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  1. Good evening, I was at the local Caravan Accessories shop preparing to buy a couple of electrical sockets for our Folding Caravan when I spotted a 2014 Coachman VIP 462. So I approached the Salesperson ... The Coachman is a beauty and has been well looked after and when we sank into the upholstery, we were just about sold on it. HOWEVER, the Coachman website, the advertising literature, the Dealer's Window Display in the van all refer to MIRO 1330kg and MPLM 1455kg, whereas the plate on the side of the van states MIRO 1330 and MTPLM 1500kg! The towcar, VW Tiguan 150 SCR Diesel [2016 Mark 1] is shown on the V5C as 1597kg Mass in Service so the towcar match ratio is almost 94%! I've towed small/medium trailers for 40 years off and on and have driven large Panel Vans [owned a VW LT35 LWB High Roof for about 4 years, and have owned the Gobur Folding Caravan for 7 months during which time we have camped for 90 nights in Scotland, France [twice] and Spain. I have however only towed a standard caravan for about 1 mile, and that was over 45 years ago when I was delegated to fetch my father's caravan from my brother's house! My concerns are: 1. Is the Coachman too much for Tig to tow, practically and legally 2. Am I being stupid/too ambitious in making the switch from a 1050kg MTPLM Folding Caravan to a 50% heavier Touring Van, especially with practically no equivalent towing experience? 3. Are Coachmans a quality brand? It looks very nicely fitted and is virtually unmarked,despite having had a decent amount of use There is a 2017 Lunar Quaser 462ew for sale at the same dealer [didn't have the chance to inspect it because they were waiting to close for the night!] but I think the brand is a couple of notches below the Coachman. The Lunar is listed as having everything that we would nee, and the MIRO is showing at 1061kg, with the MTPLM at 1185kg. Would this be a better towing option, albeit not as 'posh' or robust as the Coachman? Has anyone/does anyone own this model, and if so, how does it perform? We hope to travel to France by the end of April for 3 months and then return in October for up to 6 months in France and Spain [International Driving Permits obtained + Green Cards but might need a revised version if we change the caravan ...]. TIA for any replies and advice. Steve
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