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All you need to know about towbars for Volkswagen Transporter

Volkswagen first introduced the Transporter into their range in 1991. The Volkswagen Transporter is available as a Chassis Cab, MPV, PickUp, or Van. So you know you are installing the right towbar on your Volkswagen Transporter, we have looked at towing capacity, electrical kits, bumper cuts and more for each variation of Volkswagen Transporter below.


Volkswagen Transporter Van Towbars

The Volkswagen Transporter Van was first released in 1991. To determine which variant of Volkswagen Transporter you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


Volkswagen Transporter Van Nose Weight

Van models made between 1991 and 1996 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 1996 and 2003 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 105 kg, between 2003 and 2010 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 2010 and 2012 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, vehicles made after 2012 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 2015 and 2019 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg.

What does nose weight mean?

Nose weight is the force on the towball when a caravan or trailer is attached. Every towbar for every vehicle will have a specific nose weight for that vehicle which can differ between the age of the vehicle and the variation of the model. It is crucial that you don’t exceed the nose weight set on the towbar as this is dangerous and can decrease stability when towing.


Volkswagen Transporter Van Electric Kits

Electrical kits connect the electrics in your Van to the electrics on your trailer, bike rack or caravan so your lights are still visible.

Electric kits for Volkswagen Transporter Van

We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your Van, like ABS and trailer stability, rather than just basic lighting.

Why is a dedicated kit important? Well, not only does it work with the specific features of your vehicle, but it also protects the warranty of your Van and works with any enhanced safety features you may have.

Of course, you can choose between a dedicated kit or a universal kit, and we do offer both, but a universal electrical kit can affect your manufacturer warranty and you might also need to install a bypass relay.


Volkswagen Transporter Van Software Update

We will alert you as to whether your Van requires a software update when you choose your towbar electrics kit.

Does my vehicle need a software update?

Sometimes your vehicle may need a software update to accommodate your new dedicated electrical kit. This is so all of the latest computer features in your Van can accurately co-ordinate with your towbar electrics.

Software updates can take place at your local Volkswagen dealership when your vehicle is in for service. Or, this can sometimes be updated at your local garage when you arrange towbar fitting through WebFit.


Volkswagen Transporter Van Bumper Cuts

Van models made between 1991 and 1996 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 1996 and 2003 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2003 and 2010 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2010 and 2012 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, vehicles made after 2012 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2015 and 2019 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted.

Does my vehicle need a bumper cut?

Some towbar styles might require a bumper cut in order to be fitted to your vehicle. But, this is improving and newer vehicles are less likely to require a bumper cut due to better towbar designs.


Volkswagen Transporter Van Towing Capacity

Van models made between 1991 and 1996 have a towing capacity of 2000 kg to 2600 kg, between 1996 and 2003 have a towing capacity of 2000 kg to 2600 kg, between 2003 and 2010 have a towing capacity of 2500 kg to 2800 kg, between 2010 and 2012 have a towing capacity of 2500 kg to 2800 kg, vehicles made after 2012 have a towing capacity of 2500 kg to 2800 kg, between 2015 and 2019 have a towing capacity of 2500 kg to 2800 kg.

Be sure to check the EXACT towing capacity of your vehicle before towing on your VIN plate.

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is the weight that your Van is capable of towing safely, but it can vary even across the same model of car. It is important to note that the capacity of the towbar and the towing capacity of the Van may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.


Volkswagen Transporter Chassis Cab Towbars

The Volkswagen Transporter Chassis Cab was first released in 2003. To determine which variant of Volkswagen Transporter you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


Volkswagen Transporter Chassis Cab Nose Weight

Chassis Cab models made between 2003 and 2010 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 2009 and 2016 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg.

What does nose weight mean?

Nose weight is the force on the towball when a caravan or trailer is attached. Every towbar for every vehicle will have a specific nose weight for that vehicle which can differ between the age of the vehicle and the variation of the model. It is crucial that you don’t exceed the nose weight set on the towbar as this is dangerous and can decrease stability when towing.


Volkswagen Transporter Chassis Cab Electric Kits

Electrical kits connect the electrics in your Chassis Cab to the electrics on your trailer, bike rack or caravan so your lights are still visible.

Electric kits for Volkswagen Transporter Chassis Cab

We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your Chassis Cab, like ABS and trailer stability, rather than just basic lighting.

Why is a dedicated kit important? Well, not only does it work with the specific features of your vehicle, but it also protects the warranty of your Chassis Cab and works with any enhanced safety features you may have.

