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What is a fixed tow bar??

If you want to buy a tow bar, you can often choose between several solutions: a fixed tow bar, a removable tow bar and a swivelling tow bar. But what is a fixed tow bar? A fixed tow bar is a tow bar that, once mounted on your car, should not be removed and is therefore always available. The tow bar is attached to a support beam mounted on your car. This construction ensures that you can always use your Brink tow bar safely.

The fixed tow bar is most suitable for people who make regular use of their tow bar.

No fixed tow bar for your car?

In some cases, no fixed tow bar is available for your car. We can, however, offer you another suitable tow bar solution. There are several possible causes:

  • No fixed tow bar has been developed for your specific car model
  • Your car is not suitable for a fixed tow bar
  • The fixed tow bar is no longer available and/or is no longer in production

What is a fixed tow bar

What is a removable tow bar? ?

A removable tow bar also known as a detachable tow bar is a tow bar that can be detached from the car when it is not needed. This type of tow bar is not suitable for every type of car and it is mostly bought by people who use their tow bar only a few times a year. The biggest advantage of this type of tow bar is that the tow bar (by being removable) does not affect the design of the car.

The removable tow bar can be installed or removed in mere seconds and is secured with a lock. This protects the tow bar from theft. The tow bar also has a safety indicator that displays whether you properly attached your tow bar. If the indicator is red, the tow bar has not been placed properly. If the indicator is green, it is safe to transport your load.

There is a common misconception that a fixed tow bar provides a stronger and safer solution than a removable tow bar. A removable tow bar is just as safe and powerful as a fixed tow bar.

Brink produces 3 kinds of removable tow bars.

  • Vertically removable
  • Horizontally removable
  • Diagonally removable

what is a Detachable tow bar

Is there a tow bar available for my car??

Before a car is released on the market, Brink works with the manufacturer to develop a tow bar for that specific model. There are usually several variants of tow bars available for cars younger than five years. If you want to know whether a tow bar is available for your car, you can use the search function on our website. If you have a car that was introduced on the market only recently, it is possible that we do not yet offer a tow bar for that specific model. The tow bars are often being produced at that moment, though, and will likely be released onto the market soon.

We offer you the option of checking, immediately and easily, whether there is a tow bar available for your car. All you have to do is enter the make, model and type of car you have.

Will each tow bar fit on my car?

Detachable towbarNot every type of tow bar will fit under your car. Brink strives to develop and produce the best solution for each type of car, so you can transport your load safely and in style.

A tow bar consists of more than just the ball that is visible from the rear of the car. A support beam is mounted under the car, to which the tow bar construction is attached. Since not every type of car is the same, a different support beam has to be produced for each type of car. Brink takes care to use the most innovative techniques available in order to develop and produce a suitable tow bar solution for your car.

Not every type of tow bar is available for your car, but we do offer the best solution?

You may have noticed that not all types of tow bars are available for each type of car. There are several reasons for this. If, for example, the tow bar would get in the way of the number plate of your car (which would be illegal), a fixed tow bar will not be available for that type of car. In case of a swivelling tow bar, the car must have plenty of space available to store the tow bar. Your car must also be capable of bearing that type of construction. A swivelling tow bar is generally heavier than a fixed tow bar or a removable tow bar. Based on considerations like these, Brink is constantly making decisions that form the basis of your tow bar.

Is there a tow bar for hybrid or electric cars? ?

Yes and no; there are tow bars suitable for hybrid and electric cars, but they have been modified so that you cannot pull loads with them. Caravans and trailers will not fit on the tow bar and only bicycle carriers are suitable for this type of tow bar.

Hybrid and electric cars?

Integrated carrying solutions for hybrid cars

An increasing number of people are opting for small and environmentally friendly cars. These cars are economical and more environmentally friendly than other cars. The disadvantage of these cars is that they are hardly capable of towing. A fact that the majority of people who purchase such a car are fully aware of. But what if you are keen cyclist and regularly like to take your bicycles with you on a bicycle carrier? You are actually carrying very little weight, but you do not have a tow bar on which to mount a bicycle carrier.

Brink RMC detachable tow bar?

Brink has developed the RMC tow bar to solve this problem. This is a horizontally detachable tow bar which is incapable of towing, but is suitable for mounting a bicycle carrier. The main difference is that towing a caravan or trailer subjects the tow bar to a horizontal load. This has a direct influence on the pulling power of the car, whereas transporting a bicycle carrier exerts a vertical load. This requires little or no extra power from the car.

Tow bar safety RMC?

To ensure that the tow bar is only used to mount bicycle carriers, a safety mechanism is fitted to the tow ball. The image below shows the tow bar with a metal lip attached to the upper part of the tow ball. This prevents a caravan or trailer from being attached.

NB: There are a number of bicycle carriers unsuitable for use with the RMC tow bar, the exceptions include:

Handy tips?

driving with a bicycle carrier has very few disadvantages. The fuel consumption is slightly higher, but shows an improvement when compared to roof mounted carriers. Your driving style will obviously have to be adapted due to the extra load on the rear of your car. Pannier bags and the like should be removed from the bicycle as these may affect the stability of the bicycle carrier as well as offering more wind resistance.

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What is a 13-pin plug??

A 13-pin plug is a plug that comes out of the caravan or trailer and is connected to your car. Next to the tow bar there is a connection for the plug. Your car might have a 7-pin cable set while you have a 13-pin plug. You can purchase an adapter to resolve this issue.

