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swirly182

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    NW
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  • Towcar
    Octavia vRS 245 Estate
  • Caravan
    Adria Altea 552 DT Tamar

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  1. I can regularly achieve 40mpg+ in the Octavia vRS 245 during normal driving. Considering its capable of 155mph (limited) that's not bad at all! On the other hand we had a 1.2 turbo petrol Qashqai which was fine around town and up to 50mph. Above this it struggled to achieve 40mpg. Useless, useless car.
  2. I tow with a turbo petrol with a manual gearbox. Performance is more than adequate (245bhp / 273lbft), economy halves to 22mpg. But its much more refined and entertaining than the diesel variant. And produces its max torque at lower revs. What petrol engine is offered in the ix35? I wouldn't entertain any non-turbo variants. Not sure about the diesel uncertainty, I suppose buying a petrol would future proof the purchase? I definitely wouldn't be spending anywhere near £30k on a diesel though.
  3. Which ones have you been to actually look at?
  4. I tried to get some of these before our first trip. Toilet roll does the job just fine and we use our loo a lot with a 2 and 5 year old!
  5. swirly182

    Ford Kuga

    What about a nice Mondeo estate? 😉
  6. You don't need to prove yourself to the grumpies on here. You're legal, clearly sensible about towing - time to enjoy great holidays with your kids.
  7. The fact you're worrying about it indicates to me you aren't going to overload the car or van! Having said that about the food, it is good weight to put in the boot of the car to get the weight up.
  8. Just calm your Mrs down whilst packing. "No, we don't need two months worth of food for our weekend break".
  9. Nexen are good tyres. I replaced the horrendous Pirelli P Zero on my Octavia vRS to (insert embarrassed smiley face) Landsail LS588. I am astonished to say they are better in every way for normal driving. Maybe on a track pushing them to the limits the Pirellis would excel.
  10. Nexen are good tyres. I replaced the horrendous Pirelli P Zero on my Octavia vRS to (insert embarrassed smiley face) Landsail LS588. I am astonished to say they are better in every way for normal driving. Maybe on a track pushing them to the limits the Pirellis would excel.
  11. swirly182

    BMW 630GT

    I've always liked the 5 Series GT. I know a couple of people that use them to tow heavy single axle vans. You can always replace run flat tyres with normal types. I did this with a 123d I had and it transformed how it rode - even with the M Sport suspension it became a very comfortable mile muncher.
  12. This. We have a pull down basin with swivel tap and left the tap on after emptying. Next trip when filling we ended up with water behind the panels around the washroom 😭 I always drain the tank before setting off due to a low nose weight limit.
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