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How to Choose a Tow Bar

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Your guide to choosing the right tow bar and wiring kit for your vehicle and lifestyle.

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Step 1 / Choose your tow bar

Fixed tow bars

Flanged ball tow bar

Do you have a van, pick-up or chassis cab? In that case, the Brink flanged ball tow bar might be the best option for you. This fixed tow bar is made for the heavier work and is therefore mostly used in the professional sector. It can easily pull trailers with a weight of more than 3 tonnes. The flanged ball is available in three types: 2 hole, 4 hole, and 4 hole with a low ball height.


  • Adjustable height
  • Permanently available
  • For heavier work
  • Interchangeable for other coupling systems

Fixed tow bar

Are you a frequent user of a tow bar? If the answer is yes, a fixed tow bar is ideal for you. It is permanently available, maintenance-free and lasts the entire lifetime of the car. A fixed tow bar is suitable for any type of bike carrier. And whether it comes to towing a trailer, caravan, horse box or boat trailer; a fixed tow bar can face any challenge. Brink offers the widest choice of fixed systems in Europe.


  • Maintenance free
  • Permanently available
  • Most competitive price
  • Lasts entire life cycle of car

Detachable tow bars

Diagonally detachable tow bar

Are you looking for a detachable tow bar that excels in usability? In that case, a diagonally detachable tow bar is ideal for you. In no other detachable system can the ball be attached and removed so quickly and with so little effort. Another advantage is that the tow ball housing is almost invisible after detaching it.


  • Diagonally attachable
  • Available in seconds
  • Housing easy to locate
  • Simple to attach

Ease of use

  • No maintenance
  • Storage bag for tow ball
  • Visible instructions to operate
  • Ergonomic rotary knob to detach


  • Anti-theft lock
  • Audible and visible lock
  • Same strength as fixed tow bar
  • Maximum towing weight and nose load

Retractable tow bars

Retractable tow bar

Do you use your tow bar regularly, is the design of your car important to you and do you want maximum usability? The retractable tow bar is the optimum solution. In stored position, it is invisible. But with a simple hand movement the tow bar is ready to use.


  • Invisible
  • Retractable
  • Instantly available
  • Tow ball adapted to bumper

Ease of use

  • No maintenance
  • Ergonomic rotary knob to unlock
  • Easy activation by lever under car
  • Tow ball can be stored behind bumper


  • Audible and visible lock
  • Same strength as fixed tow bar
  • Tow ball always connected to module
  • Maximum towing weight and nose load

Step 2 / Choose your socket

Vehicle-specific wiring kits

We only fit Brink vehicle specific wiring kits (VSKs). This means that where necessary the tow bar wiring kit will communicate with the car's onboard electrical systems to adjust when connected to a trailer or caravan such as:

  • Bulb failure monitoring
  • Reverse sensors
  • Trailer stability program
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Our prices include vehicle reprogramming where required

If you wish to tow a caravan or large trailer, you will need a power supply and should choose a 13-pin socket - this will give you the greatest flexibility to tow anything. If you only require rear lights powered for a cycle carrier or basic trailer, a 7-pin socket will be adequate.

13-pin socket

For towed items that need a power supply within the trailer as well as the rear lights, such as:

  • Caravan
  • Larger trailer with winch etc.

7-pin socket

For items that only need rear lghts powered and do not need any electrical power within the trailer/carrier, such as:

  • Rear mounted cycle carrier
  • Rear mounted storage box
  • Basic trailer

Step 3 / Choose your adaptor

You may not always need an adaptor, however whatever your trailer, we have a solution. Please check what adaptor is required prior to having your tow bar fitted.

7-pin plug converter to 13-pin socket

13-pin plug converter to 7-pin socket

2x7 pin plug converter to 13-pin socket

If you have a trailer or caravan with an older 12-pin plug then you should select a 13-pin plug and use an adapter as 13-pin units are the new standard fitment on trailers and caravans.