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Towbar troubles


Lorraine Crawford
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Last year I bought a Brink second-hand removeable towbar from Eurojag and had it fitted by a Jaguar independant garage. The rear bumper needs a small piece taking out to give access to the towing plug(s). I've no idea what your contact meant by 'too old'; maybe this is code for 'I don't want the job'. I heard that many towbar fitters don't like to do S-Type electrics because they use a negative earth electric system which they have difficulty understanding. I bought a TEB7AJ relay, which is specific to the S-Type, off Ebay and fitted it myself. Quite straightforward for a DiY project. They system works OK but because the car is so well soundproofed I can't hear the beep from the relay telling me the indicators are working. There is provision on the relay to fit an indicator light.

Is your caravan 2 x 7-pin or single 13-pin electrics and does it have LED road lights?

 

 

 

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OK I can tell you that the TEB7AJ relay won't bleep when the LED indicators flash. To be legal it should, but resistors can be added in the caravan to make the relay bleep, or Swift caravans can have a Sargent Electrical box fitted which makes all problems go away. Allegedly. The relay was designed before LED road lights on caravans became common so it needs a bit of work to be legal.

P F Jones can supply towbar and relay to your fitter. Good luck and happy caravanning!

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