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About tom_1989

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  • Birthday 29/07/1989

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    Hadleigh, Suffolk
  • Interests
    Road Steam Engines + other vintage vehicles
  • Towcar
    Ford Mondeo Mk 5 210PS
  • Caravan
    Abbey spectrum 520

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  1. Only towing 1350kg you have lots of options any modern turbo petrol over about 140bhp will be more than up to the job.
  2. I wouldn't push on with a caravan but something like an ifor trailer where the load bed sits down between the axles is very stable even at higher speeds. We had a long drag to do in france overnight a few years back and the trailer towed perfectly.
  3. tom_1989

    pick up 4x4

    we got recovered last week as well and the caravan was fine however its the prolonged use behind lorries that kills them. My friend tows his caravans behind his work lorries to events but has to change the caravan every couple of years as the body starts pulling away from the chassis and small gaps start appearing in places. He even had the hitch come off one before, the whole assembly!
  4. tom_1989

    pick up 4x4

    It doesnt make any real difference. Commerical vehicle takes into account a large range of vehicles including lorries which is what this caveat was probably meant for. I have never bothered with shock links on our vans but would certainly fit them to something like a 7.5 tonner.
  5. Sorry to hear about your loss. If it was me i would be tempted to keep the bigger van if you already have the car and things to pull it. A slightly shorter van doesn't really make any difference when it comes to towing but the extra space of a large van does make life easier the main one being not having to mess around with the bed.
  6. tom_1989

    pick up 4x4

    I am sure this is just a get-out from the insurance company more than anything. I would call up Swift and ask them if they would honor warranty on a new van if towed by the pick up, i would be very very surprised if they didn't as this would be rearing its ugly head all the time especially with the number of people that use Pick-ups as towcars. It was a thing a few years ago but i am pretty sure they relaxed the rules as the trucks got better even though still a "commercial vehicle"
  7. save your time and money and dont bother, i never had and do a lot of miles on the continent without any problems
  8. You take the aquaroll and wastemaster out of the caravan as soon as you get to site so doesnt actually take up your accommodation space. When travelling ours sits in the toilet area and is the first thing to come out when we get to site.
  9. There is a lot people assume incorrectly about towing trailers because rather than reading the government website which clearly states the rules in black and white people prefer to rely on magazines, forums and word of mouth.
  10. My brother has the tiguan but diesel, tows a large twin axle van with it which is probably just over 100% match but still stable as a rock.
  11. disobeying the caravan gods and running at a 85.1% match
  12. i think depends on the vehicle. If the car has all these systems then its worth paying the extra money, if its an older vehicle or if putting a trailer on makes no difference to the systems then probably not worth the added expense.
  13. tom_1989


    you dont have to be a forensic scientist to the see the caravan has clearly clouted something big and heavy on the front corner, the treeline a few feet behind it is probably a good indicator what that big heavy thing was.
  14. I would take your old battery as a spare but should last for quite a while. Assume your lighting is LED? I was surprised how well out battery did the other week. 4 nights away with a family of 4, showers everyday and a light left on every night for the kids. Also had to run the fridge off it for a few hours when gas cylinder run out.
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