What is it & how does it affect your towing?
A vehicle’s towing capacity is determined by the vehicle manufacturer. They will specify the vehicle’s total towing and ball weight capacity. The ball weight is the weight applied directly down onto the towball and the total towing capacity refers to the aggregate mass of the trailer that the vehicle can tow.
These details are outlined in a vehicle owners manual, however they are subject to change. Contact the vehicle manufacturer via their customer care, dealership or website to get any updates, amendments or conditions to the towing capacities of a vehicle.
All Hayman Reese towbars have a compliance label affixed (see right); this label indicates the product part number and the towbar’s maximum rating in terms of ball weight and total towing capacities.
Hayman Reese have designed and validated a range of super heavy duty towing systems to accommodate the wide variety of coupling connections used in this class. These include 50mm and 70mm towballs, Pintle Hooks and others with no welding required. They feature a 75mm x 75mm hitch receiver, and bolt on and Smartclick™ wiring solutions to ensure these high rated products lead the way.
Hayman Reese’s famous Class 4 Towbar has a 50mm by 50mm hitch receiver and is the heavy duty towing option. Heavy Duty Towbars are often rated to the vehicle’s maximum towing capacity and are essential if towing caravans, large trailers, boats or horse floats. The Class 4 Heavy Duty Towbar is compatible with all Hayman Reese Weight Distribution Systems and hitch mounted accessories. Also included with every Hayman Reese Heavy Duty Towbar is a removable Trailer Ball Mount (TBM), for a neat, flush appearance when removed.
The Class 3 Hayman Reese Light (RL) Towbar can be characterised by its 40mm by 40mm hitch receiver designed for medium duty towing applications. The RL Towbar has a removable TBM and can be used with the Mini and Intermediate Weight Distribution Systems.
The Hayman Reese Class 2 Standard Towbar is the ideal solution for lighter duty towing applications. The Standard bar incorporates a towbar tongue attached by two bolts. The Standard Towbar is usually designed for lower tow rated vehicles with value in mind. This is the ideal towbar for Mini and Intermediate Weight Distribution Systems.
Designed to be fitted to light commercial vehicles, the TLP combines the Standard Towbar with a cross section. This cross section provides rear body and tail lamp protection. Often referred to as “Hayman Reese Horns”, the TLP has provided protection and saved thousands in costly repairs over the years.
The HLP is a lamp and body protector combined with the famous Heavy Duty Hitch Receiver Towbar. It is designed to provide rear body and lamp protection for those commercial vehicles that need to tow heavy trailers. The TBM can be removed when not in use.
Combine the Class 4 Hitch Receiver with a step and lamp protectors and you have a very handy addition to any commercial vehicle. Whether you need to reach up onto the roof or climb inside the tub, the SLP is a favourite. The TBM can be removed when not in use.
Some heavy duty towbars have the flexibility of having steps added. Simply purchase the towbar on its own and upgrade to a step assembly at a later stage by bolting the steps on.