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Message posted by Jinty15 on 24/1/2014 at 7:57am
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Can anyone help, according to some web sites there are several caravans we can tow with a mondeo titanium estate tdci 2.0. However when I work out the 85% weight ratio it comes out at 1200kg. The kerb weight is 1575 and the instructions stated take 10% off for the weight of the passengers etc. Do I also need to take off any equipment, chairs etc as well?
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The mondeo is a great tow car , we towed 1400 and a 1490 mtplm vans for years with ours, no problem towing at 88% and 95% very stable . weve now got an xtrail 173bhp towing a 1500 kg van at 85% and it doesnt feel any better than the mondeo did but the 4x4 comes in handy on muddy rally fields

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85% is only a recommendation & really just points out its a good idea to tow a caravan which weighs somewhat less than the towcar. So aim for a figure around 85% but don't worry about bits & pieces like chairs. You will be ok with a 1200kg caravan.

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Can anyone help, according to some web sites there are several caravans we can tow with a mondeo titanium estate tdci 2.0. However when I work out the 85% weight ratio it comes out at 1200kg. The kerb weight is 1575 and the instructions stated take 10% off for the weight of the passengers etc. Do I also need to take off any equipment, chairs etc as well?
Thanks for any help with this.

I can help with this one i drive a 2011 Mondeo Titanium X hatch, the true kerbweigh of your car is based on car with  90% fuel and 75KG for driver. On a weigh bridge my car comes in at 1630kg add the 75kg for the driver this makes 1705kg, your estate weighs 20kgs more than the hatchback, I tow a 1500kg caravan with mine and it pulls with no problems and is a very stable outfit, the kerbweight you have quoted is the general kerbweight of a 2ltr mondeo dont forget the higher the spec the heavier the car is.

 

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The 85% is the cars unladen weight. But its just a guideline.

Just remember the heavier the car in relation to the caravan the better.

The closer you get the cars kerbweight the more care you need and a higher risk of the caravan having control if you need to make an emergency stop or avoid something.



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Max tow weight = Cars gross laden weight + Caravans gross laden weight.

These 2 figures must not exceed 3500kg. And the Caravans gross laden weight must not exceed the cars UNLADEN weight.

Unless the manufacturer has set a lower limit.

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Thanks for the advice, we were looking at a 1295 kg caravan, sounds like the car will be able to pull it.

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Well mine pulled my 1150kg van up the hills on the A30 in Cornwall with no turbo assistance. A pipe had come off the turbo.

Funny thing was. As long as i used the gears and didnt try to rev it there was no issue. Until 3/4 the way up the citroen or renault ugly mobile in front also towing slowed me down.

I would go a bit lighter if you can. Less stress on the car.



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Max tow weight = Cars gross laden weight + Caravans gross laden weight.

These 2 figures must not exceed 3500kg. And the Caravans gross laden weight must not exceed the cars UNLADEN weight.

Unless the manufacturer has set a lower limit.

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Quote: Originally posted by Jinty15 on 24/1/2014
Thanks for the advice, we were looking at a 1295 kg caravan, sounds like the car will be able to pull it.


Too true it will, perfectly


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