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  1. We are replacing our Mondeo Mk3 Ghia X 130 with a Mercedes e250 sport saloon (2011 W212) and I'm wondering if you guys think it would make a good towcar. We used the Mondeo to tow an Adria Adora 532LT and it was OK but I did find it a bit unstable above 50mph (this might be me just being a bit of a wuss). I done a quick outfit check for the Mercedes on towcar. info and everything seemed ok but I have since done a bit more googling and found mixed reviews on the e class as a towcar. I also thought the sport suspension that the e250 has would be a plus making it more stable but now I'm wondering if the lower ride height might be a problem. I would really appreciate some more opinions before taking the plunge and getting a towbar fitted . .. hopefully I won't have to sell the Adria and get a tent
  2. Hello all, Are there any petrol cars that tow well? I ask because when I got my first caravan, I had a 2.2 litre Volvo V60 and it was really bad to tow with. I almost didn't make it up a very steep hill one time (screaming in first gear). So the above converted me to diesel cars but as diesels are now known to be more polluting than petrol (and will eventually be banned), I would like to think about alternatives. Thanks for any insights. Cheers! TJ
  3. Hi. Have a Ford Mondeo 2015 2L diesel 180 manual which tows my 575 Coachman caravan 2016 model. Everything fine until I fried my clutch last week as I ended up making a series of hill starts from stationary following roadworks and T junction. Costing me over £1k to repair which I don’t want to pay again! Moving awning into car to help but the hillstart assist, electronic brake, clutch and weight of caravan all seemed to be working against each other. Quite frightening experience and I am a reasonably experienced tower! Am pleased with the Mondeo but having read forum wish I had chosen automatic. Any advice out there? Would rather not have to change the car if possible as only had it six months.
  4. I need a new towcar and want an estate car for economy and I have come to realise it has to be either 4 wheel drive or all wheel drive. This is partly for the caravan, but mostly for messing around in boats and using often slippery slipways for launching boats! (If you want to see how badly this can go wrong there are no end of submerged cars and trailers on Youtube!) I just don't like SUV's, so this restricts me to estate cars, but the plus sides here are good economy and having a sensible sized car for the roads in the town where I live. Also. .. I have two sons of six foot plus, so a roomy back seat is essential. (Had an Avensis Estate for the last few years and that has been great for legroom, just not enough friction when towing!) Personally I'm after something 2010-2012 in terms of age, but also aware that as far as I can see there are very few threads like this, so any help and suggestions appreciated please?
  5. Has anyone got a Hyundai Santa Fe? How do you find it as a towcar? Do you have the Automatic or the Manual? How does an Automatic tow compared to a Manual? The second hand autos now appear to be cheaper than the manuals, maybe as they have higher car tax and less mpg?
  6. Thinking of buying one of these to tow a coachman VIP 575 to Portugal and Spain for the winter. We need the room for my wife's Trike and by Bike so will be taking seats out. What I am not sure of is how well this vehicle will tow! Anybody towed with this or the Mercedes Vito (similar spec)? Any advice would be appreciated
  7. Hi All, I have been having holidays in caravans since I was around 7 years old. These have solely been on the island of Ireland, as far away as Cork and Kerry, but our regular spots back then were Donegal and Castle Archdale, Co. Fermanagh. When I left home my dad kindly still took the caravan to different spots (of my choice) and left it for my wee family to use, picking it up again afterwards. Legend! Often the caravan was already in Benone, County Londonderry so rather than put the old man out, we just went there. Recently, the opportunity came up for me to get a little 2 berth caravan, so I went for it, thinking that while it was small, it would be a good start for my own little van. So I am now the proud owner of a 1991 Abbey Lincoln GT. As there are 4 of us, including my 9 and 5 year old, we are planning to sleep two in the generously large bed, and two in a two man tent, inside the awning. I figured my 1. 2 Ibiza and my 1. 4 207 would both be spectacularly bad (and illegal) towcars, so I bought a big old VW Bora 1. 9tdi with an all important towbar. It's well inside the recommended 85% match so I'm happy. Anyway so far I've given everything a good clean, replaced all the waste pipes and the water filter, sanded and painted the wheels and hubs, and tested everything in the van. All good. Decor is suffering with a lot of cupboard doors etc peeling, so we are planning a bit of an interior overhaul. Anyways I'll be lurking around. Hi everyone!
