Electric Kit for towing

Towbar Electrics

There are 2 main types of electric kit for vehicles, Universal electric kit or Dedicated electric kit (vehicle specific). Universal electric kits are available for all vehicles, where as Dedicated electric kits are vehicle specific. Additionally, fitting a dedicated electric kit protects the vehicles warranty, works with the vehicles built in safe features and more. Furthermore, both types of electric kit ensure you can safely and legally tow.

We have a range of kits to suit budget and purpose required.

Electric Kits are a necessary part of your towing equipment. Depending upon your budget, warranty or cars features you can select a dedicated or universal electric kit. Where possible (manufacturer dependant) we have listed all the electric kits we have available using our search function and its filters you can find kits that are compatible with your vehicle.

Furthermore, if you are also looking for a Towbar where possible and available we have linked the correct sections in the listing. Therefore, making the process of buying the correct parts quicker and simpler. Along with, any additional accessories you may want.

Universal Electrics

Universal towbar electric kits used to be the standard method for supplying power to trailers or caravans. This is the lower cost option than dedicated “vehicle specific” towbar electric kit. Although universal kits do compromise on some features as a result.

Universal electric kits will provide all of the lighting functions required to keep your vehicle legal while towing your trailer or caravan. However it does not provide the additional benefits of vehicle specific towbar wiring. The universal kits also offer an audible C2 function, which is required by law.

As an example with an universal electric kit, your vehicles parking sensors and fog lights would not be disabled whilst you are towing as they would when using a dedicated “vehicle specific” system. Also this kit will not interact with built in stability programmes when towing like a dedicated system will.

Dedicated Electrics

Dedicated Vehicle Specific Wiring kits, sometimes known as ‘dedicated wiring looms’ or ‘plug in kits’, are becoming ever more popular for towbar electrics installation. Where the features are present, theses electric kits interact with the built in safety features on the vehicle. Also they can disable factory fitted parking aids.

Please note: Re-programming of the vehicle with correct software may be necessary to gain these functions where applicable when installing an electric kit.

Each towbar electric kit is designed specifically for the vehicle that it is fitted on. These electric kits interface with the vehicle systems in the same way as the vehicle manufacturer intended while towing. A universal option does not offer this level of function.