Future planning

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  1. ehuplad

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    We are currently in the process of changing our lives, We plan to give up our careers somtime this year (have not finalised the exact date yet). We will still work, but on a campsite for 7 months or so and then off to Spain for the winter.

    Now to the questions we need answering.

    We currently have a 5er and dodge ram which is ideal for living in and we love them both, but, Sally will not drive the dodge, on our days off she would want to return home to vist grandkid so needs a vehicle.

    It is not really practical or cost effective to keep her car long term for these trips as will only be a couple of times a month.
    So in the next couple of years do we:
    Down size the 5er and get a european pickup that she can drive?
    Buy a twin axle caravan and economical tow vehicle?

    What sort of mileage could we expect from a european pickup Towing and solo, Anyone had one of these chipped does it improve MPG.

    If we changed to a caravan it would be a German 8ft wide, what problems would this cause us in our trips to Spain.
     
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  2. Family Guy

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    fifth wheel

    mike try the new fifthwheel caravan with slideout
     
  3. imprint

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    "Future planning "

    Great idea - much better than trying to plan your past!!!

    Good luck,anyway.
     
  4. ehuplad

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    Where are these Eddie, have you got a link::bigsmile:::bigsmile:
     
  5. wivvy's dad

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    Keep your outfit, and hire a car for those few occasions when you need one.
     
  6. Jaws

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    Beat me to it !! There are so many cheap day and 2 day hire deals you may as well get a car when you need one

    Simples :thumb:
     
  7. sedge

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    How is a replacement 5er going to help your wife drive the tow vehicle?

    If she needed it 1 day a week for 7 months that's 31 days. To hire a very small car (1.4 ish) say £40 a day = £1,240. And that isn't delivered to/collected from a countryish location, it's city centre pick-up - tedious, inconvenient and very expensive if you ask me!

    What is the problem with keeping the existing car or p/exing it for a 3yo smaller one? As long as you have a semi-decent reliable vehicle that is capable of doing whatever mileage and sorts of roads involved in the trips 'home' what more do you need?
     
  8. ehuplad

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    The tow vehicle would be much smaller than the twin wheelie dodge that we currently have.

    We have a small car low tax, but do not want to insure for just a few trips also we would need to find somwhere to park the car when in Spain over winter.
     
  9. Wildman

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    better answer it driving lessons in the truck, end of problem
     
  10. ehuplad

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    She has driven the truck before but will not drive it again so driving lessons will not help :Sad::Sad:
     
  11. motor roamin

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    Swap the dullie for a 2500 single rear wheel. not that much bigger tan a nissan.

    All the best Rick
     
  12. algill

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    Hi Mike
    We get about 28 mpg solo and 18 mpg towing with our Mitsubishi L200. We have had it chipped and it made some difference to MPG but not a lot. It did make quite a difference to the pulling power though.

    Would you be happy living in a twin wheel caravan after the luxury and space of the 5er? :cry:

    Gill
     
  13. Terry

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    Hi Mike I have a L 200 and it returns 22 / 24mpg--23.6 last week,brim to brim --but don't really go that far in it,mostly short runs, anything longer we take the van :thumb: 27 mpg :thumb:
    terry
     
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    I have an Isuzu Rodeo Denver on a 57 plate, 2.5tdi and with my 5ver attached get between 21/23 on average, solo 33/35 but have in perfect conditions got more out of it solo. Engine not properly loose yet as only done 20 something thous.Its not chipped or uprated in anyway.
     
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    You're not in the "3 weeks to see as much as possible" mode any more so caravan gets my vote. The nearest you'll get to the 5er in space terms but with a nice sensible 4x4 tow vehicle. A 5er is a caravan, so logical.

    I'm not surprised Sally won't drive The Beast, it scares the s**t out of me standing in the same field as it.

    So how about you pinpoint a vehicle that suits and than a caravan to suit that.
     
  16. ehuplad

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    Just done a quick calculation on MPG between dodge, European pickup, and New freelander

    Took european pickup as 21 towing 33 empty, may be high on your replies above.

    Freelander is a guess, but talked to a guy at the weekend who said he got 28 towing. So have used 25 towing, spec says 50 combined empty so have used 40 empty.

    This is done over 8000 miles 4000 towing 4000 empty

    Euro pickup saving around £700

    Freelander £ 1200 :Eeek::Eeek:

    I also did it with a car for the non towing mileage.

    Euro pickup saving around £70

    Freelander £ 500

    But this does not include any bills for the car insurance servicing etc.

    Makes it a bit clearer
     
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    I wonder if your answer might be two caravans ?

    A big luxury one whilst working and a smaller cheapo one for touring.

    Not easy, is it.
     
  18. Dodgey

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    Why not just go with her to see grandkid, ie you drive and save all the faff and expence of changing the rig you like and should suit what you want to do perfiectly?
     
  19. freelanderuk

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    enterprise car hire about £15 a day for small car and 10% off if you are caravan club member
     
  20. scran

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    HI MIKE WHAT ABOUT A HONDA CUB OR MOPED WITH A BASKET ON FRONT TO GET THE SHOPPING IN LOL::bigsmile:
     
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