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Plug In Towing Electric Looms



 
 
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Old July 14th 03, 10:09 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Andrew Thomas
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Default Plug In Towing Electric Looms

I am just fitting a new tow bar and was looking forward (!) to the usual
struggle with Scotchlock clips and insulating tape.

Whilst poking around near the rear light cluster on my Vauxhall Zafira I
found a multiway socket from the loom which looked as if designed for
attaching the towing electrics.

My local "friendly" dealer confirmed that this indeed was it's purpose and
that it was used with the factory fit Vauxhall towbars with a plug in
prewired 12N /12S wiring loom - he did not think the looms were available
for sale to the public for use with self fit towbars.

Does any one know if this is true or can these be obtained - Any experience
of use and cost ?

I have also seen similar plug in looms referred to on the Brink Towbar site
but an e-mail enquiry to them on model availability and price has been
unanswered - again any knowledge of these ?

Thanks



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Old July 15th 03, 11:44 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Steve B
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Default Plug In Towing Electric Looms


"Andrew Thomas" wrote ............. Whilst poking around near the rear light
cluster on my Vauxhall Zafira I
found a multiway socket from the loom which looked as if designed for

attaching the towing electrics.

My local "friendly" dealer confirmed that this indeed was it's purpose and
that it was used with the factory fit Vauxhall towbars with a plug in
prewired 12N /12S wiring loom - he did not think the looms were available
for sale to the public for use with self fit towbars.

Does any one know if this is true or can these be obtained - Any

experience
of use and cost ?


I have a VW and bought a pre-wired (twin) loom from them for about 100.00
inc VAT

Not sure if I saw something similar in Halfords the other night ? Probably
not but you never know.


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Old July 15th 03, 02:53 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
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Default Plug In Towing Electric Looms

On Mon, 14 Jul 2003 23:09:36 +0100, "Andrew Thomas"
wrote:


Whilst poking around near the rear light cluster on my Vauxhall Zafira I
found a multiway socket from the loom which looked as if designed for
attaching the towing electrics.


Does any one know if this is true or can these be obtained - Any experience
of use and cost ?

I have also seen similar plug in looms referred to on the Brink Towbar site
but an e-mail enquiry to them on model availability and price has been
unanswered - again any knowledge of these ?

Thanks


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Old July 15th 03, 07:46 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Tony Maris
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Default Plug In Towing Electric Looms

Hi Andrew,

Many dealers do sell their electric kits as an after market item. I've had
them from Land Rover, BMW, Mercedes, VW and I understand Ford will normally
supply. I've never actually tried to get a Vauxhall kit! However, they are
not *always* the panacea they might appear to be. I've heard several
reports that Vauxhall's own kit does not actually work correctly on the new
Vectra, causing the bulb failure warning system to activate when there is,
apparently, nothing wrong.

That said, on certain vehicles there are safety issues if using anything
other than an OE kit or equivalent. Ones that spring to mind are the BMW X5
which has an inbuilt lateral stability system (this should, obviously, not
be by-passed) and the new Range Rover which lowers itself approximately 40
mm at motorway speeds. Imagine the potential instability at around 50 MPH,
towing a double axle trailer/caravan when suddenly removing all the
noseweight! Fitting the OE kit disables this system and also cancels the
manual over-ride so that even the driver can't accidentally cock it up.

I can't comment on the Brink situation but I know that Bosal had them in
their literature. When I enquired about them, it turns out they are not
available in the UK. Maybe there are wiring loom differences with some left
hand drive vehicles and in any event, it is highly likely the 12S would not
work UK spec caravans correctly. The factory fitted 13 pin electrics never
seem to, having only 10 pins wired!

Regards

--
Tony M
Towbars & Trailers
Chesterfield
Specialists in Towing Equipment
NTTA Council Member
http://www.towitall.co.uk
QSA accredited for Towbars and Trailers



"Andrew Thomas" wrote in message
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I am just fitting a new tow bar and was looking forward (!) to the usual
struggle with Scotchlock clips and insulating tape.

Whilst poking around near the rear light cluster on my Vauxhall Zafira I
found a multiway socket from the loom which looked as if designed for
attaching the towing electrics.

My local "friendly" dealer confirmed that this indeed was it's purpose and
that it was used with the factory fit Vauxhall towbars with a plug in
prewired 12N /12S wiring loom - he did not think the looms were available
for sale to the public for use with self fit towbars.

Does any one know if this is true or can these be obtained - Any

experience
of use and cost ?

I have also seen similar plug in looms referred to on the Brink Towbar

site
but an e-mail enquiry to them on model availability and price has been
unanswered - again any knowledge of these ?

Thanks





 



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