Over 60 Years Experience with Towing Brackets and Trailers

Watling Front Towbars - Frequently Asked Questions


Here are some of the more frequent questions that we get asked about our front towbars.

Q – How can I order and pay?

A – Please use our Contact Us page for your enquiry and order. Payment can be made by a direct bank transfer to our account, or by calling us with your credit or debit card details. +44 1727 873661.

Q – How much and how fast will shipping be?

A – We have a daily courier collection and standard shipping charges. These charges depend on your location, but most of mainland UK is £9.50 plus VAT. Scottish Highlands and Islands and offshore locations will incur a surcharge. For stock items our standard service is ‘next day’ and 2 days for surcharge locations. If you have asked for an additional receiver, this may take an additional day for the modification.

Q – Are your front towbars universal?

A – No, each towbar is designed specifically for the vehicle intended. For a complete list of our current applications, please click here for our pricelist

Q – Will I need a special or different towball?

A – No, all our front and rear towbars are compatible with standard flange 50mm towballs, suitable for 50mm couplings. Alko compatible towballs and combination ball & pin couplings are also available - please ask at the time of purchase.

Q – Where is the towball positioned on your front towbars?

Ford Ranger with Heavy Duty Centre receiver

Nissan X-Trail with standard offset receiver

A – Our standard duty front towbars have a towball positioned to the left hand side of the vehicle. An additional central receiver is often possible for a small extra charge (please mention this when ordering if required). Our heavy duty front towbars all come with a centrally positioned towball as standard The towball height is designed to be at the standard European towball height of between 380-420mm from the ground to the centre of the ball.

Q – Can I fit it myself?

A – All our towbars and accessories come with full instructions and all the required fasteners. No welding is needed to fit any of our products once you receive them. Some designs may require cuts to the sump guard, drip tray, grille or bumper, but these are detailed in the instructions.

Q – Will a front towbar affect my airbags?

A – No, airbags are deployed by either crash sensors in the crash zones at the front of the vehicle and / or accelerometers built into the airbag unit. It is generally accepted that to deploy an airbag, it has to be subjected to a collision of approximately 23kph (12-14mph) with a stationary and solid object, so unless you intend to couple up your trailer by running into it, you will probably be ok. Also, the presence of our front towbars in no way prevents the correct operation of airbags. On a supplementary note, we have been supplying these for more than 30 years now to everything from a BMW 5 series to 71/2 tonne trucks and as yet have had no reports of airbags being detonated incorrectly, or indeed, not working when needed.

Q – Will a front towbar affect pedestrian safety?

A – No, all of our front towbars are detachable so that the ball mount can be easily removed when not in use. The remaining framework is located within the envelope of the vehicle and so does not affect pedestrian safety.

Q – Will a front towbar alter my insurance?

A – In 30 years of selling front towbars, we have never been made aware of an insurance company refusing insurance as a result of one of our products.