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Hi all.

I'm not sure if this has been done! I've searched and found only one post. Anyway, has anyone had a towbar fitted to a captur after purchase? If so, did they get it from Renault? If not, what do Renault say about warranty etc? And most of all, how much please? Hopefully someone wikk be able to help with at least some of my questions.

Cheers.

Dave.
 

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Hi There,

No I didn't get one fitted yet. But I did phone my local dealer and speak to their workshop manager. He advised to go to a recognised fitter, as they would be cheaper than a factory one. With regards to the warranty, he said it wouldn't be affected. Though he did say it wouldn't cover the towbar. ope this helps a bit.
 

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I had a quote just before I purchased my Captur. If I remember correctly it was just over £400 for the sticky out one and £500 for the hideaway version. Non genuine of course. I never had this done but was wondering how hard it would be to do it myself (they range from as little as £80 ish to mid hundred with electrics included on ebay). I will see I might have a go.
 

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Will have to get one fitted early next year. It would of course be done by a recognised fitter no cheaper but easier as I gave quite a way to travel to get one fitted by Renault deakership.
 

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It would not surprise me if Renault just take your car to a towbar specialist and stick a mark up on it to cover warranty. I doubt the dealers have the skill to fit them as easily as the specialist firmsEdited by: grumpy crdi
 

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Had the Renault dealer install a tow bar when we bought it slightly used.
Not sure what brand it is - but it works just fine all the same ;o)
Haven't inspedted their handywork, but usually the mounting is straight forward - wouldn't even expect to have to drill any holes.
But where the difference in various brands lies is in the elecftrics; onw a days with Canbus and what not, it is important to have a good look at the mounting instructions for the wire harnes - before buying !
Have seen a couple of brands, where You can actually download the instructiuons before buying - then you can see how complicated it is.
If it is much more complicated than mounting a coupple of plugs into the original harness - look elsewhere !
Canbus may not be rocket science, but but a DIY job of cutting into it will take some time - and preferably some pre-knowledge ;o)
 

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Update to all who need a towbar. I bit the bullet and bought a towbar to fit myself. Having fitted towbars previously, I thought it wouldn't be too bad. I got a bosal removable one because I was a bit concerned about the reversing sensors when nothing is being towed. I got it from PF Jones. Cost me about £250 including a dedicated wiring loom.

To be honest I wish I'd have paid the extra £250 and got someone to fit it. The bumper had to come off, the real bumper behind all the plastic had to come off and the wheel arch liners had to come off in order to fit. The quality of the bolts supplied wasn't good, so i bought some better quality bolts and nylock nuts for mounting.

The dedicated loom wasn't to easy either. The instructions were clear, although the wiring kit is for the clio too. Some of the wire colours were different to those stated in the instructions and I had to remove quite a lot of panels inside, including the glove box to get to where the wires had to be run. Some dedicated looms simply plug in, the captur dedicated loom, no matter what make doesn't. You still need to use cable connectors similar to the scotch lock connectors to connect to the vehicle loom. I was a little apprehensive about this, but taking my time, it all worked out in the end.

So my advise to any would be self installers. Save yourself some time and get an installer to do it. It'll cost you a couple of hundred quid extra, but your time is precious and you get a guarantee for the wiring.

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hello. you mentioned about running the wires along the glove box. i had my towbar installed last week. but then i noticed that my glove box light is not turning on anymore.

was i just imagining about the glove box light?

or it was bustead accidentally by the tow bar installers?
 

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hello. you mentioned about running the wires along the glove box. i had my towbar installed last week. but then i noticed that my glove box light is not turning on anymore.

was i just imagining about the glove box light?

or it was bustead accidentally by the tow bar installers?
There is no glove box light in mine, don't know if you were imagining one in yours or not I'm afraid.
 

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Hi all.

I'm not sure if this has been done! I've searched and found only one post. Anyway, has anyone had a towbar fitted to a captur after purchase? If so, did they get it from Renault? If not, what do Renault say about warranty etc? And most of all, how much please? Hopefully someone wikk be able to help with at least some of my questions.

Cheers.

Dave.

hello Dave,

i got my towbar installed from a third party company named Murray Towbars, Ltd. based here in Cork, Rep.of Ireland last january 2020.

they offer a one-year warranty. and you can save a lot compared to the Renault dealer.

cost me 325 euros only for the towbar and installation.

hope this helps.
 

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Here is my post from another thread on the same topic:
A big shout out to Wavey Davey - well done mate, exactly as described, beneath a flash of grey tape & capped off.
I've just sourced a brand new Witter towbar, with a removable hitch off ebay for my 2015 - that had been sat on a shelf for years. I was recommended to use a Ryder 2218/7H universal control unit, which I sourced from raxautos.com along with a 2M 7 pin socket. I only wanted the towbar for a cycle carrier & the Thule carrier I got only has a pair of indicators & a pair of stop/tail lights, when fitted it does not obscure the rear fog light. Connection wise I left out some of the connections.
Finding a 12 volt feed for the unit was the head ache. I easily identified the larger gauge red wire from the loom as a likely candidate but it was dead. A quick look in the manual & an even longer head-scratch on deciphering the image in the handbook showed that fuse number 36 (15 amp) is the one for a towbar, fuse not currently fitted. Not the easiest one to get at being at the bottom right corner of the fuseboard. Fitting wise I only removed both rear light clusters to identify the wiring, the trim across the bottom edge of the boot, the vent on the O/S, the complete N/S panel to reveal the wiring loom. I mounted the module, using cable-ties & sticky fixings, in the space over the N/S strut nut, this is accessible from the vent should the module or it's fuses ever let me down. I ran the wiring to get to the O/S indicator down to & through the rear panel & up into the O/S wheel arch. For the towbar, there are videos out there of folk removing whole bumpers, wheel arch trims & wheel arch liners. Not needed, in addition to removing the rear silencer heat shield & letting that drop, just remove the torx screws along the bottom edge of the bumper & there is enough flex in it to guide it through to the side arms & likewise enough flex to then feed the bolts through the chassis rails. Keep everything loose to start with & tighten up bit by bit, in fact I ony had to jack up the car in order to get utilise the length of my torque wrench. I fed the cable from the socket into the N/S body of the car by piercing the grommet that takes the wiring loom to the bumper area for the reverse lights, reverse sensors & rear fog light.
 
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