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#21 Yorkie Pud

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 02:22 PM

We have a Skoda Roomster 1.6 diesel and it tows our older and lighter Bailey Discovery without a problem. 



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:02 AM

Cmax kerb weight 1500kg , awaiting Lunar Quasar 544, miro 1177kg, it's the empty weight that matters to me, what you put in is your problem, used to pull Abbey 1242kg with bikes on the back, loved the rack, can't put one on the lunar.

Real usability all year round with 30mpg towing and great 50mpg solo, high up seats and good disability. Short axle to tow hitch distance gives stability.

The thought of putting a new set of tyres on a 4x4 horrifies me, and all that fuel, just for same layout but 2' longer and loads of weight. Our kids have gone so makes a big difference.

Will end up towing near 100% if legal

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 11:16 AM

I am totally new to caravanning and I have my 'van on a seasonal pitch at the moment as I don't have a towcar.

I am currently researching as much as I can to find the right vehicle and I particularly want one that has a minimum kerbweight of 1700kgs. I am working on the basis that when my van is fully loaded it will be around the suggested 85% of the cars kerbweight which seems to give the margin that many accept as being the 'ideal' for towing.

If I were able to tow with my current car, the 'van to kerbweight ratio is almost 95% which doesn't appeal to me very much. I am a bit of a cautious bod and prefer to err on the side of safety.

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 05:48 PM

Not sure whether I am in the right place.  My husband and I have decided to buy a towing van.  We have a Volvo C30 1.6D 2010 which we don't really want to change as it is very economical.  The book says we can tow 1300kg and I think we can find something light enough for this.  Our question is - does anyone have any experience of this car towing?  It does have quite an overhang and we wonder if this will cause a problem.  Also, have not seen any reports on this motor and are wondering if this is significant.  We don't want to pay for a towbar fit and then find it is awful.  All help gratefully received as we have no experience whatsoever.



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Posted 05 October 2013 - 08:34 PM

I have a fiat multipla 1.9 2005 and was thinking of buying an Abbey Somerset 5 birth would my car be a good match



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 11:19 AM

Any smaller and I would be onto a Go Kart.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 08:53 PM

A car with a good towing reputation is the Citroen Xsara Picasso, fitted with the 2 litre diesel.
I use the 1.6hdi version and am quite pleased with performance but a little underpowered for the big van i tow.
Little overhang, so very stable.
Perhaps the 110bhp engine would suffice.

Edited by blondchaser, 08 February 2014 - 08:54 PM.


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Posted 10 February 2014 - 11:11 AM

KIA Ceed....1.6d eco 1500kg max. Zero Road Tax... FANTASTIC mpg solo....Yet to tow with it though..

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 07:04 PM

Best "small"(???) car I have found for towing is without a doubt the Dacia Duster Ambiance 4x4.



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 11:30 AM

Which voted the Audi A3 the best small tow car of 2013. The other categories were won by the VW Touareg and Ford Mondeo estate



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 05:25 PM

I guess it all depends on what weight you are towing. No point in wasting money on fuel using a big car towing a small caravan, afteral, most of our mileage will be done when the cat is solo.
What I look for in a towing car is one that is just big enough to tow the van I can buy.
With our new Dacia, we get good MPG solo but also have an extra amount of oomph if we need to tow the van out of mud or over rough ground.

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 02:59 PM

I tow with a 1.8 Focus TDCi diesel

I now tow with a 2WD 2.0l  Yeti diesel



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Posted 19 March 2014 - 09:27 AM

I seen a 97 Corsa last week towing a twin axle catlle trailer with 2 large cows in it. Albeit he was on the level and he seemed to be going along happy enough.

Wouldnt want to have been anywhere near him if he decided to brake or some of the cows didnt want to be in the trailer.

Opportunity missed for a picture :D






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