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  1. Have just bought a Hyundai Tucson 1.6 petrol 177 BHP. I am hoping it will be good for towing. Any advice.
  2. We had hoped to tour the UK for a few months this summer, perhaps through to next year and having trouble getting car insurance with Admiral because we won't be able to give a permanent home address (we have sold and we are looking for a new bricks & mortar home!) or where the car will be parked each night. Any past experience would be really helpful or suggestions of insurance companies who understand the nature of touring.
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  4. Hello I'm pretty new to caravanning and just done a couple of small trips with 3 more booked for the summer. I bought a second hand Lunar Solar 524 and tow it with a 12 plate Zafira 1600 NAV. However, i'm not sure it is the ideal car but does the job adequately. I know I will upgrade the caravan in the next 12 months and will stick with a single axle 4 berth. What I would like to know is what would be an ideal car for towing without spending silly money. . Thanks
  5. JCloughie


    Peugeot 4007 After considering changing my tow car I decided to keep it for a couple more years. Although it has not provided a stable tow with our Bailey Valencia, I am hoping all the problems lie with the Valencia and that is now gone and will be replaced by a Lunar Clubman in a couple of weeks, so fingers crossed. Service and MOT were due so decided to push the boat out as I am keeping it. The major service includes coolant, brake fluid, air and fuel filter change, up to date only the air filter had been done. Booked in for a major service and MOT including fully synthetic oil for Friday last. On arrival tried to discuss the value of putting a 13 to 7 pin converter into the socket to avoid having the towing electrics tested as I am aware some of the MOT testing equipment does not work properly. Also if I needed to leave the tow ball attached. Got no sense from the guy on reception. He said "I don't know, I'm not the tester". At this stage I should have asked him to step next door and ask the tester. Anyway I fitted the adaptor and tow ball. After a couple of hours I got a call to advise me it needed front discs and pads. I have had such calls in the past to try to drum up work when it has been unnecessary, however I was aware that these needed doing and it was on my to-do list for spring. It would cost me £90 more for them to do it. I quite like to do then myself as I then know they are right. but as I am a little older now I gave them the go ahead. Later, when I collected the car, I asked if they had checked the battery as it was original and was beginning to sound lazy. "yes, its in good condition" he told me. I asked if the had checked the cabin filter. " as a matter of fact they sent a new one so we put it in" he told me. On getting home I opened the bonnet. Obvious things were screen wash not in sight, battery also needed topping up, also terminals had not been greased. Not possible to tell if the brake fluid had been done, there was a little spillage of antifreeze close to the filler so that may have been done. Checked the cabin filter, that was untouched and needed changing. I put the best part of a pint of distilled water in the battery, The following day there was not enough in it to start. So, the job was unfinished, I had been lied to, and they had missed the chance to sell me a battery and cabin filter. I called head office on the Monday. They were excellent, no fobbing off at all. On Tuesday I got a call from the area manager. Again he made no attempt to get out of it or make excuses. Instead I have been booked in to another branch for next Monday when all the service work will be redone, and they will supply a new battery (£100) plus cabin filter. So they have worked hard to put things right but I would honestly preferred that they just gave good honest service in the first place. I have always been cynical about garage services, I have horror stories from the past, so I do keep an eye on checking I get what I pay for. In this case, because they accepted what I said without question, and were very apologetic. I guess the area manager had his suspicions regarding the branch I went to. John
  6. Hey Guys, I've currently got a 2. 0l Diesel Peugeot 307 which states it max tow as 1300KG, its only 90BHP and on a recent 400 mile journey the car did tow, but was a little unhappy - I was at my limit of towing my van, so I'm not suprised it was unhappy. I'm now looking to replace the 307 with something. I'm looking at only spending £3000 but I'm not sure what I need to buying. I did look at a 1. 5 Renault Megane 2010 90BHP with 150K which says 1300KG. I don't think 1. 5 would do the job, but the salesman said he doesnt see it being a problem. I also looked at a 2007 mondeo which tows 1500KG but I've been told the Dual mass flywheel on the clutch fails and costs around £700 to replace so not sure thats the best option. .. What would you guys do?
  7. Hi, my husband and I have recently decided to purchase our first caravan. We have decided on a Bailey Unicorn Valencia 4 berth. We need to change one of our cars to tow the caravan. Yesterday we looked at a Citroen C5 tourer 2. 0 HDi VTR+ 6 speed manual gear box. In your opinion, would this be a good tow car? Many thanks in advance.