Of course, you can choose between a dedicated kit or a universal kit, and we do offer both, but a universal electrical kit can affect your manufacturer warranty and you might also need to install a bypass relay.


Volkswagen Transporter Chassis Cab Software Update

We will alert you as to whether your Chassis Cab requires a software update when you choose your towbar electrics kit.

Does my vehicle need a software update?

Sometimes your vehicle may need a software update to accommodate your new dedicated electrical kit. This is so all of the latest computer features in your Chassis Cab can accurately co-ordinate with your towbar electrics.

Software updates can take place at your local Volkswagen dealership when your vehicle is in for service. Or, this can sometimes be updated at your local garage when you arrange towbar fitting through WebFit.


Volkswagen Transporter Chassis Cab Bumper Cuts

Chassis Cab models made between 2003 and 2010 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2009 and 2016 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted.

Does my vehicle need a bumper cut?

Some towbar styles might require a bumper cut in order to be fitted to your vehicle. But, this is improving and newer vehicles are less likely to require a bumper cut due to better towbar designs.


Volkswagen Transporter Chassis Cab Towing Capacity

Chassis Cab models made between 2003 and 2010 have a towing capacity of 2500 kg to 2800 kg, between 2009 and 2016 have a towing capacity of 2500 kg to 2500 kg.

Be sure to check the EXACT towing capacity of your vehicle before towing on your VIN plate.

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is the weight that your Chassis Cab is capable of towing safely, but it can vary even across the same model of car. It is important to note that the capacity of the towbar and the towing capacity of the Chassis Cab may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.


Volkswagen Transporter MPV Towbars

The Volkswagen Transporter MPV was first released in 2010. To determine which variant of Volkswagen Transporter you have, check your vehicle logbook. This will ensure you purchase the correct towbar.


Volkswagen Transporter MPV Nose Weight

MPV models made between 2010 and 2015 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, between 2015 and 2019 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg, vehicles made after 2019 have a minimum nose weight of 100 kg and a maximum nose weight of 100 kg.

What does nose weight mean?

Nose weight is the force on the towball when a caravan or trailer is attached. Every towbar for every vehicle will have a specific nose weight for that vehicle which can differ between the age of the vehicle and the variation of the model. It is crucial that you don’t exceed the nose weight set on the towbar as this is dangerous and can decrease stability when towing.


Volkswagen Transporter MPV Electric Kits

Electrical kits connect the electrics in your MPV to the electrics on your trailer, bike rack or caravan so your lights are still visible.

Electric kits for Volkswagen Transporter MPV

We would always recommend having a dedicated electrics kit installed, where possible. This syncs with modern computer functions of your MPV, like ABS and trailer stability, rather than just basic lighting.

Why is a dedicated kit important? Well, not only does it work with the specific features of your vehicle, but it also protects the warranty of your MPV and works with any enhanced safety features you may have.

Of course, you can choose between a dedicated kit or a universal kit, and we do offer both, but a universal electrical kit can affect your manufacturer warranty and you might also need to install a bypass relay.


Volkswagen Transporter MPV Software Update

We will alert you as to whether your MPV requires a software update when you choose your towbar electrics kit.

Does my vehicle need a software update?

Sometimes your vehicle may need a software update to accommodate your new dedicated electrical kit. This is so all of the latest computer features in your MPV can accurately co-ordinate with your towbar electrics.

Software updates can take place at your local Volkswagen dealership when your vehicle is in for service. Or, this can sometimes be updated at your local garage when you arrange towbar fitting through WebFit.


Volkswagen Transporter MPV Bumper Cuts

MPV models made between 2010 and 2015 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, between 2015 and 2019 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted, vehicles made after 2019 will not require a non-visible bumper cut in order to be fitted.

Does my vehicle need a bumper cut?

Some towbar styles might require a bumper cut in order to be fitted to your vehicle. But, this is improving and newer vehicles are less likely to require a bumper cut due to better towbar designs.


Volkswagen Transporter MPV Towing Capacity

MPV models made between 2010 and 2015 have a towing capacity of 2500 kg to 2800 kg, between 2015 and 2019 have a towing capacity of 2500 kg to 2800 kg, vehicles made after 2019 have a towing capacity of 2500 kg to 2800 kg.

Be sure to check the EXACT towing capacity of your vehicle before towing on your VIN plate.

What is towing capacity?

Towing capacity is the weight that your MPV is capable of towing safely, but it can vary even across the same model of car. It is important to note that the capacity of the towbar and the towing capacity of the MPV may differ, so you should always go by the specific towing weight of your vehicle, indicated above.


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