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    Peugeot 3008
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    Bailey Unicorn Cartegena

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  1. Just to clear up any doubt, this is the car I have. Nothing like its ugly boring under powered and less capable predecessor. And this is our wonderful new caravan:
  2. It's a brand new caravan and a nearly new car so everything should be working correctly. When I say "It feels unstable" I don't mean it feels dangerous it's just not as comfortable and stable as my previous caravan. I'll be checking the nose weight next month when we have the van out again.
  3. My emoji response was because the advice given is impractical as all that extra faffing with moving the battery, gas bottle and spare wheel just makes me not want to go away. Plus we are a family of 4+dog, where are they supposed to go? I can just imagine the conversation: "Kids you need to put this battery under your feet, this gas bottle on your lap and wifey you need to leave some stuff at home to make room for the spare wheel" And when we arrive on site: "Is the caravan ready yet, nope I've got to refit the battery and then the gas bottle. OK I'll sit down, where are the chairs? There was no room for them so they got left at home". Oh and lastly, we have a twin motor mover already fitted, should I take that off and leave it at home too? I already said many many posts above that I loaded the car with all the heavy items and kept the caravan as light as possible but many of the retired folks posting here must have forgotten what it's like to have a family.
  4. My 3008 is 150bhp and it towed our 1500kg MTPLM caravan without any issues. I'm not sure if that was aimed at me because I don't understand what you're saying. Or was it supposed to be funny? If so I missed the humourous part, sorry.
  5. Thanks for your reply. I fully agree with you, I've been towing caravans for many years now without incident. This recent change in caravan has opened up a can of worms I wasn't prepared for. I knew this outfit was going to be close to the limit which is why I have been careful on the last 4 trips we have made. Although I appreciate all the comments about my current setup not being ideal unfortunately I'm stuck with it for a while. Luckily we only have 1 local trip planned this year and then 1 more next year so for the 2021 holiday season I will be in a position to change the car to something more suitable. Thanks to everyone for their advice, you have confirmed what I suspected.
  6. While I appreciate your advice and concern it's not financially viable at this moment in time to change the car, bearing in mind we have just paid out over £20k for a new caravan so we'll just have to live with it for now. After all, it is still technically legal. Maybe I'll come back on here in October after our next trip to say I wrote both of them off in an accident and you can all say "I told you so" I wouldn't say I rely on the technology but it's nice to have the reassurance that it's there. Never needed the ESP or ATC to date.
  7. If you're referring to the car in your footer (Citroen C5 Exclusive Estate) then I very much doubt it has the same engine in as my 3008 which has a 2.0 L BlueHDi 150 S&S I wouldn't want to tow my caravan with your car either. The big difference with my car+caravan combo and yours is I have a few more safety devices that keep everything in check.
  8. I don't think so, in the past few years I've bought a new car and a new caravan using a debit card. The car was £25k and the caravan £22k, on both occasions it just went through. I think if you went to Currys and spent £25k on a debit card there might be some questions asked. They must expect large transactions from certain retailers.
  9. Yes it does make for an interesting tow. I wouldn't go as far as to say it is dangerous but it's not ideal or comfortable. I'm with you on the overkill preference, I'm now considering changing for something like an Audi Q7 which has a 3.5t tow limit and a 3.0L V6 engine.
  10. You're assuming the car would be empty with no passengers and the caravan filled to capacity? Obviously I would never put myself in that situation.
  11. When we picked up our new caravan they wanted a small deposit upfront and insisted we didn't pay the balance until the day of collection, I think this was for insurance purposes. I then paid the full amount (less deposit) £22k on a debit card without any problems. They gave us 2 nights free stay on site to make sure everything was fine before we left with our new van.
  12. That sites only lists a "3008 1.6 BlueHDi (88 kW/118 hp)". Mine is a 3008 2.0 BlueHDi (150 hp) so not much point carrying on. Edit. I followed it through and made the adjustments to match my car and it came back: Verdict The Peugeot 3008 1.6 BlueHDi and the Bailey Unicorn Cartagena of a laden weight of 1682 kg is a combination just suitable for most journeys but also with some limitations. Weight There is a small chance of snaking at higher speeds, strong side winds and thoughtless driving. Even if the combination normally feels stable, the forces by deflection side to side are great at high speed. For drivers with knowledge of, and experience in driving a caravan it is safe to drive, but proper and careful loading is still important! An electronic stability system in the car and / or on the caravan is worth considering. Flat roads The performances of the engine of this outfit are in general good. Under all conditions on motorways it is possible to drive with 60 mph in the 5th gear. In that case the engine runs approximately 1900 rpm. Maybe the engine is not running smoothly at low revs so it is better to shiftdown to the 4th gear, the engine runs in that case 2400 rpm (witch is maybe more noisily than usually accustomed). In a headwind or for example on a crossover there is no need to downshift immediately. Mountains On most motorways inclines (1:20) it is barely possible to drive in the 4th gear with 50 mph up hill but maybe the engine is running better by somewhat more revs in the 3th gear). In the 3th gear the top speed is 62 mph (3504 rpm). Hill starts are possible even on steep slopes up to 18%, if the front wheels have sufficient traction. While driving the engine has enough power to drive on every normal road. That is pretty accurate and describes what I experienced.
  13. I will give that a try when I next get the caravan out. If I'm honest I didn't really pay much attention to the nose weight as I assumed it wasn't as important on a twin axle. I always got it to around 80kg on the previous single axle caravan and that towed perfectly. I can see why it's not recommended! On our last outing I ensured all heavy items were put in the car boot and awning in roof box. This didn't really improve things much from when we collected it when empty but we made it there and back without any dramas. Can I assume that while this combination isn't recommended it isn't illegal?
  14. Just checked the V5 and it states: Mass in service: 1500kg Max permissible mass: 2050kg Technical permissible maximum towable mass of the trailer: Braked: 2000kg The original owners manual stated 1650kg towing capacity and then a later revision stated 2000kg. It never had any problems with our previous caravan but this was a single axle and had an MTPLM of 1500kg.
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