Why use a dedicated electrics kit?
Each Dedicated Vehicle Specific Wiring Kit is designed specifically for the vehicle that it is fitted to, and rather than soldering to connect the towbar wiring, which is usually the case with universal aftermarket wiring, these Dedicated Vehicle Specific Wiring Kits interface with the vehicle systems in the same way as the vehicle manufacturer intended.
Dedicated electrics are made specifically to work in conjunction with your vehicles electrics, some of the advantages are that this type of system informs your vehicle with features such as automatic fog light and parking sensor cut-out. A bypass relay is included in the kit where required. All dedicated electrics are supplied as full working kits with no need to purchase extra relays or wiring.
Why hide the trailer? Out of the thousands of cars on UK roads with towbars fitted, a high percentage are likely to have fitted towing electrics which are ‘hidden’ from the car. This electrical installation is commonly called ‘By-pass electrics’. This means, in fact, your car has no idea that it is towing.
In today’s world of advanced automotive electrical technology, this is not only inefficient but can prove to be potentially disastrous! Since the early 2000’s, automotive technology moved rapidly forward in introducing network systems in vehicles which allowed the detection of a trailer. In many cases, not only did the manufacturer design the vehicle to detect the trailer but created enhanced features within the network, which actually makes it vitally important for the trailer to be ‘seen’ and not ‘hidden’ from the towing vehicle. These include some important safety and stability features, along with convenience items such as automatic fog light cut-off and parking sensor deactivation. Here are some of the related towing systems in a vehicle you may have, which ‘NEED TO SEE’ the trailer when it is plugged in:
- Brake electronics
- Suspension system (ASS)
- Engine electronics
- Engine cooling system
- Cruise control
- Parking aids
Westfalia Auto Code
World leading supplier of automotive accessories
Westfalia have many years experience in the research and development of towing solutions and are one of the world’s leading manufacturers of towbars and vehicle specific wiring kits. Westfalia have been designing and manufacturing towbars for over 80 years and were the first to market with the ball coupling towbar, manually locking towbar, automatically locking detachable towbar with hidden receiver tube, electrically retractable and manually retractable towbars.
Westfalia work closely with a number of the world’s leading motor vehicle manufacturers to develop Vehicle Specific Wiring Kits in both left-hand drive and right-hand drive versions. Vehicle specific wiring kits provide the ultimate peace of mind in terms of both safety and reliability. When you have fitted a vehicle specific wiring kit you can easily and simply activate the vehicles towing features using AutoCode. Auto Code is lightweight, hand held service tool which is easy to use. Data can be captured and easily transferred to a PC. Auto Code is upgradable and comes supplied with car and PC connection leads and support software.
Quality is of paramount importance. All Westfalia products comply with stringent European Regulations. Furthermore, all Westfalia products are precision engineered by highly skilled and dedicated employees in state of the art production facilities. Westfalia’s innovative products offer the very best in terms of quality, safety, reliability and performance, giving you the reassurance and peace of mind that they can be used with complete confidence.