  8. Hi Looking for a new tow car and now that diesels are seen to be bad for our health, I'm looking for a reasonable petrol model. A friend has a 1. 5 diesel Dacia Duster which is excellent value for the money, but has anyone any knowledge of the new petrol 1. 2 TCE 125 Dacia Duster as a tow car? With 125 BHP, it sounds powerful enough, but the torque is quite low compared to other similar BHP cars. Cheers, Peter
  9. It's a bit hilly where I live. The other day while driving up a steep road, I noticed that momentary rise in revs you get when the clutch is going. I've only worn a clutch out once before. But that was 25 years ago when I used to thrash my Nissan Micra over the Pennines twice a day to work and back. I've been towing with the Volvo XC60 for three years. I've no previous experience, as that's how long we've been caravanning. Is clutch wear a common problem with towcars?
  10. Considering going for a BMW X1 2 lite auto 2013 and around 25000 miles. No reviews on CT, also a search for a small string does not work. So seeking opinions. CC forum have some enthusiastic owners, one pulling a twin axle at over 100%. I think I will be about 89/90%. mpg looks really good. Interested in nose weight, rear suspension set up. As well as anyone's real experience. Or links to any reviews. John
  11. It is probably a bit late to be asking (see below) but we are seriously considering giving up caravanning. We changed our caravan 4 weeks ago for a 2010 Compass Omega 550 rear fixed island bed. We have a 2011 Suzuki Vitara 5 door 2. 4 litre tow car. We cannot find any car/caravan match site that lists our car (or both). We checked the handbook & also got the dealer to confirm we had a suitable car for the Compass Omega. We tested out the car & caravan 2 weeks ago for a couple of days in Galloway & everything seemed fine having driven from the Borders. Yesterday we headed south for 2 weeks holiday which had been booked when we still had our old 2006 Lunar Clubman 2CK. On the M6 a few miles from Kendal, my husband driving & I asleep, just before Killington services & in the slow lane behind another caravan & a lorry, my husband felt the caravan swaying. He said he slowed down & all seemed OK. Now he may have done the wrong thing? but he decided to pull into the middle lane to pass said caravan & lorry. Snaking started again (I awoke!) & to cut a long story short it was horrific, we ended up slewn across the carriageway with the offside front corner of the caravan bashed in & also the car badly damaged where the caravan hit. We were fine, badly shaken & thankfully no other vehicle involved & managed to get our outfit onto the hard shoulder. Awning, water barrels etc were over the caravan axle. Under the bed we had 2 folding chairs, towels, laptop, small light picnic table, other bits & bobs. Clothes in wardrobes, usual, a few books, binoculars, crockery in lockers, some tin food, TV etc under front seats. Gas bottle in front boot, electric hook up cable etc. Overloaded? Not distributed properly? The hitch is a Winterhoff & we have struggled with it so far. Two new tyres on when bought. Nose weight appears to be critical looking at other posts on here, so any guidance on how we accurately measure? After horrendous dealings phoning insurance we managed to limp into Kendal Caravan Club site where the wardens were so helpful. The hitch was stuck on the tow ball & took 3 people to get it off! Caravan is being recovered tomorrow to a dealer for repair assessment. We started caravanning 2 years ago & finally bought what we thought to be our dream caravan but now thinking of giving up.
  12. Hi again. Need to change towcar. Had offer of Hyndai Tuscon but not sure. It's the 4x4 variety 2. 0ltre Diesel. Does anyone tow with one of these & if so what size of van? Are they comfortable to drive & solid in wind etc. I've been using a Honda Crv 2. 2 diesel, does the Tuscon fair well by comparison? Thanks in advance for any opinions.
  13. My gracefully ageing Freelander is still gamely tugging my twin axle van but my other half is coming up to her annual good mood. Wondering if it's time to mention the new Disco Sport. Any information or reviews appreciated so I'm forewarned.
