1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

What is this?

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by Lukecoles, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Lukecoles

    Lukecoles Member

    Messages:
    19
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2018
    Your Mercedes:
    2010 E Class
    DB536A6E-CC2C-408B-B5F9-1EE09036DCA2.jpeg Any ideas what this is? I’m guessing a power point for something, maybe when towing?
    Any reason I shouldn’t cut it off?
     
  2. Martyn Cannon

    Martyn Cannon Active Member

    Messages:
    40
    Likes Received:
    10
    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2018
    Location:
    London NW7
    Your Mercedes:
    CLK 320 Sport Auto 1998
    Power to connect to a caravan ?


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  3. stwat

    stwat Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,592
    Likes Received:
    50
    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2004
    Location:
    Sheffield
    Your Mercedes:
    1989 300SE
    Power for trailers and caravans.
     
  4. EmilysDad

    EmilysDad Senior Member

    Messages:
    6,204
    Likes Received:
    620
    Joined:
    May 8, 2012
    Location:
    Bury Lancs
    Your Mercedes:
    R320 2007
    12N (road lighting) and 12S (supplementary ie fridge, charging & reverse light) for a caravan.

    Isn't there a towbar too? If you remove them, be aware that there should be a permanent 12 volt supply to the grey 12S socket .... don't short it out
     
  5. keefysher

    keefysher Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,965
    Likes Received:
    520
    Joined:
    May 4, 2007
    Location:
    Hampshire
    Your Mercedes:
    W166 GLE350AMG Line 3.0 2017. BMW Z3 2.8 1998.
    +1 to wot he said
     
  6. Chrishazle

    Chrishazle Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,184
    Likes Received:
    182
    Joined:
    May 25, 2009
    Location:
    Nr Ashford, Kent
    Your Mercedes:
    S204 2008 C220CDI Elegance Estate Auto, 1993 Porsche 968 Tiptronic cabriolet
    If you have those, do you also have the hide-away towbar that my S204 has? To get at mine I open the rear NS cubby hole, there's a big knob you turn a little and the tow bar drops down, pull it across into position then turn the knob back to lock it.
     
    mercmancdi likes this.
  7. EmilysDad

    EmilysDad Senior Member

    Messages:
    6,204
    Likes Received:
    620
    Joined:
    May 8, 2012
    Location:
    Bury Lancs
    Your Mercedes:
    R320 2007
    an OE bar would surely have a single 13 pin socket fastened (at right angles) to the bar itself ;)
     
  8. OP
    Lukecoles

    Lukecoles Member

    Messages:
    19
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2018
    Your Mercedes:
    2010 E Class
    Thanks. Nope don’t have a fixed tow bar, unless there’s a drop down one hidden under there somewhere. Car is due a service next month so I might just let the garage do it while it’s there :)
     
  9. keefysher

    keefysher Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,965
    Likes Received:
    520
    Joined:
    May 4, 2007
    Location:
    Hampshire
    Your Mercedes:
    W166 GLE350AMG Line 3.0 2017. BMW Z3 2.8 1998.
    Do you cycle? If you are likely to carry bicycles in your time of ownership employing a boot mounted carrier which requires the number plate/lights to not be obscured, the socket would be handy to plug a light board into. :cool:

    Is there a receiver for a detachable tow bar under there? The type that plug in (forgive the pun). There may be a big lump of metal with a ball on the end lurking in the boot somewhere.

    If its a cosmetic thing, instead of removing, tidy it away?? :eek:
     
  10. OP
    Lukecoles

    Lukecoles Member

    Messages:
    19
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2018
    Your Mercedes:
    2010 E Class
    Nope don’t cycle. I see what you mean about tidying away but it is all very much fixed in position, both by a bracket and the solid cable housing coming from up underneath the car somewhere. It is very much a cosmetic thing so I will definitely have it cut off and blanked off so it cannot be seen
     
  11. umblecumbuz

    umblecumbuz Senior Member

    Messages:
    3,070
    Likes Received:
    495
    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2010
    Location:
    Wales and Gozo
    Your Mercedes:
    S204 and CLC 204 cdi, other non-Merc machines
    Westfalia made those, for when a hidden towbar was also fitted.
    I had one, and in theory the sockets came into view when the towball was swung round ready for use.
    In practice, the sockets regularly got full of road muck with obvious electrical malfunctions.
    Not a good idea!

