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Towing Trailer Electrical Socket

Discussion in 'Fuel System & Electrics' started by OSF, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. OSF

    OSF Well-Known Member

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    I'm putting on a tow bar and I'm not sure what electrical socket I should get put on. Is there a standard and/or what is the difference?

    Flat, Round, 7 pin, 12 pin?
     
  2. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    I vote flat. Have it on all. Cheers
     
  3. OSF

    OSF Well-Known Member

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    7 pin? and where do you have the socket attached? To the tow bar itself or (other e.g. bumper bar).
     
  4. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Depends on what you tow. What lights? Indicators, stop, tail and earth are the standard 5. Reverse adds one more.
     
  5. OSF

    OSF Well-Known Member

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    Only towing a little boat for now that has a 7 pin flat plug, but wondering if this is standard. I'm potentially looking to tow some kind of interesting little caravan trailer (next project) and as such not sure if 7 pin is the norm or if I need more? I can change the plug on the boat trailer if needed.
     
  6. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    7 Pin Flat are the evolution and better solution to the round plugs.

    If you want to get flash, you can’t fit the socket with the LED indicators above each pin, to know that each one has current. Helps to quickly diagnose any vehicle or trailer wiring connection faults. ;)
     
  7. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I use a 7 pin flat....basic Narva set up. Easy enough to buy adapters if you end up towing something with a round pin too.. mine is just drilled and mounted under the bumper.
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  8. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    The Kanga Banga’s metal housing 7 pin flat socket.

    2nd pic is with flap jammed open, with parking and hazard lights on, (so L & R indicators), to show the LED’s on each pin when pin is active. ;)

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    29926601-CD9C-42AB-ACDF-17B4CDBDB394.jpeg
     
  9. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Only one pic Grant......
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  10. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    I see two......and now I’m confused....:(

    Do you see the pic with the flap closed, or with the flap open? o_O

    Anyone else see one or two pics in my previous post?
     
  11. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Now there are two....
    Before, there was just the pic of the flap closed.
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  12. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Well that’s strange.....coz you can clearly see that post has not been edited since it was initially posted.
     
  13. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Yup, when I first looked the first pic was there but the second was just the letters & prefix/ address...
    All good now though ;)
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  14. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Brakes :confused::(:eek:o_O:rolleyes:
     
  15. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Mounted on the black flap that comes off the bumper bar.
    Cheers
     
  16. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Brakes = Stop!!
     
  17. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    STOP :oops: ..... woooooops :eek:

    Thinking back to the T3 and fixing wiring L&R brake, L&R Indicators, Parking, Number Plate & Tail = 7 :rolleyes: - for 5 you'd have to piggy back the Left side over to the right ....... automotive electrics sux :confused:
     
  18. OSF

    OSF Well-Known Member

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    Yep. Decision made. Flat 7 pin. Don't think I'll get the Disco version though.

    Not exactly sure where I'll mount it yet. Probably off the bar itself somewhere, if I can do it neatly in a logical spot. Otherwise, I'll hang it off the bumper.
     
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  19. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    The Narva is flat,black and very unobtrusive....hardly noticeable bolted directly to the underside of the bumper.
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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  20. OSF

    OSF Well-Known Member

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    Hey Mark
    I assume there is enough clearance for the plug to go in etc?
    Do you have a pic you can post?
     

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