2003 406 Wagon Towbar?
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    Default 2003 406 Wagon Towbar?

    Couple of questions about a towbar for a 2003 406 Wagon:

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    • Where can you get one?
    • How much do they cost?
    • Are they an easy bolt-on?
    • Wiring to rear light clusters?
    • Will the autobox suffer when towing a trailer?
    • Any second-hand ones for sale?

    Cheers!

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    Default 406 Multiplex Towbar Wiring

    OK guys, having fun here trying to answer my own questions.

    Assuming that my 406 Break has multiplexed wiring, this is the clearest answer I found on how to connect the towbar electrics:

    Sur une C5 HDI (même génation que la 406), il suffit de bracher un faisceau d'attelage en Y

    Débracnher le feux ar de la voiture ,
    brancher à la place le faisceau d'attelage
    rebrancher le feux ar sur la 2eme prise du faisceau d'attelage.

    Pas de reconfigution du BSI.
    See http://www.forum-auto.com/pole-techn...ujet448505.htm

    Not sure if this is correct, though. The 406 handbook says that there is a separate fuse for a towing socket (fuse no. 15) but doesn't mention the rating. And here http://peugeotlogic.com/fuses/fuses406/fuses9.htm it says position 15 takes a 20A fuse for the pre-wired towbar supply. But checking behind the boot lining I can't find a pre-wired towbar supply.

    Ah well, I'll keep plodding on until I've found the answers...

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    Default Peugeot 406 Towbar Multiplex Wiring

    Info from http://www.peugeotcentral.co.uk/ftop...orderasc-.html that seems to settle the towbar multiplex wiring question:

    • Get an appropriate multiplex towbar loom
    • Unplug one of the rear light connectors
    • Plug towbar loom into rear light and plug rear light connector into towbar loom
    • Connect earth wire to earth connection up by rear speaker
    • Connect small white wire from car loom to towbar loom
    • Insert a fuse into position 15 of fascia (under-dash) fuse box
    • Leave big red wire (probably used for 12V power to caravan)

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    Default Vehicle-specific Wiring Kit

    ECS Electronics make vehicle-specific towbar wiring kits. Their European price is 39 Euro ex. VAT. That's about $52. Much cheaper than one from Peugeot?

    No Australian distributor yet, it seems. Hope to find a European shop willing to ship to Australia.

    Funny thing is that this kit doesn't come with a bypass relay. That would mean that the 406 rear lights aren't multiplexed after all and/or the BSi wouldn't be adversely affected.

    ECS website: http://www.ecs-electronics.nl/UK/
    To download a detailed description search the appropriate wiring kit in their Catalogue (make sure to select Other Countries!), click the part number, and then click the Manual button.

    An online store selling the ECS kits: http://www.towbarstore.com/default.asp

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    I wanted one of these a couple of years ago after I got my 2002 406 HDi wagon, best price I got supplied and fitted was $550. Gave up at that point. Would love to hear if you find a better deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timreverb View Post
    I wanted one of these a couple of years ago after I got my 2002 406 HDi wagon, best price I got supplied and fitted was $550.
    By now I would jump at that price. Peugeot dealer quoted $1800 fitted. Others, like Pedders, don't stock the towbar. Hayman Reese can fabricate one on special order, but that could take up to 3 months. Prices quoted (towbar only) $550-$600.

    Cheapest option so far would be a Witter towbar offered on Ebay UK. About $150 for the towbar and $150 for shipping. Might be a bit cheaper without the VAT. Then an ECS wiring set from the Netherlands: $110 including shipping. Total $410 without fitting. Plus a few dollars for an Aussie socket. Don't mind fitting the towbar and wiring myself. Not sure if the lack of an Aussie compliance plate could cause problems...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ymer View Post
    Will the autobox suffer when towing a trailer?!
    Depends what you are towing of course.
    Something small and light won't matter.
    I have been advised that torque is more of a problem for an autobox than revs.
    So I have to abandon my normal diesel towing style of highest gear I can get away with and foot flat to the floor.
    Instead I have to lock the transmission in a lower gear and use a light throttle and more revs.
    Might be a bit more noisy and use more fuel but less likely to destroy the transmission, allegedly.

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    An update on the availability of towbars for 406 sedans and wagons.

    Several weeks ago I purchased a "made to order" Hayman Reese towbar for my 2002 406 wagon via Auto Barn in Leongatha. $416.00 supply only.
    It arrived within a month of ordering and a reasonably easy job to fit. No bumper cutouts or other issues.

    The Hayman Reese catalogue lists the towbar as suitable for models from Mar 1998 - Aug 1999 only.
    Hayman Reese - Online Catalogue
    - though I have confirmed through a contact at a Peugeot dealership that all 406 sedan and wagon models can be fitted.

    The trailer wiring harness, as suggested above, seemed to pose a more difficult issue. I spent a lot of time searching the internet for relay solutions to get around the multiplex wiring problem.

    However I recently found a local manufacturer who appears to offer an excellent solution and an online purchase facility. https://www.gore-research.com.au/tra...r-modules.html
    The website appears to have been recently updated and comprehensive information and installation instructions are given about the TA200-12V-PR relay unit.

    I'm looking forward to receiving and installing the relay and finally solving a long standing "towing problem"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ymer View Post
    Couple of questions about a towbar for a 2003 406 Wagon:

    • Where can you get one?
    • How much do they cost?
    • Are they an easy bolt-on?
    • Wiring to rear light clusters?
    • Will the autobox suffer when towing a trailer?
    • Any second-hand ones for sale?

    Cheers!

    We have a second hand one in stock for $165 + freight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cavanagh View Post
    We have a second hand one in stock for $165 + freight.
    Wow it pays to advertise. We've had this in stock for about 6 months and sold it within 1 minute of this post going up.
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    If it's working so well, I'll try the same trick....

    I have a secondhand Hayman-Reese towbar for 406 sedan. Same price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demannu View Post
    If it's working so well, I'll try the same trick....

    I have a secondhand Hayman-Reese towbar for 406 sedan. Same price.

    gidday, i sent you a pm about this towbar a while ago, maybe it was lost in your inbox or something, id like to buy it from you....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mud View Post
    gidday, i sent you a pm about this towbar a while ago, maybe it was lost in your inbox or something, id like to buy it from you....
    cash in your hand today??? or tomorrow, or the next day that best suits you??? we've bought and sold to each other before....

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