  8. After reading once of the recent articles on here about noseweights differing depending on make of towbar specified, it got me thinking about when I change the car, hopefully at the end of year. Looking at the towbar manufacturers for my favoured cars threw up some surprising results. Skoda Superb 4x4 estate – brochure noseweight 80kgs Westfalia site, which is also repeated on PF Jones – noseweight 100kg http://westfalia-automotive. co. uk/skoda_towbars_and_wiring_kits/skoda-superb-estate/skoda_towbar_317104600001_1522. html Witter – noseweight – 80kg http://www. witter-towbars. co. uk/product_review. php?towbarVehicleId=205644&&regDate=01/03/13 Other cars like this include Audi A6 – brochure noseweight of 85, Westfalia 100 and Witter 85 Mercedes C Class estate – brochure 75, Westfalia 75 and Witter 100 Other cars I am looking at all seem to agree to within a couple of Kilo’s of the manufacturers values. My questions eventually, Where do you stand legally if the manufacturer states ?? value, but the towbar manufacturer states a higher value? Which value would VOSA look at? Would it invalidate the insurance running at a noseweight higher than the car manufacturer states, even though it is inside the rated weight of the towbar? Apologies for so many questions, but it just got me thinking, as I fancy a change of make, and have now made my mind up after driving the latest CRV. It just did not do it for me when I drove it last week. Thank you in advance, as it is just puzzling me why the large discrepancy on some bars.
  9. I'm new here - apologies if this has been dealt with previously. I have just bought a two berth Adria Optima. I'm not sure how old it is but suspect that it is late eighties vintage. Aside from needing a new leisure battery and a good clean, it is not in bad shape. The leisure battery does not appear to be charging from the tow car. I have checked the electrics on the car with a meter and all is ok. Fridge in the caravan is working as it should - ie working on 12V when car is running. I have fitted a new 12S plug to the caravan to make sure that all the connections are good. Is it possible that this caravan does not have the feature of charging the leisure battery whilst towing (there is no mention in the handbook). If not, is it much grief to modify the electrics - I would like to have the capability to top up the leisure battery whilst towing. cheers Rob
  10. Forgive me for this simple question - I have done a search but no luck (probably used the wrong search terms). When we are towing, does the main power switch need to be "on" or "off" for the fridge to operate. Or doesn't it matter. I know some caravans have a "car" and "caravan" switch instead but sadly mine is less idiot-proof We have had it switched on thus far, and I know the fridge works, but it's a proper faff to reach the switch after the bikes are loaded into the caravan although it's easy to reach the fridge. Looking forward to a flurry of one word answers. Many thanks.
  11. Hello All, Upgrading from a little 2 berth to a family van, I decided to check with my car insurance company whether or not there are any restrictions to weight or size for my policy. To start with the agent only informed me that my van could not exceed the weight of my car . . . but when I pushed for a written statement that there were no other restrictions, she decided put me on hold whilst she checked with the underwiters. The response was shocking . . . . . . Privilege Insurance has a towing limit of 7. 0 mtrs length and 2. 25 mtrs width. (their are some other limits too but they are unlikely to be breached by what is typically towed). Up to these limits your car is comprehensive but the van is 3rd party. Over these limits however your insurance is invalid. When I asked how I to become insured to tow something bigger, I was told I couldn't and would have to move my car insurance to a different insurance company. Privilege is not alone, as I have checked with several other big companies, including Direct Line and Esure. They have identical limits and said they could not cover me either. BUT IT GETS EVEN WORSE . . . . . . As I kept ringing around I even found several companies who have a restriction of just 6. 4 mtrs total length. A 2008 Swift Charisma 560 at 6. 91 mtrs length is OK with some Insurers but a 2009+ Charisma 560 invalidates the insurance as in 2009 it grew to 7. 12 mtrs. I am yet to find a company that will cover me to tow something longer than 7. 0 mtrs, so if you know of one then please, please let me know. Every caravan dealer I have spoken to, claims to have not come across this and say that over half over the vans they sell breach these limits. I am struggling to find a newish family van that is within these dimensions, so any help and guidance would be deeply appreciated. I am relatively new to caravanning, so perhaps I am missing something really obvious. But if I am not, then half of us are not insured when we are hooked up to our caravans. Geo.
  12. We are a small family looking to travel Europe for 6+ months in 2012. We have two children, who will be 2 and 3 when we depart. Having spent 2 months travelling France in a Renault Scenic / Tent when our eldest was just 8 months, we are comfortable with budgeting and planning our journey. What we do need advice on however, is caravans! We used to have a campervan (1984 Talbot Rambler), but for the purpose of this adventure we feel a caravan will be best to offer more mobility in terms of setting-up camp, and being able to to use the car more freely. We're looking to purchase a 2nd-hand caravan during Nov-Jan, with a budget of about £4,000. Additionally, we will need a larger car as our 2002 Renault Scenic (1. 9 diesel) would struggle to pull a 4-berth. We've probably got a budget of around £2,000 for a car! (Not much for either, I know!) Having looked round a few caravans, our preferred layout is sleeping area at either end, with the kitchen in the middle (we feel this is the best layout for the kids to settle without disruption at night-times. Such include Elddis Avante 475, Abbey Vogue 516, Hymer Nova 530 (all 2004 models + out of our price range!). I've split my questions into four sections: caravan, car, insurance, considerations. . and would be extremely grateful of any advice. Recommended caravans? Purchase from dealer or private? If dealer, is it best to pay more for an extended warranty? Recommended cars? Minimum car weight? Is diesel best option? Best to have a car no older than 10 years? Would you do this journey in a car with more than 100,000 miles on the clock? Insurance: Typical costs? Limitations on insurance for 6 month or more? Can I get EU cover for a car older than 10 years? Any other considerations? Massive thanks, Lee (firmanfamily)
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