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Will deBeast

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  1. Not sure we can read anything significant from these other fields. HGV tractor units weigh 6-8 tonnes, have a hugely higher trailer noseweight, have the hitch firmly within the wheelbase and a better braking system. The continental caravans generally have longer A frames (as I wish we did). And the USA usually use electric brakes, I believe.
  2. Yes, I think some 4x4s with long travel suspension can be a lot less stable than you'd expect. It isn't just about the weights.
  3. Not all cars are equal. Some are better/more stable than others. That would be part of my consideration.
  4. There are a few vehicles which need an MOT at 12 months old. eg. taxis, ambulances, minibuses over 9 seats etc. https://www.gov.uk/getting-an-mot/mot-test-fees
  5. As the question was asked 10 years ago, I think Bwy will have solved it be now.
  6. Like others, I'd recommend a look at a Sorento/Santa Fe. The middle row of seats slide forwards/backwards so you can make a little more leg room in row three than you'd otherwise get. And there is a separate aircon control/outlets for row 3. Edited to add: I see you've concerns about headroom. The kx3 and kx4 have a sunroof. The kx2 does not. I don't know if that makes any difference.
  7. Make sure you test for damp. If you don't know what to do, ask a local mobile caravan service chap to do it before you finalise the purchase. The awning rails each side will need to be taken off and resealed - perhaps every 5 years or so. A mover weighs about 30-35 Kg. Edited to add: I hugely recommend the CMC practical towing course. Or the C&CC equivalent. I learned loads when I did it.
  8. There were a few early reports of the V90 cross country towball height being too high. I don't know if this is now resolved.
  9. For me, it was a 1999 Saab 9-5 Aero estate. So much power, but front wheel drive and hard to use effectively. And so uncomfortable. I kept it for a month. Its replacement was a BMW 330d estate which was magnificent.
  10. I agree with the comments about the best tyres on the rear for 2WD vehicles. But it can cause premature wear on AWD systems. For a normally FWD system with torque-on-demand for the rears (eg. Sorentos since 2010): If the front tyres are more worn, they rotate very slightly faster than the rears. When this exceeds the trigger point, the car thinks that the front wheels are slipping, and engages the drive to the rear. But the front wheels aren't really slipping, so the rears try to push the car along slightly faster than it was going. This speed mismatch between the two driving axles can cause huge wear to the system. This is why the manual says to rotate the wheels on a regular basis. But if you can't, for whatever reason, put the tyres with the deepest tread on the front. The reverse applies to systems which normally drive the rears, but torque on demand to the front (Sorentos to 2009). My dealer was replacing a transfer box when I dropped my car off for a service recently, and fully approved of me asking them to rotate the wheels whilst they were off.
  11. Why do you think that's the case? The 2010 Sorento is front wheel drive in normal use, with torque on demand to the rear.
  12. Had you been rotating the wheels? It's important that the tyres with the deepest tread are on the front.
  13. I believe the 2015 onwards are Euro 6b, and the adblue models are 6c https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_emission_standards
  14. Mine from 2016 does. But from about 2018 there isn't space for the adblue tank and a full size spare wheel. Mine's been fab. That's high praise for someone who came from a Toyota Landcruiser. I'd recommend auto, especially for towing. Some dealers are much better than others. There's a decent owners forum at https://www.kiaownersclub.co.uk/forums/
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