A large number of towbars sold nowadays are of the detachable type. The beam assembly is similar to that of a conventional towbar, however, the towball on the front of the crossbeam is replaced with a fitting for attaching the detachable towbar. This allows a detachable towbar to be easily attached. A detachable towbar is only attached when required.
A fixed towbar may cover part of the license plate or the fog light on some cars. A detachable or retractable towbar can provide a solution. These types of towbar have a number of added advantages. The main one being that it preserves the aesthetic look of the vehicle: when not in use, these towbars are practically invisible. Furthermore, the risk of damaging other cars with your towbar during parking is eliminated. Finally, the boot lid is easier to access making it easier to load the boot.
The advantages summarised
- preserves the aesthetic look of the rear of the car
- eliminates bruised legs when loading or unloading the boot
- license plate remains fully visible
- the boot is easier to access
- parking sensor problems are eliminated
The Brink detachable systems are distinguished by their user friendliness. A detachable towbar can be attached in a few seconds without the need for tools. The BMC is simple to lock and unlock using a sliding mechanism. The BMA is even simpler. Insert the towball into the coupling head, gently push the coupling head down and it locks automatically.
History of the towbar
The first towbar was a simple but effective solution - a piece of metal with a towball attached. It had just one function - to pull a cart or a caravan. The first users of towbars were mainly professionals who found them useful in their daily work. There were few laws and regulations that restricted towing.The more consumers that had towbars fitted, the more innovative the towbars became. More laws and regulations governing the use of towbars were introduced.
The detachable towbar was developed to provide a solution for the car owners who found that towbars obscured part of their license plate. This was illegal. Many motorists also thought that a towbar spoilt the aesthetic look of their vehicles.
Vertically detachable (BMU)
In the early 80s, Brink developed the first innovative detachable towbar. This towbar could be detached vertically. When not being used, the towball could be detached and hidden from view. However, fitting the towbar proved to be quite difficult.
In an attempt to make the towbar more user-friendly, the horizontally detachable towbar was developed - the BMC. This towbar proved to be extremely user-friendly and could be attached to or detached from the vehicle in seconds. However, on some cars much of the connection remained largely in view.
The diagonally detachable towbar (BMA)
The BMA is a combination of the BMC and the BMU. The towbar is fitted diagonally. It has the user-friendliness of the horizontally detachable towbar and the aesthetic advantages provided by the vertically detachable towbar.
Nowadays, all manner of solutions are available, these solutions have become more innovative, offer improved safety and are now less unsightly. However, the principle has remained the same.