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Message posted by Troon24/9/2018 at 10:17am
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Quote: Originally posted by smartecosse on 23/9/2018
Quote: Originally posted by Troon on 22/8/2018
I have a 1.0 100PS / 170Nm Ford B-MAX, and the engine is amazing. Far more oomph and driveability low down than my old 2002 125PS 1.8 Mondeo was - much more like a diesel in that regard.

There's no way I'd consider towing our 900kg FC with it though, even if it were within its towing limits. It'd be much too far outside its comfort zone.

We tow it with a 180PS / 430Nm 2.0 diesel Discovery Sport, and it's a noticeable burden for that car when pulling away. I wouldn't want to go much below say 150PS / 300Nm for our FC; perhaps a little less for a 750kg Countryman. It'd work, but it wouldn't be pleasant.

I think you'd be much better off with a bigger diesel car: something like a 1.5TDCi Focus (120PS / 270Nm) as a bare minimum.

(We used to tow it with a 2700kg Discovery 4 (255PS / 600Nm), and it was easy to forget it was attached!)



What a load of waffle.....

I've towed a fully loaded pathfinder for thousands of miles with a 90bhp car and i've also towed a 1200kg hard top camper with it for many thousands as well.

There is no way at all that you "need" a 150bhp car to tow a UK folding camper.......yes it would be nice for overtaking etc but certainly not required.





Thanks for your assessment of my opinion. You put "need" in quotes like I said it: I cannot see it in my post. Nor do I even imply that you need a 150PS car - the closest I get is that I say a) I wouldn't want to go below that level (with a much more relevant 300Nm torque figure) for our 900kg FC; and b) that the OP should, in my opinion, be looking at 120PS / 270Nm-ish.

Of course you can tow with less: but it's an increasingly unpleasant experience in hilly terrain or in towns with lots of roundabouts or traffic lights.

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Quote: Originally posted by phathamster on 24/8/2018
Quote: Originally posted by Troon on 22/8/2018
I have a 1.0 100PS / 170Nm Ford B-MAX, and the engine is amazing. Far more oomph and driveability low down than my old 2002 125PS 1.8 Mondeo was - much more like a diesel in that regard.

There's no way I'd consider towing our 900kg FC with it though, even if it were within its towing limits. It'd be much too far outside its comfort zone.

We tow it with a 180PS / 430Nm 2.0 diesel Discovery Sport, and it's a noticeable burden for that car when pulling away. I wouldn't want to go much below say 150PS / 300Nm for our FC; perhaps a little less for a 750kg Countryman. It'd work, but it wouldn't be pleasant.

I think you'd be much better off with a bigger diesel car: something like a 1.5TDCi Focus (120PS / 270Nm) as a bare minimum.

(We used to tow it with a 2700kg Discovery 4 (255PS / 600Nm), and it was easy to forget it was attached!)



Your having a laugh! That much torque in the disco should pull your unit ridiculously easy.


It does: what are you suggesting I'm "having a laugh" about? All I said is the FC is "a noticeable burden", as in "you can tell it's there".



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