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  1. Hello everyone, i'm new to the forum (and to caravanning in general) and in real need of some advice. So i have a caravan which i am trying to move from hereford to stroud (about 40 miles). It's a trophy (Trophy 3-152 44/46: Length 16ft 3 Inches, ) , however can't find any info about it anywhere online . I am going to use it for guests to stay in and it will just be parked on the drive (sideways on a reasonable slope) for a year or so as i do it up etc over the autumn/winter months, however it may just be used for guests and i may get a better one for towing depending on how it works out . It currently has no gas, no bathroom and rudimentary electrics. I am getting a lot of advice about needing it to be serviced, to replace the tyres and that there may be many problems which will requiring fixing before it can be towed. I was wondering, with it being such a short distance, about having it hauled on the back of a truck to avoid doing all the potential repairs and replacing tyres etc until i'm sure whether i will be wanting to tour with it (without knowing the torque rating for tightening and all the other stuff i am struggling to get my head around) and whether anyone knew about that, as it seems it could cost a lot to have a mobile service come out for such an old caravan? I am yet to get my towing license so the towing would be another cost. If i was going to have it towed would anyone be able to recommend the essential things i need to have checked? Sorry if this all seems very basic, it's a new world to me and i love the idea of being out on the road, it just all feels quite daunting right now. Thanks for reading and appreciate any comments (also couldn't figure out how to post this in the general conversation forum so posting it here, hope that's okay). All the best, Ben
  2. hi all any info towing with kx1 without. self levelling thanks
  3. Any recommendations for tow mirrors for a 2018 Transit custom crew van? I have not been using tow mirrors as the Transit lower convex mirrors provided a better wide angle view than the milenco mirrors. However, I am getting an 8ft wide caravan in a couple of weeks and I know that the Transit mirrors will no longer provide the legal view. I have tired to fit the milenco mirrors, but the top of the Transit mirror is too narrow for the clamps.
  4. hi all, has anyone experience of towing a small van, 975kg. withe a 308 petrol. 1.2 turbo. or 1.6 tdi? cheers rodders
  5. Hi. Does anyone know if the route through the Gotthard tunnel involve towing the caravan up steep mountains? We are travelling from Black Forrest Germany to Basel then to Milan Italy and from there to Sicily. I have never done that route before and I am worried that I might get in trouble with towing the caravan if this route involves steep hills. Any advice is very welcome. Elaina
  6. 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
  7. I have an automatic rear wheel drive Jaguar XF which I use for towing. 18" wheels with 245 45R 18 100Y Goodyear tyres. Awful in the snow despite all the gizmos you can apply to the various drive modes! So much so that I avoid using the car in the snow because in general being retired, I don't need to. However similar issues on camsites with grass/mud and even in these cases when attempting minimal slopes. I have heard on this forum with a post about their use on an SUV and it is confirmed by a local tyre supplier that Michelin Crossclimate are very good. I guess the key factor for improved grip on snow or mud is the tread pattern. The goodyear are designed with the standard deep grooves around the circumference of the tyre and more minimal lateral grooving. Suspect given the high speed rating that this is also to reduce tyre noise at speed? Does anyone have any alternatives to the Crossclimate tyres for me to consider before having to take a second mortgage out before changing the tyres?!!!
  8. Hi and apologies to a question which i will know has been asked many times but want to check, with it being more specific to my own situation I'm thinking of purchasing a caravan soon - 2016 ELDDIS XPLORE 586, which has the following spec; 6 berth, Single axle Mass in Running Order (Kg) - 1155 Maximum Technical Permissible Laden Mass (Kg) - 1350 Internal Length (metres) - 5. 7 Shipping Length (metres) - 7. 29 Width (metres) - 2. 18 My towcar is a 2016 Skoda Octavia Estate SE Technology 2. 0 TDi (150ps), with the following spec; Max Permissable Mass 1924kg Mass in service (kerbweight) 1354kg Max Technically permissable towed Mass (braked) 1600kg My question is, I'm aware there is a ADVISED GUIDELINE that newbie's should try not to exceed 85% of the kerbweight of the car for the caravan's MTPLM (1151kg, in this case). ..BUT, skoda's kerbweight includes 75kg for the driver - I will be travelling with my wife and 2 kids (both under 5) with a combined weight of 93kg. ..i will also generally be fully laden with luggage in the boot and luggage in the top-box. ..all-in, i'd guesstimate i'll have an additional 300kg (including the passengers and luggage) each time. ..this brings the car's gross weight to 1654kg and 85% of this now becomes 1406kg. ..with he caravan MTPLM being 1350kg, this would give me a new ratio of 82% car grossweight:caravan MTPLM. ..is this now more advisable/safer for me, or are the guidelines based strictly on the original kerbweight, without any additional weights added? I also understand that weight displacement within the caravan is of paramount importance (i. e placing heavier weight low down and over axle area etc). I'm likely complicating things but the caravan is definitely the model we want and i was hoping to avoid having to change my car, as I only recently purchased it (without any future thoughts of towing caravans!)...above all and especially with travelling with my family, I just want to ensure i'm doing things as safely as reasonably practicable and thought this was the best place to get answers, from experienced caravanners. I thank you in advance
