The most important thing to consider when deciding which Hayman Reese towbar is right for you is just how much weight you are likely to be towing. For example, if you know that you’ll never be towing a caravan or RV, but you might need to tow a trailer, then your tow bar requirements are going to differ.

How to Choose the Right Hayman Reese Towbar

One of the most common mistakes that happen when people are fitting a towbar to a vehicle is that they fail to accommodate for the total weight. It’s not uncommon for body work to be ripped away or damaged during towing which can lead to costly, unwanted repairs.


It goes without saying, towing in Australia is an exercise in patience. In 1998 the Ministers of Transport penned the Australian towing laws. The laws surrounding any motor vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Mass, G.V.M, exceeding 4.5 tonnes is very specific. The laws state that before towing ant trailer with a mass (this includes ANY load), that exceeds the recognised capacity of any towing equipment fitted to the vehicle. The total load must also not exceed the maximum mass which has been specified by the manufacturer.


First and foremost, before towing anything, you need to consider that the Hayman Reese Towbar that you have purchased is suitable for use on your vehicle.


Hayman Reese are towing legends in Australia. They have been designing, engineering and manufacturing towbars to suit Australian drivers and Australian conditions for more than 65 years. The Hayman Reese towbar range is comprehensive to say the least. Towbars should be selected with intended purpose and vehicle towing capacity in mind.



Hayman Reese Towbar Range


Hayman Reese Light Duty Towbars (Class 2)


Hayman Reese Light Duty Towbar

Rated to 1200kg, the Hayman Reese Light Duty towbar range is a well-engineered solution for vehicles towing and mounting bike racks. The class 2 towbar range is designed for easy installation and consistent performance in Australian driving and road conditions.


The Hayman Reese Class 2 towbar range have an industry leading ball-mounted tongue that is made from thicker high-grade steel compared to competitors. Class 2 towbars also feature a bolt-on tongue that attaches to the cross member using two bolts.



Hayman Reese Medium Duty Towbars (Class 3)


Hayman Reese Medium Duty Towbar

Hayman Reese medium duty (class 3) towbars are a step up in performance and features. The Medium duty range allows for 1600kg of towing and feature a 40mmx40mm square hitch receiver and a detachable trailer ball mount. This means that when you’re not towing, you can simple remove the retaining clip and hitch pin and the trailer ball mount slides right out – easy!


Like the entire Hayman Reese towbar range, the medium duty range is designed to work with the Hayman Reese mini distribution kits and intermediate weight distribution kits that provide better handling and greater control across all driving conditions.


Hayman Reese Heavy Duty Towbars (Class 4)


Hayman Reese Heavy Duty Towbar

Hayman Reese heavy duty Class 4 towbars set the industry standard for 50x40mm square hitch receivers. Class 4 towbars are suitable for use when towing caravans, boats, horse floats and large trailers.


Like the Hayman Reese heavy duty Towbar range, the Class 4 also allows the user to seamlessly detach the ball mount when you are not using it. Simply remove the retaining clip and hitch pin and the trailer ball mount will slide right out.



Hayman Reese Hitch Lamp Protector Towbar


Hayman Reese Hitch Lamp Protector Towbar

The Hayman Reese hitch lamp protector towbar range is designed to protect the rear body and lamp of commercial vehicles while also providing heavy duty towing capacity. The Hitch Lamp protector range is ideal for users who use their commercial vehicle to tow heavy trailers. The TBM range can also be removed when they are not in use.



Why Choose a Hayman Reese Towbar?


  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Tow ball and Rated D shackles
  • Plug and play wiring (vehicle specific) with Smart Click technology
  • Every Hayman Reese Towbar is designed specifically for each vehicle. They are tested under static and dynamic towing conditions.
  • Hayman Reese Towbars are fully compliant with ADR regulations and exceed AS4117 Specifications
  • Hayman Reese Towbars are proudly Australian made and manufactured



Why Shop Hayman Reese Towbar at Sparesbox?


Still not sure which Hayman Reese Towbar to choose? Sparesbox is proud to offer an Australian customer service team that is just as passionate about cars as you. Our customer service team features performance enthusiasts and 4×4 enthusiasts who can answer your most vexing 4×4 questions. Our Australian customer service team will find the right Hayman Reese towbar for your vehicle.

Nobody said off-road life would be easy. If you find yourself in a bit of a jam in the bush, there isn’t much your horsepower alone can do about it, so it’s absolutely vital that you know what you’re doing and that you have the right gear. When the Australian elements test you to your fullest, knowing what your winch is the difference between calamity and a pretty exciting experience that confirms your place as a truly self-sufficient off-roader.


