The Correct Tow bar Electrics for Your Needs

When you know what towbar you want or need you will then need to decide which type of electric socket. This will depend on what you are towing and whether you want the internal electrics to work or not whilst you are towing.

We have created the guide below to help you choose the right electrics for your towing needs. We will guide you to help you choose the correct electrics for you, just get in touch.

  • Single 7 Pin Socket (12N)

    This type of socket is fitted as standard with any towbar. They provide power from the towbar to the lights on a trailer, caravan or light board.

    If you’re only going to be towing a trailer this is all you need. If you’re towing a caravan you use only single electrics, but the interior caravan electrics wouldn’t have power.

  • Twin 7 Pin Sockets (12N/12S)

    Twin 7 Pin Electrics are fitted in addition to single 7 pin electrics. This relevant if you’re towing a caravan built prior to 2008.

    The extra grey socket provides power to operate the interior electrics while you are towing.

  • 13 Pin Electrics

    The 13 pin socket is essentially the two 7 pin sockets used in the twin 7 pin electrics option merged in to one.

    All caravans manufactured in the UK since 2008 are fitted with an ISO 13 pin connector as standard. You can have a 13 pin socket which just operates the lights on the caravan or a full function socket which additionally powers the internal electrics.

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Single 7 Pin Socket (12N)

This type of socket is fitted as standard with any towbar. They provide power from the towbar to the lights on a trailer, caravan or light board.


If you're only going to be towing a trailer this is all you need. If you're towing a caravan you use only single electrics, but the interior caravan electrics wouldn't have power.

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Twin 7 Pin Sockets (12N/12S)

Twin 7 Pin Electrics are fitted in addition to single 7 pin electrics. This relevant if you're towing a caravan built prior to 2008.


The extra grey socket provides power to operate the interior electrics while you are towing.

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13 Pin Electrics

The 13 pin socket is essentially the two 7 pin sockets used in the twin 7 pin electrics option merged in to one.


All caravans manufactured in the UK since 2008 are fitted with an ISO 13 pin connector as standard. You can have a 13 pin socket which just operates the lights on the caravan or a full function socket which additionally powers the internal electrics.

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