  9. Hi, need some help please. I have fitted a towbar myself a week ago, was brand new and fitted to a 2006 mondeo. I thought the electric part of fitting the towbar was too easy using scotch clips. However, towing for the first time today I noticed that the RH side lights and rear light are permanently on even without the car lights being on. Also hooked up to a trailer and the RH light is always on too. It's a 7 pin socket. Any ideas? Thanks
  10. Hello. Reaching out for some helpful advice as I'm very confused. I have a sterling Europa 540 (2008) and need to change our car due to growing family. We need a 7 seater, and have found a Ford S-max titanium X sport (2014). It has a bhp of 200. I cant find much info on whether the car is suitable to tow my van. The kerbweight of my van is 1495. And the towing weight of the car is 1800kg. By my calculations that's within the 85%rule. For my own sanity, can people confirm I'm right please? Regards Dafydd
  11. When towing do you have the master switch in the van "off" or "on" to ensure that the refrigerator functions on 12v whilst travelling? Thanks in anticipation, Steve
  12. Has anyone experience Volvo V70 overheating when towing their caravan? Ours keeps overheating towing up hills, engine overheats and causes gearbox to slip. Trying to find out if this is a common problem with Volvo V70?? It's a 2002 163 D5, 285 model automatic. We looked into oil cooler but it' not an option for this car from volvo we have already added extra fan just wondered if v70 are common for this a looking to replace car possibly with xc70 but don't want same issues
  13. Hi again all, Could anyone give me advice on a good beginners' caravan towing course? We live in Dorking in Surrey and I've had a normal driving licence since the 70's. I've looked on the two main club sites and the next courses are in Feb/Mar but I'd like to do one in Jan if possible so that we can then move to the next step - actually buying a flippin caravan! There seem to be a lot of other private companies on the web - can anyone particularly recommend any? Thanks in asdvance, Paul & Sarah
  14. Anyone tow with one of these please? A search failed to find a reference. I'm confused as to what the auto gearbox type is, dealer says conventional 6sp torque converter but reference number in brochure refers to a CVT. Earlier (2011ish) Outlanders were CVT but there does seem to have been a change. Auto selector has P - N - D - R - L. Salesman says L is for low speed, but I'm sure it won't have a low ratio box like a landrover. The car ticks most of my boxes except for a proper spare wheel or somewhere to put one. Spent ages surfing the net for detailed info on the gearbox to no avail. Are they good towers?
  15. Hi I`m new to the site and I`m looking for my first Caravan. I am really confused about caravan weight. I dont want to take to towing test yet as I may not get on well with a caravan on the road. I understand I can tow with a combined weight of 3500kg MAM. All i seem to find on most adverts is the Mass in Running Order kg and Maximum Technical Permissible Laden Mass kg. What weight do I need to add to my cars weight to get the MAM?
  16. Apols if this kicks off a bit of an emotive response, but driving down the A34 south of Newbury today for circa 20 miles & saw 3 vehicles towing vans without mirrors. The worst being a massive hobby prestige twin axle (looked like 8ft wide) being towed by a series 2 discovery. Then again, not sure whether that was worse than a single axle being towed by a crv and no mirrors. I'm not for knocking people at all, but its about time things like that have on the spot fines, as in Europe, as its probably the only thing that will change behaviours. As a balance to this, were were lots of vans being towed where the cars did have mirrors (seems to be a busy day for people towing today) PS: Also saw a few transits towing large vans with no mirrors, but not sure of the regulations for them, so cant comment on whether that was an issue
  17. Don't know if this link has been provided before, if so I apologise but I have not come across it on CT. If it has, or if this is not posted in the appropriate place mods please feel free to delete or move. https://www. gov. uk/towing-with-car This provides some good advice particular for those new to caravaning. John
  18. We're currently at Port a Bhaigh, Altandhu, with a stunning view, and will welcome advice on the next stage of our trip, please. It's our first caravan expedition, and so far it's wonderful! We're hoping to get to Dunnet Head, by Thurso. The planned next stop meanwhile, is at Scourie. It's a bit over 100 miles between there & Dunnet, but it's on plenty of winding one-track roads. Other than Durness, about 20-something miles from Scourie, there's nowhere showing itself as a good place to stop on the way. So any experienced advice on how long that whole West to East trip takes, and/or on somewhere with EHU to pause on the way, would be very welcome, please. Wifi is limited round here, so I'll try to look in within the next 24 hours, but won't be online much between. Thanks, Richard
  19. Anyone towing with a V60 Cross Country? Not the XC60. If so, what do you tow? Which engine/transmission? Any problems?
