As modern day vehicles become ever more complex it is vital to consider how your towbar electrics are installed. Until a few years ago towing electrics would have simply been connected to the rear lights of the car. With more vehicles now being controlled by computer and complex wiring systems, towing electrics are no longer straight-forward.
Broadland Towbar & Trailer Centre are fully trained to be able to offer you the best form of wiring to suit your requirements.
Towbar electrics can be fitted with a universal relay system or an after-market dedicated specific kit. A universal relay system can work out to be cost effective and adequate for certain vehicles, depending upon vehicle specifications but with this option you are unable to access any of the manufacturers in-built software.
The after-market dedicated specific wiring kit is designed to operate most systems in-built in the vehicle from new and work the systems as the manufacturer intended when towing. Re-coding of the car may be required when using a specific wiring kit which we can also carry out on most models. Reprogramming the ECU (electronic control unit) in your vehicle, will not only enable your trailer rear lights and indicators to work, but in most cases to temporarily disable your vehicles parking sensors and/or rear fog lights. The connection also allows any problems with the trailer indicators to be flagged up on the vehicle dashboard display.
7 Pin Socket
This configuration offers all obligatory rear light systems on trailers, lightboards and cycle carriers.
7 pin (twin electrics, 2 sockets)
This offers additional electrics for caravan services and reverse lights (if fitted) on older caravans pre
8 Pin Socket
This is wired without caravan services for cost effectiveness. This suits most new trailers and cycle carriers using the new style European plug. This works all obligatory rear light systems but also incorporating the reverse light.
13 Pin European Socket
This is wired with caravan services so all towing electrics are incorporated within one towing socket.
When wired correctly this will work ATC functions on caravans.