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Towbars and reversing sensors

I am looking to fit a towbar to my laguna sport tourer which has reversing parking sensors fitted. Will a fixed towbar make the sensors play up?
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I've just had a look on the net for you and can't see any problems in fitting a tow bar with reverse sensors.

You could try and get a detachable tow bar if you think it will cause you any problems.

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The tow bar shouldn't make a difference, unless it is right in the way of one of the sensors then it may. ASs coachman says, try a detatchable one.

Don't forget that you will also have to disable the sensors in some way when you have your trailer/caravan or whatever attatched to the towbar otherwise the sensors will be beeping all the time.

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I have a detachable bar on my L2 hatch, and it doesn't interfere with the sensors, even when the towball is left in place. I'd expect the ST situation to be the same.

To be honest, I think this has only ever been a problem on cars where the designers have been stupid enough to use a three sensor system, with one in the middle lined up exactly with where the towbar would go. The Ford Galaxy is one example that springs to mind, though I'm sure there are others.
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I have a Renault accessory fixed bar fitted to a 2004 Espace with factory fit parking sensors (it was fitted prior to delivery.)
I had a dreadful time getting info from Renault on this subject. Eventually found a very helpful RTE at a local dealer who explained that if the car was programmed to tell it, that a towbar was fitted then the system adjusted the detection area to compensate for the towbar.
To date I have had no issues at all, infact the sensors, when the beep is solid (ie very close to an object) still gives approx 100mm from the end of the fixed bar.

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