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Towbar fully integrated or aftermarket?? 59 Plate Passat

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Hi,

 

Question regarding tow bars.

Is it worth the extra money to have the fully integrated electrics?? ie the car knows when a caravan is attached. what features will this enable? Or do i go for the standard aftermarket option?

 

Thanks

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I have no knowledge on the matter of which I can share. I also can't hold back from typing the following; my apologies in advance.

 

Caravanning. The bane of the British A-road.

 

:P  ;)

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Relax, Jon, he might be using the towbar for something exciting.  Like, oh, I don't know, taking a race car to circuits around the UK :)

 

My Disco has fully integrated electrics.  This enables a total of one exciting feature - an extra indicator light to say that the trailer indicators are flashing as well.  Mrs P's X1 has slightly better, it tells you which side has a faulty bulb if the running lights go out.

 

Basically, choose the car first, then get whatever either comes with it or can be fitted to it by way of towbar & electrics. 

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Relax, Jon, he might be using the towbar for something exciting.  Like, oh, I don't know, taking a race car to circuits around the UK :)

 

 

 

That is true and a fair point. Far too many of the 'slow-tows' have ruined many a blast up and down the A9 over the years for me to respond initially in any other way  :roflmao:

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Tow bar stuff.

I thought on some of the newer cars they also modified the cars ESP/ABS etc settings while connected and added features to reduce sway?

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Had mine fitted recently and paid for the Audi trailer module and the loom that plugs in directly rather than splicing/cutting/etc.

 

I was an extra £120 (I think) which is steep but it would have bugged me otherwise.

 

On mine it has the following benefits (all only when trailer connected) :

Dash recognises the extra set of indicators running by showing "+1" - good confirmation all is still connecting and working

Bulb out on DIS

Fog light is extinguished on car and trailer fog lit instead.

Electric tailgate disabled

Rear parking sensors disabled and screen shows a trailer instead of rear sensors

Engine knows of trailer so I believe runs more cooling

ESP adapts

Not sure about ABS or additional items.

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Fully integrated - I'd say.

 

No brainer if you have the option and have an incling of pulling something.

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