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Tow bar prep option fitted anyone successfully used this to complete VW detachable tow bar? Was this a waste of time and money?

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When ordering we were undecided on which bike rack type would use so we Paid for the tow bar prep option on our california ocean “22 plate.
Has this been a waste of time and money ?
Direct contact with independent fitters state they will not use the tow bar prep loom and will only fit their own full new complete loom.
? question why do VW offer tow bar prep option?
Has anyone successfully used this tow bar prep to fit a detachable tow bar, using the prep option factory fitted loom? Dealerships are quoting for a whole new loom including extended workshop time, even with the factory prep. Makes the exercise very expensive. Realise we should have opted for factory fit tow bar!!!
 
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When ordering we were undecided on which bike rack type would use so we Paid for the tow bar prep option on our california ocean “22 plate.
Has this been a waste of time and money ?
Direct contact with independent fitters state they will not use the tow bar prep loom and will only fit their own full new complete loom.
? question why do VW offer tow bar prep option?
Has anyone successfully used this tow bar prep to fit a detachable tow bar, using the prep option factory fitted loom? Dealerships are quoting for a whole new loom including extended workshop time, even with the factory prep. Makes the exercise very expensive. Realise we should have opted for factory fit tow bar!!!
have you been quoted for a westfalia Tow bar
this is what you should finish up with using the fitted loom.
 
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When we ordered a Westfailer detachable tow bar with fitting from PF Jones (T6) they asked if the vehicles had been preped at the factory. The fitting kit they send is different depending on prep or not. The prepped kit was cheaper, a bit. Our t6 is not a California but I doubt this makes any difference.
 
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When ordering we were undecided on which bike rack type would use so we Paid for the tow bar prep option on our california ocean “22 plate.
Has this been a waste of time and money ?
Direct contact with independent fitters state they will not use the tow bar prep loom and will only fit their own full new complete loom.
? question why do VW offer tow bar prep option?
Has anyone successfully used this tow bar prep to fit a detachable tow bar, using the prep option factory fitted loom? Dealerships are quoting for a whole new loom including extended workshop time, even with the factory prep. Makes the exercise very expensive. Realise we should have opted for factory fit tow bar!!!
Third party fitter will run new wiring as then they can be sure it’s been done correctly, and then code it correctly, give you a warranty on their work & far easier for them to fix if there is an issue at a later date.

If you use the original loom and have an issue. VW will blame the third party fitter, fitter will blame VW!…leaving you with a diagnostic bill & faulty towbar electrics.

VW will charge you for new loom as it’s unlikely that they will actually carry out the work themselves. They will give the work to a local company and then add % on the final bill.
 
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From memory, doesn’t towbar prep also add trailer stabilisation? From what is being said above it seems a fairly pointless option for wiring alone.
 
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Thank you for your comments and help. . Off to do more research
 
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From previous questions on this option I seem to recall that accessing the VW prep wiring is difficult and time consuming > that's the main reason why Independent suppliers/fitters do their own complete installation.
 
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Thank you for your comments and help. . Off to do more research
I had mine ordered with a detachable tow bar. Works great and when you don't need it it's easily stored in the tool box located in the back under the second bench. But you had "only" ordered the preparation set. When using this for any kind of tow bar installation please be aware of the CAN-bus system (single wire)
 
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