  14. Looking at getting one of these in the next couple of months to tow the van. Got a budget of up to £6. 5k (£7k if I find one I can't refuse). I want an M Sport model and was initially looking at a 2. 0l. However a friend (not a caravanner) reckons buying a 2. 5l would be more beneficial due to it having a six cylinder engine instead of the 2. 0l's four cylinder. I'd only been looking at models with manual transmission's as I remember being told automatics can be a nightmare with a van on the back, especially on variably hilly roads, and worked out costing a lot more in juice when towing. The questions I have are. .. a) Are automatics that much more expensive on fuel when towing or is it not very noticeable? Does anyone have one of these and if so, how do you rate them? Looking online, my budget will get me a 525d M Sport around a 2006 model with approx 120k on the clock. As you can probably tell, I'm new to the game, only started towing last year. And before anyone suggests it, 530d M Sport is a hefty hike north on the insurance side of things compared to the 525d M Sport. Thanks in advance. John
  15. Hi I'm new and need advice to the max MTPLM for my 1. 6 HDI 2013 exclusive C4 Picasso. It's very unclear in the handbook what I can safely and legally pull. I have see a few caravans around 1400kgs is that too heavy? Also my VIN plate says different to my handbook? Weights on vin plate 3340kg 1940kg 1-1100kg 2-940kg Also if 1400kgs is too heavy what is the safe and legal limit I can pull? My car will have 2 adults, 2 kids and dog plus bags. Please can you help? Andrew Attached Thumbnails image. jpg
  16. We have just put a deposit down on our first caravan - a Bailey Bretagne (MTPLM 1420kg), and now have to buy a car to pull it. Looking at something like a 3 year old Mondeo or Insignia estate (we have a dog and two kids, so need the bootspace). Trouble is I don't know whether to go for a diesel or petrol. I have read all about the need for torque, and how this is much better in diesels - and I would happily go for that, but for the problems I have read about Diesel Particulate Filters. We only do about 7000 miles a year in total - probably 1500 of that will be towing at a guess. But the majority of our driving is urban and relatively short distances. The best article I have read said that to clean out the DPF "typically the car needs to do about 40 mph or more constantly for about 20 minutes. .. but if the car slows down or stops before the process is finished, it’s more or less back to square one". I think we might struggle to do this in our normal day-to-day driving, and I'm loathed to have to drive just to clean the DPF! Has anyone else had this problem? Or can anyone shed any light that may help resolve this dilemma. My first post, so any help much appreciated :-)
  17. 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?
  18. Hi I've decided to start caravanning, I'm looking at a tow car, a mitsubishi asx 4 I have noticed that the newer model has less bhp but the same torque I have been told that this will not make any difference, can anyone please advise me? Thanks
  19. Yesterday, I watched a youtube video which shocked me! It was all about the difference between AWD and 4x4, and how mfrs can get away with calling a car AWD when perhaps only 5% of the torque will ever get to the back wheels! Unhelpful when you need to rely on traction. It was a comparison between a Subaru (Forester I think) and a Volvo XC70 going up a muddy incline. The Subaru with its 4wd system climbed up no probs and both front and rear axles worked together nicely. But the XC70 got stuck very quickly because the back wheels didn't really get involved in the effort to climb the hill whilst the front wheels were spinning like --- you know what! So here's my question. What's the difference between 4wheel drive and so called AWD as in many volvo's of recent years? Any drive-train experts out there who can guide me on what will give reliable traction for hill starts at the end of the day please?. The reason? I often have to tow up steep hills, especially with hill starts, and I can't always just 'gun it'! For my next car, I've been considering the likes of Volvo XC70, V70AWD, and other volvo's, as against Passat Alltrack, or perhaps a Vauxhall Insignia 4x4. I like estates, but if I can't rely on the traction, I might have to go for a less economincal traditional 4x4 like Kia Sorento/Hyundai SantaFe. The caravan is 1500kg MTPLM, but soon changing to something a bit lighter like upto 1400KG.
  20. could anyone please help? we are looking for a car that will be suitable to tow our 1440 kg laden weight caravan. we wanted a bora but the kerb weight is too low, as is a vectra. any suggestions please? we only have around £2000 to spend thanks x
  21. Hi all, Anyone tried a VW Passat Alltrack for towing a caravan of MTPLM 1500Kg or more - and in a steep hilly area? Any opinions on the strength of the car, and reliability of Passat? many thanks
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    What To Do ?

    Hi folks, My car is needing new tyres, starting to crack on the sidewalls which is a shame because there is loads of tread. Bought the car last year so they have not done a lot of milage just degrading in the sun. So the question is do i go for all terrain tyres (its a 4x4 bm x3 btw) thinking of towing out of fields or do i just go for the regular tyres with extra load. Not a lot of difference in price really just if you were in my shoes. . Thanks
  23. Hello We brought our first caravan in Sept 2013, before I hitch our car to the caravan I would increase the tyre pressures as per the heavier load. Is this correct way, or would you hitch the caravan then increase tyre pressures. Appreciate any advice given.
  24. Hello, I am thinking of buying a caravan, I have seen an Avondale dart 470 2008 which I am interested in but I understand they went out of business in 2008 would this be a problem for me if the van developed a problem, Also at present we have a Citroen C3 Picasso 1600 VTR+ maximum towing weight 1200kg could we tow this caravan with this car. I would appreciate your comments. MariaB
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