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Get your Towbar professionally fitted and guaranteed at Bowker.

Did you know, Bowker Ribble Valley supply and fit high-quality Witter and Westfalia towbars for all makes and models (subject to availability), including full wiring and programming (where required) to your vehicle’s on-board computer.

Selecting a Towbar
Before selecting a towbar you should check:

– That your vehicle has sufficient towing capacity and nose load for your requirement. If you are unsure, our specialist are on hand to assist.
– That your driving licence supports your towing requirements – find out more here.
– That your trailer or caravan is roadworthy! Again our team are happy to assist.

There are three main types of Towbar; Fixed Flange, Fixed Swan Neck and Detachable.

– Fixed flange towbars are suitable for the vast majority of towing requirements. It has a towball bolted to a faceplate and is therefore compatible with accessories that are fixed between the towball and faceplate. For example, Bumper Protectors, Leaf Spring Stabiliser Brackets and Bracket mounted Cycle Carriers.

– Towball mounted Cycle Carriers can also be used with Fixed Flange Towbars.

– If your vehicle has parking sensors it is generally advisable to have a detachable towbar to avoid interference.

– Fixed Swan towbars are ideal for many towing applications and are considered by many to be preferable in appearance. 

– Towball mounted Cycle Carriers can also be used with Fixed Swan Neck Towbars.

– Detachable towbars are predominantly available as a swan neck, however for some vehicles detachable flange towbars are available.

– When the towing neck is detached the towbar will, depending on your vehicle, either be completely invisible or only slightly visible.

– As a detachable towbar allows for the towing neck to be removed it is possible to avoid interference with parking sensors.

– Towball mounted Cycle Carriers can also be used with Detachable Towbars.

Selecting your Towing Electrics

– Single 7 Pin 12N – Road lights only excluding reverse.
– Double 7 Pin 12N/12S – These kits usually have 2 options, all road light functions and a permanent live feed or available with all road light functions and full charging system.
– 13 Pin – These kits usually have 2 options, all road light functions and a permanent live feed or available with all road light functions and full charging system.

In the past fitting an electric kit to a vehicle involved simply connecting to the rear lights and that was all what was required.

Today, modern vehicles have complex wiring systems built with advanced safety features which are computer controlled. Therefore, fitting an electric kit is no longer a simple process.

Modern vehicles electric systems mean fitting a towbar electric kit can be a very difficult process. It is essential to choose the right electrics to suit your towing needs, whether you are towing a caravan, trailer, cycle carrier or anything else. We recommend speaking to one of our members, to confirm your requirements before making a purchase.

There are 2 main types of electric kits for vehicles, Universal or Dedicated (vehicle specific). Universal kits are available for all vehicles, whereas Dedicated are vehicle specific. Fitting a dedicated kit protects the vehicles warranty, works with the vehicles built in safe features and more.

Dedicated Vehicle Specific Wiring kits, sometimes known as ‘dedicated wiring looms’, ‘VSKs’ or ‘plug in kits’, are becoming ever more popular for towbar wiring installation. These kits in most instances, where the features are present on the vehicle, interact with the built-in safety features on the vehicle whilst towing. Also, they can disable factory fitted parking aids.

These kits are manufactured for the specific vehicle and connect to the manufactures correct fitting points.

Please note: Re-programming of the vehicle with correct software may be necessary to gain these functions where applicable.

Each kit is designed specifically for the vehicle that it is fitted to, and rather than soldering or using ‘Scotch Locks’ to connect the towbar wiring, which is the case with universal aftermarket wiring, these kits interface with the vehicle systems in the same way as the vehicle manufacturer intended.

Universal towbar electric kits used to be the standard method for supplying power to trailers or caravans. This is the lower cost option than dedicated “vehicle specific” towbar electric kits. Although universal electric kits do compromise on some features as a result.

Universal kits will provide all of the lighting functions required to keep your vehicle legal while towing your trailer or caravan. However, it does not provide the additional benefits of vehicle specific towbar wiring.

As an example, with universal electrics, wiring your vehicles parking sensors and fog lights would not be disabled whilst you are towing as they would when using a dedicated “vehicle specific” system. Also this kit will not interact with built in stability programmes when towing like a dedicated system will.

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    Protect your vehicle with Bowker.

    Bowker Motor Group are offering a range of vehicle trackers offering another level of protection for you and your vehicle. The Thatcham Approved Trackers supplied by ScorpionTrack offers drivers the security of being able to track their vehicle by using the Smart App.

    Thatcham Approval is often a requirement of vehicle insurance policies for high value, sports, classic and prestige vehicles plus valuable plant and fleet vehicles but it is also sought after by those concerned with losing their vehicles as a result theft by use of sophisticated devices or of key theft or hi-jacking.

    ScorpionTrack Driver S7.

    Designed to respond to the growing trends of vehicle theft.  ScorpionTrack S7-ALS is an advanced vehicle tracking solution with 24/7/365 theft monitoring delivering you security and peace of mind.

    Total including fitting & VAT £249.00

     

    ScorpionTrack Driver S5.

    Designed to respond to the growing trends of vehicle theft including instances where the owner’s keys are cloned or the vehicles’ on-board computer is hacked.

    ScorpionTrack S5-VTS is an advanced vehicle tracking solution with 24/7/365 theft monitoring delivering you security and peace of mind.

