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How difficult is it to fit your own tow bar?



 
 
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Old August 17th 03, 03:56 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Ian McFarlane
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Default How difficult is it to fit your own tow bar?


"ossey" wrote in message
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I'm fairly good at car DIY, i.e. wire in a new car radio/cass. How
difficult is wiring in tow bar electrics?

Any pointers to look out for

Thanks

Ian

Not difficult if you understand what you are doing. Can be time consuming
to make a good neat job of it. My tips a

Plan cabling route carefully, time spent planning can make the actual
installation a lot simpler. I find it easier to run the cables from the
engine compartment underneath the car to the back and protect them in
convoluted tubing.

Use heavy cable to avoid voltage drop.

Use an autosensing relay for the ignition controlled circuit.

Avoid drilling holes anywhere in the car, with carefull planning you can
usually find a grommet somewhere, particularly near the back of the car, to
run cables through to the inside. Trying to get through the bulkhead from
the engine compartment to the inside on a modern car can be a nightmare.

Use a bypass rely on all the electrics no danger then of upsetting the
vehicles electrics.

Use a ratchet crimper for all crimped connections.

Read the useful info on Tony Maris's site at
http://www.towitall.co.uk/trailer_wi...structions.htm or Ryder Towing at
http://www.rydertowing.co.uk/

Ian


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