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Thinking of trading the BMW in for a van. Quite like the idea of being able to throw our mountain bikes in the van when we go out, but also use it for towing the Caravan. Only question I have is, is it the done thing. One of my mates said his dad used to tow their caravan with his work van, but a lot of campsites don't let you in now, especially if you're driving a Transit van. Is this true?

I'm actually looking at a VW T5.

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Matt

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You would be ok on Caravan Club sites as long as it's not got sign writing. Suspect it will be similar for other sites though there may be minority who take exception to it.

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My mate towed with a metallic blue Transit: great towcar, dead practical and he was never refused by any site. I test drove a 140 BHP T5 recently and I was totally blown away by it. The gear change is just superb, it was lovely and handled well. Go for it.

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A friend of mine has a 'clean' (un sign written) T5 & uses it for towing here & in France with no problems at all. Always worth checking the T&C's of any sites you are hoping to use just in case they have a no 'commercial' vehicle rule.

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We tow with a plain white Vauxhall Vivaro caged out to safely carry multiple dogs, as we regularly use it for long weekends in the Spring/Summer/Autumn to attend dog agility shows. Great vehicle to tow with. Never been refused entry to a caravan site yet. We do inform them when we book that we have dogs & we will be towing with a van. If you are up front with them, there can be no surprises.

 

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I'll display our original Transit based campervan again, we never towed with it though and never had an issue with campsite managements.

 

 

 

I do recall staying at one adult only site in Devon where the owners allowed a gang of shopfitters who were doing up a store in Okehampton to stay for a week or so. They had three sign written Transits and two caravans on adjoining pitches and there were no problems at all.

 

 

 

 

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Hi

 

Just one thing - I am sure I read in one of the caravan manufacturers blurb that the warranty was invalid if towed by a commercial vehicle.

 

Let me look through my favourites and things and try to find it.

 

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Found a link - it is Elddis - so it might be something to bear in mind. ...

 

http://www. elddis. co. uk/help-support/help-advice/warranty

 

Russell

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I can't recommend a van enough, my Vito dualiner is all lined like a car, wide enough to not need towing mirrors, and gets nigh on 30mpg towing. I find towing far more relaxing with a vehicle that isn't much narrower than the caravan. Mind you if you look at the size of a Galaxy you'll see that the foot print isn't very different. Advantages of a Vito are that it's lower, so will get under height barriers when solo. In fact miserable woman at Euro tunnel wanted to know why we were in the high vehicle lane, (it is slightly above 1. 85m so I didn't want any embarrassment). I won't start a debate on rear wheel drive over front. Get a nice metallic colour and glazed rear and it looks classy whatever you choose, if buying again I'd go for an auto and take the small fuel hit.

 

The real bonus is not having to empty anything out of the caravan on arrival. I can just level up and wait for the rain to stop!

 

All this talk of sites and commercials is for white transits with drop hitches and lurchers.

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I tow with a LWB Sprinter, never been refused. On the subject of warranties, I contacted Bailey directly, they said that although they state their caravans should not be towed with commercial vehicles, they're really meaning lorries and that towing a caravan with my Sprinter wouldn't invalidate the warranty on a unicorn Barcelona.

 

Rt

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Thanks for the responses and the links. It's greatly appreciated. We still haven't made a decision yet, but we've added the Nissan Navara to the melting pot now.

Thanks again.

Matt.

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I believe the Isuzu is the current best buy in the pick up market. Honest John has reviews of both.

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I think pulling a caravan with something like a camper van is ideal. Then when you go on day trips etc you can brew up and make your lunch etc. And people who come and stay have their own room ! A great idea. I think towing with just an ordinary tranny and expecting to get on camp sites with no bother is being a bit optimistic - sign written or not ! Warning the site in advance is a must I think. I must admit I am always a bit wary when a tranny pulling a caravan is looking for a pitch near us. I should not be so prejudiced I guess and trust the wardens !!! ;)

 

P. S. Perhaps windows in the sides are the solution. .........

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2007 Bailey Series 5 Senator Arizona (4 berth, rear bathroom, side dinette) towed by a 57 Kia Sorento XS Auto with Kumho KL17 tyres, Reich Mover, Kampa Rally 390, Caravan Tyres : GT Radial Maxmiler CX 185/80 R14 102R.

 

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I have to say that it would never have occurred to me that a van would be unwelcome. I tow with both our Sorento and a 'big white van' depending on the type of trip.

