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Posted 12 May 2020 - 02:47 PM

Hi all, I have a 2012 Rline Treg which I am thinking about upgrading to a newer 2017/18 model (not the all new chassis). If I did it I'd want to transfer my towbar so I'd like to know if I just need to remove the towbar and it's switch or will i also need to transfer its wiring harness?

Any guidance is welcomed

I'm not concerned about swapping the fan, this is for a mounted bike carrier.

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Posted 12 May 2020 - 05:56 PM

The factory-fit towbar replaces the rear bumper strengthening beam so additionally the 2017 beam would need to be swapped with the 2012 towbar - IF - they are compatible as they are T3/T4 and may have minor differences - both vehicles would need recoding with VCDS.

In practice, as it's just for a bike carrier get an aftermarket towbar fitted for the 2017.
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Posted 14 May 2020 - 02:58 PM

I've not seen an aftermarket towbar that hides away as neat tho, thats why i was looking at the swap.
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Posted 15 May 2020 - 06:03 AM

Or you could get a 2017 with a factory tow bar.
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Posted 15 May 2020 - 07:53 AM

View PostTregDen, on 15 May 2020 - 06:03 AM, said:

Or you could get a 2017 with a factory tow bar.

That is the most sensible option :huh:
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Posted 20 May 2020 - 01:45 PM

View PostCass, on 15 May 2020 - 07:53 AM, said:

That is the most sensible option :huh:


Not as many around as you might think
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Posted 20 May 2020 - 02:00 PM

View PostRamma, on 20 May 2020 - 01:45 PM, said:

Not as many around as you might think


Some salesmen don't realise it's there so don't include it in the advert!
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Posted 20 May 2020 - 02:28 PM

View PostBlack Grouse, on 20 May 2020 - 02:00 PM, said:

Some salesmen don't realise it's there so don't include it in the advert!

Very true BG - very few VW dealer/independent adverts are accurate, most are simply cut and paste ;)
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Posted 22 May 2020 - 01:45 PM

Always worth checking the photos of inside the boot as the buttons are on the right side for tow bar deployment (left buttons of the pair.... right set of buttons being air suspension), helps when the advert or sales people don’t know if it has or hasn’t already got the factory tow bar.
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Posted 26 May 2020 - 03:02 PM

Thank all. I do try and check the boot photos but I have noticed that all the RLine Plus seem to have a button in the boot which may be for something else?
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Posted 27 May 2020 - 12:07 AM

Brochure - see page 11:
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Posted 27 May 2020 - 01:56 PM

 Cass, on 27 May 2020 - 12:07 AM, said:


Great thanks, looks like a lot I have seen must have air supension and the buttons are the raise/ lower feature.
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Posted 27 May 2020 - 02:09 PM

 Ramma, on 27 May 2020 - 01:56 PM, said:

Great thanks, looks like a lot I have seen must have air supension and the buttons are the raise/ lower feature.

Unlikely to be Air Susp as that is rarer than the factory towbar - most likely elec rear seat release switches :huh:

Look for 2 rotary dials on the centre console down from the gear selector - left one is a small storage cup in cars without Air Susp

See pages 12/13 and page 25 in T4 brochure for car with Air Susp ;)
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Posted 27 May 2020 - 02:13 PM

 Ramma, on 27 May 2020 - 01:56 PM, said:

Great thanks, looks like a lot I have seen must have air supension and the buttons are the raise/ lower feature.
Air suspension models tend to be relatively rare. I think it's more likely that you're seeing rear seat release switches as all R-line Plus come with upgraded seats which have the additional seat back release switches in the boot.

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Posted Yesterday, 10:41 AM

 Cass, on 27 May 2020 - 02:09 PM, said:

Unlikely to be Air Susp as that is rarer than the factory towbar - most likely elec rear seat release switches :huh:

Look for 2 rotary dials on the centre console down from the gear selector - left one is a small storage cup in cars without Air Susp

See pages 12/13 and page 25 in T4 brochure for car with Air Susp ;)

Must be seat release. I'm only lookinbg at online images ATM as you might expect.
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Posted Yesterday, 10:42 AM

 chaser, on 27 May 2020 - 02:13 PM, said:

Air suspension models tend to be relatively rare. I think it's more likely that you're seeing rear seat release switches as all R-line Plus come with upgraded seats which have the additional seat back release switches in the boot.

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