Fixed Swan Neck

Swan Neck Towbars can be used to attach caravans, trailers, cycle carriers or bike racks to your vehicle.  It is a more aesthetically pleasing towbar and often chosen over a flange towbar.

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David Murphy Towing in Northern Ireland stocks a comprehensive range of towbars from some of Europe’s leading manufacturers including Brink, Witter, Westfalia, Bosal, A1 and PCT.

So how do you decide which one is best for your needs and your vehicle?

One of the most popular types of towbar outside Northern Ireland is the Swan Neck Towbar. There are variations of fixed and detachable but you will most commonly see these used in European countries. To some degre, the choice will be dependent on your vehicle, as not all makes and models can support both types of towbar and David Murphy Towing can advise on this.

The Fixed Swan Neck Towbar is considered a less flexible option. This is mainly due to the inability to use other accessories while it is attached, such as bicycle carriers (cycle carriers are available to fit with this towbar but the carrier cannot be used simultaneously while towing).

Despite the inability to remove the neck, the Fixed Swan Neck Towbar is often considered more aesthetically pleasing than the Flange Towbar. And, although not guaranteed, there can be less chance of reverse parking sensors picking up the Fixed Swan Neck Towbar than the Flange. However in terms of price, it is usually comparative to the detachable style.

You will want to get the best advice before purchasing a Fixed Swan Neck Towbar from David Murphy Towing in Northern Ireland. Our expert fitters will help you check your vehicle for important issues such as parking sensors that may be affected.

David Murphy Towing has many years of experience expertly fitting towbars to vehicles so we know how to advise you on the best size, fit and model to match your vehicle’s towing capacity.

Situated in Carryduff (on the outskirts of Belfast) David Murphy Towing is a quality secured member of the National Trailer and Towing Association (NTTA).

Fixed Swan Neck Towbar

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Mainly used outside the UK and the least flexible design as no additional accessories can be used. Cycle carriers are available for this type of bar but you cannot tow at the same time.

  • Compatible with AL-KO stabilisers
  • Less likely to trigger reversing sensors
  • Slightly more expensive than the flange towbar
  • Cannot be fitted with a bumper shield
Fixed Swan Neck Towbar Supplier in Northern Ireland


  • Brink 
  • Bosal
  • DM Own Brand
  • A1
  • Westfalia
  • Witter 
  • PCT Automotive