Take note, however, that some functions of your caravan, like the reverse lights and the constant power supply, may no longer function properly.

What is a bumper cut-out??

Not every car has enough room to install a tow bar without altering the bumper. These cars require a bumper cut-out if you want to install a tow bar. A bumper cut-out can be both visible and invisible. Brink uses the following norm for invisible bumper cut-outs: “An invisible bumper cut-out means that the cut-out is not visible from a distance of three metres behind the car at a height of 185 centimetres.”

I have lost the key to my removable tow bar.?

If you have a removable tow bar and you have lost its key, you can order a new one via your garage. The garage will be able to order a new key for you based on your tow bar number or lock number. Please note that it can take up to five working days for the garage to receive the new key.

What kind of warranty will I get on a tow bar??

At Brink, we offer a standard one-year warranty on your tow bar and cable set.“Brink guarantees that the delivered goods and its component parts will be free of faults that result from material, production and/or construction errors for a period of 12 months after delivery.”

Other warranties fall under the warranty conditions of the garage where you had your tow bar installed

What is the maximum acceptable load for my car??

The maximum acceptable load for your type of car is listed in your licence registration documents. There is a difference between braked and un-braked loads.

Please note: it is okay for the object you want to tow to have a higher load capacity than the towing capacity of your car. In other words, if you want to tow an object with a maximum load capacity of 1,600 kilogrammes and your car only weighs 1,400 kilogrammes, you are allowed to tow this object as long as the combined weight of the object does not exceed the weight of your car (in this case, 1,400 kilogrammes). Take care not to load the object with more weight than your car’s maximum acceptable load.

For the latest in towing safety laws, regulations and advice for the UK, visit:

http://www.caravanclub.co.uk/advice-and-training

or

http://www.ntta.co.uk

What is my maximum ball weight??

Your maximum ball weight, also known as maximum vertical load, is the maximum vertical load that can be put on the tow bar. The ball weight is also specified on the tow bar itself and is usually indicated with “Max. Vertical Load.”

The ball weight is determined by the car’s manufacturer, who takes the car’s engine power and construction into account. Click on the link to read more about ball weight.

For the latest in towing safety laws, regulations and advice for the UK, visit:

http://www.caravanclub.co.uk/advice-and-training

or

http://www.ntta.co.uk

What is the best way to load my caravan??

Make sure that you spread your luggage across the caravan evenly. Try to avoid placing heavy items high up in cupboards. This can cause the caravan to become unstable while driving. Furthermore, it is advisable to always store your items low to the ground in the middle of the caravan, close to its axis.

Loading your caravan?

The loading of a caravan or trailer can greatly affect the road handling of the combination. Furthermore, a heavily laden caravan or trailer may cause additional problems for the towing vehicle, such as with its roadholding. The following tips will help you to load your vehicles correctly and ensure a safe journey.

Towing capacity?

Before you attach a trailer to the car, it is vital that you are aware of the towing capacity of your vehicle. This can be found in your vehicle logbook, or for vehicles manufactured before 1999, on a separately added sheet. Are you considering buying a new car and you wish to know its towing capacity? The towing capacity can usually be found in the technical specifications of the relevant vehicle. However, it is reassuring to know that Brink Tow bars are capable of towing the maximum permitted weight: Brink subjects all of its production tow bars to rigorous testing, including the heavy-duty versions.

Tow ball pressure?

The tow ball pressure – the weight of the coupling head on the tow bar – must remain within a certain margin. This varies per car, but is usually between 45 and 75 kg. The maximum permitted tow ball pressure can be found on the type plate of the tow bar. If the tow ball pressure is too high, the rear of the car will be excessively low. This will cause the car to ground more easily and the front tyres to have less grip. This will result in poor roadholding which will affect both the car and the trailer. The combination may also become less stable if the tow ball pressure is not sufficient. A hanging measurement of the tow ball pressure can be determined using a calibrated balance spring. However, it is much easier to use bathroom scales. Insert one end of a wooden batten in the coupling head and place the other end of the batten on the bathroom scales. Then using the batten and scales check the weight under the jockey wheel. You can now be confident that the tow ball pressure is correct.

Tips for loading a caravan summarised:?
  • Check the maximum towing capacity of the car.
  • Check the maximum tow ball pressure of the tow bar (see type plate).
  • Weigh luggage before loading.
  • Distribute the weight correctly.

loading caravanThe picture above displays a caravan that is wrongly loaded.

loading a caravan

When a caravan is loaded with all of your holiday requirements, it can easily achieve the maximum load capacity of the caravan. The caravan accessories alone can account for quite a few kilos. The canopy or a awning, the groundsheet, the steps; they all add up to additional weight and can sometimes account for up to 100 kg. So always consider the total weight of your luggage. Record in advance the weight of each piece of luggage and keep a list with your caravan documents. This can save you a great deal of time when you arrange your next holiday.

Weight distribution

Apart from the load capacity, weight distribution is important for the stability of any towing combination. If the rear of the car is excessively low after attaching a trailer, then remove any heavy articles from the boot. Do not attempt to “raise” the tow bar by placing heavier articles at the rear of the trailer. This can seriously affect stability. The correct tow ball height when carrying a loaded trailer should be 35 cm when measured from the road surface to the centre of the tow ball.

General rules for caravan loading?
  • Do not place heavy objects in the wall cabinets.
  • Place heavy objects in the bed settees and as close to the wheel axle as possible.
  • Any bicycles in the caravan should be firmly secured.
  • Do not travel with a water tank filled to the brim.

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