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US Standard Towbar Plugs or Sockets – Overview

Connectors for towbars, bike racks and cars

In a world where mobility is becoming borderless, vehicle owners are often faced with the challenge of reconciling the different standards of the automotive industry. One particularly challenging task is adapting the lighting connections between US and European vehicles. The laws and standards in the US and the EU are very different, which means that even basic functions such as brake lights and parking lights are controlled differently.

Building bridges between US and European vehicle standards: The challenges of adapting light connectors

While European vehicles have separate connections for brake and parking lights, US vehicles are often equipped with combined lights. This difference means that connecting a US trailer to a European vehicle can lead to complications. One solution to this problem is an intelligent towbar light adapter that harmonises the different standards and ensures a smooth driving experience.

In this article, we will take a closer look at the challenges of harmonising light connectors between US and European vehicles. We will explore the different products on the market that can solve these challenges and help you make the right choice for your needs.

Both in Germany and in the European Union, there are many suitable converters that will make everyday life with a trailer or bike rack a breeze. AHK-Onlineshop is a supplier with many years of experience in this field and offers the widest range of electrical converters, towbar inserts, shackles and other accessories for re-imported vehicles in the towbar sector.

Product descriptions:

Converter for US import vehicles with round US socket

This converter specialises in redirecting the lighting signals of a US vehicle with a round US socket to European standards. With an intelligent control unit, this adapter allows seamless adaptation of the light connections to easily connect a US trailer to a European vehicle. It is suitable for both 7-pin and 13-pin towbar sockets, providing a versatile solution for different vehicle types.

EAN 7426787629853, US-EU-77, (7 Way Round Trailer Connector, 7-Pole RV Blade)

Converter for US import vehicles with round US socket and 13-pin EU socket with constant plus

In addition to the standard converter, this converter offers the option of providing a constant plus. This makes it ideal for applications where a constant current flow is required, for example for supplying power to caravans or boat trailers. By combining a round US socket with a 13-pin EU socket, this converter offers maximum compatibility and flexibility.

EAN 5904917361795 (without permanent plus), EAN 5904917361801 (with permanent plus), US-EU-713, (7 Way Round Trailer Connector, 13-pin plug according to ISO 11446)

Converter for US import vehicles with flat US socket

This converter offers an optimum solution for vehicles with a flat US socket. It enables the lighting signals of a US vehicle to be rerouted smoothly to European standards and is suitable for both 7-pin and 13-pin trailer sockets. With its compact design and easy handling, this converter is a practical solution for various vehicle types.

EAN 7426787630132, US-EU-47, (4 pole flat towbar connector, 7-Pole RV Blade)

Wiring kit for US import vehicles 7/13-pole – supports LED

This wiring kit has been specially developed for US import vehicles and supports both bulbs and LED lighting. It offers an easy way to convert the light connections of a US vehicle to European standards and is suitable for both 7-pin and 13-pin towbar sockets. With its plug-and-play installation, this wiring kit is also suitable for self-installation, saving time and money.


Converter for US towbars, bike carriers with round US socket

This converter is specially designed for adapting US trailers and bike carriers with a round US socket. It enables the lighting signals of an EU vehicle to be easily rerouted to US standards and therefore offers an ideal solution for the use of US trailers in Europe. With its robust design and easy installation, this converter is the perfect choice for a wide range of applications.

EAN 5904917364406, TLC77P-REV, (7 Way Round Trailer Connector, 7-Pole RV Blade)

Adapter for US trailers, caravans, bike carriers with American round connector

The adapter enables the connection of an American trailer, bicycle carrier with round plug (7-Way Round Trailer Connector, 7-Pole RV Blade) and the connection of a vehicle with a European 7-pole or 13-pole electrical kit. The adapter does not have a control unit.

EAN 5904917366851, Cat US77P-REV (7-Way Round Trailer Connector, 7-Pole RV Blade)

By using these products, vehicle owners can easily connect US trailers to European vehicles and harmonise the various standards of the automotive industry.

Purchase the products:

These innovative products are available from the AHK online shop, where you will find a wide selection of high-quality light adapters for towbars. In addition, our products are also available on well-known sales platforms such as eBay. So, if you are faced with the challenge of connecting your vehicle’s light connectors to European standards, you will find the right solution with us. Treat yourself to the safety and convenience that our light adapters offer and get ready for a smooth driving experience on the road.

Other interesting products for US and off-road vehicles

More about towbars for US vehicles on our blog.

ISO 1724, Steckdose, 7 Way Round Trailer Connector, DIN 72577, 7-Pole RV Blade, ISO 11446, 7-polige Steckdose, 13-polige Steckdose, Lichtkonverter, Anhängerkupplung

List of compatible vehicles

The following is a list of vehicles commonly used in Europe that are equipped with a trailer socket.

Acura MDX, Acura ZDX, Buick Enclav, Cadillac Crossover, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Avalanche, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Traverse, Chrysler 300, Chrysler 300C, Chrysler Aspen, Chrysler Pacifica, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Chrysler Voyager, Dodge Avenger, Dodge Caliber, Dodge Charger, Dodge Dakota, Dodge Durango, Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Journey, Dodge Magnum, Dodge Ram, Dodge Ramcharger, Ford E-150, Ford E-Seria, Ford Edge, Ford Escape, Ford Expedition, Ford Explorer, Ford F-150, Ford F-250, Ford Flex, Ford Freestar, Ford Super Duty, Ford Vertrek, GMC Acadia, GMC Canyon, GMC Colorado, GMC S-10, GMC Sierra, GMC Silverado, GMC Suburban, GMC Terrain, GMC Trailblazer, GMC Yukon, Honda CR-V, Honda HR-V, Honda Odyssey, Honda Pilot, Honda Ridgeline, Hummer, Hyundai Veracruz, Infiniti FX37, Infiniti JX, Infiniti QX56, Jeep Cherokee, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Laredo, Jeep Patriot, Jeep Wagoneer, Jeep Wrangler, Kia Sedona, Kia Sorento, Kia Sportage, Kia Venga, Land Rover LR2, Land Rover LR4, Lexus GX 460, Lexus RX 350, Lincoln Aviator, Lincoln Blackwood, Lincoln LT, Lincoln Mark, Lincoln MKT, Lincoln MKX, Lincoln Navigator, Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-7, Mazda CX-9, Mercedes GL-Klasa, Mercedes ML-Klasa, Mitsubishi Pajero, Nissan Frontier, Nissan Juke, Nissan Quest, Nissan Rogue, Nissan Titan, Nissan Xterra, Pontiac Aztek, Pontiac Montana, Pontiac Trans Sport, Subaru Forester, Suzuki Equator, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Highlander, Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Rav-4, Toyota Sequoia, Toyota Sienna, Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Tundra, Toyota Venza, Volvo XC60, Volvo XC70, VW Routan, VW Tiguan.

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