Fitted as standard, a 12n socket provides power to your trailer/caravan/lightboard lights and is the minimum requirement when towing.
A 12n socket with a secondary socket 12s, the secondary socket provides a permanent 12v feed and an ignition 12v feed through a charge relay, as well as reverse lights to your trailer/caravan, most caravans before 2008 will have twin electrics, check to see if your trailer/caravan has two plugs, one is usually black the other is grey.
13 Pin electrics are fitted as standard to all caravans built from 2008, most modern trailers, horse boxes, and even some bike racks have 13 pin sockets, 13 pin is ultimately the Twin electrics put into one single socket with a safety twist lock feature, easy, simple and safe to use, you can purchase various adapters to suit all applications. The 13 pin socket now forms part of your vehicles MOT.
By-Pass relays are fitted as a minimum, with its own power supply the relay by-passes your vehicles CAN bus system, and protects your vehicles bcm, by-pass relays are suitable for led lighting, we generally do not recommend universal electrics for most modern vehicles and sometimes will not fit universal electrics depending on your vehicle and intended use, modern vehicles are packed with towing safety features where only dedicated wiring will activate these features.
Dedicated otherwise known as vehicle specific wiring kits, are installed to the manufactures specification, there are many benefits to going dedicated, dedicated wiring will help preserve your vehicles warranty, activate towing assist, and other safety features when your electrics are connected, de-activate parking sensors when your towing as well as a fog light cut out to reduce glare, the features do vary between manufacturers, once fitted if required we can code your vehicle to activate all the hidden safety features.
Some lease companies insist on dedicated wiring, we strongly recommend utilising all your vehicles safety features. Dedicated wiring is not always suitable for led lighting, please let us know if your trailer/caravan has led lights.
Q. My caravan is 13 pin and my cycle carrier is 7pin what would you recommend?
A. we would recommend fitting a 13pin socket and using a 7pin adapter when you need to use your cycle carrier
Q. Will my parking sensors be affected?
A. We recommend having a detachable neck, otherwise we can not guarantee the tow bar will not affect your parking sensors, With oem fitted sensors we can check for you to indicate wherever its likely they will be affected or not, however with aftermarket sensors it will depend on where they are located and the sensors itself.
Q. Do I need to tell my insurance I have had a Towbar fitted?
A. We recommend that you notify your insurance that you have had a Towbar fitted, we have not known of any increases to premiums to date, some have actually saved money on their insurance.