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Message posted by G7ACU12/7/2018 at 4:54pm
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Quote: Originally posted by Horsemadhayley on 11/7/2018
Lunar Venus 590/6 ... MTPLM 1395kg
Audi A5 S-line Sportback 2.0 TDI... cars weight plate the figures are 2065kg and under that 3745kg.
Because you're limited by license restriction to 3500kgs, please be aware this is PLATED weight and not theoretical. Example, the two weights you list for the Audi from the VIN plate are its MAM (max authorised mass, eg loaded weight), of 2065kgs and its Train-weight (car weight + max trailer) of 3745kgs.
In your case, you need the Audi MAM and the caravans MTPLM, which is 2065kgs + 1395kgs = 3460kgs, so this combination puts you just 40kgs within your license restriction.
Many folk will refer to kerbweight and the caravan having to be 85% of this, but in reality, nobody drives their car at kerbweight, and certainly with your family, dogs etc., the Audi will be at a reasonable weight match for the van you've indicated. While a reasonable starting point, the kerbweight as a reference is to some degree outdated
As for the Zafira, thats quite limited and you're only option if using that as a tug would likely to be the folding camper idea as already suggested.
Finally, please do not use free matching sites, example towcar.info and whattowcar.com. Both of these are dutch based and as such rely on euro, non-UK data for their matching program and often delivery inaccurate results.
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