    Personally, i prefer my towball (with bright yellow tennis ball cover) to be obvious to all. Good deterrent to the close parker brigade, and a subtle warning to tailgaters not to get too close.
     
  12. Chrishazle

    Chrishazle Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,184
    Likes Received:
    182
    Joined:
    May 25, 2009
    Location:
    Nr Ashford, Kent
    Your Mercedes:
    S204 2008 C220CDI Elegance Estate Auto, 1993 Porsche 968 Tiptronic cabriolet
    I had the visible variety on my RR and first Volvo estate, as my shins can testify. The number of times I bashed a shin on the damned thing when loading or unloading the boot! I much prefer the hidden one on my S204 - which has only been out once - and that was to see what it was and how it worked, and was put away immediately and has not been out since!
     
    keefysher likes this.
  13. keefysher

    keefysher Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,965
    Likes Received:
    520
    Joined:
    May 4, 2007
    Location:
    Hampshire
    Your Mercedes:
    W166 GLE350AMG Line 3.0 2017. BMW Z3 2.8 1998.
    ha ha :)

    They've moved on a bit, this is mine (except mine is RHD and the exterior colour is Brilliant Blue ;):

     
    Chrishazle likes this.
  14. EmilysDad

    EmilysDad Senior Member

    Messages:
    6,204
    Likes Received:
    620
    Joined:
    May 8, 2012
    Location:
    Bury Lancs
    Your Mercedes:
    R320 2007
    Remove it all properly from inside the car ..... just cutting it off will likely cause other electrical faults due to water shorting out wires.
     
  15. Chrishazle

    Chrishazle Senior Member

    Messages:
    2,184
    Likes Received:
    182
    Joined:
    May 25, 2009
    Location:
    Nr Ashford, Kent
    Your Mercedes:
    S204 2008 C220CDI Elegance Estate Auto, 1993 Porsche 968 Tiptronic cabriolet
    Bet MB charge an arm and 2 legs for that option (with the reversing camera as well, of course!).:):):)
     
    Dean Fletcher likes this.
  16. keefysher

    keefysher Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,965
    Likes Received:
    520
    Joined:
    May 4, 2007
    Location:
    Hampshire
    Your Mercedes:
    W166 GLE350AMG Line 3.0 2017. BMW Z3 2.8 1998.
    twas £700 as a factory order on a new car. That is less than JLR products for the same kit. Aftermarket, a similar one on my W221 was just under £3k, or should have been. The camera is standard now, although additional packages add more functions to it.
     
  17. Blobcat

    Blobcat Moderator

    Messages:
    8,430
    Likes Received:
    202
    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2006
    Location:
    Near Grange Moor (not Wakefield...)
    Your Mercedes:
    W213 E220d, Smart R451 CDI, Porsche 911 C2S, Land Rover 110 County SW
    Looks very handy for nicking motorcycle trailers... :shock:. Get back home, press the button "can't have been me gove'nor, no tow ball..."
     
  18. keefysher

    keefysher Senior Member

    Messages:
    1,965
    Likes Received:
    520
    Joined:
    May 4, 2007
    Location:
    Hampshire
    Your Mercedes:
    W166 GLE350AMG Line 3.0 2017. BMW Z3 2.8 1998.
    By habit I unhitch the caravan and reverse it on the motor mover each time on arrival at a pitch, or return home, then put the tow ball cover on and retract the tow ball by operating the switch in the tailgate edge.

    Several times on sites people have asked how I got the caravan there!! Bless :confused:

    Think that is good, the motor mover on the caravan enables me to manoeuvre it single handed, it weighs 1800Kg. On the driveway at home I pull on forward, unhitch, drive the car round and park it in front of the garage, then use a hand controller that fits in my coat pocket to spin the caravan round 180 and reverse up a slope to put it away. The yoofs with their souped up cars are always gobsmacked. I say to them its my playstation game and produce the controller to show them, kewl or wot?? :D:D
     
    Blobcat, vtaylor78 and Jimbo1959 like this.
  19. Jimbo1959

    Jimbo1959 Senior Member

    Messages:
    430
    Likes Received:
    243
    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2018
    Location:
    Ayrshire
    Your Mercedes:
    E350 CDi Blue Efficiency Sport Coupe, fast, smooth, comfortable, what more does one need?

Share This Page