Advice needed on trailer wiring, please


(Mike Kearney) #1

I am about to buy a small trailer and already have a towbar which I intend to fit myself.


In the distant past, I wired trailer plugs by identifying the relevant wires and connecting with Scotch Locks. Now I find that there are bypass relays.


Since my car is not fitted with bulb-check technology, do I need a bypass relay?


Does the Control Technique include trailer wiring?


Am I required to report installation of a towbar for registration or insurance purposes?



(Mike Kearney) #2

Thanks Carl.

My observation of other road users tends to suggest that bulb-check technology is rarely found in French cars!


(Carl Alban) #3

If the car does not have a built in bulb failure warning system then splicing the wires should work just fine. If the hazard lights will not work properly after you have finished then you might need a box of tricks.

I usually look at tow bar kits on ebay to see what is included. If they contain extra relays then you can assume you need them.

Although I have no knowledge of the actual laws I have never seen the CT man pay ANY attention to tow bars other than checking it is mechanically sound.