    Total including fitting & VAT £399.00

    S7 THATCHAM APPROVED TRACKERS5 THATCHAM APPROVED TRACKER
    The S7 Thatcham approved tracker replaces the CAT 6 Tracker. If you have a CAT 6 Tracker installed, this is still valid and active if your insurance policy is now requiring an S7.The S5 Trackers provides all of the features and benefits of the S7 with the addition of the below:
    Both the CAT 6 and S7 are the same level of GPS tracking technology and service, this is why some insurers have not updated the terminology for the S7 categoryADR (Automatic Driver Recognition)
    The S7 Tracker is the standard requirement for the theft recovery systems, resulting in it being the most commonly fitted tracking device.This system is effective against key theft and key cloning. You will be provided with a small ADR fob which will identify you as the authorised driver. The fob is not attached to your car keys but is kept with you whenever you use the vehicle.
    24/7 Control Room MonitoringIn the event, the vehicle is moved, by starting the ignition or without your key while the fob is not present. A silent alert is instantly raised to our Control Room. We will then quickly determine if a theft is taking place and work directly with the police to recover the vehicle.
    In the event of a theft or unauthorised movement, our fully staffed control room are trained to guide the police directly to the vehicle, utilising advanced real-time tracking technology that is a standard feature of the S7 Tracker 
    European Coverage 
    Normally, if your vehicle is logged as stolen it will be recovered within minutes. With global coverage, even if the car leaves the country it can still be found. This also allows you to use your vehicle abroad and be provided with the same level of protection that your S7 Tracker offers in the UK. 
    Motion Alert 
    In the event your vehicle is moved by thieves without turning the ignition or attempt to tow your vehicle, an alert is raised in our control room. 

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      There are a number of different subscription options with both the S7 and S5 Trackers, they are as follows:

      Subscription Type ScorpionTrack S7 ScorpionTrack S5
      Monthly Subscription £9.95 £12.95
      1 Year Subscription £109.00 £129.00
      2 Year Subscription £195.00 £219.00
      3 Year Subscription £279.00 £299.00
      4 Year Subscription £329.00 £349.00
      5 Year Subscription £369.00 £389.00

      Michael Smallbone from Live Ribble Valley Magazine visits one of the region’s most prestigious car showrooms, where he spots a magnificent ultra-rare Lotus Exige.

      With blossom on the trees, the days lasting longer and spring lambs in the fields our minds begin to fill with thoughts of the approaching summer time. Here in the Ribble Valley we are able to see the signs of summer everywhere and what better way to enjoy them from the exciting driving seat of a sports car?

      The now well established Bowker Ribble Valley dealership on the A59 at Osbaldeston offers a wide selection of vehicles from a range of prestigious manufacturers such as Porsche, Land Rover, Mercedes, Lotus and Aston Martin. Plus, the recent addition of the Maserati dealership that operates in perfect harmony at the same premises. Each car that Bowker Ribble Valley supply is more than likely to be something you don’t see every day, for instance when I was there I got the opportunity to see a magnificent, ultra-rare Lotus Exige in the showroom.

      For extra peace of mind when you buy a car from Bowker Ribble Valley it will come with a comprehensive 12 month warranty through Warranty Wise – who have recently spent two days at the Osbaldeston showroom filming their latest national television commercial with Quentin Wilson.

      As part of the larger Bowker Motor Group, Bowker Ribble Valley since its launch in October 2012, has built on the already high standard of customer care that has become synonymous with the Bowker name. A relaxed and enjoyable experience with a no pressure attitude will greet you when you arrive at their dealership allowing you to browse the various models for as long as you want – but remember a member of the team will not be too far away to answer any questions or to arrange a test drive. The expanding work force all have at least one thing in common – a passion for all things motoring whether it be on two or four wheels meaning they are more than happy to talk to any fellow ‘petrol head’ both male and female! Jim Gregory, sales manager at Bowker Ribble Valley, explained that they have established relationships with customers, who have now become friends and there are various people who have bought as many as three consecutive cars from them.

      In many respects buying a car is the easy part but for many the wide choice of servicing options can be quite daunting. However, Bowker Ribble Valley can take care of all aspects of vehicle maintenance and enhancements. The services they offer include valeting using AutoGlymproducts, servicing of all makes and models without compromising the manufacturer’s warranty, plus tyre fitting – all of which is carried out by factory trained qualified technicians with many years of experience.

      Moving away from the stereotypical traditional used car dealership, Bowker Ribble Valley has created something unique. Visitors can browse and purchase some of the most interesting and desirable cars available today from a member of the family-owned Bowker Motor Group, but without the, sometimes overwhelming, franchised dealer experience.  Put a smile on your face ready for summer with a car from Bowker Ribble Valley – it could be a sports car, a convertible, a luxurious four wheel drive or how about one of each?

      Bowker Ribble Valley Servicing

      Free local collection and delivery service
      Complimentary valet and health check with every service
      Free courtesy cars available
      Spring Check including air conditioning refresh £35
      All makes and model servicing from £85
      Lease car drivers catered for
      Vehicle upgrades including wheels, body-styling and interior
      Tyres at very competitive prices.

      For information on servicing, please call 01254 769 069 or write to our dedicated service e-mail, service@bowkerribblevalley.co.uk