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INFORMATION ON TOWING
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The single electrics socket (Black 12N) supplies the tail, brake, fog and indicator electrics for trailers and caravans. Twin electrics include the 12N socket plus a second socket (Grey 12s) this supplies the supplementary electrics required to run the fridge, interior lights and charge the supplementary battery etc. in a caravan or trailer tent.
Typically 2-3 hours, however this depends on vehicle type. This can be done at our Dorset premises, exact fitting times will be given when you book the vehicle in.
Typically the towing height is 400mm from the tongue top to the ground. This can vary slightly depending on vehicle suspensions and design.
On some models this is required to achieve a good design. It also allows ample ground clearance and safety. This will be discussed with you if your vehicle requires a bumper cut.
13-pin Electrics have been standard in most other European countries for some time. This is replacing the 2 separate sockets currently used in the UK. The 13-pin socket is essentially the two 7 pin sockets merged in to one. All caravans manufactured in the UK from 2008 are fitted with an ISO 13 pin connector as standard. This system uses one socket with 13 pins inside, instead of the traditional two separate 7 pin sockets. 13-pin sockets are also used on some vehicles especially with detachable towbars when there isn’t enough room to mount two separate sockets behind the bumper.
EC type approved. Many new caravans are fitted with a stabiliser system built into the caravan hitch. The most popular of these is the AL-KO system. As the hitch is slightly larger than usual more distance is required between the vehicle and the tow-ball, this requires a slightly different ball. A special ball cover is normally required.
The Universal Bypass electrics is a cost-effective way of connecting your tow-bar to your vehicle. It provides the basic legal towing lights for your car. This can be a simpler solution to the older vehicle, as it ‘bypasses’ the cars complex electrical system. The vehicle lighting function allowing the trailer lights to work efficiently.