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Message posted by chris dine31/8/2015 at 9:01pm
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Had a 2008 abbey freestyle 540 delivered to our seasonal pitch a year ago as we only have a small picasso. Owner is selling up so decided to go back to touring the MTPLM weight says 1456 so checked on some websites and unless i buy a jcb most cars are too small anyone any suggestions? Am i doing it wrong? Cant afford new but for a single axle van does seem heavy for towing. Thanks in advance for any help

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Message posted by kazo201431/8/2015 at 9:08pm
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its about the norm for that size of van to be honest, most decent 20 diesels can manage no bother

Message posted by Billy x31/8/2015 at 9:44pm
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For a reasonably priced towcar, something like a Galaxy would tow it. You would need B+E licence, obviously.

Message posted by Grampian9131/8/2015 at 11:38pm
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Most large diesel estates will be above that weight. I have a diesel Mondeo estate and its kerbweight is close to 1600kg.

If you passed your test after 1997 you will need to shop around to get one that brings your figures below 3500kg.



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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.

Message posted by janus31/8/2015 at 11:42pm
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Mk3 Mondeo tdci will tow that safely and comfortably and it will fall within the B licence possibilities. I towed a 1450kg hymer with mine fir 7 years. If you have a licence before 1997 then the Mondeo mk4 will also do the job exceedingly well.


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For a licence dated 1997 or later you must add together the plated max weight of the caravan and trailer, if the total is 3500 or less you can tow it. You may even tow a caravan with a MAM greater than the cars unladen mass the restriction was removed in 2013

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Message posted by chris dine01/9/2015 at 8:35am
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Thanks all, yep have old licence so will look into those tried the 85% thing and needed a car weighing 1700 plus looks like with all trying to save fuel economy etc they are making lighter cars nowadays, as well as the completely baffling amount of websites on the subject made my head spin

Before I used seasonal pitch we had a sorento and loved it but not the fuel guzzling when just using as family car all year round

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Message posted by Grampian9101/9/2015 at 12:32pm
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The 85% is a guideline not a legal figure, Just keep the car heavier than the caravan.

A diesel Mondeo will tow it with ease.



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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.

Message posted by GOATY69302/9/2015 at 10:58pm
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My toyota hiace 2.5D4D and coachman weighs in at 3300kg 8 seater mini bus   30MPG towing caravan   under 85% guide line pulls and stops no problem and stable in the wind not as posh as a car but great practical outfit hiace 1900 kg pastiche 1400kg

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Message posted by Wobbly Box02/9/2015 at 11:06pm
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passat will do the job, as will an insigna oh and dare I say it a Skoda superb.

Message posted by chris dine02/9/2015 at 11:27pm
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Test driving a grand vitara tomorrow sz5 maybe will look out for all others as prob a gas guzzler

Cheers. Again
Chris

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