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I am planning to buy my first caravan and will need to have a towbar fitted to my Yeti S 2.0 More concerned about a good job rather than cost. Feel inclined to use specialists like Witter but would this have warranty implications? Or should I go back to the dealer? Any advice/comments welcome.
 

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You don't have to go to the dealer, quite often the dealer will only "outsource" the job anyway. However, having a towbar fitted to a Yeti is not as straight forward as with most cars. Because of the Canbus electrics it needs to be wired in using a dedicated loom and not just scotchlocked, also after the towbar and electrics have been fitted they will need to be coded to the Canbus system. Then the reversing sensors will not sound when reversing with the van attached, and the van will also be protected by the car alarm.
It would be a good idea to enquire at your dealer as well as getting quotes from towbar specialists. You need to make sure the people fitting the bar will be doing so properly and find out if they can carry out the re-coding, or if you will have to ask your dealer to do the coding for you after the bar is fitted.
You may be lucky and have a Forum member who lives near you who can recommend someone. Graham might be able to help you there.
 

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I had my towbar fitted by my local dealer when I purchased the car almost 2 yrs. ago. As far as I recall, it cost about £800, supplied and fitted. As The Hood said, it is quite a job, half the innards of the car are removed to run the loom, and the back bumper area removed to install the bar. Mine is a removable ball so when not in use the car keeps its clean lines. The electronics are recoded, and so far it's been a dream. But should something be faulty, there is only one visit, not being sent back and forth twixt dealer and towbar man. My dealer did fit my bar, which was his first on a Yeti.
 

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Many thanks for these responses my S spec Yeti does not have reversing sensors so that at least would not be a problem. However it is useful to know that the complex electrics will have to be catered for. Witter do an online quote of £560 for the Yeti but I would ask them about "Canbus" also I will get a quote from the dealer. Thanks again.
 

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From elsewhere, I'm sure I've heard Chester Towbars being used by the dealer up that way.
 

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geneste said:
my S spec Yeti does not have reversing sensors so that at least would not be a problem.
Well you live and learn I thought all Yeti's had reversing sensors. My back and front ones make different tones, when getting out of a tight spot in a car park they almost play a tune!
 

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I have a dealer fit westfalia swan neck detachable. It was supplied without the cover plate and frame which I have subsequently had to demand be provided. Easy job they said just remove two hex screws and stick on frame via adhesive pads. Does anybody know how to get the 3 plastic lugs out which further hold the rear silver skid plate in place? They are split screws and in a fairly difficult place to get to. Dealer has said they would get their fitter to come and do job but thought if that simple I could do it myself.
 

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I get the impression that the coverplate is an optional extra but I will check that when I get a dealer quote tomorrow I would also go for a swan neck detachable as a towbar is not the nicest looking bit of kit. There is a Youtube video of a detachable being connected and removed showing the push fit cover plate.
 

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Towbar Fitting Update

I contacted my dealer who promised to call me back with a price but didn't bother. Thought those days were long gone but apparently not. Anyway I looked on Youtube and there is a video clip of a Yeti with a Westfalia being attached and removed posted by North West Towbars of Stockport. I called them and ordered an identical fitting which was done in about 2.5 hours £588 including the cover plate.
 

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Did that include a dedicated loom and re programming? and if so have you had a chance to see if everything works yet i.e. reverse sensors not sounding at the wrong time, and the change in the Bolero display when hooked up?

Perhaps those members who have had a tow bar fitted could start a new thread called something like "recommended tow bars fitters", and list those dealers/fitters that have done well. Then it could be used as a reference for future owners.
 

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So far all seems to be well I will attach a caravan for the first time today so that will show up any faults. It includes the separate wiring kit and has been re programmed. If I have any probs when the caravan is connected up I will post a note to that effect. I think I must have the NHS version of Yeti no reversing sensors or Bolero Display.
The company also has a depot in Chesterfield.
 

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geneste said:
Towbar Fitting Update

I contacted my dealer who promised to call me back with a price but didn't bother. Thought those days were long gone but apparently not. Anyway I looked on Youtube and there is a video clip of a Yeti with a Westfalia being attached and removed posted by North West Towbars of Stockport. I called them and ordered an identical fitting which was done in about 2.5 hours £588 including the cover plate.





North West Towbars of Stockport is where I had mine fitted and not had anyproblems,

I would recommend them.
 

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I had a Westfalia bar and detachable swan neck tow ball fitted by company called Autosonic here in Aberdeen. He fitted the bar and fitted the wiring loom etc at my house in 3 hours for £459.I have used it twice so far to tow my caravan and it works perfectly with on screen display when reversing the van and silent sensors. Didnt know that the alarm also connected to the van and I'm not quite sure how that part works however I'm confident everything is well. I can certainly recommend Autosonic as first class company to deal with.
 

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Tango Whisky, are the people below the ones that you used, and did they actually fit the towbar as well? Looking at their website if I lived in your area I would not have thought of them. I had looked to see if they were a national franchise, I think I will eventually either fit a bar myself and see if I can reprogram with VCDS, or have one fitted. The thought of a recommended firm fitting it on my drive had appealed to my lazy side.

Autosonic
Units 7 & 8
Whitemyres Busine""¦
Aberdeen
AB16 6HQ

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As noted elsewhere, I've had two bars fitted by Anglia Tow Bars. The latest, a Westfalia removable unit with wiring loom to my Yeti. I had to take it to my local Skoda Dealer (Vindis in Cambridge) for coding - the Westfalia kit comes with detailed coding instructions so it shouldn't be that difficult to do if you have access to the right kit.

Everything worked straight from the off. Sensors disabled correctly, alarm extended and trailer 'visible' in the rear parking sensor display on my Amundsen when reverse is selected.

I'd thoroughly recommend them if you happen to be in this neck of the woods!

Anglia Towbars (Newmarket) Ltd.
Glebe Farm
209 Fordham Road
Newmarket
Suffolk
England
CB8 7LG

Tel: 01638 577411
 
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