Airplex supplies and installs towbars for a wide range of vehicles.  We supply and fit for retail, trade, car dealers.

All towbars are manufactured for NZ conditions to NZ standards and we will always recommend and fit the bar that has the maximum rating for your vehicle.   Installing a lower rated towbar can potentially be unsafe.  If unsure, ask an Airplex expert.

Airplex specialise in Ute and 4x4 towbars.  These will usually be supplied in pintype removable square hitch style which allows maximum rating and maximum versatility.  The ball can be easily removed when not in use, and also allows load extenders and bike racks to be easily and securely fitted as required making the most of your vehicle capability.

To find a towbar for your vehicle, use the Fit My Vehicle search, or contact us if you can't find what you require.

Removable Hitch (Square 'pintype' hitch)
Bolt-On Style Hitch 
Fixed/Welded Style Hitch 
- Heavy duty. 
- Easy to remove if not required
- Maximum rated 
- Available for a wide range of vehicles
- Easy & securely fit hitch mount accessories such as bike racks
Some towbars are available in bolt-on style hitch.  Not easily removable but can be unbolted if required.
- Maximum rated for your vehicle
- Available for wide range of vehicles
Some towbars are available in fixed/welded style hitch.  Not removable.
- Usually for lower rated towbars or lighter weight vehicles (smaller cars etc)
- ideal for vans with lower clearances
- Maximum rated for your vehicle
- Available for wide range of vehicles
- Not recommended for commercial utes etc towing heavier loads
Pin removable tow bar tow bar bolt on side fixed tongue tow bar



Fitting the correct wiring on modern vehicles is VERY important.  Failure to use the correct wiring and wiring modules may case warranty issues and even possibly cause you insurance issues should you be in a towing related accident with the incorrect wiring!

Airplex supplies and installs high quality wiring modules that integrate with the vehicles safety systems.
Airplex supplies to dealers for brand new vehicles.

The Digital module has been designed to be used in modern cars with CAN-bus technology. (Controlled Area Network). This allows the auxiliary wiring harness to integrate with the vehicle CAN-bus system in order to manage and control various critical functions. Inside the module is a microprocessor that has been programmed specifically to communicate with the other control modules of the vehicle.

The Digital module controls and monitors all the lighting functions on the trailer or rear carrier. It can also check for a bulb failure on the trailer and warn the driver with increased flasher frequency and/or a warning on the instrument cluster. In addition to lighting functions, it also supports various safety and comfort features such as rear parking sensor deactivation, trailer stability programs, blind spot monitoring systems and advanced braking systems.
The JaegerCANtrol module microprocessor is programmed for each specific vehicle make and model to ensure seamless communication through the vehicle CAN-bus system thereby enabling central control of all trailer lighting functions.

The module has been tuned to work with the wide range of LED trailer lamps used in this market. Additional load resistors are not required.

tow bar wiring  towbar wiring kit nz

TOWBAR Accessories and Parts

Airplex have arange of towbar accessories and parts.
towball covers, drop tongues, hitch pins, hitch steps, towbar step and more....
Click here for more information.


TOWBAR Recovery Bar

A towbar is designed for towing.  It is not designed for use as a recovery point when four wheel driving.  Airplex also offer a range of specialty bars that are rated for snatch recovery off road.

See the X-Bar Range
x-bar recovery towbar nz



  1. What is a tow bar?

A tow bar is a device that is attached to the chassis of a vehicle to enable it tow or carry load. It provides a secure attachment point for a trailer or caravan.

  1. What types of tow bars are available?

There are several types of tow bars available, including fixed, detachable, and retractable tow bars. Fixed tow bars are always attached to the vehicle and are the most affordable option. Detachable tow bars can be easily removed when not in use, while retractable tow bars are hidden behind the bumper when not in use.

  1. What is the towing capacity of a tow bar?

The towing capacity of a tow bar varies depending on the type and model. Generally, a tow bar can tow up to 3,500 kg, but it's important to check the manufacturer's specifications for your specific vehicle and tow bar.

  1. Can I fit a tow bar myself?

A: It is possible to fit a tow bar yourself if you have the necessary tools and mechanical knowledge. However, it's important to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully and ensure that the tow bar is installed correctly to avoid any potential safety issues.

  1. Do I need a specific tow bar for my vehicle?

Yes, it's important to choose a tow bar that is specifically designed for your vehicle. This ensures that the tow bar is compatible with your vehicle's chassis and that it meets the manufacturer's specifications for towing capacity.

  1. Can I tow with an electric or hybrid vehicle?

It is possible to tow with some electric and hybrid vehicles, but it's important to check the manufacturer's specifications and guidelines before attempting to tow. Some electric and hybrid vehicles may have limitations on their towing capacity or require additional equipment to tow safely.

  1. What should I look for when choosing a tow bar?

When choosing a tow bar, it's important to consider factors such as towing capacity, compatibility with your vehicle, and the type of towing you will be doing. You may also want to consider additional features such as detachability or retractability, depending on your needs. It's always best to consult with our team to ensure you choose the right tow bar for your specific situation.

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