Detachable Towbars

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In Northern Ireland, a towbar is probably one of the most useful modifications you can make to your car. With easy transport access to a variety of destinations from Ireland to Britain and abroad to Europe, holidaying and commercial business travel by road is now more commonplace than ever.

While a towbar that is expertly fitted won’t damage your vehicle, and may in fact add value on resale, some people will still prefer to opt for something that feels a little less permanent. For that, detachable towbars are your answer.

Aesthetically, there is a lot to be said for the clean, elegant lines you regain when the towbar ball is removed from the neck, leaving the towbar base tidily out of site. You get these benefits without sacrificing any of the safety features or usability you would expect from our towbars.

Detachable towbars in Northern Ireland are the ideal solution for anyone who's uses their towbar occasionally rather than regularly, whether it be to pull a trailer or to fix a cycle carrier. And you don’t need to worry that detachable means easier for thieves - on the contrary, you’ll find options for built-in locks and safety measures as you would with all other towbar designs.

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

We can also assist those who have difficulty sourcing a towbar for the make and model of their car; be they luxury, unique or even classic vehicles as well as offering additional advice on current legal restrictions around towing for road safety in Northern Ireland and beyond.

Found on the outskirts of Belfast city in Northern Ireland, David Murphy Towing is a quality secured member of the National Trailer and Towing Association (NTTA).

Detachable Swan Neck Towbar

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Mainly used in the rest of Europe and slimmer than a flange bar this style was the first to offer a detachable version. Cycle carriers are available for this type of bar but you cannot tow at the same time.

  • Towball is removed when not in use preserving 'shins'
  • Unrestricted access to the boot
  • AL-KO and other friction type stabilisers can be fitted
  • Won't trigger reversing sensors when not towing
Detachable Swan Towbar Northern Ireland


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

Detachable Flange Ball Towbar

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Exclusive to Witter and only recently introduced this version offers all the versatility of a fixed flange bar whilst leaving very little of the towbar visible when detached.

  • Tow and carry cycles at the same time
  • The towball is removed when not in use preserving 'shins'
  • AL-KO towballs can be fitted
  • Won't trigger reversing sensors when not towing
  • A choice of towing couplings and accessories can be fitted
Detached Flange Towbar in Northern Ireland


  • Witter