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Cinders7

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Cinders7 says:

Economical Cars suitable for towing

Hi

I wish to purchase an economical car which is cheap to run petrol  and emission wise (for car tax), however I need this car to be able to tow a loaded horse trailer, preferably a two horse trailer.

Ideally, a Ford Focus 1.6 automatic would be great, but I do not know whether this would be capable of safely towing a loaded horse trailer.

The thing is I use my car everyday to go to my horse, which is about an hour away, however, do not really use the trailer that much and therefore I need a really economical car for everyday use, but would still like to use the trailer when I need, without having to hire another car.

Any advice would be really appreciated.

Thanks.

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eharringtonl@aol.com

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Re: Economical Cars suitable for towing

No such thing!

You need a 4x4... you would have no clutch left in anything else if you tried to set off from a muddy show field.  I doubt a Focus would be legal to tow 2 horses and trailer. 

I have a Series 2 Land Rover. Which can legaly tow 2 large horses and an Ifor, and have plenty of grunt left for when you come to a hill or muddy bit.  It cost me 2k in really good mechanical order.  It is Tax Exempt because it is old enough to be a classic. Parts are dirt cheap and any muppet with a bit of savvy can look after it.  I ONLY use it for towing / winter/ biblical floods etc and drive a very economical car the rest of the time.  It works out cheap as chips.

 

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mankyann

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mankyann says:

Re: Economical Cars suitable for towing

Hey i have put another post up about towing in the general section,about landrovers and there is some good advice in there from people and car suggstions.

This finding a car business to tow is hard work... i too need something economical that wont break the bank as i will have to commute in it in the weekdays along with travelling to yard 15 mins away.!

Hope this helps x

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MaesSeren

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MaesSeren says:

Re: Economical Cars suitable for towing

Ford focus - please no!!! a 1.6 engine in anything wouldnt entertain a trailer let alone 2 horses inside it too!

You'd be looking at *at least* a 2.0ltr engine, 4x4, not soft 4x4 like the RAV4s, freelanders, kia sportage, honda CR-V (did you see the real rescue earlier this week... with a relatively small caravan? was on BBC1, i suggest iplayer if you didnt see it) ... you get the idea

 

I personally love my horses to bits and they now travel in style in a bedford TK lorry as my baby doesnt *do* trailers anymore but is a dream with a lorry. We did however tow with a disco, and i personally would not risk mine or my horses lives by towing with anything less than something with a 3500kg towing capacity - ie the bigger 4x4's as its just not worth it.

 

I believe, from knowledge of other vehicles (not the focus), that the focus would probably tow roughly a max of about 1000kg which wouldnt entertain a lightweight single trailer!

And i have since looked online at towing weights and i was correct, 1200kg TW for a 1.6 focus 5dr estate - so still not your average hatchback which i would assume you were thinking about?

 

No Ford vehicle is suitable to tow with, the Ranger is the best, although i still wouldnt risk my horses lives in it as it only has a max of 2800kg at the very most, which when they advise you stay within 85% of the kerb weight for SAFETY, it doesnt leave you much!!!

You'd get a similar tow from the Honda ... Jazz!!!!!! With the CR-V as a poor idea of a 4x4.

 

Im also under the impression that the Porsche Cayenne is a 3500kg also

 

This is the website i use regularly -

http://www.cuddles.abelgratis.net/kerbweights.htm

Updates regularly too...

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mankyann

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mankyann says:

Re: Economical Cars suitable for towing

MaesSeren said:

Ford focus - please no!!! a 1.6 engine in anything wouldnt entertain a trailer let alone 2 horses inside it too!

I personally love my horses to bits and they now travel in style in a bedford TK lorry as my baby doesnt *do* trailers anymore

 

Hahaha how funny that your horse doesn't 'do' trailers. this made me chukkle, as i know qhat you mean. some horses just wont go into trailers but are happy to clamber up into lorrys! Deio doesnt do any sort of loading whatsoever. LOL

Oh, and i totally agree with the BIG NO NO to the ford focus. No where near big enough.  

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MaesSeren

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MaesSeren says:

Re: Economical Cars suitable for towing

Gem would take over 2hrs on a bad day to get in a trailer, lorry her idea of a bad day is 15mins! Shes no where near perfect, but shes mostly tonnes better so we give her what she wants and let her travel in luxury... almost! Too spoilt for her own good that pone!

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Cinders7

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Cinders7 says:

Re: Economical Cars suitable for towing

Thanks Guys.

OMG I feel awful now just posting this.  I really wanted an economical car for towing, but there you go.  I love my horse to bits and would not put her in any danger.

I rescued her last September from really bad abuse, at that time no-one could get near her, I have worked with her and now she lets me do most things, I plan to back her later this year, and want to make sure that she will load in a trailer, God forbid, but should anything bad happen, then I could get her to a horse hospital. 

It will take ages before I start taking her out and about, but would like to of got her used to travelling as part of her training, hence why I wanted a cheap alternative, as this would be only occassional trips.

Perhaps, I was wishing for too much.

Thanks for the advice.

Tracy xx

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