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  1. 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
  2. On various posts I read people saying it tows really well etc. Besides having enough power, what does that mean? Does a heavy ‘van make a light car wag side to side on fast roads?
  3. I have a question I wonder if you may be able to answer it. I am trying to find out the amount of turning movement a caravan has during normal driving. What I have observed is that the angle doesn’t appears to be much more than about 20 degree. Am I correct and would anyone know if there is any documentation relating to this?
  4. 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
  5. hi all any info towing with kx1 without. self levelling thanks
  6. 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.
  7. hi all, has anyone experience of towing a small van, 975kg. withe a 308 petrol. 1.2 turbo. or 1.6 tdi? cheers rodders
  8. 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
  9. 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 [
  10. 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 improve
  11. 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;
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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 n
  18. 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?
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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,
  22. Anyone towing with a V60 Cross Country? Not the XC60. If so, what do you tow? Which engine/transmission? Any problems?
  23. 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 int
  24. 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 t
  25. 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.
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