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Towing Electrics

Towing Electrics

Cars are becoming ever more complex and it is vital to consider how your towbar electrics are installed.

Whether you are using your towbar to tow a large caravan, or simply just to support a bike carrier, you will need some electrics with your towbar.

In the past towing electrics were simply connected to the rear lights of the car, and that was it. Modern cars are now computer controlled, with advanced safety features, and complex wiring systems. Towing electrics are no longer 'simple'.

When chosing the type of electrics that you need fitted to your towbar there are 2 steps that you need to take; 


Step 1

The first step is to decide which type of socket that you need.  There are 3 options used in the UK.  Single 7 Pin electrics (12N), Twin 7 Pin electrics (12N & 12S), and Single 13 Pin electrics.

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Towbar Electric Socket Types


Step 2

The next step is to consider how you would like the wiring to be installed.  On older vehicles there is a choice between universal aftermaket electrics, and vehicle specific wiring.  On some newer vehicles it is compulsory to have vehicle specific wiring to activate safety features on your car.

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Towbar Wiring Types


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