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    Hi lads
    How many pin connection do i need i have found sone 13 and some 7 apparantley 7 is old style and 13 is the new style so does anyone have any idea what is more common ???

    Cheers lads

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    I only will be using this for towing a trailer not a caravan ?? Dont know if this helps like

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    Towing electrics?

    12N was the old standard for towing electrics, 7 connectors usually black plug / socket
    12S was the old standard for supplementary electrics, 7 connectors usually grey or white plug / socket, i.e. caravan fridge and reversing lights

    13 pin is the European standard as of September 2008.

    You can get converters to go either way if necessary.

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    So which one is my best bet to get that most trailers fit to ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inner Zone View Post
    Towing electrics?

    12N was the old standard for towing electrics, 7 connectors usually black plug / socket
    12S was the old standard for supplementary electrics, 7 connectors usually grey or white plug / socket, i.e. caravan fridge and reversing lights

    13 pin is the European standard as of September 2008.

    You can get converters to go either way if necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antowens View Post
    So which one is my best bet to get that most trailers fit to ?
    12N but what's on the trailer?

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    I havent got a trailer yet didnt think there was a difference between them all thought they were all standard

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    If your just going to tow a small trailer without electrical items like fridge interior lights ( as you would have in a caravan ) I would just go for the 7 pin set up, but buy the Vauxhall electrical kit, its about £50 and a ten minute job. Probably the easiest tow bar and electrics I've ever fitted

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    Cheers mate have you got a part numner for.it but ye just a trailer to power brake lights and such not as i say not a caravan

    Quote Originally Posted by MARTIN FROM LLAN View Post
    If your just going to tow a small trailer without electrical items like fridge interior lights ( as you would have in a caravan ) I would just go for the 7 pin set up, but buy the Vauxhall electrical kit, its about £50 and a ten minute job. Probably the easiest tow bar and electrics I've ever fitted

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    They are just from 2008 caravans moved to 13 pin, trailers could be either.

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    Looks like i will just have to find someone with a trailer and ask them how many pins there plug has
    cheers lads

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