Camping Interior Towing connections
Trailer wiring guide
This guide is to help you select the type of trailer plug and/or socket that you may require for your trailer / caravan and help you to wire it up.
Types of plugs and sockets available and general description.
7 pin 12N
* This is commonly known as 'N' type * It is normally black plastic or it is available in aluminium * It has 7 wires for lights sufficient to make a trailer legal * Reverse lights can not be operated from this.
7 pin 12S
* This is commonly Known as 'S' Type * The plugs are grey plastic and the sockets are black plastic with a grey lid * It has 7 wires which are power for a caravan and reverse lights
* These are known as euro plugs * They are black plastic * These combine all the items in N and S type
There are other plugs available but those shown above are the ones that are regularly used on 12v cars and caravans.
1. Yellow L/H indicator 2. Blue Fog light 3. White Earth 4. Green R/H indicator 5. Brown R/H tail / side light 6. Red Brake lights 7. Black L/H tial / side light
1. Yellow Reversing Light 2. Blue Ignition 12V supply 3. White Earth 4. Green Continuous 12V supply 5. Brown Spare 6. Red Fridge 7. Black Spare
13 pin euro
There are 3 different colours listed for all the different wires we are aware of, we do not garentee we cover all available wires.
Pin no Colour1 Colour 2 Colour 3 Function
1. Yellow Yellow Yellow L/H indicator 2. Blue Blue Blue Fog light 3. White White White Earth 4. Green Green Green R/H indicator 5. Brown Brown Brown R/H tail / side light 6. Red Red Red Brake lights 7. Black Black Black L/H tail / side light 8. Yellow Pink Pink Reversing light 9. Green Orange Purple Continuous 12V supply 10. Blue Grey Grey Fridge 11. Red White/Black Clear Earth for fridge 12. Brown White/blue Buff Coding ( if required) normally spare 13. White White/Red Black/red Earth for pin 9
Most new vehicles are not to simple to wire a towbar as the wiring systems are getting more complicated and a lot require relays to by pass parts orf the car wiring to find out more information about bypass relays please look ar our other guide.
Guide for bypass relays and dedicated wiring systems.
By law all passenger vehicles should be fitted with a monitor to tell the driver that the indicators are working correctly this can be done either with a flashing light in the dash or an audible buzzer in the vehicle. We can supply these.
Fitting a pre wired socket to an older vehicle is easy, the wires can be fitted straight to the vehicles lights normally using scotch locks but on most newer vehicles (2002 on ) the electrical systems are more complex and require different types of relays which we stock and can supply. These will be available in our shop shortly. Another easer way (for cars 2002 on) is to buy a dedicated wiring loom that plugs directly into the vehicles wiring loom. We currently do not stock these looms but can supply in approximate 10- 14 days. It is our intention to keep the popular looms in stock shortly.
If you have a vehicle and a trailer / caravan with different plugs, one 13 pin and the other 7 pin or double 7 pin. We stock 4 different converters to help you on your way.
PA01 which is a 13 pin to 7 pin adapter which plugs in to a 13pin socket and gives one N type 7 pin outlet. This is ideal for towing a trailer with 7 pin electrics using a towing vehicle with 13 pin electrics.
PA02 Which is a 13pin to 7 pin adapter which has 2 cables that come from a 13 pin plug to supply both 'N' & 'S' type sockets. This is ideal for towing a caravan with 7 pin electrics using a new towing vehicle with 13 pin electrics.
PA03 Which is a 7pin to 13pin adaptor which comes with both 'N' & 'S' type plugs with short cables and a 13pin socket on the end. This is ideal for towing a caravan with 13pin electrics using a towing vehicle with a 'N' and 'S' type socket
PA04 Which is a 7 pin to 13 pin adaptor which plugs in to a 'N' type socket on the towing vehicle and has a 13 pin socket on the back (please note this will only supply road lighting.) This is ideal for a towing a trailer with a 13 pin plug using a towing vehicle with 7 pin socket/s.
The answer to one regularly asked question is. It is not possible to get a converter that supplies 'S' Type or full 13pin electrics from a 'N' type socket.
We have a few links below that may help you find the items you require tor your traile