Towbar tips and tricks

 

Jockey wheel position

When you are fixing the jockey wheel, maintain that you are fixing it to the left-hand side of the drawbar. In case the trailer gets detached, the above arrangement will ensure that the jockey wheel gets directed back towards the roadside when it hits the ground. This will prevent any potential accidents.

Towbar selection

It is important to note that every car requires a different towbar. Therefore, when you are buying from Auckland towbars, give in all the details about your car like the model and the date of manufacture. Saloons, estate cars, hatchbacks, MVPs all require different towbars. Even the same car model released during the different time period may require different types of equipment. Therefore, to avoid any unnecessary hassle, get all the details straight before the purchase.

License plate visibility

Towing cars come with a number of legal codes. Driving with a license would mean that you are going to be stopped all along the way, thus creating an unnecessary hassle. in some cases, you could even get fined. So you should always maintain that your license plates are visible. If the towball has been creating obstructions to the visibility, then you should get a detachable or a retractable towbar. You could also use tools that offer a slight lift or get help from Auckland towbars. In any case, you should be able to easily detach the towbar in case you get stopped. Also, if you have towbars permanently attached to your vehicle, they should be easily removable if required.

Using the head and the stabilizer

The main function of the towball is to keep the fiction pads working properly. So never use grease on the towball, especially if you are using it with a stabilizer. The reduced friction will play havoc with the grasping power of the stabilizer on the towball. You should also maintain that the towballs are clean because accumulated dirt could interfere with the proper operation of the stabilizer.

Stabilizer setting

When you are using a stabilizer, you should always make sure that it is set in the right fashion. Keeping it too loose would make it almost useless while setting it too tight would unnecessarily increase the friction thus affecting the performance of the car-trailer combination. Therefore, a stabilizer is only useful as long as you have it set right. Make it a pint to inspect the hold so that your stabilizer does not wear away too quickly. For more convenience, it is advisable to get it done by the Auckland towbars or any local technicians themselves.

Connecting breakaway cables

It is mandatory to have the breakaway cable connected properly to the vehicle. This will apply the brakes in case the trailer gets detached from the towing vehicle. The cable must also be kept free at all times and this can be done only if the cables are connected to the fixing eye directly from the towbar. Cables that drag will quickly wear away, thus rendering them ineffective and unreliable during the time of need. As recommended by the Auckland towbars, avoid winding the cables around the coupling head so as to keep them in shape.