Based in Bolton, Greater Manchester we offer a complete mobile tow bar fitting service for all Bolton postcodes and surrounding areas in the North West of England (generally within a 50 mile radius of our shop location). We have a retail outlet and fitting facilities at our premises in Bolton, and we also offer a free of charge fully mobile towbar installation service that can attend your home, place of work, storage facility or holiday location, whichever is most convenient for you.
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Whether you are looking for a fully fitted tow bar, new towing electrics, an upgrade to your existing installation, or need assistance trouble-shooting a fault, Bolt-On Towing can help and are just a phone call away. Our fitting service is available for all of our products, not just tow bars.
Altricham, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton, Burnley, Bury, Cheshire, Chorley,
Fleetwood, Fylde, Greater Manchester, Oldham, Preston, Rochdale,
Sale, Salford, Stockport, Warrington and Wigan.
Explore our range of tow bar options in Bolton, Greater Manchester, today to find your ideal tow bar solution. From trailer, to horse box to caravan towing, whether personal or trade, we can assist you in finding the right tow bar for your needs. If you’re not sure which tow bar may be the best option for you, don’t hesitate to call our friendly team for further advice.
Our mobile towbar fitting service can come to you at your home, place of work, storage facilty or even your holiday location. Get in touch today to get your free quote and book your installation.
Usually the cheapest tow bar option for a vehicle, the fixed flange tow bar is permanently attached and always visible. A tow ball is fixed to the flange by two securing bolts and the electrical socket is typically mounted next to the towing ball. The towing ball can be easily removed and changed for a ball and pin or jaw towing receptacle.
However, a disadvantage of this option is its bulky exterior on the rear of your vehicle.
The fixed swan neck tow bar is permanently attached to a vehicle, always visible, and is a relatively cheap option. A single shaft extends from underneath the rear bumper with the tow ball manufactured at the end of the shaft, making the tow bar ALKO compatible. The towing electrics are typically mounted at the lower edge of the bumper and further back from the towing ball which makes the installation appear less bulky on the rear of your vehicle.
A horizontal detachable tow bar is usually the cheapest detachable option and is available in a flange or swan neck format. The neck of the tow bar is inserted horizontally into the receptacle and is easily attached and detached. The electrical socket is mounted similarly to the fixed swan neck tow bar and is usually always visible with easy access.
An advantage of the horizontal detachable tow bar is that the towing neck is only attached when you need to use it. Plus, the attaching and detaching of the neck is a lot easier than a vertically mounted detachable tow bar!
The vertical detachable tow bar is a more expensive option and arrives in either a flange or swan neck format. The neck of the tow bar is inserted vertically into the receptacle and the installation is virtually invisible when the towing neck is not attached to the vehicle. The electrical socket is mounted on a mechanism that allows it to swing up behind the bumper.
Many choose this tow bar as it is only attached when you need to use it and it appears invisible when not in use. However, attaching and detaching of the neck may take some practice upon first use.
Fixed Swan Neck Vertical Detachable Fixed Flange Horizontal Detachable
A 7-pin socket, also known as a '12Normal' or '12N socket', is the minimum tool requirement for towing a trailer or caravan on UK roads. The '12N socket' contains seven connections that connect the rear lights of your vehicle to a trailer or caravan. The light connections passing through the socket are the brake, left and right-side lights, left and right indicators, and the fog light. The seventh connection is an earth supply for the trailer lights.
7-Pin electrical connections are commonly installed using a bypass or smart relay. Although, vehicle-specific manufactured kits are becoming increasingly popular and can cost significantly more.
A twin 7-pin socket installation consists of a '12N socket' and a '12S' (supplemental). The additional '12S' socket provides 12-volt power functionality and the reverse light connection to the trailer or caravan. The 12-volt supply consists of one permanent feed and two switched feeds. This permanent feed provides power to devices such as the automatic stability control (ATC) for a caravan and the switched feeds provide power for a fridge and charging circuit. Twin 7-pin electrical connections are commonly installed using a bypass or smart relay and split charge relay. Vehicle specific manufactured kits are also available but can be expensive.
A 13-pin socket is a recently introduced vehicle standard that is more commonplace across Europe with caravans manufactured in 2005 and onwards tending to have a 13-pin plug. This 13-pin socket performs similarly to a twin 7-pin socket and can be installed to control lighting without the function of the 12-volt power. The electrical sockets are installed with either a bypass, smart relay, or a split charge relay if 12-volt functionality is required. Lighting only and fully functional vehicle specific manufacturer kits are also available.
Newer vehicles can be technologically advanced with complex safety systems such as stability control, self-levelling suspension, and adaptive cruise control. A Vehicle-Specific Kit or 'VSK' connects to the wiring-harness via a towing adapter plug, usually located in the rear of the vehicle. Some vehicles may require the 'ECU' to be re-coding and in some instances, the vehicle may already be pre-coded and only become active after the 'VSK' installation.
In the future, the complexity of new vehicles will most likely lead to all vehicles requiring a 'VSK' for towing requirements.
“I was well pleased with my tow bar fitting; Roy was very polite and very good at his job. I would be happy to have any other jobs done by this company.”
“Roy fitted a Motor Mover to our caravan and updated my car electrics from 7 to 13 pin. He came over to the Wiral to do the job at our caravan storage facility. He was friendly, professional and knowledgeable. The motor mover is excellent and will save lots of effort pushing the caravan around, not to mention arguments with my other half! He changed the car electrics on request, at a fraction of the cost of other quotes. An excellent honest tradesman, and an excellent high quality job done, I would highly recommend him.”
“Excellent service, from ordering a motor mover and having it fitted at our home. Roy was polite friendly and efficient.”
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