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Message posted by Logan1 on 28/7/2018 at 12:31pm
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I'm starting this thread because I'm not sure if towing a small car behind a motorhome is a good idea. The obvious advantage appeals to me but what are the pitfalls. I am at the stage of becoming a first time motorhome owner. My basic requirements are 4 berth, max price £40000, layout must have two forward facing seats with belts. Any idea what type of towing set up is best?     

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Are there reasons why you want to tow a car? There are lots of sites within walking distance of either towns and villages or near public transport.

As to what sort of towing most seem to use an A-Frame system in the UK which is convenient on site. It would depend if you intend taking your motorhome/car to Europe where generally A-Frames are not allowed. This means using a car trailer and then finding room on your pitch to store it.

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I'm kinda with David. If you want to tow, why not get a caravan?
Most MHs just unhook the EHU & head off for the day, it's only a problem if the MH is huge & the local roads are narrow. You'd have a sensibly sized car for local exploring & spend much less if your current car can tow.

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There are quite enough rules for towing a caravan, There are even more for towing behind a Motor Home.
I honestly believe as David and Fiona have said, that a 'Motor Home' gives you freedom to get around the area you are interested in. The reason you book that site in the first place in any area. I would arm myself with campsite directories or check out the 'campsite search' on here. Bus stops at campsites would be an advantage. Plus towing rules in the UK will most probably catch up with those in EU. Especially in the form of, if it can be taxed...we will tax it. If it can't be taxed, we will take away any advantage (if any exists) and remove it.

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Thank you for your replies. Last year I gave up caravanning because of a physical disability. My wife and I both enjoyed using CLs that were off the beaten track, the wilder the better. Out of all the sites we stayed on we ended up frequently using just two in Devon. To take a MH onto either of these sites would be a challenge but by no means impossible. As far as exploring the area and visiting the local beauty spots is concerned lets just say the lanes and farm vehicles would definitely not be MH friendly hence the need for a small car. Now you are probably thinking if I can't hitch up a caravan how will I get on with a car trailer. To be honest I don't know, its something I need to check out but I'm hoping once on site I can drive the car on or off the trailer without the need to hitch or unhitch .
Thank you David for the heads up about European regs but if I do decide to travel abroad that will be a totally different kettle of fish and I won't need the car.    


   

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I do not know where you will find any sites with pitches long enough to take a motor home with trailer attached. However, if you prefer CL,s why not opt for a panel van or even a small van conversion together with an awning if needed?

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I have thought of towing our mx5 to Europe some time, on a trailer, don't think there should be much problem doing do. However I think you would need to be able to remove and manoeuvre the trailer if needed..

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Luke I can see the need to unhitch a trailer may occur on conventional sites but the sites I have in mind have no restrictions on length at all. I may well be wrong but my limited experience of touring Europe with a hired MH gave me the impression there are no sites similar to our CLs. The closeast being Aires which on passing seemed a bit grim and were not appealing in the slightest. I really hope some of you guys with more experience can tell me there are some wonderful Aires sites to be found.   

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Luke , we met a couple in Seahouses towing small car behind the m/home. He told us it was all done by Tow-Bars-2-Tow-Cars near Grimbsy. We had a look at the website and are considering getting one. All the info you need is on their website.

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Hi
Seen many a small car towed behind motorhomes on a A Frame in the UK.
Can't see a problem, if you have a small car at home to go local shopping etc, why not tow it behind you also.
Still taxed etc so no extra outlay, but maybe more fuel.

Thats be honest, not many use a motorhome to do the shopping each week, when not away.

http://www.smart-tow.com/




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hi, logan 1 , i would reccomend u take a look at LNB TOWBARS in Bristol they have very good ideas & there videos are good to.
I think the idea of towing a small car is great , it would free youself of any out of the way sites with poor facilities.
Hope u take a look at that site regards phil

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're aires. We found some lovely sites in France. But we also used France Passion (I think that's what they were called). Very much like our cl's usually attached to vineyards or farms and free - the expectation is you'd buy a bottle of their wine or whatever.

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We're in the process of buying a toad, it's a Toyota Yaris, and it already has an a frame attached. We're having a tow bar fitted to our Itineo (Rapido) 720, which has to be made, so not cheap!
Our moho is 7.2 metres long so not the biggest, but having a small run around for us personally will make life a bit easier. We've been touring since January, and little things like nipping down to the local shop, in our moho can be a bit awkward, as usually we can't park anywhere. If we go to a supermarket we need 2 spaces (length ways) you can always find 'a' space, but try finding 2 that haven't got a kerb or tree separating them) it's a bit of a pain if it's busy.
Plus if we can get into a car park, providing there's no height barriers we have to buy 2 tickets for the 2 spaces we take up

A frames abroad.......the debate is still raging, I belong to another moho forum and this subject comes up on a regular basis.

We did think long and hard about it and have decided, for us it's the way to go.

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Maybe just choose your van carefully so you donít need to tow a wee car and still be able to nip to shops and local places of interest. There are some vans out there around only 6M long with drop down beds leaving good living space during th3 day.

Ours is a 4 berth van conversion......tight for 4 but roomy enough for 3 adults. I use van as our daily car too and at 6.4M (give or take) I have no problems parking, negotiating supermarkets and easily cope with highland rural roads. Iíd imagine getting from A to B in rural routes might be tricky with the added length of moHo and towed Car. Itís ok saying you need small car to get about onc3 you are at your destination, but you still need to get there in the first place

Good luck with your search

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Quote: Originally posted by dartgirl81 on 16/8/2018
We're in the process of buying a toad, it's a Toyota Yaris, and it already has an a frame attached. We're having a tow bar fitted to our Itineo (Rapido) 720, which has to be made, so not cheap!
Our moho is 7.2 metres long so not the biggest, but having a small run around for us personally will make life a bit easier. We've been touring since January, and little things like nipping down to the local shop, in our moho can be a bit awkward, as usually we can't park anywhere. If we go to a supermarket we need 2 spaces (length ways) you can always find 'a' space, but try finding 2 that haven't got a kerb or tree separating them) it's a bit of a pain if it's busy.
Plus if we can get into a car park, providing there's no height barriers we have to buy 2 tickets for the 2 spaces we take up

A frames abroad.......the debate is still raging, I belong to another moho forum and this subject comes up on a regular basis.

We did think long and hard about it and have decided, for us it's the way to go.



i would suggest you think very hard about the consequences before venturing abroad with a car and A-frame , you'll be told by some thats its ok to use abroad and that they've been doing it for year's and never been stopped .
it is definitely illegal in Spain and Portugal and is being enforced widely by the Guarda Civil Traffico .
Portugese GNR do not take kindly to there usage either . In France although illegal the Gendarmerie don't seem to bother to much although there has been some instances of Uk motorhomes being stopped and verbally warned .       Belguim and Germany are also not advised .              Your best bet is to invest in a couple of electric bikes to get you from A to B or consider a proper car transporter trailer


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We caravanned for 17 years before we changed to MH because of a back problem.
We considered towing a car, but decided on a 2 berth motorhome. We take our 2 berth everywhere. Site seeing, shopping, seaside.
We find we can usually find a parking space wherever we go and it is as good on juice as the 2ltr car we towed caravan with.
Might not be as roomy as the caravan, but i love the fact that you just empty the loo, unplug electric and you are off for the day.
We have found we go to more places in one holiday because it easier to just up and move to next site.


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