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Things to remember or check!

Before booking a fitting:

Will I need a number plate for my trailer / cycle carrier lighting board?
We do make number plates while you wait. Bring your driving licence and V5 registration document with you.

Does the caravan have a stabiliser, if so what type?
We can supply an Alko compatible towball or traditional (Scott/Bulldog type) car plate if needed.

Does the towbar need to have one or two 7 pin sockets, or does it need to be fitted with the European 13 pin system?
This is governed by the trailer or caravan electrical system. Adaptors are available if you tow using different systems.

Before towing:

Does the driver have a suitable licence for towing?

New rules apply for drivers who passed their test after 1st January 1997
For full details of whether you need to take a further test contact Towing Solutions for accurate information. (www.towing-solutions.co.uk)

What is the towing limit for my car?
You should have two limits in your handbook, one for braked and one for unbraked trailers. Be aware some models may not be permitted to tow at all (e.g. fiesta 1.3, Toyota Aygo, Audi S4etc.). On some cars the maximum train weight has to be observed, i.e. if the car is fully laden, the maximum weight of the trailer/caravan has to be reduced.

Do I need a tachograph?
If the gross train weight of your towing vehicle and trailer exceed 3,500 kg and is used for business purposes, then you probably do need to have a tachograph. (see www.ntta.co.uk/law/)

Witter logo from North West Towbar Centre

Witter Towbars

Manufacture mainly the popular U.K. flange ball towbar and are probably the most recognised and sought after brand of towbars in the U.K. Established over 50 years ago they lead the towbar market. When a new model of car is introduced Witter usually have a towbar available very quickly.

Image of Thule Brink logo from North West Towbar Centre

Thule Brink

Manufacture original equipment towbars for many car manufacturers and are well known for their wide range of 'swan neck' and detachable towbars.

Westfalia Automotive

Manufacture original equipment towbars mainly for German car manufactures. They are best known in the U.K. for their 'invisible' detachable towbars which are of an exceptionally high quality.

Image of Tow Trust logo from North West Towbar Centre

Tow Trust

Are a fast growing British company producing very high quality flange ball towbars. Tow Trust are proud of the fact that they only source British steel, so that when you buy a Tow Trust towbar you can be certain that you are buying a truly British product.

Also see 'Towbar Types Explained'

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