Trailer / Towbar adaptors
Towbar Electrics adapters
Towbar adapters are crucial tools for technicians who work with towing equipment. These adapters allow you to attach a trailer, caravan and cycle carrier to a vehicle that might not have the same towing connection type. In combination with vehicle-specific towbar wiring kits and electrics, your towing equipment will work to its full potential.
13-pin to 7-pin adapter
13 to 7-pin adapters are commonly used in Europe to allow vehicles with a 13-pin socket to tow trailers, caravans and cycle carriers with a 7-pin plug. This type of adapter is beneficial for those who frequently tow trailers, caravans and cycle carriers with different socket types.
When using a 13 to 7-pin adapter, it's important to ensure that it is compatible with the vehicle and trailer you're working with. Not all adapters are created equal, and some may not be suitable for certain types of vehicles or trailer, caravan and cycle carrier combinations.
It's also worth noting that while a 13 to 7-pin adapter can be a convenient solution for towing trailers with different socket types, it can also limit the functionality of some features. For example, some newer trailers and vehicles may have advanced lighting systems that require all 13 pins to function properly. In such cases, a 13 to 7-pin adapter may not provide full functionality.
7-pin to 13-pin adapter
This type of adapter is useful for those who have a 7-pin socket but need to tow a newer trailer, caravan and cycle carrier combinations with a 13-pin socket. The 7-pin to the 13-pin adapter will only extend the functionality of the 7-pin. So you will not be able to receive the additional functionalities a 13-pin can provide.
It is important to be aware of the limitations and risks associated with using a 13 to 7-pin adapter and the other way around. You may also want to recommend alternative solutions, such as replacing the socket on the vehicle or trailer, caravan and cycle carrier, to ensure full functionality and safety when towing. Learn more in our guide about towbar electrics.
Fitting instructions for your vehicle
Once you've chosen the right towbar adapter for the job, it's essential to install it correctly. Improper installation can lead to accidents and damage to the vehicle or trailer. As a technician, it's your responsibility to ensure that the adapter is installed correctly and that all connections are secure.
In case you experience problems during the installation process, ECS Electronics' helpdesk support can help you out. With the help of expert assistance from our engineers, we will run through the process swiftly and easily. You can also take a look at our FAQ for towbar installations.
From towbar wiring diagrams to advanced towbar electrics, ECS Electronics has the expertise and technology to meet your needs.