I am building a large model traction engine and the van is needed for transporting it. Usually though, white van trips are to rally fields, not proper campsites but we have used campsites and never gave it a thought. However, the van does attract some attention when other campers get a glance inside and see the engine. I have had impromptu exhibitions for interested neighbours!

 

There must be quite a few other hobbies that require a van (motorbikes? go-karts?). You see a fair few van and caravan combinations on the roads at weekends and they can't all be going to tarmac someone's drive!

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There must be quite a few other hobbies that require a van (motorbikes? go-karts?). You see a fair few van and caravan combinations on the roads at weekends and they can't all be going to tarmac someone's drive!

 

We used to go motor bike racing so we pulled our caravan with our tranny all loaded up with bikes, tools etc. The thing about specialised hobbies is that you usually pitch in the rally field, or - as in our case - the paddock at the race track - so there is usually no need to go to a Caravan Club site ! All the racers we knew - ourselves included - had beaten up Tranny's or the like, and ancient old caravans. The money was usually spent on the bikes ! We would definitely not have been allowed anywhere near a club site. In fact I think some commercial sites can be even stricter.

 

I think ultimately if your tow van is fairly new and in a nice condition with no sign writing then you shouldn't have too many problems. The VW T5 mentioned above looks ideal. But I would still ring the camp site ahead of arrival just for peace of mind.

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2007 Bailey Series 5 Senator Arizona (4 berth, rear bathroom, side dinette) towed by a 57 Kia Sorento XS Auto with Kumho KL17 tyres, Reich Mover, Kampa Rally 390, Caravan Tyres : GT Radial Maxmiler CX 185/80 R14 102R.

 

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The warranty issue is aimed at any commercials fitted with leaf springs so they can refuse any structural damage to the caravan and blame it on the hard rear suspension.

 

Dave

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Funnily enough I've just booked a weekend at a commercial site in Henley in March.

 

I've just received the email booking confirmation which thanks me for my booking and deposit etc and includes the following :

 

 

Strictly No Commercial Vehicles (ie vans)

 

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2007 Bailey Series 5 Senator Arizona (4 berth, rear bathroom, side dinette) towed by a 57 Kia Sorento XS Auto with Kumho KL17 tyres, Reich Mover, Kampa Rally 390, Caravan Tyres : GT Radial Maxmiler CX 185/80 R14 102R.

 

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I think pulling a caravan with something like a camper van is ideal. Then when you go on day trips etc you can brew up and make your lunch etc.

 

You will also find its difficult to park I. e height limit so not quite so good.

 

And people who come and stay have their own room ! A great idea.

 

Awning annexe can achieve similar with more room.

 

I think towing with just an ordinary tranny and expecting to get on camp sites with no bother is being a bit optimistic - sign written or not ! Warning the site in advance is a must I think. I must admit I am always a bit wary when a tranny pulling a caravan is looking for a pitch near us. I should not be so prejudiced I guess and trust the wardens !!! ;)

 

P. S. Perhaps windows in the sides are the solution. .........

I KNOW that towing with a van the majority of sites will let you on, in the last 4 years I have never been refused entry from any site and you're right you shouldn't be so prejudice, I've even had a couple of showers last year and I never run my generator past 2 am.

 

Rt

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The warranty issue is aimed at any commercials fitted with leaf springs so they can refuse any structural damage to the caravan and blame it on the hard rear suspension.

 

Dave

 

 

So what about the dedicated caravan delivery trucks with two on the deck and one on the hook?

 

I've looked closely when passing them and those did not appear to have such any special arrangement to relieve any stress.

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So what about the dedicated caravan delivery trucks with two on the deck and one on the hook?

 

I've looked closely when passing them and those did not appear to have such any special arrangement to relieve any stress.

True they seem to have a different set of rules but a lot of commercials today have air suspension.

 

 

Dave

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Elddis Crusader Storm 2000 Kgs, Unipart Royal Atlas Mover .

 

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Dave is right about commercials fitted with leaf springs. I went through this palaver last year when I was looking to change my Outlander for my Mitsubishi L200. As the caravan was only 6 months old at the time, I got it in writing from Swift, that towing with the four man cab pick-up TYPE vehicle would not invalidate the caravan warranty. If you're worried, contact the manufacturer of your caravan and explain exactly which vehicle you are planning on purchasing. They will let you know if the warranty is affected.

 

beejay, it might be worth asking the caravan dealer if the warranty is affected by THEIR use of delivery vehicle.

 

Mike.

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