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MikeOxlong

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325 posts

37 months

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Need a car to do some towing with, but it needs to be economical for day to day driving (when not towing).

It will be towing a twin axled car trailer with up to around 2T of car on it.

Was going to go for a Land Rover of some sorts as an obvious choice, but are there any others that would be up to the job but cheaper to run?

Would like something fairly smart too if possible.

I've a friend with a Rav 4 for example, he can get 40-50mpg, though I don't know if it would be up to the towing task.

Any help appreciated.

Cheers

HustleRussell

6,148 posts

43 months

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Touareg? XC-90? X5? Q7? Mercedes 'R'-class? Legacy?

Paddy_N_Murphy

16,136 posts

67 months

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Not many cars will pull a trailer + 2Te (i.e. nigh on 3Te).

You are in hefty 4x4 territory. Land Rovers, Pajeros, Troopers, Land Cruisers, Discos.

Try the LPG route of the above?

MikeOxlong

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325 posts

37 months

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Yeh think I'm going to have to go for a 4x4, doesn't sound like there's much other option.

I think LPG is a false economy given the effeciency of it.

sunbeam alpine

2,586 posts

71 months

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Will it be your only car? If it's not, a Daihatsu Fourtrak tows very well and they are very cheap to buy.

Watch out for rust!! If you find a good one they're indestructible.

Fuel economy leaves something to be desired (mainly economy), but whatever you use when towing will be on the thirsty side.
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Bill

31,388 posts

138 months

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How often do you need to tow it? I'm guessing it's not a race car, given the weight, so couldn't you drive it?*

*yes, I am being nosey biggrin

MikeOxlong

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325 posts

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It doesn't have to be my only car, but doing the sums makes having one car cheaper than having two. Insurance is the main factor, I'm not ever so old.

Haha no problem with being nosey, it would just be picking cars up from around the country to sell.

doogz

22,696 posts

70 months

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Buy a cheap flatbed transporter?

Could probably pick something up for not much more than you'd spend on a decent trailer, then spend the money you would have spent on a thirsty 4x4, on a more appropriate (faster) car smile

GreatGranny

4,717 posts

109 months

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Whats the budget?

My Alhambra has a max. towing weight of 2000kg, maybe there are MPV's out their with 2500kg limit?

However, as well as it tows our 1500kg caravan (and does nearly 30 mpg if I take it easy) I wouldn't want to tow upto the max. limit with it.

I'm picking up a XC90 next week and expect it to do mid 20's towing and (very) low 30's solo.

Just looking on Parkers and the XC90 has a limit of 2250kg, not huge for a 4x4 so thats out of the equation for you.

A Disco might be your best bet.

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classified/advert/2011...

MikeOxlong

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325 posts

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Budget isn't too important, at the moment I'm swinging towards a range rover sport.

Would a flat bed be expensive to insure and run? Option I hadn't thought about really. Also have the added bonus of not having a trailer around that's easily nicked.

Cheers

doogz

22,696 posts

70 months

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MikeOxlong said:
Budget isn't too important, at the moment I'm swinging towards a range rover sport.

Would a flat bed be expensive to insure and run? Option I hadn't thought about really. Also have the added bonus of not having a trailer around that's easily nicked.

Cheers
TBH, I'm not too sure, i just know a guy that bought a 3.5T Transit effort recently, he's a mechanic and owns a small garage, being able to recover cars to his place is getting him a lot more work, but he only paid about £3k i think, for the vehicle. No idea what they cost to run though.

Have you looked into/considered the need for a tachograph? I'm not entirely sure if you'll need one, some on here will know though, R0G definitely will.

Paddy_N_Murphy

16,136 posts

67 months

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rofl


MikeOxlong said:
Looking for economical Tow car
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MikeOxlong said:
Budget isn't too important, at the moment I'm swinging towards a range rover sport.

Cheers
TBH our (yes other end of spectrum) Trooper gets more of less the same mileage driving around with or without a trailer / horse in the back.....

KevinA3DSG32

6,084 posts

163 months

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sunbeam alpine said:
Will it be your only car? If it's not, a Daihatsu Fourtrak tows very well and they are very cheap to buy.

Not to tow 2+ tonnes though.

jbi

7,482 posts

87 months

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To be honest I wouldn't use anything short of a heavy 4x4 for pulling that much weight.

You really don't want to be towing with something that "barely" copes as it gives very little margin when things go wrong.

If you don't want a land rover try looking up some yank pickups on LPG



Edited by jbi on Thursday 26th April 12:33

RizzoTheRat

11,394 posts

75 months

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Not knowing the OP's age this might be irrelevant, but if you passed your test after 1997 check your licence as you'll be limited to 3.5 tonnes total weight (ie vehicle, trailer and load) and won't be able to tow a trailer which is heavier than the tow vehicle.

Paddy_N_Murphy

16,136 posts

67 months

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KevinA3DSG32 said:
sunbeam alpine said:
Will it be your only car? If it's not, a Daihatsu Fourtrak tows very well and they are very cheap to buy.

Not to tow 2+ tonnes though.
Hell yeah they are. Standard Farmer stock wheels to drag stuff everywhere.....

Fish981

855 posts

68 months

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doogz said:
TBH, I'm not too sure, i just know a guy that bought a 3.5T Transit effort recently, he's a mechanic and owns a small garage, being able to recover cars to his place is getting him a lot more work, but he only paid about £3k i think, for the vehicle. No idea what they cost to run though.

Have you looked into/considered the need for a tachograph? I'm not entirely sure if you'll need one, some on here will know though, R0G definitely will.
Over 50km from base you'll need a tacho:-

http://www.yourroadrisk.co.uk/2009/01/30/towing-tr...

Using a Transit to tow you'll need an O licence as well.

It's not as simple as it used to be.

Fittster

15,863 posts

96 months

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Can you hire decent tow vehicles? I might need to start towing a small yacht and I don't really want a 4x4 so I can tow twice a year.

steeveeboy

663 posts

56 months

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Maybe just something to go on but my freelander didnt struggle to pull a trailer with a rover 214 on it, thats a 2001 1.8 petrol!

mike325112

1,038 posts

67 months

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Fittster said:
Can you hire decent tow vehicles? I might need to start towing a small yacht and I don't really want a 4x4 so I can tow twice a year.
SHB - 4x4 hire. They are mostly for construction use so they all have towballs and electrics. They will usually have an extra number plate too!
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