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Lindabelle
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Hi all

 

Would very much appreciate your help and advise

 

I have an 02 Focus Estate, 1. 8tdci, and have been told i can only tow 1100kg, which is severely limiting my choice of caravan. I would like a 2 berth with an end bathroom / seperate shower.

 

So far i have only found these

 

Elddis Mistral EX300

Bailey Ranger 460

Bailey Ranger 380

Avondale Rialto 480

 

Have i missed any? I have up to £4k to spend, and want something nice, but manageable when im on my own!

 

Thanks

 

Lindabelle

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It's worth having a look at Adria caravans which are generally on the lighter side. Our 5 berth is only 1200kg fully laden so there may be something in your price range and weight.

 

Sharon

Nissan X-trail 2. 2 DCi - 2005 Adria Altea 502 DK,2 well-behaved boys who I am immensely proud of!!

(Also a 1990 VW Golf Convertible, which definately does not tow anything!!!)

 

This post is not meant to intentionally offend anybody

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Hi all

 

Would very much appreciate your help and advise

 

I have an 02 Focus Estate, 1. 8tdci, and have been told i can only tow 1100kg, which is severely limiting my choice of caravan. I would like a 2 berth with an end bathroom / seperate shower.

 

So far i have only found these

 

Elddis Mistral EX300

Bailey Ranger 460

Bailey Ranger 380

Avondale Rialto 480

 

Have i missed any? I have up to £4k to spend, and want something nice, but manageable when im on my own!

 

Thanks

 

Lindabelle

Hi Lindabelle

 

The only thing I would say is get one with a Mover fitted or have one fitted after you have bought it - they are a godsend, my wife is disabled and I really struggled to move my van about and it's only a small one like the one you're after but with a Mover fitted it's a piece of cake! I hope you find a van to suit and happy caravanning!

Regards, John.

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Hi Linda

Welcome to Caravan Talk

Depending which version of the 1. 8 you have, according to this 1100kg puts you at 85% weight ratio which is what is recommended for an inexperienced tower. If you have the 115ps version you could possibly go a few kilos higher.

 

http://www. cuddles. abelgratis. net/ford. htm#focuse02

 

This site is useful for finding caravans. Just put in your search criteria and see what it comes up with. It might bring up some you had not thought about

http://www. caravanfinder. co. uk/index. html

 

Also have a look at the Caravan Club beginners advice

 

http://www. caravanclub. co. uk/NR/rdonlyres/...Caravanning. pdf

 

If you have any more questions just come back and ask

Brian

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Don't forget that the 85% ratio is a guideline, not law, just a recommendation AND you don't have to fill your caravan up to the windows to get it to it's maximum weight AND you won't be a novice tower after a few trips out either. So If you started looking at vans in the 1200kg category, you would find that there is a bigger pool to fish in.

 

We towed a Bailey Ranger 510/4 (MTPLM - 1195kg, MIRO 995kg) for the best part of 3000 miles with a 2litre petrol focus hatchback with no problems whatsoever. 4 berth, end washroom loads of space - fantastic van, my mate bought it from me 18 months ago and its still in fantastc condition - we've now got a Pageant that we tow with a C-Max at 94% ratio (but only if we fill the van up to its limit - which we don't)

 

So don't be put off by the 85% "rule", use a bit of common sense and you'll find there's a lot more stuff out there that you can manage.

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Hi Lindabelle

 

At £4k you will obviously be looking for a van that's a few years old and the good news is that some of these are lighter in weight than new vans. There are usually quite a few used 2 berths around which have been well cared for (perhaps because they haven't been used with children!). If you want a separate end bathroom this may add inches and weight to the van - I've found that an end-kitchen two-berth with a compact (ie tiny) washroom / toilet is OK, even on sites with no facilities, if you and your partner are on close terms!

 

Lunar caravans tend to be lighter than average, and you could also look for a lightweight ABI (eg Sprinter). My ancient ABI two berth tows like a dream behind my old Focus hatchback - ABI stopped building tourers around 2001 and now make only statics; they sold their brand names, Ace etc, to Swift Group. Spares for vans of any make are rarely obtainable from the caravan manufacturer after a few years, but you can easily get items for heater, water supply, fridges etc and we sourced a replacement sink from a breaker / specialist old-spares stockist.

 

Good luck.

 

BigTow

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I spent many happy years living with a Ranger 460/2.

 

The only change it needed was to fit an Alko spare wheel carrier, but I never got round to it B)

'I know' is just 'I Believe' with delusions of grandeur

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Hi Lindabelle

 

The only thing I would say is get one with a Mover fitted or have one fitted after you have bought it - they are a godsend, my wife is disabled and I really struggled to move my van about and it's only a small one like the one you're after but with a Mover fitted it's a piece of cake! I hope you find a van to suit and happy caravanning!

Regards, John.

 

Weight is the problem here so fitting a mover will add between 30 to 37 kg which could considerably reduce the user load on a light caravan, a point to bear in mind if you do fit a mover.

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