MERCEDES GLC-CLASS FLANGE TOWBAR

£786.00

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The flangeball towbar is a commonly used type of towbar in this country.

On this type of towbar, the towball is bolted on to a faceplate on the tow bar, this allows accessories such as bumper guards and cycle carriers to be bolted behind the towball.



  • Versatile
  • Can be used with most accessories.
  • Can be used with a bumper guard.
  • Not recommended if your vehicle has reverse parking sensors.
  • Please remember to check your vehicle's towing capacity shown on the VIN plate. A call-out fee may be applicable if our engineer attends your appointment and your vehicle doesn't have a towing capacity.

Important Information

*Please Note: If you choose dedicated electrics on this vehicle, it is possible we will not be able to code the vehicle and remove any warnings on your dashboard.

You will need to go to your local dealership to have your vehicle coded and this will not be a cost incurred by Towbar Express.

If you have any questions in regards to this please call our customer service team on 0800 328 0592.

**Please Note: If your vehicle has a kick sensor/foot waggle it is possible after the towbar fitment it will not work anymore. Please check with the engineer on the day of fitment in regards to your foot sensor.

More info about the Mercedes GLC-Class, 2015 - 2021 Model...

The GLC is the large SUV equivalent of the C-Class saloon, and it's bigger than two other Mercedes SUVs, the GLA and GLB. This latest version is slightly larger than the first-generation GLC, with modified underpinnings that give the driver and up to four passengers more interior space. Although the GLC is not available in a 7-seater, there is ample room within the standard SUV for a full family and luggage too.

All versions of the GLC-Class have four-wheel drive and are available as a petrol or diesel engine with mild-hybrid (MHEV) or plug-in hybrid (PHEV) technology.

The entry-level edition of this SUV provides plenty of power, however, should you wish to quicken the pace, the GLC 300 petrol and the 300e PHEV pack a punch when it comes to acceleration speeds. The 300e PHEV has an instant power supply from the electric motor and releases an immediate power punch when you put the pedal to the metal.

The interior of the Mercedes GLC has been designed to the highest standards. With a commanding view of the road ahead, a rear-view camera, as well as a 360 degree that provides a virtual bird’s eye view to assist with manoeuvres, your eye-line certainly isn’t obstructed when driving.

Within the GLC, storage space is suitably generous, with wide door pockets that are easily big enough to swallow a large bottle of water. There’s also a covered storage area in the centre front armrest, two cupholders and a tray tucked away with wireless phone charging. In terms of capacity, the GLC’s 620-litre boot is bigger than the ones in the Audi Q5 and BMW X3.

Although the luxury SUV market is saturated, the Mercedes GLC-Class is still one of the most popular towing vehicles on the market due to its spacious interior, comfortable interior, and hefty towing capacity.

What's my Towing Capacity?

The Mercedes GLC has the maximum towing capacity available, meaning the driver has between 200KG-2500KG to play with. The generous towing capacity allows you to take your pick when choosing what to tow.

Which Towbar is best for my Mercedes GLC-Class?

We offer a range of towbars for the Mercedes GLC, including the Detachable swan neck towbar, fixed flange towbar and the fixed swan neck towbar.

We always recommend the detachable swan neck towbar for those who have parking sensors as the detachable neck can be removed when towing has ended, meaning the parking sensors will not be affected by the towbar.

If you don’t want to remove the towbar neck after towing the fixed swan neck is the perfect option. The thinner style neck means it is less likely to affect parking sensors.

Will it need a bumper cut?

The GLC models do require a small bumper cut to allow enough clearance for the towbar neck, however, this is located on the undertray of the vehicle and cannot be seen at eye line. This information is the same for the AMG/AMG line versions of the vehicle.

Mercedes GLC Towbars

Electrics

Manufacturers are developing more environmentally friendly and efficient vehicles. To keep up with the times, we offer many options to make sure you, as the customer, choose the right products at the right price. There are many things to consider when you select the type of electrics, and we are confident that we can guide you to the correct option that suits your vehicle.

Which socket type should I choose?

7 Pin Electrics

Single 7 Pin Electrics are fitted as default with a towbar installation. They provide power to operate the lights (indicators, brake lights, sidelights, fog lights) on a standard UK trailer, caravan, horsebox or cycle carrier. The 7 Pin socket will not activate the reverse lights on a cycle carrier or trailer; however, this is not a legal requirement. If your trailer has reverse lights or ALKO-ATC Control fitted, you may need 13 pin electrics.

Even if you are only using your towbar to support a cycle carrier, you will still need these electrics to power the lights on the cycle carrier or a light board over the bikes. This is a legal requirement because bikes on the carrier may obscure the lights on your car.

Twin Electrics

Twin Electrics (12S) Electrics are fitted in addition to the standard Single 7 Pin Socket if you will be towing a caravan built pre-2008 with two power cables.

The 12S socket provides power for:

-Your caravan reverse lights.

-A permanent 12-volt live feed to your caravan.

