The 12S connector on your car provides power to the caravans reversing lights, interior lights, battery charger and fridge. The 12S socket is not always fitted to a car as if the car is just being used to tow a trailer only the 12N socket is fitted. The12S socket is supplied by a seven core cable with grey sheathing.
If you are installing a towbar yourself, need to check that the electrical sockets on your tow bar or caravan are wired up correctly then this page should help you check everything works ok and is wired up correctly. You will also find this helpful if you find that your 12S socket or plug has been damaged and needs replacing.
|Pin||Colour||What it does|
|1||Yellow||Reversing light on the rear of the caravan|
|2||Blue||Spare / +ve ignition|
|3||White||-ve for the lights and charging the caravan battery|
|4||Green||Caravan's interior lights and is connected to the car battery +ve|
|5||Brown||Reversing lights or spare|
|6||Red||Caravan Fridge +ve - only on when the vehicle is running|
|7||Black||Caravan Fridge - ve|
When connecting up a new socket or plug ensure that the wires are in good condition. Often, over time, moisture will get in the plugs and sockets and cause corrosion on the wires. These can cause poor connections resulting in the connected devices not working at all or not how you would expect.
Its important that you independantly wire Pins 3 & 7 to the car. This increases the wire load capacity and prevents overheating.