We are having towbar fitted

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  1. mark and sharon

    mark and sharon Funster

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    Hi we are having a tow bar fitted to our van, does anyone know why we would pay extra for a 13pin? As it's 75 pound dearer. The other pin is 7 pin. What's the benefits of the 13pin? Thanks and please. Sharon
     
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    Never even heard of a 13 pin jobby :)
     
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    13 pin more recently used combines basic trailer lighting with power for fridge etc if you tow a caravan and more secure in socket when fitted. If its just for a trailer board 7 pin will probably suffice. Look underneath the back of your motorhome ours is ford based and already has a 13 pin socket fitted as standard even without a towbar!!
     
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    If you are also having an A-frame to tow a small car some of the ones with electronic braking NEED 8 pins to work.

    Dave
     
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    Our toad uses 10 of the 13 pins a frame by towbars 2 tow cars.
    The 7 for the lights 2 to keep the toad battery charged and 1 for a warning light.
    But the brakes on the toad work with just 7 I think the battery would go flat eventually on the toad.

    Chris
     
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    With the 7pins you need 2 now on most caravans/trailers . 13 pin was standard on audi/vw stuff years back & we used to swop them for a 7 pin here or use an adaptor- The 13 pin is now the EU standard.
     
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    We had Towbar fitted last year for car trailer it works on 7 pin plug I was told 13 is more for caravan(y)(y)
     
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    Ours is 7 pin but we did need a 13 pin adapter for out Thule bike rack but it was less than a fiver.
     
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