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Hi,

we bought our caravan last year after several years of camping. although the Van we have bought, isn't incredibly heavy for it's size, when we hitch it up to our car, the suspension drops considerably. We haven't exceeded the nose weight and it's not caused us any real issues during towing.

However, as our car isn't the M-sport with the nice firm suspension, I was thinking of getting Aftermarket suspension fitted. Probably coil over suspension, that way ride height can be adjusted as and when required.

Any thoughts or recommendations on this matter please.

Cheers.

Matt

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Our e45 Touring did the same. .. Replaced the rear springs with heavy duty ones. ... was a bit better but not much. ..

Ended off having to swap her as we were towing at 94% and was a bit unstable in winds. ..

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We have considered just selling up and buying a 4x4 (perfect for throwing Mountain bikes in the back of) or even a van.

But I go over to Germany regularly, and the BMW is a great car for Autobahn driving.

Thanks for your reply, I think selling up is probably the better option.

Thanks.

Matt.

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I had MAD inflatable suspension units fitted inside the coil springs of previous KIA Sorento. You could adjust the pressure to compensate for the towbar loading. They worked very well. MAD also do additional coil springs, which a friend fitted to his Freelander, which were again highly successful.

Brian

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MAD auxilliary springs are a damn sight cheaper than swapping your car if it meets all your needs apart from a little rear-end squat when a van is on the back.

 

I had them on numerous cars, MG Maesto, Sierras, 405s, 406s, and they were brilliant on all of them, and well worth the money - and easy to fit yourself. The rubber ring things will stop your suspension compressing but ruin the ride.

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thanks for the replies. There is a BMW specialist just down the road from me, so i'll pop and see them next friday on my day off. They may have some options available as well.

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If it doesn't cause any issues with towing why spend money? You risk upsetting the behaviour of the car for the majority of its life (solo) so it looks better when towing?

Enjoy every minute of every day. It doesn't last nearly as long as you'd like, and there's no guarantee of coming this way again.

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The suspension is pretty soft even when driving solo. Although we've not had any serious issues, we have only driven it in nicer weather. with the back end of the car and the front end of the van dipping, i'm not convinced the ride wouldn't be affected in windier weather. It's a safety issue rather than aesthetics.

Thanks.

Matt.

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