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Ford towing electrics - new van purchase

We’re heading down a route of replacing my wife’s dogmobile van with a Ford Transit Connect with auto transmission.
In the options list is a “towbar preparation kit” and a “detachable towbar (with transmission oil cooler)”. Also a 13-pin “e-kit”
I am confused as to what I need. Those who know me on here will know I’m not a towing novice by any stretch but ....
I wouldn’t normally go for factory (in Turkey!!) towbar fit but the need for oil cooler for the transmission makes me lean towards it.
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You will find it a lot cheaper to get the towbar and electrics fitted by a place near to you. Probably the same one the garage would also use. Doesn't say much for the vehicle if it needs to have a oil cooler fitted. Get the dealer to fit the oil cooler at their expense otherwise you will look elsewhere. Sales are down over 9% so any sale is worth its weight in gold to a dealership!
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You will find it a lot cheaper to get the towbar and electrics fitted by a place near to you. Probably the same one the garage would also use. Doesn't say much for the vehicle if it needs to have a oil cooler fitted. Get the dealer to fit the oil cooler at their expense otherwise you will look elsewhere. Sales are down over 9% so any sale is worth its weight in gold to a dealership!



Hi

to add to the above post

imported cars /vans elecrrical tow bar wiring often do's not include the wirng for
1) the ATC
2) charging the van battery

3) running the fridge from the towing van to the caravan



You need to confirm the cost and spec with the dealer



Have a look at https://www.pfjones.co.uk/towbar-wiring-kits.html
for details of wiring kits,,, the pros and cons



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Dave - I am aware of the potential missing feeds to the caravan. I have raised the issue with the seller and they say it’s compatible with caravan electrics but I am not confident. But I have flagged it up prior to purchase and kept their written reply. So I’ll see. I have no immediate plans to tow and our caravan is too heavy for it anyway - for now. As we get more infirm we may change to a lighter caravan before we have to give up.

Towbar, oil cooler and electrics are £600 + VAT which compares favourably with local fitting. I think it’s unlikely a towbar fitting outfit would do transmission oil cooler so it’d be local franchise dealer at their hourly rates. So I am comfortable with my decision to go factory (in Turkey!!) fit. Also, the van will need caging for the dogs and electrics would be better sorted before that’s done.

Rightly or wrongly I am using Nationwide Cars - an online dealer - my daughter has just bought through them with a rather specific spec and it’s worked out fine fine.
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