Thule bikerack + towbar 7/8/13 pin sockets.....

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Daniel B, 1 Jun 2008.

  1. Daniel B

    Daniel B New Member

    Hello all,

    I have a Nissan Primera estate that has a twin electric socket.
    Both of these are designed to accept an 7 pin plug.

    I bought a Thule towbar 2 bike carrier a little while back, and the socket is like this:
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    Which corresponds to the socket on the car perfectly.

    I have just bought a 4 car thule carrier off ebay, and it has a socket like this:
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    Apologies for the image quality.
    So now we have 8 pins, but the pins only fill approx half of the space.

    As it is radically different spacing, no way it will fit with my towbar.

    Google turns up nada about an 8 pin towbar plug, so I am hoping it is a 13 pin one but with not the whole array of pins???

    If this is so, can anyone tell me what I need to do to make it compatible with my towbar.

    I'm hoping the options are:

    - Find a converter plug to convert the 8 small pins to 7 larger ones.
    - Chop the 8 pin plug of the end of the new Bike racks electric plug, and replace with a 7 pin one
    - I can't think of anything else.......

    Please tell me I haven't just wasted lots of money :wacko:

    Dan
     
  2. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    Look here-

    http://www.towsure.com/category/7199-Towing_Sockets

    There are a couple of different types of connection.
     
  3. Trillian

    Trillian New Member

    i'd go torment halfords staff with it if i were you :biggrin:
     
  4. Mister Paul

    Mister Paul Legendary Member

    ;)

    But if you want some proper help, I'd recommend calling Towsure. They're very helpful.
     
  5. Chromatic

    Chromatic Guru

    Location:
    Gloucestershire
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    Daniel B

    Daniel B New Member

    Thankyou very much all, I have bought other stuff off towsure before, so will give them a try next time I am down that way.

    £20 seems a tad sttep for just a converter, so perhaps there is a non thule version that will still perform the task!

    Cheers

    Dan
     
  7. Night Train

    Night Train Maker of Things

    Location:
    Greater Manchester
    You could look on ebay for a converter, they are usually cheaper though not by much.
     
  8. Night Train

    Night Train Maker of Things

    Location:
    Greater Manchester
    It would be cheaper to just buy a 7 pin socket and change the socket on the bike rack to fit your car.
     
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