Towing, am I asking too much.

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  1. Vic

    Vic Funster

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    Asking for advice / help.
    I have a Bailey 740 3850 kg (uprated) with a train weight 5500 kg.
    I want to tow a 1100 kg trailer.
    I have correct license.
    The 740 has a Peugeot 2.3lt 130 BHP engine.
    Assuming the 740 and trailer are running at their max weights, will the engine / gear box / clutch be ok pulling this weight?

    Vic
     
  2. DanielFord

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    There's normally a line that states maximum trailer weight on the V5
     
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    From your information the weight you intend to tow is well within the recommended gtw of your motorhome so should be no problem.
     
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    Our previous van a Burstner Aviano i727 had the fiat 130 Hp engine with a manual box,we towed the smart car on a trailer and it coped okay albeit in the gorges region a lot of gear stick stirring was needed but nothing mental.
     
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    I have the same van Bailey 740 also uprated to 3850 kg gvw and tow a Citroen C1 on an A frame with no problems at all. Engine pulls well and fuel consumption not drastically increased.
     
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    dave newell lvs Trader-Vehicle Services

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    The 2.3L 130BHP engine is more than capable of hauling your vwhicle and trailer at max weights. Our last van was a '96 Iveco Daily with 100BHP and a GVW of 4200KGs, I regularly towed a 1500KG trailer behind it and although big hills would baulk it it managed quite well in general. The 2.3 has a lot more low down torque than my old 2.8 Iveco did and torque is what matters, the oldest saying in the motor industry is "torque turns wheels".

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  7. Vic

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    Thank you all for your replies. I am now reassured and have the answers I was hoping for.

    Vic
     
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    Its capable of towing up to, and most likely beyond, its train weight of 5500kg or it couldnt be plated at that weight so where the problem.
     
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    Hi Vic your van is the same weight as my hymer 3850kg i have ducato 2.8 engine in mine, i tow a boat with the van at 1150kg the train weight is 5500kg that will only gives me 500kg for luggage that i can carry in the van you cant exceed the 5500kg train weight limit plus you need a C1 Licence to drive above 3500kg van hope that helps (y)
     
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    Neither can you exceed the gross vehicle weight.

    Your calculation is unfortunately wrong....you have an extra 500kg to place on the TRAILER (assuming the trailer is plated to that weight) , not the van.
    You cannot add to the gross vehicle weight just because the train weight is below maximum.
     
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    sorry, yes that's right 500kg on the trailer but can't exceed the combined weight my apologies, also the trailer needs to be loaded & balance right because assuming the van is loaded to 3850kg max & there's to much weight on the Tow hitch on the trailer could also put the rear axle on the van overloaded it all depends how you load the trailer & balance it right (y)
     
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    I have a burstaner t640 with same engine and plate weights
    And I pulled our trike around 650 kg all over Scotland and Wales
    It did not make any difference to power at all that I could notice
     
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    Recently recovered a Car on a trailer using the M-H. The trailer is rated for 2tonne, (and as you can imagine it is "Well Built") though I was within my "Train". It Coped entirely satisfactory. Home to Alrewas, and back, had to drop it into 3rd on a couple of M1 Gradients. 2.3Ducato.

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    Hi we tow a corsa thats around 1100kg tows it well, Mh engine 130 bhp
     
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