Over 60 Years Experience with Towing Brackets and Trailers

Watling Australia Front Towbars


Watling Engineers have been producing front mounted towbars or pushbars for at least 40 years.  It started when we used to deliver and site caravans for customers with a fleet of Land Rovers and found that a towball on the front gave an unrivalled degree of ease and accuracy with which to position the caravans.  From those humble beginnings, we have since supplied thousands of units in the UK and Europe and have over 120 different designs available. 

 

Hitching up a Caravan with Front Towbar



Hitching up a Caravan with Front Towbar

Hitching up the caravan is exactly the same as at
the rear.

Hitching up a Caravan with Front Towbar



Currently no manufacturers specifically design their vehicles for use with a front towbar, but we design all our products specifically for the vehicle in question and use existing strong points on the chassis.  These could be towing loops, existing trapped nuts or convenient pre-drilled holes, or the bolts that fill them.  For ease of fitting, we try to use these points wherever possible, but on occasion, it is necessary to create a hole to attach to.  In these cases, the towbar is always used as a ‘jig’ for drilling.

Safety
All of our front towbars have a detachable towball mount.  There is a main framework permanently attached to the vehicle, and for pedestrian safety, this is located within the envelope of the vehicle.  The detachable towball mount is then inserted into the receiver and secured with a high tensile quick release pin, which is either 12 or 16mm diameter depending on the application.  This procedure is so quick and easy there is never a need for the towball to protrude from the front of the vehicle under normal driving conditions.

Airbags
In all the years of supplying front towbars, we have never had a report of the malfunction or failed operation of an airbag system as a result of one of our products.  We have fitted them as bespoke designs to everything from a Mercedes SL to 7½ tonne trucks as well as everything listed here so we are confident that you will have no problems at all.  In addition to our empirical evidence, 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.

Standard duty front towbars
All our standard duty front towbars are designed to be used up to the maximum standard rear towing capacity of the vehicle.  The receiver on these designs is generally 40x40mm I.D. and is offset to the passenger side (LHS) of the vehicle giving the driver a better view down the side of the boat / caravan / trailer being manoeuvred. In many cases, an additional central receiver can be added for AU$50.  This is beneficial where gates or driveways are tight or boat slipways are narrow.

Parking Caravan with Front Push Towbar

1 - Reversing a caravan into a small space is a common procedure for most caravanners.

Parking Caravan with Front Push Towbar

2 - Being able to see clearly where you are going gives you much
more confidence.

Parking Caravan with Front Push Towbar

3 - Reversing your caravan becomes a pleasure and not a chore.

Parking Caravan with Front Push Towbar

4 - Beginners and experienced caravanners alike will love the benefits of a
front towbar.

Heavy duty front towbars
All our heavy duty front towbars are designed and built for consistent use with heavy trailers and equipment which may exceed the maximum rear capacity of the vehicle.  Whatever you use them for, you are unlikely to break them.  The receiver on these designs is always 50x50mm I.D. and is positioned in the centre of the vehicle as standard.