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I'd like a horrid, miserable, shit old caravan...


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...to tow with the FSO on a car license with no trailor entitlement. Must be tiny. Much hated. Safe to use and cost between free and half a pint of Cask. There I've said it. [edit] The scrapyard were so appalled by the last Eldis 2 berth, building site tea break horror that they had in that they refused to sell me it. FOR ACTUAL MONEY :shock:

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A Polonez will tow, and it'll do it happily, but... have you considered asking some Land Rover chaps about borrowing a roof tent? Your car will take ladder bars on the guttering, and wouldn't it look shite on the way there and back! :lol: If you don't have towing entitlement this might be the way forward.

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you and me both. I hate camping, but I could happily spend a soggy weekend in Bognor drinking tea in a cramped fibreglass box. There's a semi-folding 2 berth caravan on a nearby garden, but frustratingly it's not abandoned and looking for a new home. It's in Autoshite orange and white too.

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Ideally, you want a lightweight folding caravan or trailer tent, but for reasons I don't understand they seem to command good money. It's like people actively want to be miserable. Which means all of the above are unsuitable, but I wanted to share the love-hate.

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As I understand it you can tow a trailer up to 750kgs MAM/GVW (Maximujm authorised mass) with no hasle (99% of trailer tents are fine - mine's 450kg). If the trailer is heavier than that, that's OK asx long as the total MAM/GVW of the whole shebang including the car doesn't add up to more than 3500kg, and the total loaded max weight of the trailer can't be MORE than the unladen weight of the car.

 

I reckon you'll struggle to find a caravan other than folding rapidos/eriba puck type jobbies that come in under 750kg but I could be wrong and often am!

 

Edit: Here you go http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/DriverLicensing/WhatCanYouDriveAndYourObligations/DG_4022547

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I'd like an Elddis Whirlwind, that's the one I failed in buying from the scrappy. Just read that I can only tow upto a max laden weight of 750kg and that actual or unladen weight is quite irrellavent. I already want to eat my own head, the legislation is that droll and unclear

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http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Motoring/DriverLicensing/WhatCanYouDriveAndYourObligations/DG_4022547

 

B Motor vehicles with a MAM of up to 3,500 kg, no more than eight passenger seats, with or without a trailer - weighing no more than 750 kg

 

B As category B but with a trailer weighing more than 750 kg. The total weight of the vehicle and the trailer together can’t weigh more than 3,500 kg. The weight of the trailer, when fully loaded, can’t weigh more than the unladen weight of the vehicle

 

Nah, you can tow over that as long as the combined weight is less than 3500kg and the van weighs less than the car.

 

Also, we should all buy the Esterel. If I hadn't recently bought a trailer tent and wasn't up to my fucking eyes in future debt trying to get the Saab fixed...

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go pass the test - the worst that can happen is you fail, the best is you can then tow shite on a car transporter.

 

Thank goodness I passed my test when I did, entitling me to drive just about anything!

 

Get a nutshell folding caravan or a portafold or even a Berkeley teardrop!

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Gawd. Now I'm looking for a caravan. I've had an Eriba Puck. The 2CV hated towing it and it was too small to be comfortable. We went back to a tent. The BX can tow up to 1100kg though, so that gives more options...

 

Quite fancy 'circling the wagons' at Shitefest! I'll probably just use a tent though...

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