-Live feeds to your caravan that are only live when your car engine is running to provide charge to your caravan battery, charge your fridge as well as give power to your interior lights.

-The twin electrics were a standard fitment until 2008, when the 13-pin socket replaced it.

13 Pin Electrics

13 Pin Electrics are fitted when you tow a caravan built from 2008 onwards. The 13 Pin socket combines the old style twin seven-pin sockets into one. The socket provides all the power needed to operate the road lights on your trailer or caravan and provides 12-volt power to operate all the other functions of your caravan.

You can use a trailer or cycle carrier with a 7-pin plug, but you would need an adaptor available in our Accessories section. The 13-pin socket is a neater fitment compared to the twin electrics, as the socket will usually fold under the bumper when you are not towing, making it discreet and a neat fit.

Which wiring should I choose?

Universal Aftermarket Wiring

Universal Aftermarket Wiring is fitted to your vehicle using an interface relay to protect your cars electrics. This type of wiring is available for most models where the vehicle is out of its warranty and does not have built-in safety features that must be activated. The universal wiring is connected to a 7-way bypass relay that protects the Canbus system, which won't cause any faults on the dash as the car doesn't detect the towbar system. If your vehicle is still within its manufacturer's warranty, we would recommend the fitment of Vehicle Specific Wiring.

Vehicle Specific Wiring

Each kit is designed specifically for the vehicle it is fitted to. Rather than soldering or using 'Scotch Locks' to connect the towbar wiring, which is the case with universal aftermarket wiring, these kits interface with the vehicle systems in the same way as the vehicle manufacturer intended. If your vehicle is less than three years old or is still within its manufacturer's warranty, you would need vehicle specific wiring to protect that warranty. Other towing functions such as Trailer Stability Control (available on your car) could be activated when vehicle specific wiring is fitted. This is vehicle dependant as towing functions vary from car to car.

What is coding, and does my car need it?

With any vehicle specific wiring loom, there is a chance your vehicle will need coding. All our engineers are equipped with coding machines to plug into your car to update the system. Most new vehicles have towing functions, and without the coding, it is possible they won't work. Some functions include deactivating your parking sensors, trailer stability control, and deactivating some safety functions such as lane assist.

Although this may sound daunting, we have invested heavily into up-to-date coding equipment. All our engineers are trained in using the new equipment, which means you will have the whole installation done the right way and save you from taking your vehicle to a manufacturer to finish the job. There are minimal occasions where we cannot code a vehicle, and you may need to get the dealership to complete this for you.

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Guarantee

Towbar Warranty

Towbars that we supply have a manufacturers lifetime guarantee against manufacturing defects. This guarantee covers the fixed parts of the towbar assembly, and not moving parts such as detachable necks, or other accessories.


Towbar Neck Warranty

The neck section of the towbar has a 12 month warranty. It is very rare that these necks have a fault. Most of the time when there is a fault it's usually that the neck wasn't released from the car properly last time it was used. It simply needs to be reset, and you can view a video guide here.


Electrics Warranty

Once your towbar and electrics have been fitted, we offer a 12-month guarantee on the installation of your towbar, electrics and other parts that are not covered by the manufacturer's warranty. Any electric faults that appear during the 12-month period that has been reported to us, will be fixed completely free of charge. If the fault isn't to do with the towbar fitment then you may be charged a call out fee, however this will be discussed at the time of booking.


Vehicle Warranty

Dependant on the make and model of your vehicle, the manufacturer may have offered a 3 year warranty at purchase or you may have taken an extended warranty to cover the electrics of your vehicle. If this is the case, then we recommend you choose the dedicated wiring loom. If you choose to have the universal electrics fitted to your vehicle then its possible you may lose your manufactures warranty. If you are unsure which wiring type to choose then please click here for more information.


Cycle Carrier Warranty

The Thule Cycle Carriers have a 5 years warranty. If you do have any issues then please get in touch so we can contact Thule as they will need to see the cycle carrier and determine the fault and then either fix the issue or replace the carrier. The decision is final from Thule.


For more detailed information about warranties please click here.

All of our warranties do not cover faults or damage caused by improper use or wear and tear from normal use.

You should be careful not to overload your towbar, as this is the most common cause of damage. You can check the maximum towing weight for your car here.

More Information

Please note: The below information is to be used as a guide only!

Vertical Load; is based on the Towbar's Vertical Capacity. Each may be different dependent on the towbar manufacturer's recommendations.

Towing Capacity; is based on the Towbar Towing Capacity and not your Vehicle's Towing Capacity.

Bumper Cuts; are as a guide only and some vehicles will need a tow panel from the manufacturer.

Visible Cut; again, is as a guide only as it depends on your bumper shape and the towbar fitted to your vehicle.

Verticle Load (KG) 140
Towbar Towing Capacity (MAX KG) 2600
Bumper Removal Yes
Bumper Cut Yes
Visible Cut No
VIN Location The Mercedes GLC VIN plate is located on the passenger or left side door B pillar. On Older models it may be located rivited to the bulkhead.

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