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Message posted by sallybunny on 25/2/2014 at 6:11pm
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Well we picked up our Conway challenger at the end of last year and got her home safe and sound. Now I'm panicking about towing this summer! We have a Hyundai i10 and so the challenger is well within the cars capabilities but I'm just a bit scared about towing a long distance for the first time! The plan is to go from Kent to the Loire.

Can people who tow with small cars please reassure me we'll be alright and does anyone have any hints and tips for making sure we're as safe as we can be on the road?

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You will have no problems. Is this your first ime to France? If it is you are in for a treat and you will find the Loire brilliant. You will have no worries believe me go forth and enjoy!

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By the way you don't say where you are located. We go to France every year and thoroughly enjoy the experience. I am sure you will too and if you head for the Loire just look for Les Saules campsite. It's brill and the owners will put you on the right track to see all the great sites of the region

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We've been to France a few times but it's our first towing trip! I think I'm just nervous with it all being so new and it took ages to work out what we could tow. But it's going to be brilliant!

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Some posts here that may be helpful.

This may also be helpful.

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Just build in plenty of time and take as many breaks as you need.
Load any heavy items that will fit into the car and make the car as heavy as allowed compared to the trailer to make the unit as stable as possible.

Towing in France on N roads or on autoroutes is easy.
The advantage with a Fc or TT is you only pay teh car rate at any tolls you may use aswell.

The Loire is an easy tow from Channel ports and loads and loads of aires for places to stop for a break on the way.

Check your tyre pressures on car and trailer before you go and go an enjoy the wonderful world of French camping!

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The only problems I would foresee is the same as you would have with any long journey towing a TT or an FC and that is that you cannot access the units facilities enroute.

We were loathed to leave the FC when it was attached to the car when we stopped for services or a rest and therefore usually took plenty of sandwiches etc and one always stayed with FC when the other went for a loo break.

The actual towing is a doddle and after a few miles, you forget it is there.
Actually I quite enjoy towing as no one can tailgate you.

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Quote: Originally posted by LobeyDosser on 26/2/2014

We were loathed to leave the FC when it was attached to the car when we stopped for services or a rest and therefore usually took plenty of sandwiches etc and one always stayed with FC when the other went for a loo break.




Are they prone to being stolen in France?

We're planning on taking ours this summer & making sure it was being watched hadn't occurred to me.

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TT or FC are not prone to theft in France any more than they would be in the UK IMHO.

Whenever we stop at a service station etc. we never leave the TT unattended. One of us always stops with it. We carry a small gas stove and kettle to make brews.

You also get a better cup of tea brewing yourself than in a service station in France.

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So is it theft from the trailer or theft of the actual trailer that's the worry?


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We never left ours at any service area unattended if hooked to car here or in France and we don;t with our caravan either unless we put on wheel clamp

Lifting off one tow bar onto another is very quick and easy and check your insurance to see if you would be covered

Message posted by blueexpo97 on 27/2/2014 at 3:27pm
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France was the only place where we felt quite safe to leave the camper in the motorway services while we both went to the shop/loo.

In the UK, never.

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Am so glad I saw this thread as it would never have occured to me that someone would simply unhitch it and attach it to there car....theiving gits.......

Will check with the insurance to see if we are covered just in case.

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We have a hitch lock we can use if we both need to leave the trailer, and a wheel clamp, but for simplicity we usually take it in turns to "go"

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The trick on French services is to park on the forecourt as you drive in before the fuel pumps, theres usually plenty of room & you can keep outfit in view when you go in the services rather than park around the back where you can't. If TT is insured the t&c's will probably require 'reasonable precautions against theft' to be taken, ie lock it to car, most hitchlocks can be fitted when trailer is hitched up & it only takes a minute.

TTs are popular in France & under 500kgs don't have to be registered so stealable & saleable over there more so than UK caravans, I would have thought.

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Gosh, we've camped with a trailer tent in France every year bar two since 1985 and have never felt worried at all. Though advice re hitchlocks is probably good sense.

Camping in France is really lovely. Council sites vary but many are brilliant and almost as good as 3-5* sites for en route stops. And as we always make an effort to be friendly and pleasant, speaking French whenever possible, we've only twice in all those years come across rude French people, which is more than we can say for Britain!!


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