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racaille

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racaille says:

Tow car

Wouldn't you just know it, but a great Xmas present from my car ... it blew up yesterday (while taking the in-laws to the airport - don't know whether I was more terrified of them missing their flight home and having to stay on here or annoyed at car!!) Anyway, it blew up totally and it's a new engine jobbie. Wondering whether it is the time to get a new car (but oooooh, I can so not afford it just now!!!) So what do you lot rate as cars to tow a horsebox with two medium nags inside. Don't really like the Chelsea tractor type vehicles; love my friend's 4x4 pick-up but ... this also has to be a family vehicle, capable of doing the airport run and also of getting down a pot-holed hill in icy winter (so 4x4 is really useful but not all the time). Any (cheap) ideas? [;)]

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trojan_warrior

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Re: Tow car

I have a Chelsea Tractor!!! Well an old Discovery TDi that's a proper workhorse. No school runs with the kids in the back for this 4x4. I've also towed using a new Discovery & it towed very well, is absolutely huge so you know if you get the car through a gap then the trailer will fit. Range Rovers are nice to tow with too but there are too many 'gadget' things inside & you get confused as to what button does what! All Landrovers will happily tow a trailer with two horses in it. I have heard bad things about the TD5 engines on the Discos and Defenders. Apparently they struggle to tow large weights and their clutches die early! Have also heard bad things about the Nissan and Ford 4x4s. I've found that pick-ups aren't very stable to tow with as they're lighter with no weight at the back of the vehicle.

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haffyfan1

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haffyfan1 says:

Re: Tow car

We use our van but that's probably no help what so ever! I believe isuzu troopers are good towers.....know someone who swears by them.

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maxiemum

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maxiemum says:

Re: Tow car

i adore my shogun 2.8 deisel and wont go past it!! be very careful when it comes to towing the engine capacity is not only thing you need to think of. the weight of the car will determine what you can tow legally as it must be heavier than what it is towing and a trailer with 2 horses is very heavy. very few cars on the road today are legal for towing a trailer fully laden.

Cha chòir an t-each glan a chur uige.

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racaille

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racaille says:

Re: Tow car

Thanks for all this, it's given me a lot to think about. I might just get a horrid little runabout for now while I research all the options properly. My pal is adamant that I can borrow her pick-up (it's a Hilux with double cab [:p] ) whenever I need to, which has always towed a double trailer without probs. One thing I'm sure about though is my next vehicle has to be dead basic: all the potholes up to my house shake a car to death and modern electronics cannot cope ....[V]

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Captain_Dingbat

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Re: Tow car

We first had a TDi Discovery, my frst 4 X 4, it was a FABULOUS machine, and NEVER let us down, my sister the bought it off us, and they LOVE it, it maybe getting on in years, but it converted my brother-in-law to Landrovers, it does everything and more they ask it too! We sold that because we bought a TD5 Disco, an '01 plate....and this is the best thing I've ever towed with! We have a 17. 2 and a hefty 15.3....and the truck carts them about perfectly! I like towing with this because it has air suspension and what a difference that is! The little truck I have is a Ford Maverick. Its the truck that does all the mucky jobs, the going in the field...towing the hay trailer, dog rides in the back..blah blah blah, not the saying the Disco won't but thats the family car and I don't like gettin the interior too mucky as it takes an age to clean it.... This truck is also great and goes on and on and on...maybe helps my husband is a mechanic.....but no bother much at all from ANY of the trucks we've had!

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