch. If you tend to carry snow plows and winch plates during travel, then it won't hurt to have a trailer hitch receiver installed in the front of your car. This comes handy if you want to take full control of the trailer.
- Gooseneck hitch. Don't worry about tight turns, as this type of heavy-duty hitch can be driven like a sedan with its more forward pivot point. It can support up to 30,000 lbs. worth of campers and trailers. If you opt for a foldable, space-saving trailer, many models of this type can accommodate your needs just right.
- Fifth wheel hitch. With its bed-mounted design, it has a high weight capacity just like the gooseneck hitch. But this is the one for you if you tried the other types and think that you want a more stable, easier-to-maneuver trailer. This type provides a smoother ride, making it the typical choice for semi-trucks.
Safety tips when driving
Similar with the quote "with great power, comes great responsibility," driving an SUV towing small or big cargo gives you accountability. Driving on public highways with that much burden on your back requires you to be wary of your car's other parts such as wheels, brakes, and fluids. They should all be in proper order, and you should be in full control whenever you drive before your trailer turns into a huge mess on the road.
How to Install a Tow Bar on Your SUV
Did you know that you can make the most out of your SUV by simply installing a tow bar? Also known as a trailer hitch, this device can give you the luxury of hitching your bike and cargo, or even towing another vehicle-right at the back of your car. This is also a great investment if you just love to travel without the hassle of bringing huge cargo, or if you want to start a towing service business. This simple add-on can do wonders to your car. Setting it up on your vehicle's chassis is a breeze.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Tools that you'll need:
- Power drill
- Protective glasses
- Wrench set
- Socket set
- Tow bar kit
Step 1: Make sure that your tow bar is either a "universal fit" or fit for your vehicle. This will prevent placing the wrong size of tow bar to your car.
Step 2: On a level surface, park your car with the brakes engaged. Place your tow bar on your vehicle's chassis and mark the holes that are needed to be drilled.
Step 3: Secure the tow bar on the frame by clamping. Put on protective glasses as you are going to start drilling the holes. Drill the marked holes carefully.
Step 4: Bolt the tow bar into place. Using a wrench, tighten all the bolts to ensure that it will not nudge.
Step 5: Attach safety cables or chains, if necessary.
Your humble SUV-when equipped with an aftermarket device such as a tow bar-has an added feature that can help you put up cargo, or better yet a motorhome on your very own car. This and more will be easier to do now that you have a tow bar to begin with. You will just have to place hitch pins to connect two vehicles together and voila! Your SUV is ready to move mountains.