[Spares] E Class (211) Estate Towbar and Electrics

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DSC_1.jpg DSC_2.jpg Mercedes Eclass Estate 2004 W211 towbar and electrics

This is a Brink retractable towbar which came off my 2004 E class estate, you can see it working on thier website
https://brink.eu/en-gb/towbars/towbar-types/retractable-towbar/

This towbar is easy to fit and requires no cutting or drilling, and is all hidden away behind the bumper

It comes with dedicated 13 pin electrics which simpley plugs into the rear sam unit in the boot, just plug and play

It cost me about £700 in all but would accept a reasonable offer and collection in Merseyside
 
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I have just fitted a tow bar to my 2010 E class w212 saloon, and I plan on using a bypass relay. Its for a small single axle trailer, so no fancy electric set up needed. I have attached a pic of the fuse box which is very conveniently situated in the boot, if some one can point out the correct fuse ( or empty connection ) I can use to supply power to the relay?
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here's a photo of my fuse box with the dedicated towing kit, the blue part on the left is where it gets the live feeds from, maybe you could just fit one side of a fuse in there and run the other side to your relay. That top black oblong relay is the towing relay which allows you to charge a caravan battery and run the fridge, that also goes to one of them connections on the left but I think that one is only live when the engine is running


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here's a photo of my fuse box with the dedicated towing kit, the blue part on the left is where it gets the live feeds from, maybe you could just fit one side of a fuse in there and run the other side to your relay. That top black oblong relay is the towing relay which allows you to charge a caravan battery and run the fridge, that also goes to one of them connections on the left but I think that one is only live when the engine is running


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Hi spenttherent, Many Thanks, that's exactly what I am looking for !!! :). I am not planning on any caravan towing, just a small single axle trailer. If I have any doubts about it, I will go for the dedicated kit, but I have used the relay bypass on other cars before ( 152 Superb ) and it worked out fine. ( not saying that the wiring is the same as the Mercedes ... )
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here's a photo of my fuse box with the dedicated towing kit, the blue part on the left is where it gets the live feeds from, maybe you could just fit one side of a fuse in there and run the other side to your relay. That top black oblong relay is the towing relay which allows you to charge a caravan battery and run the fridge, that also goes to one of them connections on the left but I think that one is only live when the engine is running


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Me again Spenttherent,
I have attached the pic of the fusebox in my w212, and the difference is clear. On my box, there are only the block of connections (Black), whereas in yours, there is the blue connector, so this blue connector is actually part of the wiring kit. That's fine, so now I will check which connections are live and when. Its clear also from your pic which fuses go where, very important and usefull info. In comparison with your fuse box, mine looks very bare.............:)
Thanks again and Best Regards,
Jim2

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Yes, should have said it was part of the wiring kit, but that's where the live feeds come from. I think the top three where the blue part is on mine are the ones to check out
 

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Yes, should have said it was part of the wiring kit, but that's where the live feeds come from. I think the top three where the blue part is on mine are the ones to check out
Yes, I will check these ones first, Did you install it yourself, or had it done by professional towbar company?
 
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I fitted the last one myself but got a tow bar company to fit this one, they're very easy to fit though, the last one for the 211 was about £200 but you can buy the 212 kits for under a £100. It saves all that poking around looking for wires especially where the light is in the tailgate or boot lid and is routed over the roof, and if you have one led light with two functions i.e. brake light and tail light, that can be a pain

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I fitted the last one myself but got a tow bar company to fit this one, they're very easy to fit though, the last one for the 211 was about £200 but you can buy the 212 kits for under a £100. It saves all that poking around looking for wires especially where the light is in the tailgate or boot lid and is routed over the roof, and if you have one led light with two functions i.e. brake light and tail light, that can be a pain

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Hi Graham, all the kits I priced were in the £150 + range, so while I would have spent the cash, I felt like trying the alternative. If it worked ( it did ) then everything was fine, if not, then at least I tried. ....But I did follow your recommendations, and found them very helpful, so Thanks again.
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