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  1. first towcar was a c180 petrol estate auto, power no problem towing coachman vision 520, found it was a little nervy in wind or passing large vehicles but the bigger problem is the towbar weight, only 75kg so had to be careful when loading, i think the model you are looking at is the same so do check if this is a problem. E class not much different in price and more suitable but not all rated for towing, e220 for one as my friend found out too late and had to change cars.
  2. Having run a large transit van for many years i am certain that the ev "revolution" will only really happen once the commercial side of transport fully embraces it. Currently there is no really usable alternative to diesel due to fuel range, refuelling, the right vehicles being built and above all, cost. In this world cost is king, companies and individuals can Talk about saving the planet all they want and thats ok, but the moment it is cheaper for industry then that is the time it will be viable for all of us. There are plenty of new ev cars being launched but in the real world of tr
  3. Depends on your budget/needs but have a look at isabella cirrus air, available 3 or 4 metres wide, have had one for a year and can vouch for its quality and durability in bad weather having seen many others blow away last year at glen nevis
  4. look on pages 2 and 5 of the awning forum
  5. try my thread on this subject and also the isabella query thread, you should find all the info you need
  6. Now that we have looked at every possible part of what is wrong with the ev argument, what about looking at the advantages, as at some point we will end up with them. Having been lucky enough to spend 24hrs with an audi e tron I can say it is completely different experience and a real eye opener, fast seamless power and incredibly quiet, no wonder people who have changed see ICE cars as so out of date and won't change back
  7. The service team returned this week for click and collect so it would be best to contact them directly for details of your deal as certain procedures are in place to handle the current situation
  8. How suitable an ev is for you depends on how often and how far you actually tow, many folk only tow a few times a year with odd long trip for annual hols, the rest of the time is regular commutes,shopping etc. There have been endless threads about petrol v diesel and the need for bigger more powerful tow cars but many of these spend most of the year not towing anything, it comes down being honest with yourself about what you want as opposed to what you really need
  9. yes, van taken this morning for m/mover swap, they may also do home delivery if within 20 miles during this period
  10. Local dealer has had direct contact with coachman and has assured me they will honour the cashback, for those who are eligible for this i would contact your dealer to get your own confirmation ASAP
  11. So before there is a planetary disaster or we get electrocuted whilst charging the ev we don't own yet maybe we should get out and caravan as much as possible as soon as we can!😀😀
  12. What i take from this so far is that it is the charging network that is the problem, if charging was as reliable and frequent as fuel stations how many more people would change to an ev sooner rather than later
  13. Agree the charging network is unreliable and a mess , read any long term review and this is always the one that comes up with a need to plan carefully and include 3 or even 4 alternative charge points just in case. Tesla have now dropped annual service from 2019 on with only minor things such as brake fluid pollen filter change every 2 years and it does not even affect the warranty if you dont bother! 4 year maintenance plans have also been dropped and refund of the remainder for those that bought them. When you consider a friend was recently quoted £730 for a full service for an Audi a
  14. at moment stevan your points are valid, i would not buy electric just yet either because of this, it does not fit most peoples needs at a realistic price for the mass market and the tech is moving so fast it is redundant in days, hybrids for one may end up with a short and expensive lifespan, i suppose the point of the thread is just to just to show how quick change is starting to happen. There is a tech war starting as to who will be first to crack all of the above as the rewards will be massive for the one who wins
  15. Looking at the Norway test cars the tesla will easily do 155 miles and the audi and mercedes 125 miles, however this is a comfortable distance for them as pointed out in the test they all can and did go further. What they also said was how good they are at towing, power, safety due to weight, comfort and so quiet, of course they are expensive but look how quickly a flat screen tv became affordable and the technology point we are at now is far ahead of when they started
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