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towbar and rear parking sensors
#1
Hello all, I'm new here.

I'm contemplating a new berlingo multispace. I've found lots of useful information here, but one thing seems raised a few times but never quite resolved. A towbar (for trailer, so 7-pin wiring is sufficient) is essential to me, and the 'detection pack' (heated mirrors, cruise control, parking sensors) is desired.

Has anyone found why Citroen say the detection pack is incompatible with any towbar in their brochure?

From prolonged use of the search function here, I conclude that it shouldn't be, and one option would be to get the towbar retro-fitted after leaving the dealer forecourt, but that seems clumsy to me. I'd rather it was all done by one place so if it goes pear-shaped I only need to argue with one organisation.

I note that the car handbook anticipates both towbar and sensors (page 106 - "The system will be deactivated automatically if a trailer is being towed"). I note that service.citroen.com documents also suggest sensors and towbar can work together - part 16088988 80 (towbar) says "Does not disrupt the operation of the rear parking assistance system" and "specifically recommended for vehicles with parking assistance systems" while 16102788 80 (rear sensors) says "the system is compatible with all types of towbar". Even teh towbar wiring loom says it works with sensors (eg 16064892 80 - "the harness ... temporarily deactivates the rear parking assistance").

I don't really understand cars (I'm really not interested in it other than as a way to get from A to B with all the clobber my family accumulates and preferably back again) so I'm worried I'm missing something fundamental.

Thanks for any advice.
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#2
The towbar is the rear parking sensor Confusedalut:

:whistle: :whistle: :whistle:
Somedays you're the pigeon, Somedays you're the statue.
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I've got the detection pack fitted to mine plus a Tow Bar which was fitted when i purchased the Berlingo.There is a parking sensor switch fitted to turn the sensors off when towing.
A couple of pics which i hope will help.
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(30-08-2013, 03:33 PM)eame64 Wrote:  I've got the detection pack fitted to mine plus a Tow Bar which was fitted when i purchased the Berlingo.

Thanks, that's helpful. At least I can now tell the dealer I know someone that's got it.

I still don't understand why all the Citroen marketing blurb says it doesn't work, when their own workshop information says it does.
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(30-08-2013, 02:21 PM)steve valentine Wrote:  The towbar is the rear parking sensor Confusedalut:

:whistle: :whistle: :whistle:

Kindred spirit:thumbsup:

K
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