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    question about tower

    hello. I need to tow my trailer but of course my Touran doesn't have a place to hook the trailer. Do you know the best way to get one, and can I fit it myself, including the electric? I am looking online and they seem v expensive! I just need the small lump thing that you attach a normal erde 122 on to but it has to have the electrics too. thanks in advance
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAURAKJ1000 View Post
    I just need the small lump thing
    Yes Laura indeed you certainly need a small lump thing and these are commonly known as a tow ball hitch.
    I am assuming that you dont have a tow bar fitted to your car, onto which the small lump thing is securely bolted. If this is the case I would advise you to go to a tow bar specialist who will happily fit a complete tow bar plus electrics to enable you to tow your small alloy trailer in complete safety.
    I have fitted countless tow bars and IME it is not normally a job for a casual spare hour and an adjustable spanner
    If you are intending to tow anything may I respectfully suggest that you have a tow bar and accessories professionally fitted, both to be legal and safe to use on public roads.
    Expensive? Yes perhaps but what price peace of mind as opposed to seeing your little trailer suddenly overtaking you on a road in Devon.
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    DO you know how much that would all be? BALL PARK? thank you!


    Quote Originally Posted by Sam&Anne View Post
    Yes Laura indeed you certainly need a small lump thing and these are commonly known as a tow ball hitch.
    I am assuming that you dont have a tow bar fitted to your car, onto which the small lump thing is securely bolted. If this is the case I would advise you to go to a tow bar specialist who will happily fit a complete tow bar plus electrics to enable you to tow your small alloy trailer in complete safety.
    I have fitted countless tow bars and IME it is not normally a job for a casual spare hour and an adjustable spanner
    If you are intending to tow anything may I respectfully suggest that you have a tow bar and accessories professionally fitted, both to be legal and safe to use on public roads.
    Expensive? Yes perhaps but what price peace of mind as opposed to seeing your little trailer suddenly overtaking you on a road in Devon.
    "Oh my goodness, I have a trailer just like that".........
    2007 Touran 1.9 TDI-PD

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    There are many different variations of tow bars. Some are fixed, some are detachable etc depending on your use and needs.
    Westfalia is a quality product and most reputable fitters will use this but is the higher end cost wise.
    Witter is another popular make and I have fitted many of these without comeback.
    It is a personal choice and when you make your decision quite a few companies will come to your home or workplace to fit. You will need to discuss your needs with them prior to them coming out.
    I only worked from my garage so customers came to me as I preferred to have my equipment, welders etc to hand but times have changed. I am very very old and sore and retired now.
    May I suggest that you contact someone local with your requirements and as for a ball park figure I would suggest between 400 and 550 for a quality job fitted complete with electrics and ready to go (tow)
    As in all cases you gets what you pays for and you need to bear this in mind.
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    thanking you Sir
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    The Touran uses computer controlled lights and so to avoid problems, CAN BUS compatible electrics kits are required.
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    I had an Westfahlia detachable swan neck tow bar fitted to my Touran in 2014 and the cost was 720. This was at a specialist affiliated with the local VW dealership, slightly more that the previous poster but detachable swan necks are more expensive. I agree with what Sam&anne has already said. The electrics need to be fitted by a suitably qualified person, there is a tale of woe thread on the Touran sub-forum from a few years back where it cost about 1400 to replace the electronic modules that were damaged by incorrect towbar wiring. VW produce a Trailer Module that plugs in and correctly handles all the electrics. This trailer module is essential for safe towing, not only does it handle the lights, it also disables the some of the rear parking sensors when a trailer is attached and more crucially it modifies the ESP operation to cater for the trailer.
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    THANKS all
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