Best car to tow with motorhome

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  1. celticmini

    celticmini Funster

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    Hi,
    Looking at buying my wife a new "small" car, it would be good to be able to tow it behind the motorhome sometimes. Which is the best? We have a dog so the smart car is too small and horrendously expensive.

    Advice please?

    I would like something with a bit of comfort for everyday use but compact enough to tow.

    :Cool:
     
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  2. Vlad The Impaler

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    Buy a nice 4 by 4 and get a caravan ,loads of room for the dog and you can release the Tugger within! :Wink:

    Vlad
     
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    any small hatchback is ideal.
    You need to check your train weight on the vin plate before making a decision.

    Some motorhomes have less than a ton of trailer allowance and most hatchbacks are over a ton gross weight.

    Like any other trailer its the gross weight which matters....not what it weighs at the time of towing.

    My last toad was a 1997 vauxhall corsa behind a 3850kg swift kontiki with a 2 ton allowance....the corsa's gross weight was 1140kg.
     
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    We tow a 2010 C1 5 door which has been fine, it was a special edition 'Splash' it came with central locking, AC and elec windows for £6995 new. Some great deals are available in the month before the new reg release.
     
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    Car to tow

    Can recommend a Kia Picanto if the weight suits. Mine is a 4 door, central locking, elec windows and air con. Great for round town and cheap to run.
     
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    Aixim diesel:thumb:
     
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    For the last four years we towed a Peugeot 107, spot on , four seats aircon electric front windows 60mpg.
    Same as Toyota Aygo and Citroen C1 :thumb:
     
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    Whilst many like to keep to this for peace of mind, the law as far as gross train weights is concerned relates to actual weight. The situation for driving licences is different.

    It is perfectly legal to tow a 3500kg car trailer behind a Fiesta, provided it is empty.
     
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    try a dels boy robin reliant.:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  10. jezport

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    Toyota IQ, like a smart car but 4 seats, more comfortable, more reliable, a lot better drive, but not cheap.
     
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    Same here, Peugeot 107 5 door brilliant little car and like a tardis, four people with plenty of room, £20 tax and 60 mpg - we have the auto version and it tows like a dream on the A frame.:thumb:
    She comes everywhere with us.

    Trikeman. :Wink:
     
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    Stupid question of the day......

    Does the mileage of the towed car go up when its being towed?
     
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    Another vote for Peugeot 107, as said cheap tax ,good economy and very comfortable for a small car and no the odometer doesn't go up when towed, well not on the 107.
     
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    No one has asked.. is this by Trailer or A frame and whether using abroad or not. ?

    If A frame then be aware of being fined abroad.. in particular Spain, you risk being fined and instructed to remove the A frame and drive the car. Other European countries have also started to fine users.

    If a trailer, this is legal in all countries, downside is initial cost and storage, not only at home but on sites where pitch room may be tight.. particularly abroad.. A trailer is also more hassle than an A frame.
     
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    some do and some don't ... our 10 year old Ford Ka doesn't :thumb:
     
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    Fiat Panda on A frame, no milage clocked up when towing.
    Previously a Citroen 2cv on a trailer, Panda is so much easier
    5 minutes to connect up, trailer could take 25 mins and loads of hassle.
    Arrive on site, disconnect car and drive to side still with A frame on, than sort out MH - easy.
     
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    You might want to check into that - the law now states 'technically permissible train weight'. DVSA and the police have been fining people for this when towing 3500kg trailers with such as L200 , Ford Rangers which have a tow limit of between 2.2 tonnes and 2.7 tonnes despite the
    fact they are running empty or even part loaded. Generally its around markets or auction sales where they lie in wait for the unwary. They don't need a weighbridge for that as it is weight plate vs. weight plate.
     
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    Jim,

    has there been any specific info come through on which countries are looking at this issue more closely than others?

    Ta
     
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    Just reports from Fun members..

    Bryan was fined in Spain and had to unhitch the car

    Also read that Germany is clamping down on it..

    this thread has a lot of info .. http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/motorhome-chat/40337-frames-spain.html
     
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    The issue is often that it is a commercial vehicle which is below 3.5ton towing the extra weight would require a taco graph fitting. Theoretically a motorhome is not a commercial vehicle.
     
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