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I have a fault with one of the pins on the 13 pin plug on my Nissan Pathfinder. The one that powers the fridge(caravan interior) when towing is not working.

Checked fuses cant find any problem

Anyone else had this problem with the Pathfinder?

 

Has it worked at any time before? Are you certain that the fridge pin is wired in? Is it a new car/electrics? Many 13 pin systems lack the fridge and auxiliary connections as they are not used on the continent so factory fit or electric kits may omit these.

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It's not uncommon that factory-fit or dealer-fit towing electrics DON'T include the fridge or battery supply/charging circuits. This seems to occur most when a 13-pin socket is specified.

 

You may need to check the number of circuits going into the car's 13-pin socket from the wiring - and then trace them back to check. There should be 12 circuits, pin 12 is allocated but not used.

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I have a fault with one of the pins on the 13 pin plug on my Nissan Pathfinder. The one that powers the fridge(caravan interior) when towing is not working.

Checked fuses cant find any problem

Anyone else had this problem with the Pathfinder?

 

 

Our dealer fit towbar electrics were incorrectly wired on our 2006 Pathfinder, took it back twice but in the end it seemed easier to rewire oiourselves. They had wired the 12S socket mirror image to what it was supposed to be.

 

Worth checking with a test meter just in case.

 

 

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Hi

 

I have an X-trail

 

I will never again pay a Nissan dealer to fit & wire my towbar. .

 

I soon found out that I knew more about towbars and wiring than they did.

 

It took 2 days to fit and cost almost twice the price of my local trailer specialist (who they paid to sort it out for them in the end - at my suggestion)

 

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I would never ask the dealer to fit a towbar/electrics on a new car. They often farm the work out to a local towbar fitter anyway & then charge you a mark up for their 'work' When I had the Tucson,the Hyundai dealer quoted £100 more than the local. .. expert 'cos they are doing it everyday. .. fitter which I always use with no problem (so far!)

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I would never ask the dealer to fit a towbar/electrics on a new car. They often farm the work out to a local towbar fitter anyway & then charge you a mark up for their 'work' When I had the Tucson,the Hyundai dealer quoted £100 more than the local. .. expert 'cos they are doing it everyday. .. fitter which I always use with no problem (so far!)

 

That remark needs to be qualified. It may be true for some dealerships, but by no means all of them.

I had towing electrics fitted by the dealership to my new vehicle, prior to taking delivery, in 2005. I had the car for 4 years, and it had nevr given any electrical trouble for the whole of that time.

This March, I took delivery of a new vehicle, and went through the same procedure again.

The towbar and electrics are all model specific, and supplied by the vehicle manufacturer. Everything was done "by the book", even down to a special replacement rear valance trim with pre-formed access to the towball socket (no messy cutting out by hand).

This time,probably due to the economic situation, I managed to get the towbar work included in the deal. In conversation with the technician since taking delivery, I discovered that the work took around 22 hours.

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Hi

 

I have an X-trail

 

I will never again pay a Nissan dealer to fit & wire my towbar. .

 

I soon found out that I knew more about towbars and wiring than they did.

 

It took 2 days to fit and cost almost twice the price of my local trailer specialist (who they paid to sort it out for them in the end - at my suggestion)

 

Scales

 

Interestingly when we bought the X-trail we asked about a towbar, and the Nissan dealer (credit to them) said that they get a Warrington based firm to fit anyway, they do not fit bars themselves, and we'd get a better price ringing that company direct - which we did, and with the exception of a small problem with the adjustable relay (sorted FOC) it has been fine.

 

 

If the frisge has worked previously then it may be a problem with an adjustable relay needing tweaking to reduce relay chatter.

Edited by JonathanM

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That remark needs to be qualified. It may be true for some dealerships, but by no means all of them.

 

Certainly up to a few years ago most, if not nearly all, car dealers farmed out towbar fitting to so called specialists. With the introduction of factory designed, plug in, electric harness and looms, the necessity for electronic activation and simple Type Approved mountings some dealers are now undertaking towbar fitment, particularly as the profit margin is extremely good. Where they lack knowledge is with the "12S" circuits as, on European designed cars, the fridge and charging circuits are not in common use and often not included in the electric kits so omitting or bodging seems to be a recurring theme.

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