Simple Precautions: Gear You’ll Need

There are a few things you’ll need to have with you besides a winch before you leave the house. Every off-roader worth their salt will have recovery points on their vehicle at both ends, so make sure yours does. You don’t want your only viable anchor point to be directly behind your only recovery point, or you’ll be going nowhere fast! A tree trunk protector is essential too. Not only does this protect the tree when being used as your anchor, but it protects your brand new equipment. You’ll need a snatch block and hook too, which I’ll explain later. Also, heavy duty gloves will keep your hands safe from any barbs in the winch wire – the last thing you need is a couple of lacerations on your hands when driving your unstuck 4×4 home.


Buying a Winch

It’s all well and good knowing what to do, but without good gear, you’re not going anywhere. Before looking at some proven winch techniques, it’s a good idea to know what’s out there, and you’d be smart to purchase a high quality, tested winch to get you out the other side. With a winch, it will need to be able to pull 1.5 times the weight of the object you plan to pull – that is your minimum. So if you plan on pulling 5000 lbs you’ll need a winch with the capacity to pull at least 7500 lbs through its line. Since there are a vast number of variables involved in using a winch off-road, this is not an exact formula, however going above 1.5 times your maximum weight is pretty certain to give safe results. We at Spares Box offer the best, toughest winches on the market from the guys at Mean Mother, catering to all vehicles you’ll find off-road.




What You Need To Know

It’s really important to bear in mind a few things that can go wrong if you aren’t ultra-cautious. For example, as your winch works harder to pull you out a hole, it produces heat. To prevent overheating of the motor, take a break every 20 seconds or so, especially if you’re pulling over lengthy distances. While you’re at it, keep your engine running to avoid draining your system completely, as use of a winch takes a lot out of your electrical system.


It’s also crucial that you use a strong, steady anchor point. If you’re using a tree trunk, make sure it’s a live, strong tree. Use the base of the tree, or as low as the width of the trunk will allow, when tensioning your rope. Doing this allows greater support for your winch rope, and therefore greater overall pull. If you’re not using a tree as an anchor point, but, say, another vehicle – easily the most common method – and find you’re pulling the anchor vehicle in your direction, it’s a wise idea to secure your mate’s vehicle to a nearby tree (or a third vehicle if there’s one going handy). This provides failsafe anchor strength and security, and often the difference between getting home before midnight and, well, not.


How it’s Done – Single Line Pull

A single line pull is the go-to technique when it comes to using your winch. It’s the simplest way of doing things, and a tried and tested solution. All you have to do is pull the rope from the winch and connect to a hook at a given anchor point. Your anchor point can be pretty much anything with the strength to cope, from the recovery point of your mate’s (safely situated) vehicle to a sturdy tree trunk. Again, just make sure your anchor point is rock solid. Where possible, use an anchor point directly in line with your vehicle. Pulling straight is easier than pulling at an angle. If working at an angle, use a snatch block to guide the cable directly into the winch, this stops it stacking up on one side of the drum.


How it’s Done – Double Line Pull

You might find yourself reaching your winch’s maximum load, often due to the pull of the mud you’re stuck in, and thinking you might have to set up camp in the bush. The solution here is a slightly more time consuming one, but it can be necessary – a double winch pull. Say you’re using a tree as your anchor. First, fit your tree trunk protector, attach your snatch block to the protector with the help of a hook, then put your winch rope through the snatch block and “double back” to your vehicles recovery point. Your rope should now have two points of contact with the stuck vehicle. One extending from the winch, and the other fastened to the recovery point. This allows you twice the pulling power, so it can be a lifesaver when you’re nearing your maximum.


Now you’re ready to face the elements with no worries. Just remember what precautions need to be made, from items you’ll need to have handy to having a strong anchor point, taking regular breaks during pulls, and keeping your engine running. Happy off-roading, folks.

The most important part of caring for any Diesel engine is keeping it free of water and contaminants. Since they don’t actually use a spark plug to ignite in the combustion chamber, anything that gets into the fuel and prevents the fuel from combusting under pressure is disastrous. Diesel fuel filters help to separate your fuel and water (as well as filtering out any other contaminants) before it gets to your fuel pump. This is particularly important to have when driving in rural areas and when running large 4×4’s.

Check out Fuelmiser‘s selection of fuel pumps, fuel filters, and more.

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