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Old Jun 21st, 2018, 20:08   #31
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Some maufacturers seem to take a different approach, installing a towbar as an extra item to the original beam:
https://www.volvoforums.org.uk/showthread.php?t=283214
Westfalia doesn't seem to do that:
https://www.westfalia-automotive.com...0102691111.pdf
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Old Jun 25th, 2018, 13:58   #32
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I'm also thinking about putting a towbar on my car, I only want it to fit a bike rack to. But at the moment the only option seems to be a dealer fit @ around a £1000.
I plan to wait until I can source a towbar from somewhere like Witter.
I've taken the plunge, just ordered a Volvo electric towbar, managed to get a10% discount + a number plate. Having it fitted on Friday, fitting time is 2 hours.
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I've taken the plunge, just ordered a Volvo electric towbar, managed to get a10% discount + a number plate. Having it fitted on Friday, fitting time is 2 hours.
You wont regret it, its very neat and intergrated to the cars sytems, like turning BLIS off when trailer attached, (wide trailer/caravan would activate it) and reverse sensor beeps turned off once hitched up, it stops coasting in eco mode and prevents pilot assist while towing, so driver is always in control, cruise and adaptive cruise still work. Rear Fog lights wont come on the car when towing, the cars trailer stability system will become active (aditional to the caravan stability system) and there is also a tow hitch guide line in reverse/360 camera for easy hitching, and trailor light check. These are the things I can remember off the top of my head.

I have read on here that one or two owners believe that you just sit in car and activate trailer light check, this is wrong, you still have to visually check them.
You are supposed to activate it then turn off engine and walk to the back of the trailer and observe the lights coming on to see if they all work.
The lights come on in sequence, rear lights, brake lights indicators etc. The trailer light check system is there so you can check lights single handed.
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Old Jun 25th, 2018, 16:49   #34
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You wont regret it, its very neat and intergrated to the cars sytems, like turning BLIS off when trailer attached, (wide trailer/caravan would activate it) and reverse sensor beeps turned off once hitched up, it stops coasting in eco mode and prevents pilot assist while towing, so driver is always in control, cruise and adaptive cruise still work. Rear Fog lights wont come on the car when towing, the cars trailer stability system will become active (aditional to the caravan stability system) and there is also a tow hitch guide line in reverse/360 camera for easy hitching, and trailor light check. These are the things I can remember off the top of my head.

I have read on here that one or two owners believe that you just sit in car and activate trailer light check, this is wrong, you still have to visually check them.
You are supposed to activate it then turn off engine and walk to the back of the trailer and observe the lights coming on to see if they all work.
The lights come on in sequence, rear lights, brake lights indicators etc. The trailer light check system is there so you can check lights single handed.
Thanks for all that extra information, it certainly makes the cost more justified.
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You wont regret it, its very neat and intergrated to the cars sytems, like turning BLIS off when trailer attached, (wide trailer/caravan would activate it) and reverse sensor beeps turned off once hitched up, it stops coasting in eco mode and prevents pilot assist while towing, so driver is always in control, cruise and adaptive cruise still work. Rear Fog lights wont come on the car when towing, the cars trailer stability system will become active (aditional to the caravan stability system) and there is also a tow hitch guide line in reverse/360 camera for easy hitching, and trailor light check. These are the things I can remember off the top of my head.

I have read on here that one or two owners believe that you just sit in car and activate trailer light check, this is wrong, you still have to visually check them.
You are supposed to activate it then turn off engine and walk to the back of the trailer and observe the lights coming on to see if they all work.
The lights come on in sequence, rear lights, brake lights indicators etc. The trailer light check system is there so you can check lights single handed.
Does it set the alarm off if the trailer electrics are unplugged when the vehicle is locked? I haven’t tried it on the XC90; it did in my Touaregs
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Old Jun 25th, 2018, 23:44   #36
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Does it set the alarm off if the trailer electrics are unplugged when the vehicle is locked? I haven’t tried it on the XC90; it did in my Touaregs
I have not read anything about that or tried it on my XC90, I will try that next time I use it, if I leave my van hitched up to car I always set my remote operated motor mover onto the wheels (its not lever operated) which acts like a very effective brake locking the wheels and I arm the caravan alarm which has a movement sensor and tracker.
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Old Jun 26th, 2018, 09:43   #37
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You wont regret it, its very neat and intergrated to the cars sytems, like turning BLIS off when trailer attached, (wide trailer/caravan would activate it) and reverse sensor beeps turned off once hitched up, it stops coasting in eco mode and prevents pilot assist while towing, so driver is always in control, cruise and adaptive cruise still work. Rear Fog lights wont come on the car when towing, the cars trailer stability system will become active (aditional to the caravan stability system) and there is also a tow hitch guide line in reverse/360 camera for easy hitching, and trailor light check. These are the things I can remember off the top of my head.

I have read on here that one or two owners believe that you just sit in car and activate trailer light check, this is wrong, you still have to visually check them.
You are supposed to activate it then turn off engine and walk to the back of the trailer and observe the lights coming on to see if they all work.
The lights come on in sequence, rear lights, brake lights indicators etc. The trailer light check system is there so you can check lights single handed.
You're right, it is very neat and a well integrated solution. The only thing I wish is that there was an option to tell it what you have connected to you trailer electrics. 90% of the time for us its just a towbar mounted cycle rack, in which case we would welcome is disabling the reversing sensors, but leaving everything else (i.e. BLISS) switched on.

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Old Jun 26th, 2018, 15:38   #38
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