  20. Hi I know strictly speaking this isn't insurance, but RAC breakdown cover, however I thought I'd share this experience as it may help one or two in a crisis. All our cars and trucks etc, are covered by comprehensive RAC breakdown cover. For some reason best known to himself my OH decided to ring RAC to confirm the situation re caravan recovery if our towing vehicle breaks down. We will be towing within UK for a week or two and just wondered what would happen to our precious caravan if the truck decided to throw a wobbly. We're glad he did ring. The telephone operator said in event of a breakdown, the vehicle would be recovered, but not the caravan, they would leave that at the roadside, because over 4m they didn't have any recovery trucks big enough. If we joined the Caravan and Camping Club however, then they had a reciprocal agreement and our caravan would also be recovered. Well that didn't stack up to start with, they either have suitable vehicles or they don't. Mick got a bit hot under the collar, threatened to join Green Flag, AA, Blogg's Roadside Assistance - whatever. As the voice of calm and reason in our household, I called the RAC back, having checked their website and breakdown terms and conditions very carefully. This is what I found on page 8. *If the Vehicle should break down whilst towing a caravan or trailer We will recover Your Vehicle together with the caravan or trailer. If Your trailer or caravan breaks down then We can arrange for the recovery of Your trailer or caravan but You will be liable for the recovery costs. Please refer to page 15 of the term* also on page 10, the maximum size covered for recovery. * Caravans /Trailers 3. 5 tonnes 7. 6 metres (25ft) including tow bar Width 2. 3 metres (7ft 6in) So I got a nice lady on the phone and asked what would happen if our tow vehicle broke down. Oh, she said, your tow vehicle is covered, but your caravan isn't. Not so, I pointed out and read her the page from the web site. Silence. Well I asked, it says clearly on your web page if the tow vehicle breaks down, both vehicle and caravan will be recovered without extra charge. The RAC on the phone, didn't seem to be differentiating between the vehicle breaking down and the caravan breaking down, whereas they are 2 different breakdown scenarios. If your caravan breaks down and you want the RAC to remove it from the roadside, unless you have Camping and Caravan Club membership, they will charge you - fair enough. But I was trying to clarify what would happen if our truck broke down (we tow with a Nissan D22 - they have been known to throw the odd con rod). Anyway after an hour on the phone, a supervisor was summoned and the RAC clarified that if your vehicle breaks down, your caravan is covered for recovery as long as it is within 7. 6 m They are supposed to be sending us an email to confirm this. I hope no one needs this clarification, but if the unthinkable happens, you don't want to be on a mobile phone on the hard shoulder of the M whateve, in rush hour, trying to argue the toss with the RAC Cheers Jane
  21. Hi, just wanted to ask what other folk do re towing and leaving fridge on. I have a Dometic fridge and will be using it off grid on gas for a few days. We are then driving down country before going on various CC sites for a couple of weeks, so will have hookup. On the journey down, is it advisable to put the fridge on battery or would it be better to just turn it off for a few hours? Strangely never travelled between sites before, so always just turned fridge on when got there, I know theoretically it's supposed to be ok to have fridge on when towing, but wondered if anyone had run into subsequent battery problems etc. Cheers Jane
  22. I've just retired and am now looking for my first caravan. I've been reading a lot about towing, and need for careful planning of routes. I'm just a little apprehensive of towing in narrower roads, and wanted to ask: 1. Does the caravan length make much difference ie ideally I'd prefer something reasonably roomy, and am thinking that an extra 2-3 feet won't make too much difference - is that true? 2. Most caravans seem to be 2. 28m ish wide, having read a few posts I'm ruling out caravan makes that are wider (eg Hobby), but would a narrower caravan (than 2. 28m) be much easier to tow? Any other general tips on caravan size would be welcome. There will only be the two of us in the caravan, but very keen to get a fixed bed. Thank you!
  23. Petemargaret

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    Hi there, finally decided on a Kuga 180 bhp, only problem is that I get it 1st September, and towing through France crossing Pyrenees into Spain 3 days later,was told by salesman ok but not sure, can anyone help.
  24. Been looking at a Mazda 5 suv, has anyone got any info on towing (Ie) mpg when towing extra, or any comments at all. Looked at a Honda CRV 1. 6 but can't get my head round a 1. 6, especially to go through the Pyrenees . I drive a Tiguan Match 4motion, and am pleased with it but fancy a change. With thanks Peter.
  25. Hi there, I'm hoping someone can help! My husband and I have been caravanning for two years and this hasn't really been an issue until now but this summer we're heading off to France, so ideally need the fridge to be chilling while we're making the journey so our food doesn't spoil. We own a 2008 Swift Charisma 540 and can’t seem to work out the combination of switches that’s needed to be on to get the fridge to work while attached to the car! Does the battery charger switch in the cupboard need to be on or off? On the panel near the door should we have it on leisure battery or not? Any help gratefully received!
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