and trailer hitch
Like Bike carrier and roof boxes, the car trailer is an accessory used by individuals and professionals. Whether for occasional or daily use, this accessory provides more storage space. To tow it, you need a car towbar.
There are several models of car towbars, with different properties and characteristics. Each towbar corresponds to a vehicle model and to the accessories you intend to tow. Carpratik, the towbar specialist in France, offers you a wide choice of products from different brands at low prices: Thule towbars, Siarr, Bosal, Atnor or Witter towbars are available. Browse through our product catalogues to find the right towbar for your needs.
Detachable flange ball towbar, designed for professional use
Detachable swan neck towbar with tools
Detachable swan neck towbar without tools horizontal
Detachable swan neck towbar without tools vertical
Some car models do not offer enough storage space. When going on holiday or for business reasons, users often need extra space. The most practical way to provide extra space is to tow a trailer. This involves installing a towbar to connect the trailer to your vehicle. Once installed, this rigid device can be used to tow a trailer or other vehicle with a GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) of less than 3.5 tonnes. In some cases, it can tow a bike rack, a caravan or a utility vehicle.
A car towbar is made up of several parts, including the towball at the end of the ball joint. There are three types of ball joints: swan neck, detachable and classic fixed. The ball is attached to the fitting at the rear of the car. Depending on the object to be pulled, the ball can be 45 or 60 millimetres long. In the case of a specific trailer, it can be replaced by a towbar.
There are several types of towbars with different advantages, but all comply with the same regulations and road safety guidelines. Before choosing a model that is compatible with your vehicle, you need to determine your needs, i.e. the type of trailer.
- Couplings with a detachable ball with tools : these are the classic models, which require specific tools to remove. They are preferred by those who use their trailer frequently. In terms of price, this is an inexpensive hitch..
- Hitches with a detachable ball joint without tools : These are usually mounted on the mounting lugs extending beyond the bumper. Here the ball joint is detachable. It can be removed without tools.
- Towbars with a vertical ball joint that can be removed without tools : easier to remove and more aesthetic, this type of car towbar is very effective.
If you are looking for a trailer for your vehicle, you will hear about the wiring harness. Its role is to power the trailer so that its lights work. This will involve connecting the trailer's stop lights, indicators and fog lights to your vehicle's electrical system via the wiring harness. As each vehicle model uses a specific harness, you should consider the type of plug your trailer or caravan uses before purchasing your harness.
Furthermore, the assembly of the car hitch and wiring harness requires a perfect mastery of the instructions and some mechanical knowledge. For your safety, at Carpratik, we advise you on the installation of the coupling device.