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Towbars: Universal Wiring vs Vehicle Specific Wiring

Posted on September 20th 2019 by adtrak.admin

To those who are unfamiliar with towbars, it may be somewhat surprising to learn that there is wiring involved, and that it’s not simply a case of attaching a towbar and hooking a trailer to it. But when you are towing something, such as a caravan, its lights must function properly in order to inform other road users of your intentions, so the wiring is crucial. There are two types of wiring – universal and vehicle-specific – and in this article, we’re going to compare and contrast the two.   Universal Wiring This type of wiring was the only option on…

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What’s the Difference Between Fixed Flange Ball Towbar and Fixed Swan Neck Towbar?

Posted on December 19th 2018 by Towbar2U

When looking to tow for the first time, the world of towbars can seem like a daunting place. The various towbars on the market can easily leave people confused and worried about the safety of their vehicles. This article is going to help calm any nerves and dispel any confusion. We’ve detailed all you need to know about the two most popular towbars: the fixed flange ball and the fixed swan neck. What is a fixed flange ball and what is a fixed swan neck? Two of the most commonly found towbars, the fixed flange ball and fixed swan neck both…

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Do I need vehicle specific wiring when fitting a towbar?

Posted on May 25th 2018 by Towbar2U

When choosing a towbar for your vehicle, many people consider the physical apparatus but don’t initially give much thought to the wired connection to the vehicle. Whilst not mandatory, more and more people are choosing vehicle specific wiring due to its additional benefits over basic universal wiring. What is vehicle specific wiring? Vehicle specific wiring is a wiring kit which connects your towbar to your vehicle’s onboard system, and which has been tailored to your individual make of vehicle. This allows various features which can enhance safety and ease of towing to be activated. This wiring is more complex than the…

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What is dedicated wiring for towbars?

Posted on March 28th 2017 by Towbar2U

When you are getting a towbar fitted, you have two wiring options: universal or dedicated. Universal wiring has generally been the standard wiring method used when fitting towbars; this method is relatively simple and allows the functioning of the lights on your towed caravan/trailer. Dedicated wiring (or ‘vehicle specific wiring”), however, is a method designed for the specific make of vehicle it is attached to. This method has additional benefits which we’ll be discussing alongside more in depth information about dedicated wiring in this article. Why dedicated wiring? The dedicated wiring method is designed to fit and integrate with your vehicle’s…

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How to choose the right tow bar for your car

Posted on April 11th 2016 by Towbar2U

When deciding on which towbar to purchase for your car, there are a few things to consider. To make sure your towing experience is as simple, safe and practical as can be, you need to consider various aspects. Here, we run through the tow bars available on the UK market, choosing the right one for you, and the consideration of your vehicle type and the need for vehicle specific wiring. First and foremost, you will need to establish the approximate weight of the load you will be towing. Do I have the right car for the job? It goes without saying…

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The importance of Vehicle Specific Wiring

Posted on March 17th 2016 by Towbar2U

Towbars are a necessity for anyone wishing to use their vehicle to tow a load, whether it be a caravan or trailer. Having a standard towbar fitting is one option, but many customers now opt for Vehicle Specific Wiring. This technology is not only safer but more practical for the majority of towing tasks, making it an extremely popular solution. What is Vehicle Specific Wiring? Vehicle Specific Wiring allows for electrics from a vehicle to be used within the trailer or other vehicle being towed, through the towbar, and in doing so multiple features will be activated which would not necessarily…

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