Towbar switch

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    The switch to swivel the towbar out on my x3 is behind a panel on the RHS of the boot. So you have to get in,switch on, get out, open the tailgate, open the side panel, and then press the switch. Obviously to put it away, basically the same again. I have to do this quite often.
    Has anyone modified it so that the switch is more conveniently placed somewhere in the cabin?
     
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    In my F30 simply opening the boot supplies power to the switch (it shows a green light) - no need to get into the car, or switch on.
    I reckon it's positioned where it is as a safety thing.
     
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    Don't understand this. Just went out to the car, opened the tailgate, pressed the button, which was green, and out came the towbar, pressed again and it went in.
    Yet over the last 2/3 years I have had to go through the procedure I detailed many times. Perhaps something to do with re-setting, the car has stood for several hours Even if the tailgate is open, the car won't switch on, you have to get out and shut it, then switch on, get out again open the tailgate etc etc. The towbar will operate for a few minutes after switching off.
    See next time if it still works, but would still rather have the switch in the cabin.
     
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    @DiscusbT - Very interesting situation you have there - hope it still works next time for you.

    After approx 8 minutes my car 'goes to sleep' if unattended.

    It doesn't matter whether it's locked or unlocked, or if doors and boot are open or closed - everything shuts down.

    After that time I can waken up the tow-bar switch and anything connected to the power sockets by simply opening (or closing) a door.

    The state of readiness is very obvious to me as the front and rear camera screens shutting down or switching on tell me that the systems are off or live.

    I also often overlook the auto-wiper system and switch off - leaving the car unlocked standing in the rain on the drive - forgetting that the wipers will continue intermittently for the 8 minutes until shut-down occurs.
     
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    I think I may have sussed it out. Most times I get the towbar out, or put it away, the tailgate has been open for 20/30 mins whilst I'm rigging or de-rigging the glider. So the x3 has gone to sleep. Will check next time.
     
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    Gone to sleep - for sure!

    After 20/30 minutes it'll have gone into hibernation. :D

    Try just opening or closing any door - that should wake it up.
     

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