What small car to tow and towing rig?

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  1. Speve

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    I second that(y)(y)(y)
     
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    If he is totally new I would advise buying nothing at all till you have tried it out and decide what sort of camping etc you like and your needs. One can easily waste money.
     
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    And I second that
     
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    Sorry for repeating as I have said before, if ANYONE is considering their first Mo Ho, rent one first for a week, it will be the best £1000 you ever "waste"
     
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    Sorry @QFour .. you still win the award.


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    You just had to bring cetations into it didn't you? :D.
     
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    Hi Kerry9. I will put my point of view in if it’s any use to you. We have had 2 motorhomes over a few years and have used them to stop a couple of days then usually move on - we picked sites and rallies with good public transport and interesting places which could be walked to. Never need a small car and loved the life style

    BUT

    our little dogs have got older and are refusing/unable to cover the ground they once did. We just purchased a smart car complete with A frame. Not only is this making our dogs and therefore our lives easier we are planning to explore different areas and sites.

    Going forward if we are going to stop for a few days in one spot we will tow the car and use it but if moving on every day or so we won’t take it with us - complete flexibility to do what we want.

    My advice to you is just to try the motorhome for a while - it’s a steep learning curve as it is, then you can make an informed decision on you need or would like such as a toad before spending any extra money.

    Me and hubby this week have parked on a quiet rural site easily accessed from the M4 and are using the car to bomb around all the Small lanes discovering little beach coves - loving it:)
     
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    @Rosemary1

    Many thanks - really helpful. Yes, a steep learning curve, like bleeping the alarm on but the doors not locking. To learn it has no central locking and I have to lock the cab doors manually first - THEN activate the alarm.... :)
     
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    Yep - done that one - how about not turning the alarm off correctly in the morning when opening the door first thing ( that’s after learning to set the alarm before sleeping first) and having to avoid catching the eyes of all the other campers (we are early risers) for the next 2 days;)(y):D:D
     
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    @flatpackchicken

    Many thanks for this heads-up. Still undecided. I think we'll give it a year of weekend and longer breaks and see what it works out like.
     
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    Didn't know there was such a thing as 'Grandfather rights'. (Still don't, other than you said they exist).
     
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    If you passed your test in a car before Jan 1997, then your licence automatically came with category BE which is the entitlement to tow a braked trailer over 750kg ( subject to vehicle limits). This is much the same as category C1 (up tp 7500kg) which also came “free”
    Post Jan 1997 you had to take separate tests for trailer or over 3500kg
    This earlier entitlement is known euphamistically and widely as Grandfather Rights
    The fastest learner in the world would have needed to be 17 in Dec 1996
    So 39 is the youngest you could be to have this entitlement
     
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    We also tow a Fiat Panda from time to time and use the tow-bars 2 tow-cars set up. Works fine. You have to remind yourself you are towing.
     
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    Thanks. I think I must have Great Grandfather rights.
    2018-07-10 First Driving licence 002.JPG


    and my one and only driving offence (in my mother's Morris Minor).......

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    Don't forget if you are going over the pond you CANNOT tow on an A frame , the car must be on a trailer. If you get caught the fines are telephone numbers now.
     
  18. Speve

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    Not quite correct but it is a very contentious subject with lots of ambiguity regarding the law and it’s interpretation in Europe, I personally tow a trailer to save hassle but there are those that do take A frames and have no problems.
    Everyone to their own.(y)(y)(y)
     
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    Towed a 2015 Skoda Citigo on a Unibrake A frame system for the last couple of years. Very pleased with the setup.
     

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